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Team Photo.........................Pg. 14 Profile: Senior Linemen.......Pg. 15 Schedule/Analysis...............Pg. 29 Preview Story...............Pgs. 38-39

Preview Story.............Pgs. 4-5, 25 Profile: Backfield...................Pg. 20 Team Photo..................Pgs. 22-23 Schedule/Analysis...............Pg. 26 Bob Howard Story...............Pg. 41

Volleyball Team Photo.........................Pg. 30 Profile: Molly Greenfield......Pg. 31


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Team Photo...........................Pg. 6 Profile: Jess Howard..............Pg. 7 Schedule................................Pg. 7 Preview Story.........Pgs. 12-13, 24

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Team Photo...........................Pg. 8 Profile: Seniors......................Pg. 9 Schedule................................Pg. 9 Preview Story...............Pgs. 34, 40

Team Photo.........................Pg. 16 Profile: Tailbacks.................Pg. 17 Preview Story...............Pgs. 36, 39 Schedule/Analysis...............Pg. 37

Girls Cross Country Schedule................................Pg. 9 Team Photo.........................Pg. 10 Profile: Moline/Paukert........Pg. 11 Preview Story...............Pgs. 34, 40

Football Cheerleaders Team Photo ........................Pg. 42

Couldn’t Have Done It Without You First off, I must again thank Dave Totten of David’s Gallery for the use of his studio while shooting the five Webster City volleyball players (above, left to right: Kaitlyn Kehoe, Morgan Gourley, Kaylee Schnathorst, Bridget Moriarty and Tiffany Constable) for the cover. Our covers would look nothing like they do without his continued support of our area prep athletes. Also, thank you to the coaches and athletes that took time out of their busy summer schedules to meet with me and speak with me for the 2012 fall edition of The Fan. You continue to put up with me, and I know, I can be a pain. —Troy Banning, sports editor The Daily Freeman-Journal



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Different team, same mentality PlayStation statistics, 9-2 record a year ago put aside; Lynx feel they’ve got the goods to be strong again By Troy Banning DFJ Sports Editor

EBSTER CITY — Boone Myers is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds of man. He’s not a boy when he puts on the pads and snaps on the chinstrap, and if you get in his way the odds are good you’re going to be tasting turf. So go ahead, if you dare. Tell him that his Webster City football team isn’t going to live up to the 2011 squad — a dizzying array of talent that won nine games and put up offensive numbers that appeared too obscene to be true en route to a top-five Class 3A ranking, a district runner-up finish and a spot in the second round of the state playoffs. “We’re a different team this year, but we’ve been working hard and we’re all excited for this year,” Myers, a senior tight end and defensive tackle who has drawn plenty of looks from college scouts, said. “A lot of people don’t think we’re going to be as good (as last year) just because we lost so many players, but I think we’ll be just as good if not better than last year.” Myers is the only one of the Lynx nine first-team all-district players from a season ago that returns to the fold this fall, but the unanimous selection provides a solid foundation for a WCHS program that has reached the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. “Boone is good,” WCHS head coach Bob Howard, who starts his 36th season in charge of a program with 283 career victories, said. “I’ve had three or four really good tight ends over the years, but Boone is the best one I’ve had. He’s a force and he can block. If he blocks down you’re probably going to move because that’s 6-5, 250 coming down on you.” Myers has drawn interest from each of


Lynx 2011 Leaders (Returning Players Only) RUSHING Name Yr. Att-Yds YPC TD Trey Tesdahl Jr. 23-173 7.2 1 Austin Myers Sr. 21-156 7.4 2 Alex Oswald Jr. 11-52 4.7 1 Connor Larson Jr. 2-42 21.0 1 Name Boone Myers Name Boone Myers Nelson Ball Dylan Fielder Austin Myers Alex Oswald

RECEIVING Yr. Rec-Yds Sr. 7-120

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TACKLES Yr. S-A-Tot Sr. 22-24-34 Jr. 22-28-36 Jr. 22-12-28 Sr. 8-4-10 Jr. 6-4-8

TFL 6 3 7 0 0

Note: None of the returning players attempted a pass last season.

the three in-state universities — Iowa, Iowa State and UNI — among others. “He definitely has a lot of serious interest, but he’s kept it in very good perspective,” Howard said of Myers. “College is a big deal, but the first thing is his senior football season, and it’s a double win. If he does well for us, he’s doing well for him.” Myers, tackle Landon Johnson and guard Chris Goodrich are all returning starters up front for the Lynx — part of a unit that opened the holes for more than 5,200 yards rushing a season ago. Johnson will move to the strong side tackle position after holding down the center position a season ago. “Now I get to run and move to the

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veteran of the group with time at the position last fall. “It’s not going to be PlayStation like it From Page 4 was last year,” Howard said, referring to the Lynx penchant for 50- and 60-yard runs second level and hit people,” Johnson said. last fall. “But the ability to go on 12- or “That’s going to be a lot of fun.” 15-play drives may be better this year just Along with fellow offensive linemen because of the way the offense is strucBen Bahrenfuss (tackle), Dylan Fielder tured.” (guard) and Nathan Nuehring (center), the Larson started at blocking back as a big boys up front will be blocking for an sophomore, but now he’ll shift to the role entirely new backfield following the gradu- of featured ball carrier. He lugged the ball ation of several of the Lynx all-time greats. just twice last season for 42 yards and one Keagan Parks was an all-state tailback a touchdown. season ago and finished his career with a “Connor is a physical kid and it’s not school-record 3,409 yards rushing. like we replaced Keagan with a plow Spinback Jonny Davis became the first horse. Connor’s no slow poke,” Howard Lynx player ever to rush and pass for 1,000 said. “He also cuts well and reads blocks yards during his senior season. well.” Junior Connor Larson will take over for Oswald was the back-up to Davis last Parks, while classmate Alex Oswald will season, and he picked up 52 yards on 11 assume the spinback duties. Fellow junior totes in mop-up duty. And Howard thinks Trey Tesdahl will be at wingback; he’s the


his new offensive general can get the job done. “We’re not putting any pressure on Alex to be Jonny Davis,” Howard said. “We’re obviously going to miss Jonny, but Jonny wasn’t Peyton Manning when he was a junior. Comparing the two of them (Oswald and Davis) at relative points in their career, they’re comparable.” Tesdahl, who could’ve started for numerous 3A teams a season ago, churned out 173 yards and reached the end zone once while playing behind graduated Sam Mossman last season. Tesdahl’s speed and ability to make defenders miss will make him a dangerous weapon. “We’re going to run a lot of wingback stuff. We’ve put in a new series that we haven’t run here yet that will feature the wingback a little more,” Howard said.

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Lynx running back Connor Larson scores his only touchdown of the 2011 season against Hampton-Dumont last october. He is expected to be a featured back this season.

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Under the microscope: Jess Howard The Lynx head coach: Is she quiet or loud, laid back or demanding? We asked her, as well as some of her players Can you be scary as a coach? Howard: Um, yeah. I don’t think it’s necessarily that though. The girls know that if I’m talking they need to listen. If it’s coming out of my mouth it’s something that they should find important. I don’t know if that’s scary, but they know there’s a time and place for when they can goof around, and if I get after them they know it’s not time.

n just a few short years as a member of the Webster City Lynx coaching fraternity, Jess Howard has proven that she knows what she’s doing. And that’s an understatement. She’s led the Lynx softball program to North Central Conference superiority, and just last fall she guided the volleyball team to its first conference championship in 25 years. What’s her secret? We asked Howard herself, as well as several of her players what makes the coach tick.


Do you have a look that you give to let your players know to zip it? Howard: Oh yeah. I’m sure it probably starts with flipping my hair, flipping my necklace or crouching down. They know from my emotions that it’s coming.

When you were in high school (then Jess Kastler was the starting first baseman on the Lynx 2001 state championship softball team) you were really quiet. Have you changed, or were you just deceiving back then? Howard: I think I was just very respectful in high school. Leadership wise, I’m about the same and I think that’s why the girls think I’m louder now. I’m constantly talking to them and that’s why they think I’m a louder person. I still don’t see myself as being overly talkative. Your father-in-law (Bob Howard) and husband (Clint Howard): How much of an influence do they have on your style? Howard: They’re very well respected coaches in the state, and you see how kids respect them and you try to strive for that same kind of environment. I’ve also learned quite a bit with the speed and agility stuff. Even though it’s different sports, it’s still the same ideas.

What are 3 words that describe Coach Howard? Maharry: Winner, determined and intense. Price: Competitive, successful and determined. Fogle: Hard-working, knowledgeable and intense.

Webster City 2012 Volleyball Schedule AUGUST 28 — at North Polk/Ballard (5:30).

