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Don Lund

Hawkeye offense 2017

Hawk Talk

Media day for football was last Saturday, and since I missed my first media day in 16 years last August, I was ready to go.
My niece Kym got married and it was a great wedding, but it was in Missoula, Mont., on the same weekend as football media day.
Kym and her husband Ryan are Hawkeye fans so it was a great time.
The next three weeks I’ll break down the offense, defense and special teams.

Offensive Line

The Hawkeye offense always starts up front with the offensive line and this years’ group should be one of Iowa’s strengths.

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Prime Time wrap 2017

The Prime Time championship was last Sunday at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
The champion was Vinton Merchants, led by league MVP Jack Nunge, who scored 42 points with 14 rebounds, and Brady Ellingson, who had 20 points and 10 boards.

I went to every game helping with the stats and saw the new Hawks plus the veterans play and will break down my observations of the players.
I’ll start with the two new big guys.
Jack Nunge and Luka Garza both either met or exceeded expectations.

Favorite Hawkeyes, women’s basketball

Hawk Talk

I’ve talked about some of my favorite Hawkeye football players and men’s basketball players.
This week I’ll look at my favorite women’s basketball players since Lisa Bluder took over in 2000. That was also my first year covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader.
I didn’t get to see many of Vivian Stringer’s team in the 1980s and ‘90s, but if I did I would probably go with Michelle “Ice” Edwards, Franthea Price and Toni Foster.
All were First Team Kodak All-Americans and Big Ten Players of the Year.

Dominique Uhl: the lone senior

Hawk Talk

Dom Uhl is Iowa’s only senior.
The 6-9 forward from Frankford, Germany, played in 98 games for the Hawkeyes with eight starts.
Uhl was named Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, shot a team high 45 percent from the 3-point line as a sophomore, and started seven games last season.
Iowa started four freshmen last year, finished 19-15, 9-7 in the Big Ten, and won their first game in the NIT.

Prime Time in, Game Time out

Hawk Talk

I’ve already talked about Game Time shutting down this summer after 16 years of playing in North Liberty.
It’s kind of sad for me because I was there at the beginning helping Randy Larson, who also runs the Prime Time League, get Game Time going.
Prime Time moved to North Liberty in 2001 because it was air-conditioned, but there was only one basketball court at the time and there would be three games a night for Game Time, four for Prime Time.
I kept the stats and sometimes did play by play for North Liberty Television.

Big Ten champs for the first time

Hawk Talk

It kind of surprised me to find out that when Iowa won the Big Ten baseball championship on Sunday May 28, it was the first time the Hawkeyes were Big Ten champs.
The Hawks went 4-1 in the tournament beating Maryland and Nebraska, losing to Minnesota and then beating the Gophers in a second game before finally knocking out Northwestern in the championship, 13-4.
The Hawks automatically qualified to the NCAA regionals for the second time in three years.

1983 flashback part three

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of a look back to 1983.

In 1983, the price of a one story, two-bedroom house was $36,000.
A new Ford Escort cost $6,900, gas was $1.29 per gallon and you could buy a stamp for 20¢.

The Hawkeye basketball team had a new coach in George Raveling, who coached at Washington State from 1972-83.
The Hawks finished 13-15, 6-12 in the Big Ten that year.
The starting lineup included the twin towers Michael Payne (9.3 points per game) and Greg Stokes (14.9). Both were juniors.

1983 flashback part two

This is the second part of a flashback to 1983.

I was 29 years old and moved to North Liberty in December of 1980. The town was about 2,000 people and had no stoplights. I got my degree in Communications and Theater Arts in the spring of 1981. I was on the nine-year, no-pressure plan.
Koser’s was the main grocery store on the corner of Dubuque and Cherry Streets.
Bob’s, the Lounge (the establishment across the street from Bob’s, where Reds is) and The Lodge were the main watering holes.

Flashback to 1983

Hawk Talk

It’s the time of year where I flashback, this time it’s 1983. The Iowa Hawkeye football team went 9-3, 7-2 in the Big Ten.
Some of the special events happening in 1983 included the last episode of M*A*S*H*. I saw the original movie, watched the series on TV, including the final, and I still watch the reruns. The final was viewed by over 125 million viewers, a record at the time.

Men’s 2017 basketball wrap-up

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team is coming off a 19-15 record, 10-8 in the Big Ten conference.
There is plenty of excitement around the Iowa program as the team included three freshman starters.
Also, only one starter graduated, but he was a great one in Peter Jok.
Pete became Iowa’s fifth Big Ten scoring champion, averaging 19.9 points per game. He also won the College 3-point Championship that took place at the Final Four festivities in Phoenix.
Pete was first team All-Big Ten, and as I have said before, I think he is the best pure shooter I have ever seen play for Iowa.

A look back at the Hawkeye women 2017

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women’s basketball team finished the season with a 20-14 record, 8-8 in the Big Ten.
That’s the eighth time the Hawkeyes have won 20 games in the last 10 years.
I sat down with Iowa Assistant Coach Jenni Fitzgerald, who has been on Lisa Bluder’s staff at Iowa for all 17 seasons.
Before that, Jenni coached eight years at Drake with Lisa.
She also was the starting point guard for the Drake Bulldogs from 1986-91, where she was a captain her senior year and first team all-conference.

Spring football scrimmage

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes held their final scrimmage of the spring last Friday night under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.
I sat in the press box with one of my homeboys from Moville, Jerry Steffen. Jerry and I went from kindergarten to graduation at Woodbury Central. He was the leadoff hitter on our junior high baseball team that won the state championship in little league in 1968.