LCHS's Justin Allaway (25) returns an interception for a touchdown against SB-L on OCt. 9, in Le Mars.
I know it has been a LONG time since I have posted a blog. For those that have read it and checked it out, thank you!
I promise to start writing some more of these.
I don't like to make excuses, but my workload has significantly grown since I've been by myself. Keeping up with all the madness that happens in Plymouth County sports is quite the task for one person.
That being said, I just wanted to drop this quick blog for a little bit of my personal reactions to a lot of the games I've watched.
In football, there are hundreds of things I could write about but here are just a few quick points:
* How bout them Westerners? That team is the definition of rebuilding and development. A 5-2 record is something to be happy about, but imagine what next year might bring? A-W has easily been one of the most exciting teams around.
* Jacob Harvey is an animal. In high school, I played against a lot of talented athletes, and Harvey reminds me a lot of a guy named Barkley Hill from Cedar Falls. Hill currently is a linebacker at UNI, but before that he signed on at the University of Iowa as a running back. Harvey just demolishes kids and the seemingly only way to stop him is his body being physically worn down.
* I know that LCHS's 1-6 record is disappointing but honestly, those guys keep fighting. They haven't given up once in any of the games I've watched. As is evident by how many times I've written about the comebacks they attempt to create. Plus, Koster Buss easily has the 'Catch of the Year' pretty well wrapped up at this point.
* The scores from Gehlen's games have not been appealing to those looking on the outside, but I actually find a lot of joy in watching this team as well. Being a Chicago sports fan, defense is fun for me to watch and that Jays defense is actually pretty good. They've shown up time, and time again with plenty of turnovers and keeping the game close into the fourth quarter. Coach Schindler could be building something great at Gehlen if the defense stays this good and the team finds some dynamic playmakers on offense next season.
On the volleyball court:
* Gehlen looks like a finely-tuned machine. In watching the Jays' offense, you can tell that a system is there that has been successful for many seasons. Coach Meyer is still looking for them to put it all together, but if the score from the HMS match is any indication, this team could be picking up steam yet again for another run towards Cedar Rapids.
* By far, the best match that I have witnessed this season was R-U versus RSM. Initially, I thought that RSM would roll past the Lady Rockets, but by the end of the fourth set it was really anyone's game. The final series of points had me just as excited as any of the players. Plus, RSM's student section was great. In general, a lot of school's have shown pretty great student sections, and they make the games that much more fun.
* Hinton and LCHS may be the most frustrating teams to see. Both have excellent teams, don't get me wrong. Hinton sets up their offense better than anyone, and I think that the Lady Bulldogs have the hardest hitters in the county. However both struggle with consistency. I love watching these teams but it's almost as if a light switch is turned on and off about every 10 minutes. If they both clamp down defensively, they could make deep runs this postseason as well.
Just overall, I have really enjoyed seeing these teams improve from start to finish. You can easily see the growth from teams such as RSM and LCHS.
This fall was the first time I had ever went to a cross country meet. The atmosphere was a lot more exciting than I pictured a meet to be. I'm used to track meets that are a lot more dispersed in action, but with cross country, your focus for 20-25 minutes is on how a team finishes together, and that is pretty cool to witness.
I've started to really look forward to seeing the results from each meet this season.
Again, I know it has been a long time since I blogged, but here is just a simple reaction bit.
To the Hinton football and A-W volleyball teams, you guys are probably the squads I have seen the least and I deeply apologize.
And as I mentioned earlier, my workload has been increased, but let me say that I still love going to all of these games.
I still affirm that I easily have the best job in the world and it only gets better as the postseason draws nearer and basketball/wrestling lurks around the corner.
I can't wait to see how it all pans out and hopefully I'll be following some of these squads to the UNI-Dome or Cedar Rapids!
As always, emails are always welcome with suggestions and corrections. I am only human and want to make sure that I am doing everything to the best of my capabilities for you guys!
p.s. Also, we are always looking for more photo contributions to the paper! If you or a friend knows someone that is good at taking photos, please have them get a hold of me! The more pictures the better!