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3 Metro coaches saluted by IHSBCA

Three high school baseball coaches from the Metro area were honored at the annual IHSBCA banquet in West Des Moines Saturday.

Steve Fish of Marion High School was saluted for joining the 600 Win Club during the 2015 season.

Chad Lechner of Linn-Mar was honored for joining the 300 Win Club last season.

Bret Hoyer of Kennedy was named the Class 4A Northeast District Co-Coach of the Year with Charlie Stumpff of Iowa City West.


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Herkelman's death was top story for 2015

The saddest story of 2015 was also the top story of 2015 for the Metro Sports Report website.

Bill "Herk" Herkelman, the beloved assistant baseball coach and former math teacher at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 24, just a day after the Cougars won the Class 4A substate title and earned a trip to the state tournament.

Kennedy captured the substate title on Thursday night and the next morning, Herk was gone.

The story about his unexpected death drew 8,309 hits to the MSR website, making it our most-read story in 2015, but that's not the only reason we've selected his passing as our No. 1 story. Herk touched an untold number of lives during his career as a beloved and respected teacher at Kennedy from 1967 through his retirement as a teacher in 2012, and he helped shape the lives of countless baseball players during his 36 years as a head coach and assistant coach for the Cougars.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 January 2016 17:49



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3 projects worth $49 million on the way

The next two years are scheduled to bring a phenomenal spurt of new sports facilities to the Metro area with massive projects planned at Coe College, Mount Mercy University and Prospect Meadows Ball Fields.

Coe has earmarked $20 million for its "Make Your Move" campaign to build a new performance arena on campus, along with a fitness center, new wrestling room and a bridge across College Drive to connect the new facilities to the Clark Racquet Center.

Mount Mercy plans to spend $15 million on its "Home Field Advantage" project to build a new stadium for soccer and track, a new baseball field and a new softball field on land next to campus.

Prospect Meadows has a price-tag of $14 million for a 17-field complex of eight regulation baseball fields, eight softball fields and one Miracle Field on land at the junction of Highway 13 and County Home Road just north of Marion.

All three projects are scheduled to break ground this year. Coe and Mount Mercy plan to get started this spring, while Prospect Meadows hopes to get started sometime in 2016 if the next phase of its fundraising falls into place.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2015 17:11



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Next Oglesby camp starts Jan. 17

The next session of the Josh Oglesby Basketball Camps will begin on Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Hennessey Recreation Center at Mount Mercy University.

The session will last for four weeks, running each Sunday through Feb. 7. Players in grades 3, 4 and 5 will attend from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday, with players in grades 6, 7 and 8 attending from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday.

The cost is $150 for all four sessions, but players may attend fewer sessions for a lesser amount. Payments should be made at the door prior to the session by check or cash. Checks can be made out to Josh Oglesby.

Each player is asked to bring a basketball to camp.

Oglesby played at Cedar Rapids Washington and the University of Iowa. Sam Elgin, who played at Upper Iowa University, is also running the camp. Oglesby is currently a volunteer assistant at Mount Mercy and Elgin coaches teams at Marion High School and Wilson Middle School.

The camp will stress ballhandling, shooting, footwork, defense and basketball IQ.

Oglesby's e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Elgin's e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Families are asked to contact Oglesby or Elgin by Jan. 15 so they know how many campers will be attending.


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Help us pick the top stories of 2015

I sat down at the computer Thursday and spent two hours reviewing all the stories we've posted on the Metro Sports Report website in 2015.

I went through the archives day by day, story by story, making a list (and checking it twice) to refresh my memory of everything that's transpired this past year. The goal was to pick a "Top 10" list for 2015, but I quickly ran into a problem.

It's too hard.

The number of big stories was truly amazing and the list got longer and longer as I flipped through each day, each week and each month from Dec. 24 back to Jan. 1. I went backwards, due to the way the stories are archived, so it was like flipping through the pages of a scrapbook from back to front.

Then it hit me: Why not ask our readers to vote for the top stories?

Why don't you tell me, instead of me telling you?

I've put my own informal list together, based on the stories that really touched me or grabbed my interest. The No. 1 story for me was a truly sad one, but it also became an uplifting story as time went by.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 December 2015 12:29


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