OCTOBER 4 — vs. Hampton-Dumont (7:15); 9 — at Algona Bishop Garrigan (7:15); 13 — at Johnston Invite (9 a.m.); 16 — at Clear Lake (7:15).

SEPTEMBER What’s more important as a coach: To be well liked or well respected? Howard: Well respected, and I think if you’re well respected you’re well liked. They come naturally. But sometimes I think you can be well liked and not well respected as a coach.

6 — vs. St. Edmond (7:15); 8 — Lynx Invite at Webster City (9 a.m.); 11 — at Humboldt (7:15); 13 — vs. Clarion-Goldfield (7:15); 15 — at Forest City Invite (9 a.m.); 18 — vs. Iowa Falls-Alden (7:15); 25 — at Eagle Grove (7:15); 27 — vs. Algona (7:15).

Can she be loud? Fogle: She can be loud, but she tends not to unless it’s really necessary. We can still joke around, but when it comes down to focus time you need to be prepared and pay attention. But it’s fun.

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Does she have that “coach look?” Fogle: Oh yeah. When she starts squatting down or rubbing her forehead, you know you need to pay attention. Is she scary? Maharry: No, not at all. Especially after having her daughter, she’s not scary at all. It’s softened her … she probably doesn’t want to hear that though. Price: No, she’s not scary at all. We’re past that.

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-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Troy Banning

Members of the 2012 Webster City boys’ cross country team include (front row, left to right) andrew Straw, Seth Crouthamel, adam McMurray, Jake Hayes, Cody Sleiter, David McMurray, Jacob Perin, Demar Lemus, (middle) Christian Lemus, Brody Foster, Jacob Clabaugh, Ethan glenn, Eric Coleman, Brandon arkland, Bryan Johnston, Joel Hanus, Cole Zahn, Jason McVicker, (back) assistant Coach Theo Clark, Manager olivia Bernard, antrez Conley, ryan Heinrichs, Colin Heinrichs, Lucas Poland, austin Koons, Christopher Turpen, Kenton Johnston, Jon Tasler, nick olmstead, assistant Coach Joe Lambert, and Head Coach Tony Bussan. Team members not pictured include Connor Foster, Cole youngdale, Sam Bowman, Steven Smith, nick Thilges, and Logan yates.



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Quick hits: Webster City’s lead pack The Lynx four leaders are nearly interchangeable. But what do they think of each other? We asked, they answered

Hardest worker in offseason: Nick Thilges. He puts in the summer miles more than anybody else. Hardest worker in season: Jacob Clabaugh. He definitely likes to race and he races at practice. Workout slacker: For sure Ethan. Most talented runner: I’d go Ethan there as well. Leader: I would go Nick Thilges. He’s always getting people around, making sure we do the work. Most competitive: Probably Ethan. He always tries to sprint to the finish. Teacher’s pet: I’d go Nick T. He and (Tony Bussan) go back. Class clown: Jacob Clabaugh for sure. You get him on a run and he just starts cracking jokes. Whiner: Ethan. For sure. Most likely to run Firecracker 5K in 20 years: Probably Nick T.

Hardest worker in offseason: I’d probably say myself. I get up to about 45 to 50 miles per week by the end of the summer. Hardest worker in season: We all do about the same amount, so I don’t know. Workout slacker: That’s Clabaugh. Most talented runner: Ethan. He’s got the most foot speed for sure. Leader: Me. I try to do it by example. Most competitive: Either me or Glenn. We both battle a lot and don’t like to lose to one another. Teacher’s pet: I would say Glenn gets picked on the most, but I don’t know if that’s good stuff. Class clown: Probably Lucas Poland. He does funny stuff all the time. Whiner: That would be Ethan for sure. Most likely to run Firecracker 5K in 20 years: I don’t know if Clabaugh will run much after (high school), but maybe. I’ll say Clabaugh.

Hardest worker in offseason: I think it’s Nick Thilges probably. He and I have been running a lot together this summer. Hardest worker in season: I’ll say myself because I really care about the team. Workout slacker: Probably Ethan. Most talented runner: Oh, I’m not sure. This is a tough one ... I’ll say Nick. Leader: Probably Nick there too. He gets everyone together for workouts and tells us when to go, stuff like that. Most competitive: Probably Ethan. Teacher’s pet: Oh man, I don’t know. I don’t really know if Bussan has a favorite. He likes every one of us. Class clown: That’s me. Whiner: Ethan. He’s a big whiner. Most likely to run Firecracker 5K in 20 years: Probably Nick Thilges.

Webster City 2012 Cross Country Schedule AUGUST Date Tuesday, Aug. 28

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Meet Go-Hawk Invite Ballard Invite Kuemper Invite Bulldog Invite S. Hardin Invite

Location Webster City

Time 5 p.m.

Location Waverly Huxley Carroll Algona Eldora

Time 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m.


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Meet Dodger Invite NCC Meet Class 3A Districts State Meet

Location Fort Dodge Algona TBA Fort Dodge

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NOTE: The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams share the same schedule.

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Hardest worker in offseason: Nick T ... He puts in a lot of summer miles. Hardest worker in season: Still Nick T. He pushes the rest of us to do our best. Workout slacker: Jacob Clabaugh. Most talented runner: That’s a tough one ... I’d probably have to go with Jacob again. Leader: I’d have to say all four of us depending on what the workout is. Like I’m better at more of the speed workout, but for the distance would be Nick. Most competitive: I’m not really sure. We all compete against each other, so maybe it’s all for us. Teacher’s pet: Probably Nick T on that one again. Class clown: Jacob for sure. He’s just joking around all the time. Whiner: That’s me for sure. Most likely to run Firecracker 5K in 20 years: I don’t really know. Out of us four I’d have to say Nick again.

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Members of the 2012 Webster City girls’ cross country team include (front row, left to right) rachel Hoffman, ashley Meyers, Brenna Paukert, allie Flaws, ashley Flaws, grace Bryan, Taylor Mcintire, (middle) Cassie Crick, gina Moline, Lynne Chalfant, Kenady Highland, Sara Paukert, Kelsey Bahrenfuss, Victoria Johnson, Shey gamble, Brittney Dodge, (back) assistant Coach Theo Clark, Manager olivia Bernard, Kayla Miller, Cassidy Bultena, Morgan Shannon, Erica Just, abbie Thomason, Morgan Moline, Courtney Biere, rachel Kauffman, assistant Coach Joe Lambert, and Head Coach Tony Bussan. Team members not pictured include Julia Bernard, Faith McClain, Megan Hughes, and Manager Jan ryherd.




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Lynx XC: Piece of cake or difficult? We set up the scenarios and asked WCHS seniors Morgan Moline and Brenna Paukert to provide the answers

Tony Bussan’s practices: Difficult. We all work hard, so we make it difficult because we want to get better. Summer workouts: Piece of cake. Brenna and I like to take charge and take care of practices and get the team together. Getting yourself motivated for summer workouts: Oh, that’s more difficult. Waking up early every morning kind of sucks, but that’s OK. The 4 years of cross country: Both. It’s easier because you know the routine and you know what you’re going to do and what’s going to happen. But it’s difficult in that when you get older you get hungrier to go to state and get better. Being a senior: That’s so difficult. I’m scared and sad ... I already cried before the season even started. The banquet is going to be difficult because I’m a senior. The North Central Conference: That’s going to be difficult because we all want to work hard and do well. Personally, I want to finish in the top 3 at least. I want to win it, but we’ll see. Getting to state: That depends on the course. I do better on hilly courses, so Perry was awesome to get me to state (as a sophomore). It will be difficult this year, but with our incoming freshmen and returning veterans, I think we can do well and get to state.

Summer workouts: Difficult. It’s hard to push myself to get there in the mornings and it’s hard to get the team to show up. Getting up to do summer workouts: Difficult. It’s hard to wake up after being out with your friends. Tony Bussan’s practices: Piece of cake. He makes them so that you know what you have to do. You do the work and then you’re out of there. So even though they’re challenging workouts, it’s a piece of cake to be there and do them. Getting in shape: Difficult. It’s hard to stay healthy, eat the right foods and get the right amount of sleep.

It’s harder than you think. Being a senior: Piece of cake. I love leading the girls and being a role model for everybody, and being there if they need help or advice. The 4 years of country: Piece of cake. It went by way too fast and I’m really sad to see this is my last year, but I’m also happy that it’s gone the way it did. The North Central Conference: Difficult probably, but nothing that we can’t try to take over and win.

Favorite Meet MOLINE: We’re going to Eldora again this year and it’s at Pine Lake, and that’s my absolute favorite

because it’s all hills. Then we have a picnic afterwards and then jump in the lake. PAUKERT: I like Ballard because of the course and because it’s a bigger meet. It’s not that far away, plus I’ve always been pretty successful there. Toughest Course MOLINE: Ballard. It seems longer than usual and you weave in and out, so it makes it seem longer. PAUKERT: The one at Pine Lake because it’s all hills. Last time I was there it was just really hard. Toughest Race MOLINE: Districts because you’re working so hard to get where you want to go. PAUKERT: Definitely districts because there’s a lot of pressure. You don’t want to end on a bad note.

