It’s no secret coaches want productive players. But what they really crave are efficiently productive players — those who can impact a game whether their touches are limited or plentiful.
Although their talents and positions cover a wide range on the field, the six honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Western Iowa football teams share one thing in common: a distaste for the sideline. Though selected as captains on one side of the ball, all six contributed heavily as two-way players.
When it needed it most, Glidden-Ralston’s top-rated defense was unable to get a stop. On Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn’s final series, dual-threat quarterback Ben Specht converted a pair of third downs with runs that prolonged a drive that ultimately iced the Eight-Man semifinal. The Wildcats allowed a season high in points and fell 35-21 to the fourth-ranked Eagles at the UNI-Dome on Thursday.
Kreg Lensch wore an ear-to-ear smile as droves of Wildcat fans surrounded him and his players in celebration on the Glidden-Ralston football field. The long-tenured head coach had watched his team’s season end in the eight-man quarterfinal round three of the last four years. But he felt early on that this year’s group was different.
Noah Borkowski won’t just be bulldozing a path for the Glidden-Ralston offense this fall. He’s been asked to add some versatility by catching the ball, too. The Wildcats experimented with the new wrinkle at team camp.
On Tuesday, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto made its first state softball appearance in 14 years. It also marked three years to the day since Tim Hupke — the former MVAO softball and girls basketball coach — was buried after dying unexpectedly at 59.
Todd Colt still remembers the first Akron-Westfield softball team he took to state 11 years ago.
One victory from its first-ever girls state appearance in any major team sport, Glidden-Ralston turned in a lights-out performance, in every sense of the phrase.