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he contrast between player and coach was evident after every point. The player jumped for joy, screamed, high-fived and glared across the net — giving the opponent a non-verbal clue that plenty more of the same was to come.The coach stood stoically on the sideline, never flinching, never smiling, never, well, showing any emotion at all. To do so simply isn’t in her character. But the contrast worked. Kaylee Schnathorst, the player who accrued unanimous all-conference and Class 3A all-state accolades a season ago, got her Webster City teammates to ooze adrenaline, whether it was with one of her rocket kills through a block or with words of encouragement. And Jess Howard, the coach, pulled the strings from her perch on the bench. Somehow, she got her pupils to believe they could accomplish anything, which is precisely what they did a season ago. Webster City: The 2011 North Central Conference volleyball champion. It seemed unrealistic when the season began, but set after set, match after match, night after night, the Lynx simply proved they wanted it a little bit more. The 25-year hardware drought was over. Algona’s seemingly never-ending reign of power was over. But that was last year. And now the question has to be asked: Can they do it again?


oward shrugs off the idea that there’s pressure on her shoulders and those of her players as Webster City gets set to try to Returning Leaders Only defend its league championship. Make no mistake, she’d like nothATTACKS Player Att Kills Eff. K/S ing more than to add another prize to the new large and impressive trophy K. Schnathorst 851 335 .226 3.94 case that sits just outside the new M. Gourley 499 178 .218 2.09 B. Moriarty 183 48 .071 0.56 WCHS gymnasium. But getting back B. Fogle 129 32 N/A 0.38 to the top of the NCC isn’t what motivates her. SERVES She’s a competitor, and competitors Player Att. Eff. Aces A/S want just one thing: To win. M. Gourley 292 .942 47 0.55 “There’s always pressure to win,” T. Constable 336 .920 34 0.40 Howard says matter-of-factly. “To win K. Schnathorst 262 .935 21 0.25 the conference championship, you’ve K. Kehoe 307 .971 17 0.20 got to win. So it’s the same as any other season where you want to vie DIGS for the conference championship and Player Digs D/S make a run at the state tournament. T. Constable 286 3.36 “I’d like to think we’re a team that K. Schnathorst 276 3.25 most teams in the conference are M. Gourley 179 2.11 going to worry about playing against, K. Kehoe 75 0.88 but whether we’re the favorite or not, ASSISTS I don’t know.” Player Ast. A/S Schnathorst, a junior and two-year starter on the outside, will be the face K. Kehoe 376 4.42 M. Gourley 253 2.98 of the franchise, so to speak. Her 335 A. Price 19 0.30 kills a season ago came against countless double teams — the highest form 2011 Record: 18-15 overall, 8-1 NCC of respect for a girl that stands 5-feet 8 — and yet she still hit .226. Schnathorst is not one to hide her “We can’t go into this season bigemotions, but even she has taken on headed,” Schnathorst said. “It’s just her coach’s mantra as she gets set to one match at a time, and we’re not embark on the new journey. really going to think about the big


2011 Statistics

picture, but little by little.” Schnathorst and fellow junior Morgan Gourley — arguably the team’s most versatile player and a second-team all-conference selection a season ago — have been through the battles in each of the last two seasons. They cried with their teammates in the locker room two years ago when the Lynx finished two points from reaching the state tournament. They hugged and danced on the court a season ago when they helped WCHS win that elusive conference crown, and they again lowered their heads in disappointment a week later when the season abruptly ended with a firstround regional loss to Humboldt — the same Humboldt team the Lynx discarded in four sets in the regular season. “Oh, that was just stupid,” Schnathorst bluntly said when asked about the loss to the Wildcats. “We CHAMPS, See Page 24

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Kaylee Schnathorst (8) soars into the air and slams down a kill from the left side of the floor during last year’s run to the nCC championship. She led the team in kills with 335 and went on to receive Class 3a all-state honors.

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1. YOU WANT PAIN? TRY BEING ON THE BOTTOM OF A PILE. Northeast Hamilton senior offensive linemen Andy Olson and Noah Ronnfeldt give the dirt on the pain and the fights that take place down in the trenches.

Olson: Stuff goes on at the bottom of a pile. I’ve been bitten once or twice and that hasn’t gone over very well. It can get pretty ugly, especially when you’re playing teams that are rivals. Ronnfeldt: Yeah, a lot of times you get twisted into situations that might not be so comfortable. Last year I hurt my foot and then I’ve also hurt my arm because you get twisted all over the place.

2. WE DON’T LOOK PRETTY WHEN THE GAME IS OvER. Olson: Just look at the face masks. The rubber coating is always rubbed off, so much so that you have to get a new face mask by the middle of the season. You don’t see that with running backs. And you have to have the mentality that you’re going to kick the guy’s butt on the other side every time. It’s nasty all the time.

3. WE’RE BIG, BUT WE WORK ... HARD. Ronnfeldt: You definitely have to make sure you stay active and stay lifting (weights) in the offseason because, as a lineman, you’ve got to go every play. You never have a play off and it’s a lot of work. In a perfect situation you block your guy all the way down the field until he falls down. It’s basically running across the whole field once you get into a guy.

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Olson: You’ve got to be mean. You can’t worry about the guy on the other side of the ball. After the game is over you can be friends and stuff, but on the field it’s you and him and you just have to show him who is boss. After the play you can help him up and if you feel bad for the guy across from you that’s OK, but you’ve got to push them down and beat them up on every play.

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Timeout with Devin Howard, Lane Heinlein South Hamilton’s two-headed tailback answered questions about themselves and the upcoming 2012 season

Full Name: Devin Lee Howard Birth Date: August 16, 1995 Favorite Tv Show: SportsCenter Favorite Movie: Anchorman Favorite Class: Math Favorite Sport: Football Favorite Sports Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Most Memorable Sports Moment: Getting 2nd place as a sophomore in the 100 (meters) at state track. Role Model: My dad, Brian Hawkeyes or Cyclones: Hawkeyes

Full Name: Lane Joseph Heinlein Birth Date: October 5, 1994 Favorite Movie: The Sandlot Favorite Class: Math Favorite Sport: Baseball Favorite Musical Artist: Relient K Dream vacation: Somewhere tropical Pet Peeve: People who complain all the time and people who don’t use coasters. Hawkeyes or Cyclones: I used to be a Hawkeye fan, but then I moved out to Wyoming and then here, and now I’m a Cyclone fan.

Last year you were hit pretty hard by injuries. Is that all hopefully behind you? Howard: My freshman year I dislocated my shoulder, and then last year after I hurt my ankle it kind of hit me that I’ve got to start doing something different, and so I worked a lot harder in the weight room. I think I’ve become physically more prepared for football, I’m in better shape and I’m stronger. So I’m just looking forward to the season and I’m going to try to help my team in whatever way I can.

Has it been easy or difficult to pick up the new offense? Heinlein: It’s been a little hard because we’re running three new formations. But we’re starting to get the hang of it, and our junior quarterbacks are really stepping up as leaders, so that’s good.

Speed is obviously your biggest weapon. But how much more is there to the tailback position than just speed? Howard: It’s like coach (TJ Schaefer) told me yesterday, to be the tailback you’ve got to be tough. If you’re going to carry the ball 20 to 25 times a game, you’ve got to expect to be tackled at least 22 times, so you’ve got to be prepared mentally and physically. You’ve also got to be in great shape because you’re constantly running and you don’t have time to take a play off.

South Hamilton’s district: It’s not exactly friendly, is it? Heinlein: It looks pretty difficult. But as long as we step up and play our hardest, we’ve got a lot of potential. It’s like coach (Schaefer) says, we don’t have a lot of respect in the district right now, but if we push ourselves we can earn that respect. So that’s what we’re playing for right now.

How much has your track success helped your confidence going into football? Howard: It helped a lot. It really boosts your confidence and gets your name out there. When you step on the field people have a respect for you because they know who you are. And I think Lane and I are both that way because he made it to state.

What are the differences between your running style and that of Lane? Howard: I think Lane and I compliment each other great. Lane is a power back and he’s going to try to run through guys. I’m more of a speed back where I’ll run through guys if I have to, but I’m going to run away from them if I can.

What will it take for the Hawks to reach the playoffs this year? Heinlein: I think we can definitely make it there. Without a doubt. It’s just going to take a lot of dedication and not just working in practice, but out of practice as well. In practice we think about what the other teams are doing and we just try to outwork them.

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In the hot season: Coach Cindy Holmes The new South Hamilton volleyball leader opens up about her experience and the future of the Hawks’ program indy Holmes may be the rookie head volleyball coach at South Hamilton, but she’s a veteran when it comes to roaming the sideline. Truth be told, she’s been in charge of a program for 21 years — the first five at Hubbard-Radcliffe (198893), followed by a 10-year stint at Roland-Story (19942003) and then a six-year run at Ames (2004-09) — and she’s had her share of successes. Holmes will now try to work her magic with the Hawks, and it’s a job she says she’s ready to tackle.


How did you get into coaching volleyball? Holmes: When I was job hunting for a teaching job Hubbard-Radcliffe had just joined and they were looking for a volleyball coach. I didn’t have any experience in volleyball other than a roommate in college, but I grew to really love it. It’s grown on me quite a bit. Are you ready to tackle the challenge at South Hamilton? Holmes: Yeah, I think so. I’ve been involved with Roland-Story since 1994 and I still teach there, and in my two years off (since leaving the Ames program) I got asked to help out with a few different teams. When this position became available I started to let myself consider it. I loved my experience at Ames, but there’s something about this size of community that I really enjoy. I like the thought of building a program where you can teach the kids leadership from the top down. Why did you decide to leave the Ames program and take time off? Holmes: When I resigned in Ames I felt kind of mentally tired and I really didn’t know if I’d coach again. I always told myself I wouldn’t coach tired, so that two years was very necessary. I loved it and I needed it, but the passion is just really still there. I just love the building of a volleyball community and family. How would you characterize the job in front of you at South Hamilton? Holmes: There is a sense of rebuilding this year and that’s just an exciting thing for me. The girls have a passion for the game and that all works. As long as we’re working hard and the girls have great attitudes, I think things will go well. The drive for the building

and what we learn from the game of volleyball, and then seeing girls respond to it and giving their heart and soul to their teammates, that’s the whole package. South Hamilton lost key members from last year’s team. What are your initial impressions of this year’s group? Holmes: We’re evolving and we’ve got pretty decent size at net. We feel we can develop six hitters that can also block, so we’re working on a 6-2 (offense) this year. We really want to use our potential to be a blocking team this year. And I think we’ve got middles that can work very hard, plus we’ve got an experienced libero. I anticipate some errors at the beginning of the year, but we’ll be a consistently improving team throughout the year.

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Introducing your 2012 Lynx backfield Alex Oswald, Trey Tesdahl and Connor Larson know what they have to replace, and they say they’re not scared

On being QB 1: I’ve been playing spinback since the fifth grade, so it’s nothing new. There are some new transitions, but it shouldn’t be a huge problem. Yes, I’m a little shorter than Jonny (Davis), but ball handling and things like that shouldn’t be an issue. The backfield leader: I like that role. I like having that weight on my shoulders because it’s more motivation for me. It’s all about mental preparation: I’ve slept for like six hours in two days because I’m already thinking about football. There are situations and scenarios running through my head, and that’s good because it should help me. Under the radar: People say the cupboard is bare after last year. Yeah, we don’t have Keagan (Parks), but we’ve got speed and we’ve got physical guys. We are going to be a sleeper team ... people may overlook us because we graduated a ton of guys, but I think we’re going to have a great team. They might not be looking for us, but we’re coming.

On expectations: We just feel like everyone thinks that we lost everything, but we don’t feel like that. We’re confident and we may not have the long runs like last year, but we can get the job done. We’re different, but the same as last year: We treat it just like those guys did last year. We’re working on a lot more ball handling because we don’t have the repetitions ... I think we’ll do fine. I’m the veteran: When it’s a big situation I want the ball this year. I feel like I can get the job done. Last year helped: I got used to the carries in varsity games and I know how to prepare. A mediocre season? No way. We want to do well and I think we can.

I’m not Keagan Parks: I look at what Keagan did to make myself better, but I don’t feel too much pressure in trying to replace him. I’m not blocking, I’m running: Last year I had to block a lot, but it’s going to be different this year because I’ll run the ball a lot more. Running is better: It was fun blocking for Keagan

(Parks) last year and I did like that once I got used to it, but I’ll enjoy running the ball more. Blocking back isn’t easy: I thought there was more pressure last year at blocking back because I think there’s more to learn there. If you miss your block then you’re going to get your running back tackled. The wall is nice: I’m excited to see all those big linemen, and I really want to see Boone (Myers) lay some guys out. I like contact: I won’t be breaking a lot of long runs probably, but I’m not going to shy away from contact either.

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Webster City head volleyball coach Jess Howard offers words of encouragement to her players during a break last season. over the last two seasons, she’s led the Lynx to within two points of the Class 3a state tournament and a north Central Conference championship, the program’s first in 25 years.

draw even more attention her way this fall. “She’s obviously going to be the one that teams key on, but again, I think teams are From Page 13 going to be surprised with some of our other hitters because of how much stronger beat team in conference, but they came out they’ve gotten,” Howard said. and they were so ready for us that night.” But the coach also says the performances Gourley can do it all. Last season she was of Constable and Kehoe will be equally strong at net (178 kills), in the back row important. If the Lynx can’t make the pass (179 digs), at the service line (47 aces), and or set the ball at net, then it won’t matter she even served as a part-time setter (253 how many blockers are sent Schnathorst’s assists). way because the ball won’t be there. “Morgan is one of those players that if we “If we can’t get the girls to put the ball up need her to step into any role, she can do it,” to the setter so she can put it on the net, Howard said. “She’s a smart player out we’re going to have a hard time winning,” there.” Howard said. “And Kaitlyn and (fellow setAlso returning is third-team all-conferter) Ashley (Price) have a lot on their shoulence setter Kaitlyn Kehoe, a senior who ders. I say a setter is a lot like a first basedoled out 376 assists a season ago, as well man in softball; you don’t get noticed unless as senior libero Tiffany Constable and class- you’re making mistakes. You get criticized a mate Bridget Moriarty in the middle of the lot by players and coaches, so it’s one of floor. Constable led the Lynx in digs (286) those positions where you’ve got to have a last fall, and Moriarty was the team’s top tough skin.” blocker (59). The list of conference teams nipping at Then there’s Bailey Fogle, Ashley Price the Lynx heels is sure to be lengthy. Algona, and Monica Maharry — three more players Hampton-Dumont and Iowa Falls-Alden all that gained valuable playing time a season finished one game back in the race for the ago. title a season ago, and then there’s “Having a lot of girls back is nice because Humboldt. you’ve got experience that you can work Ah yes, Humboldt. with,” Howard said. “But we’ve also got “They’re pretty high up there on my list,” some girls that have put in a lot of time in Schnathorst said of the Wildcats. “They’re the offseason, so we’ve got more than just definitely one of the teams we need to look our veterans coming back.” out for.” Howard points to players like Molly Iowa Falls-Alden returns just as much Gilbert, Mikaleh McCoy and Hannah Myers firepower as the Lynx. Middle hitter Harli as potential contributors in the front row. Janes joined Schnathorst as a unanimous And the more diversified the Lynx are, the first-team all-NCC choice a season ago, and more trouble they will give opponents. outside hitters Jamie Peterson and Kylie “I think we’ll be similar to last year, but Gerstein were both second-team choices. we’re going to be able to move players Humboldt brings back second-team selecaround more than in the past,” Howard said. tion Kaitlyn Vought in the middle. And “You might see a little bit more back-row Algona, with highly-respected head coach attacking and things like that.” Shelly TerHark calling the shots, will cerThe new schemes have created a buzz tainly be in the mix as well. within the huddle. “It’s going to be tough going up against a “We’re excited to all play together,” number of teams in the conference, so I’m Gourley said. “There’s pressure because our not guaranteeing anything,” Howard said. team has to live up to the expectations from “But being in the conversation, that’s the last year and we know it’s not going to be goal of our program; to be a team that is easy.” vying for that conference championship The offense will start with Schnathorst in every single year, and I think we’re there.” her familiar role on the left side of the floor And if the Lynx can do it ... again ... then though. She was the only player in the NCC maybe, just maybe, even the coach will parto average better than four kills per set a take in the celebration this time around. season ago — a feat that will undoubtedly


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LYNX From Page 5 Tesdahl could also see time at tailback to give Larson a breather, and that will open up the possibility of sophomore speedster Cal Zahn getting some reps at wingback. Zahn, along with Nuehring, were part of the Lynx state championship 4x100-meter relay at last spring’s state track meet. “In pads, I don’t see much difference between (Zahn) and Parks,” Howard said. “Zahn is fast, and he cuts much better than Parks did. He puts the foot in the ground and he explodes.” But will the Lynx be able to pass the ball? They’ll need to replace another all-district and all-state player in graduated wide receiver Caleb Crouthamel; he accounted for 786 receiving yards and a single-season school record 15 touchdowns in 2011. Ben Mossman and Tyler Lockwood will both play on the outside, and along with Myers, give Oswald options down the field. “That is a hole,” Howard said. “Crouthamel had a tremendous senior year and that was as much PlayStation as Parks. But Ben has looked very good; he runs real good routes. And Lockwood has looked good, too.” The Lynx defensive front five could be the best the program has had in Howard’s six years at the helm. Myers and Goodrich will play the defensive tackle spots, Gus Gasca will be at one defensive end position, and Brandon Patten and Cooper Jaycox are vying for the other starting spot on the outside. But it’s Fielder that could be the secret weapon. At nose guard a season ago, the then-sophomore disrupted the running games of numerous teams, and Howard says he’s only gotten better. “Dylan Fielder is a nose and he’s very good. He distorts peoples’ offenses,” Howard said. “Watching him when I went through the films last spring, nearly half of the plays he was in on defense (last season), he got his hands on the ball carrier. He didn’t always make the tackle, but he was there. He’s just really hard to block and it’s the core strength that he has that

makes the difference.” Junior Nelson Ball will return to his starting position in the middle of the field at linebacker, and he’ll be joined by sophomore Rylee Lawson. Ball made 22 solo tackles last fall, including three for a loss. “Our defense now is set up for Nelson Ball to make the tackles,” Howard said. “If you double-team Fielder and Myers, there aren’t a lot of people left to block Nelson, and he’s just a good football player. “Connor Larson is a heck of a linebacker too, but I hope he never plays there because I hope he’s carrying the ball 20 times a game.” Lockwood, Zahn, Mossman and Kirk Greenley are in the mix to fill the two cornerback positions, while Oswald, Tesdahl, Austin Myers and Mason Myers will work in at safety. “We’re not real deep in the secondary, but we’re working with the young kids to get some depth,” Howard said. Howard admitted he has high hopes for his defense, particularly if and when teams think they can run the ball down the throat of the Lynx. “I think this will be the best defense since I’ve been here,” he said. “I think we’re going to be really hard to run on. There may be some opportunities to throw over our heads, especially early on with the young guys in the secondary, but if you’re going to throw it you better get it thrown in a hurry because I think the pass rush is going to be pretty quick.” WCHS is again expected to be in contention for one of the four playoff spots in District 3. Clear Lake — with its 41-game regular season win streak — is and will always be Howard’s choice as the preseason favorite until some other team proves him wrong. Waverly-Shell Rock will also be a formidable foe. “Certainly Waverly and Clear Lake are the heavy hitters, but I’d like to think we’re there with them now,” Howard said. “With Clear Lake, what you’re playing there are kids that expect to win every time they’re out on the field and hopefully we’re getting there.” The Lions handed WCHS its only regular season loss a season ago — a 28-27 heartbreaker that featured a second-half rally by the Lynx on Clear Lake’s home

field. Algona, Humboldt, Iowa Falls-Alden and Charles City make up the remainder of District 3. WCHS probably won’t be the first team anyone mentions when talk of the district title enters the conversation, and that’s just fine with Howard. “I’m more of a chip on the shoulder person, so I enjoy being the underdog,” he said. “Our program has risen to the point where people probably don’t expect us to be 2-7.” The Lynx will open the season with a difficult non-district game against Ballard in Huxley before making their home opener against Gilbert in Week 2. They’ll open the district slate on the road at Charles City in Week 3.

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Inside the Lynx football schedule Webster City head coach Bob Howard and DFJ sports editor Troy Banning offer their thoughts on the 2012 trek

Week 1 (Aug. 24)

Week 6 (Sept. 28)

Ballard Bombers (Away)

Clear Lake Lions (Home)

2011 Record: 5-5 (3A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Webster City won 28-14. Bob Howard Says: We have quite a bit of respect for the Ballard football program. It’s a tough opener because either team can probably beat the other one. Troy Banning Says: Yes, facing the Bombers, on the road no less, will be a tough opener. But the Lynx have won the previous two meetings, and if they can do it once again it will certainly set a positive tone for the remainder of the season.

2011 Record: 10-1 (3A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Clear Lake won 28-27. Bob Howard Says: It’s Clear Lake. That’s all you need to say. Troy Banning Says: Coach Howard isn’t about to give the Lions any bulletin board material, not now, not next week, not next month. But you’re crazy if you don’t think the one blemish on the Lynx regular season record a year ago has left some bile in the stomachs of the players and coaches.

Week 7 (Oct. 5)

Week 2 (Aug. 31)

Waverly-SR Go-Hawks (Away)

Gilbert Tigers (Home) 2011 Record: 7-3 (3A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Webster City won 35-21 in the playoffs. Bob Howard Says: That will be a tough one over there, and playing Clear Lake and Waverly in back-to-back weeks, that’s a big challenge. But you want to be in a position where these are big games. Troy Banning Says: Think Clear Lake, only in reverse. There’s no doubt the Go-Hawks remember how Webster City eliminated them from the playoffs last year. It’ll be tough.

2011 Record: 2-8 2011 Meeting: Webster City won 66-7. Bob Howard Says: They lost some kids from last year, and I would think that would be a good game for us. Troy Banning Says: Last year’s meeting could have been more lopsided than the 59-point differential had Howard not called off the dogs at the half. The Lynx probably won’t win this one by 59, but I don’t see the home crowd sweating it out in the final minutes either.

Week 8 (Oct. 12)

Week 3 (Sept. 7)

Humboldt Wildcats (Away)

Charles City Comets (Away)

2011 Record: 3-6 2011 Meeting: Webster City won 56-14. Bob Howard Says: I know they have some young athletes over there and they’re planning on being better, too. Troy Banning Says: Humboldt will score points this year, but can the Wildcats stop anybody? They gave up at least 25 points in six games a season ago, including 56 in back-to-back losses to Clear Lake and Webster City. If they don’t improve on that side of the ball then I don’t see the Lynx being tested.

2011 Record: 1-8 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. Bob Howard Says: It’s the district opener and we’re traveling up there, so that makes it a big game. I don’t really know what they’ve got back, but they’ll hit on defense. Troy Banning Says: The Comets won just one game last year, but they also didn’t give up more than 27 points in any game. Just sayin’ ... this one won’t be easy.

Week 4 (Sept. 14)

Week 5 (Sept. 21)

Week 9 (Oct. 19)

Iowa Falls-Alden Cadets (Away)

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Storm Lake Tornadoes (Home)

2011 Record: 5-4 2011 Meeting: Webster City won 69-28. Bob Howard Says: It’s Iowa Falls, it’s a conference rivalry, and to have a conference rivalry in a district is a good thing. Troy Banning Says: On paper, Webster City should be favored. But what’s written on paper means nothing when two rivals meet. Expect a fierce contest.

2011 Record: 1-8 2011 Meeting: Webster City won 55-21. Bob Howard Says: They’ve got a good young coach, they hit, plus they’ve got some speed. Troy Banning Says: Webster City’s primary goal is to win the District 3 championship, but it won’t happen if the Lynx stumble here. I don’t predict they will. Algona will be better, but enough to stop Webster City? I don’t see it happening.

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Inside the Trojans football schedule NE Hamilton head coach John Seiser an DFJ sports editor Troy Banning offer their thoughts on the 2012 trek

Week 1 (Aug. 24)

Week 6 (Sept. 28)

Ankeny Christian Eagles (Home)

North Iowa Bison (Away)

2011 Record: 0-9 2011 Meeting: Did not meet John Seiser Says: I know they were a passing team last year and that could really cause us problems. We played them in JV last year and were able to handle them though. Troy Banning Says: If there was a game the inexperienced Trojans would’ve liked right out of the gate, it’s this one. Ankeny Christian lost its 9 games last year by an average of 46.2 points per game. I expect NEH to open up 1-0.

2011 Record: 5-5 (11-man, Class A State Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. John Seiser Says: I think they’re going to surprise everybody. They return everybody off that playoff team in Class A. Troy Banning Says: North Iowa ... not exactly a school that elicits pleasant memories for NEH, if you know what I mean. It sure would be nice to get this one, although like Seiser said, it won’t be easy. The Bison have got plenty of athletes in storage.

Week 7 (Oct. 5)

Week 2 (Aug. 31)

Laurens-Marathon Chargers (Home)

Colo-NESCO Royals (Away)

2011 Record: 6-5 (State Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. John Seiser Says: I don’t know a lot about them yet. It varied in the last couple of years, but I know they lost some kids off last year’s team. Troy Banning Says: At this point in the season there could be a number of teams jockeying for playoff position, and most likely the Trojans and Chargers will be in the fight for the Nos. 3 and 4 spots. No time to take a week off here.

2011 Record: 1-8 (11-man) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. John Seiser Says: Colo is new to 8-man, but they’ve got big and physical kids. They’ve definitely got the size to make some noise in their district. Our 8-man experience might help us early in the season, so I’d call that kind of a toss-up. Troy Banning Says: Can the Royals adapt to the 8-man game so quickly? That may decide the outcome of this second non-district game.

Week 8 (Oct. 12)

Week 3 (Sept. 7)

Gr-Terril/Ruth-Ayr Knights (Home)

WB-Mallard Wolverines (Home) 2011 Record: 10-2 (State Playoffs Quarterfinalist) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. John Seiser says: They’re a traditional power that is coming off a great year last year. They’re kind of like us in that they lost a lot of their offense, but they probably have better depth and better numbers than we do right now, so it’s going to be a tough game. Troy Banning Says: Nothing like jumping right into the deep end of the district pool. NEH will be the underdog in this District 2 clash, but pulling the upset isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Week 4 (Sept. 14) Newell-Fonda Mustangs (Away) 2011 Record: 9-2 (State Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. John Seiser Says: They return every starter I think off a 9-2 team, and their coach thinks this is a year they can make a run for a state championship. So we’re going to have our hands full there. Troy Banning Says: Like Seiser said, Newell-Fonda is thinking about more than just a district title, so it will take something magical for the Trojans to put this one in the win column.

2011 Record: Graettinger-Terrill 3-6, Ruthven-Ayrshire 1-8 2011 Meeting: Did not meet either. John Seiser Says: It’s the same deal as Laurens, I just don’t know much. Troy Banning Says: Inquiring minds want to know: Is this consolidated program going with Graettinger-Terril’s nickname the Knights, or with Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Raiders moniker? That should give you a pretty good indication of what I know about this team ... not much. But again, this late in the season the playoffs will be up for grabs.

Week 5 (Sept. 21) CWL Panthers (Home) 2011 Record: 1-8 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. John Seiser Says: This used to be a rivalry for us and it could be an interesting team. I don’t really know much about them, but physically I think it’s a game we match up well in. Troy Banning Says: This is one the Trojans need to get if they want to return the playoffs yet again. CWL’s lone win a season ago was via forfeit over Ruthven-Ayrshire, and all eight of the Panthers’ losses were by 38 points or more.

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2011 Record: 0-9 2011 Meeting: Northeast Hamilton won 68-6. John Seiser Says: They have a new coach and I know their numbers are way down again, and so if we’re healthy I’d like to think we’d be in pretty good shape in this game. Troy Banning Says: CAL has never beaten NEH since the two joined the 8-man class. Enough said.

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Timeout with Trojet senior Molly Greenfield The NE Hamilton outside hitter dishes on her personal favorites, the upcoming season, and the off the wall

Full Name: Molly Jane Greenfield Birth Date: July 16, 1994 Favorite Sport: Basketball Favorite Class: P.E. Favorite Movie: She’s The Man. Amanda Bynes ... we quote it all the time. Favorite Tv Show: The Bachelor Favorite Book: I don’t read at all Facebook or Twitter: I’ve started to like Twitter. I just look at pictures on Facebook. Facebook Friends: Around 350 Future Plans: I have no idea. I’m undecided. I’ve been told that undecided is fine. I like to work with kids and stuff, but I don’t know.

You’re now a senior, and it seems like you’ve been playing for 12 years. Are you excited? Greenfield: I’m so excited. We all work well together, so us three captains — me, Sarah (Elm) and JJ (Jennifer Jeffers) — will try to help the younger girls a lot. Is it easier now just because you’ve been playing all the sports for so long? Greenfield: Yes, and it helps that we’re all in all the sports together. We just all work together really well. Your conference is always tough in volleyball. Does it feel like you’re facing a firing squad at times? Greenfield: Oh yeah, it’s just like we’re in the state tournament all the time. It’s just insane. Is that good or bad? Greenfield: It helps us, but it would also help our confidence if we could win a few games.

How difficult is it to be on the court with Tripoli? Greenfield: You just feel like a little ant getting stepped on. When Megan Gilbert (a former Class 1A Player of the Year) would smack it in your face you’re just like “yep, we’re just here.” Not only is the conference so tough, but you’ve got a lot of long road trips. How miserable is that? Greenfield: They get tiring. And then you have homework on top of that and college courses. I’m in four sports, so that’s even harder to keep your grades up and try to have a social life.

Your cell phone or your computer, what could you live without for a week? Greenfield: My computer, but I don’t even have a smart phone. I just have Internet at home ... (a smart phone) would just get me distracted even more. What are 3 material things you can’t live without? Greenfield: Probably my phone. An IPod is always good, and a car for sure. I don’t even walk to the ball diamond and it’s three blocks from my house.

2012 Schedule AUGUST 25 — at Clarion-Goldfield Invite (TBA); 30 — vs. Madrid (6:00). SEPTEMBER 4 — vs. Southeast Webster-Grand (6:00); 6 — at North Tama (6:00); 8 — at Webster City Lynx Invite (9 a.m.); 11 — vs. Meskwaki Settlement School (6:30); 13 — at Waterloo Christian (6:00); 18 — at Clarksville (6:00); 20 — vs. CAL (6:00); 22 — at Dunkerton Invite (TBA); 25 — vs. Dunkerton (6:00); 27 — at Tripoli (6:00). OCTOBER 2 — vs. Janesville (6:00); 11 — vs. CWL (6:30).

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He said, she said: Hawks’ Heeren and Lucas They’re just sophomores, but Jacob Heeren and Kayla Lucas proved last year they are the future of Hawk XC

Were you better than even you thought you’d be last year? Lucas: Definitely. In seventh and eighth grade I went out to run to have something to do in the fall. But last year, in the first meet it shocked me how fast I was going. I shocked myself, I shocked (former coach Jim) Klein, I think I shocked all the fans, and it turned into something good.

How in shape are you for this season? Heeren: I’m pretty good. I’ve been running most of the summer, about 5 to 8 miles a day, so I’m pretty good. Does that make it a lot easier? Heeren: Yeah, a lot easier. The practices are going a lot faster compared to how fast I’ve been running, but you’ve got to build up your stamina, so that’s what I’m trying to do.

Did that you change how you prepared for this year? Lucas: Not really. I honestly got really busy during the summer and I didn’t have much time to run. So I’m struggling now, but I’m starting to get in shape. And there are definitely a lot of girls on our team that have been running and it shows.

How much do you laugh at the kids that haven’t been running all summer? Heeren: I try to chuckle under my breath. You’ve just got to support them. How excited are you for this year because of the success you had last year? Heeren: I’m so excited, I’m way excited. Last summer I didn’t run that much, but after having a good season last year I did a lot more this summer. I think I can be better this year.

How much does your inner-competitiveness help in this sport? Lucas: I think it helps a lot. It’s mental toughness. You want to be the best you can be and work harder and push yourself. Being a twin (sister Kali is also on the team), how competitive are you two? Lucas: Very. The first day of practice, Kali has been running more than I have this summer and it showed. I think she’s really excited for this year and I am too just to see how everything will go.

Were you surprised about last season? Heeren: I was a little surprised. I did decent as a seventh and eighth grader, but as a freshman, to be up there on varsity was a pretty cool thing. You’re still an underclassmen, but do you take on a leadership role? Heeren: Yeah, I try to. When we’re doing warm-ups I’ll try to set a pace for everyone, but I just try to support everyone on the team. The transition from Coach Jim Klein to Coach Darrell Paulsen, is it different? Heeren: Yeah, much different. Paulsen is a lot more chilled than Klein. At the first practice, Paulsen told us if you get tired, go ahead and walk for a half-mile or so, and Klein would’ve killed us if we walked. So it’s a little different, but I like it.

2012 Schedule AUGUST 23 — at Ames (ISU Course) (5:00).

Jewell (4:30); 8 — HOIC Meet at Ames (ISU Course) (5:00); 18 — Class 2A District Meet at TBA (TBA); 27 — State Meet at Fort Dodge (TBA).

What’s more important: Beating your sister or another competitor? Lucas: My sister, definitely. Then I get back home and she’s there, and I can kind of brag about it a little bit more.

SEPTEMBER 4 — at Belmond-Klemme (5:00); 6 — at Greene County (Jefferson) (5:00); 10 — at Ballard (Huxley) (5:00); 17 — at Humboldt (5:00); 20 — at RolandStory (5:00); 24 — at Nevada (5:00).

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Lynx boys have NCC 3-peat in sight WCHS girls possess successful veterans, talented rookies as they look to also climb conference leaderboard By Troy Banning DFJ Sports Editor

EBSTER CITY — One turned into two last fall. And two could turn into three by October. It’s there for the taking, that’s for sure. With three all-conference runners returning and a fourth competitor that missed the boat by just one spot, the Webster City boys’ cross country team will be the


favorite to win its third consecutive North Central Conference championship this season. Head coach Tony Bussan doesn’t want to admit it, but he knows the rest of the league is going to have its eye on his group. “Given the number of guys we’ve got coming back, people will probably tab us the favorite. But you’ve still got to go out there and do it,” Bussan said of the NCC

race, which the Lynx won by 35 points in Clear Lake last October. “We have to do it collectively as a squad and that’s why last year was so much fun because it was a total team win.” Seniors Ethan Glenn, Jacob Clabaugh and Nick Thilges followed each other across the finish line in sixth, seventh and eighth. Classmate Lucas Poland came across in 11th. All four later helped WCHS end a threeyear drought at the Class 3A state meet. And while the Lynx runners turned in their best times of the season, it didn’t get them out of the basement in the 15-team field.

And there’s the rub. Yes, WCHS has got plenty of talent and, yes, the squad is as balanced as they come. But what the Lynx don’t have is a frontrunner; an all-state, take no prisoners hammer that can go out and challenge for the individual title in the premier races. Unless somebody steps up and takes on that role, Bussan says his group may not meet its own expectations. “We knew last year we had a good, solid core group of runners, just like we have this year,” he said. “But we also know that

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New system, brutal schedule await Hawks New coach TJ Schaefer implements new offense as SH gets set for district with likes of powers A-P, Dike-NH By Troy Banning DFJ Sports Editor

EWELL — Talk about walking right into the mouth of the lion on feeding day. Look, first-year South Hamilton football coach TJ Schaefer doesn’t have his head stuck in the sand. He knows the challenges that await his program, and he isn’t about to sugarcoat the situation. Point blank: The Hawks are about to embark on a rugged journey, and it’s called Class 1A District 3. At 3-6 a season ago, South Hamilton


enters the new division with the worst returning record, and only one other member — West Fork (4-5) —sported a losing record last fall. The rest of the district is tough. Real tough. “I think Iowa Preps has our district as the toughest or second toughest in the state (in 1A),” Schaefer, who takes over for 14year coach Todd Coy after spending five years at the helm of Exira/Elk HornKimballton, said. “But we’re not going to use that as an excuse and I don’t think the kids are looking at it as a roadblock.”


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Inside the Hawks football schedule South Hamilton head coach TJ Schaefer and DFJ sports editor Troy Banning offer their thoughts on the 2012 trek

Week 1 (Aug. 24)

Week 6 (Sept. 28)

Roland-Story Norsemen (Away)

Aplington-Park. Falcons (Away)

2011 Record: 5-4 2011 Meeting: Roland-Story won 23-6. TJ Schaefer Says: It’s a non-district game, but it’s still important because it’s a rivalry game. It would be a big win for the kids and the community as well. Troy Banning Says: Separated by just a few miles, these two programs always turn up the intensity when they line up across from one another. Give Roland-Story the edge simply on last year’s result, but don’t expect it to be easy.

2011 Record: 10-2 (1A Playoffs Quarterfinalist) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. TJ Schaefer Says: They have a reputation and they should because they’ve been a powerhouse. Troy Banning Says: It’s one thing to say you want to beat AP, and it’s another thing to actually go out and do it. The Falcons routinely win 10 or more games using the system put in place by the late Ed Thomas and they’ll again be a district favorite.

Week 7 (Oct. 5)

Week 2 (Aug. 31)

Ogden Bulldogs (Home)

Woodward Academy Knights (Home)

2011 Record: 4-6 2011 Meeting: South Hamilton won 20-6. TJ Schaefer Says: Psychologically, if we lose that, it’s going to be tough for the kids. The mentality we want is we don’t want to lose any ballgames, so whether or not it truly means anything it doesn’t matter. Troy Banning Says: This is a non-district game that will have no bearing on either team’s potential playoffs position. Give South Hamilton the edge based on previous performances.

2011 Record: 3-6 2011 Meeting: South Hamilton won 20-7. TJ Schaefer Says: Traditionally they’ve been a little bit low, but I don’t know what to expect out of them this year. Hopefully we can get off to a very good start in that game. Troy Banning Says: Woodward Academy always has athletes, but football knowledge hasn’t been as strong. The Hawks shackled the Knights in each of the last two seasons, and I’d think they would have a chance to do it again.

Week 8 (Oct. 12)

Week 3 (Sept. 7)

Eagle Grove Eagles (Away)

Dike-NH Wolverines (Away) 2011 Record: 8-3 (1A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. TJ Schaefer Says: That’s going to be our first major challenge because it’s a district game. We’ve got to do our homework on that game because they’re going to be a pretty strong team. Troy Banning Says: The schedule didn’t do the Hawks any favors with this Class 1A District 3 opener. Dike-New Hartford is strong on a yearly basis, and that won’t change this year. Earning a road upset in this one would certainly generate plenty of respect.

Week 4 (Sept. 14)

2011 Record: 5-5 (1A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Eagle Grove won 27-20. TJ Schaefer Says: I picture this being a big game. That could potentially be a make or break game for us as far as the playoffs go. Troy Banning Says: If there is one team on the schedule that South Hamilton should truly want to hammer, it’s Eagle Grove. And you know why Hawk fans (think 2010 and 2011).

Week 5 (Sept. 21)

Week 9 (Oct. 19)

West Fork Warhawks (Away)

Nashua-Plainfield Huskies (Home)

Hudson Pirates (Home) 2011 Record: 5-5 (1A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Hudson won 28-0. TJ Schaefer Says: The rivalry has been up and down. I don’t know a ton about Hudson, but we’ve just got to keep our foot on the gas in that one. Troy Banning Says: These two have played plenty of close games in recent years, notwithstanding last year’s shutout win for the Pirates. Hudson usually brings plenty of speed to the field.

2011 Record: 4-5 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. TJ Schaefer Says: We’re not in a position where we can overlook anybody, so if they do end up being a little bit down, we cannot look past them this year. Troy Banning Says: West Fork and South Hamilton are the only two District 3 teams that put up losing records a season ago, so both will be out to turn it around this fall. The Warhawks played Dike-New Hartford to a 41-40 battle in a losing effort a year ago, so they won’t be intimidated by anybody.

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2011 Record: 7-4 (1A Playoffs Qualifier) 2011 Meeting: Did not meet. TJ Schaefer Says: In the last 10 years they’ve been down a little bit, but they’ve started to come back up. It’s the last game of the season and we can’t hold anything back there. Troy Banning Says: Nashua-Plainfield was a good team a season ago, and the Huskies return quarterback Matthew Sharp, who threw for 1,744 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011. I expect them to be a dark horse in the hunt for the district title.

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Trojans begin next chapter, still eye playoffs Gaudy statistics, laughable scores most likely in the rearview mirror without all-time greats, Seiser says By Troy Banning DFJ Sports Editor

LAIRSBURG — What now? For the first time in a long time, that’s the question being asked around the Northeast Hamilton football locker room as the Trojans embark on the 2012 season. Marcus Mechaelsen and Clay Harreld — two of the all-time best 8-man players in the state — aren’t walking through the doors. It’s time to take the training wheels off and take some chances. “Yeah, it’s definitely different this year,” NEH veteran head coach John Seiser said. “You can prepare yourself all you want, but it’s still a shock when you get out here and you don’t have No. 5 (Mechaelsen) and No. 18 (Harreld) because they were such a big part of the program for four years. “I’m not going to lie, I wondered about it a lot over the summer. We knew this was coming, but you still can’t help thinking how much easier it was a year ago.” Mechaelsen departed the program last fall as the No. 2 rusher in state history (5,416 yards), No. 3 in points scored (697), No. 4 in touchdowns (98), and No. 12 in passing touchdowns (54). He was also one of only two 8-man players to ever rush for


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northeast Hamilton fullback gabe rapp (28) puts his head down and dives forward during a game last season. The junior got limited carries a season ago, but he’ll be called upon to play a bigger offensive role this season.

more than 5,000 yards and pass for more than 2,000 in his career. Harreld wasn’t too shabby either. He sits second all-time in TD receptions (54), fifth in receiving yards (2,203) and sixth in catches (110). Defensively, he collected 19

interceptions — fifth-best all-time. “We relied on pure athletic ability and making big plays with those guys, and now we’re going to have to go back to what we used to be really good at and that’s taking four or five yards at a time and controlling

the ball,” Seiser said. “It’s going to be the same offense, but it will just be executed a different way.” Steeping into Mechaelsen’s shoes will be junior Tyler Smith, who will work from the quarterback/tailback spot in the Trojans’ variation of the single-wing offense. Gabe Rapp, another junior, will be back at fullback, while Andy Pate is expected to be inserted into the lineup at wingback. Smith gained 337 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns a season ago, while Rapp picked up 235 yards and reached the end zone twice. Both players averaged better than 5 yards per carry for the 9-2 Trojans. “We’re not as explosive as we were last year, but those (backs) hit the hole extremely hard,” Seiser said. “There’s no dancing with Tyler and Gabe, and I think you’re going to see pretty even carries amongst our backs, that’s our goal anyway.” Junior Logan Seiser will fill the void at one tight end spot, and he’ll stand alongside veteran linemen Andy Olson and Noah Ronnfeldt — the only two seniors on

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it that way right now,” Schaefer said. “We’ll run quite a few more plays, and it has been tough for the kids because they’re learning a whole new system.” South Hamilton lost more than 1,200 rushing yards from a year ago with the graduations of Kyle Lucas and Chris Jacobson, and only junior tailback Devin Howard returns with more than one carry from 2011 under his belt. Howard began last fall as the Hawks’ starting tailback, but missed significant portions of the season because of injury. He bounced back with a stellar spring track season that included a pair of medalwinning sprints. “As far as roles go, we’ll just have to see, but Devin definitely has to stay healthy for us,” Schaefer said. “Devin is living up to his reputation right now in practice; he’s pretty quick.” Senior Lane Heinlein is also challenging for the starting tailback spot. Sophomore Sam Waid and senior Jacob Haugland are battling for playing time at fullback. “Sam would be your more traditional lead blocker, while Jacob is more of a speed guy,” Schaefer said. “We just don’t have a guy that can carry the ball 30 or 40 times a game; we just don’t have that horse. So we’re going to have a lot of kids that get some touches.” Seniors John Hegland and Josh Doering will both see time at tight end, while seniors Triston Twedt and Justin Shepherd are vying for time at wide receiver. The battle under center will likely be heated as well, as senior Lucas Olson and junior Matt Hislop both saw plenty of action a year ago. Olson opened the season in the lineup, but when he went off

the roster. Olson was an all-district lineman a season ago. “I think our line could shape up to be pretty good,” John Seiser said. “Andy was a great lineman last year and Noah did a nice job as well. And Logan’s going to be a good tight end, so I think we’ll have one side of the field that we’ll be able to run on.” There are more questions on the defensive side of the ball, and the coach says positions aren’t set in stone and may not be for several weeks. “That’s where we’re going to have the most learning curve,” John Seiser said. “Offensively I like where we’re at, but defensively is where we have the most concerns and we’ll probably switch things several times.” Logan Seiser, Olson and Ronnfeldt are expected to play up front, with Smith and Rapp behind them at the linebacker spots. The secondary remains up in the air. Nick Jeffers is the only player back with varsity experience, but he’ll miss the first four games after suffering a broken arm during the baseball season. “That one really hurt,” John Seiser said of Jeffers’ injury. Northeast Hamilton’s schedule could be looked at as good and bad. On one hand, the Trojans will face a new crop of teams with district realignment, but the pool of teams is also deeper and more talented than in recent years, in Seiser’s opinion. “I think this is the toughest schedule we’ve had since we’ve been in 8-man from top to bottom, but it is nice that some of the motivation from some of the top teams is gone because most of the teams haven’t played us,” he said. “I guar-

-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Tracy Runneberg

South Hamilton quarterback Lucas olson (center) floats a pass out into the flat against roland-Story last august. olson is competing with Matt Hislop to be the Hawks’ starting signal caller this season.

injured Hislop took over and completed 46 of 74 passes for 444 yards. “Like most coaches, I want to establish the run first,” Schaefer said. “But we’re going to have to have diversity this year.” With a smaller roster than in previous years, Schaefer knows that it’s inevitable that some of his players will be forced to play on both sides of the ball. And defensively the Hawks are set to face a number of potent offenses. “Half of our kids will be going both ways, but we hope there will be lots of rotating,” Schaefer said. “The big thing we’re working on right now is conditioning, and the guys are busting their butts. “I’m not going to lie, our numbers are a lot lower than they were last year, but I’d rather take 45 kids that bust their butts than 60 kids that are somewhere in the middle.”

-Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Tracy Runneberg

Tyler Smith gained 337 yards rushing a season ago, the most of any returning ball carrier in 2012.

antee you Janesville and Clarksville would be licking their chops just because of how many new guys we have.” Newell-Fonda is the predominant favorite in District 2, and North Iowa is also expected to make a splash in 8-man after reaching the playoffs in Class A a season ago. The Bison return the bulk of their lineup. But Seiser isn’t about to push his team out of the spotlight in the chase for the playoffs. There may be a few bumps along the road, but that doesn’t mean the ultimate goal has changed. “Honestly, our goal is to get back to the playoffs, whether that’s as a district champion or the No. 4 seed,” he said. “There are no illusions that we’re a state championship team, but I have a lot of confidence in the kids. “When you have a situation like this, you’ve got to take it day by day and just hope every week to get better.”

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and Morgan and Brenna are amongst those,” Bussan said. “Morgan had a plateau year last year, but to her credit From Page 34 she’s continued to increase her training. She’s really stressed the quality of her we don’t have somebody at the district training this summer and she’s kept a and state level that goes real low. If good attitude about it. Yeah, she feels a we’re going to take that jump to the little bit of pressure, but that’s selfnext level then we’ve got to improve imposed because she has high goals. that. How much we improve as a group “Brenna is a good senior leader, too. is going to determine how effective we She’s been a varsity impact player for can be at the larger meets.” us her whole career and she’s put in a Glenn turned in the team’s best state- solid summer.” meet performance; he placed 54th and Paukert would no doubt like to erase clocked the team’s only sub-17 minute last season’s NCC meet from her mem5K of the season (16:57). He also was ory. Competing just days after a bout of the Lynx top performer at various meets the flu, she struggled and finished at the throughout the season. back of the Lynx pack in 53rd place. Also returning for the Lynx is Eric Also returning are Morgan Shannon Coleman, who competed on the league (23rd at NCC in 2011), Kenady championship squad, as well as Cole Highland (24th) and Gina Moline Youngdale, who earned a spot on the (27th). state team. And Bussan says there are Bussan also expects a crop of rookies numerous other athletes itching to join to challenge for spots on the varsity rosthe varsity ranks. ter, and while he wasn’t comfortable “One thing we do have going on with naming names, he thinks several could this squad is we’ve got a lot of compe- crack the lineup at some point this seatition for the spots on varsity,” he said. son. “I think we could easily go 10 or 11 “The girls look to be impacted by guys deep, maybe even beyond, that some of the young kids coming in, but have a solid shot of getting into our var- we probably won’t know until we actusity mix.” ally get into the middle of the season,” The WCHS girls’ team is coming off he said. “Young kids can take a while to a fifth-place finish at last season’s con- develop and gain some confidence, but ference meet, but it too returns the bulk those (freshman) girls have put in a of its roster, including four-year varsity good gummer and they’re a group that veterans Morgan Moline and Brenna has very high goals.” Paukert. Humboldt will attempt to win a third Moline was an all-conference runner consecutive girls’ conference champiand state qualifier two years ago as a onship this fall, while Eagle Grove junsophomore. She missed the top 10 by ior Tiffany Christensen will return to one spot at the league race in 2011. defend her individual crown. “We have a solid core of veterans,


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EBSTER CITY — Bob Howard has accomplished it all, and then some, as a high school football coach in the state of Iowa. He’s won state championships — three to be exact, all at Class 2A SigourneyKeota in 1995, 2001 and 2005 before he made the move to Webster City. He’s got a seat in the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame — an honor that occurred almost 20 years ago. Howard enters the 2012 campaign — his 36th overall as a head coach — with a career record of 283-76. He sits 14th alltime on the state’s wins list, and he’s ninth among active coaches. -Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Troy Banning With all the he’s seen and done, one might wonder what else there is to accom- WCHS football coach Bob Howard (above) enters his sixth season in plish? “Well, you can always win another state charge of the Lynx program and his 36th championship, and that’s definitely a goal,” overall as a head coach. Howard said. “Privately you’re driven by goals,” he Howard says he looks at the long and said. “My problem is going to be physicalstoried career of former Lynx and current ly if I can do it for 15 more years.” Fort Dodge St. Edmond head coach Dick Tighe with awe. Tighe, Iowa’s all-time wins king with 391 in 58 seasons, has the longevity that Howard hopes that he can possess someday. “Truthfully, I want to be a head coach ... Membership in Iowa High School Football for 50 years. I don’t have any hobbies ... Coaches Association Hall of Fame. this is what I like to do,” he said. “That’s why Dick Tighe is my absolute hero and ... State championship rings in 1995, 2001 role model; it’s awesome that he’s still and 2005 at Class 2A Sigourney-Keota. coaching. I tried to get ahold of him twice last week, but he was at football camp. ... Years until he reaches his goal of being That’s great.” a prep head football coach for 50 years. Only nine men in the state’s storied history have reached 300 career victories, and ... Wins away from 300 in his career, a feat Howard admits he would love to become recorded by only 9 coaches in state history. No. 10.


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