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Don Lund

The Iowa Hawkeye offense

Hawk Talk


This is the first of a three-part series.
For the next couple of weeks, I’ll talk about the University of Iowa football team’s offense, defense and special teams.
Like I said last week, I missed my first football media press conference in 15 years.
Two of my homeboys, Terry Intveld and Brian Fleck, were the “next-man-in” and took pictures and got some quotes.
Terry has been taking pictures for me for at least seven or eight years.

Iowa football schedule: Part two

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye 2016 football schedule.
Last week I took the first six games; Miami (Ohio), Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Purdue.
I believe that Iowa should be favored in all six games.
This week I’ll look at the final six games.

Oct. 22: Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are coming off a 10-3 (6-2 in the Big Ten) season which included a 23-21 bowl win over USC.

Time for some football

Hawk Talk

Last season, the Hawkeye football team took us to a place that hasn’t happened since 1922; an undefeated football season.
The Hawks also went undefeated in 1921.
A lot of things fell into place, like Marshall Koehn’s 57-yard field goal as time ran out against Pittsburgh. Iowa won, 27-24.
How about Nate Meier knocking the Nebraska offensive guard back to step on the quarterback, who tripped and fumbled. Faith Ekakitie recovered on the Iowa 4-yard line. The Hawks won, 10-6.

Coming to America… Peter Jok

Hawk Talk

This probably won’t come as a shock, but I’m almost certain Peter Jok is the first Iowa Hawkeye basketball player born in Sudan.
Sudan is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the east, and South Sudan to the south.
It is the third-largest country in Africa, and is divided by the river Nile into eastern and western halves.
Peter moved to Des Moines when he was 9 and lived with Mike Nixon, his guardian.
He is related to the late Manute Bol and current Los Angeles Laker, Luol Deng.

Game Time

Hawk Talk

NORTH LIBERTY– The Game Time League started July 6 and all of Iowa’s freshmen basketball players are not only playing, but looking good.
The Hawkeyes’ incoming class, ranked seventh in the nation, possesses a combination of size, shooters and ball handlers.
Start with Makenzie Meyer, a 5-10 guard from Mason City who was named 2016 Iowa Miss Basketball.
Meyer helped Mason City to their first-ever state championship in girls basketball in 2016.
She was a four-time all-conference pick and a three-time all-state selection.

Prime Time is back…finally

Hawk Talk

The Prime Time League (PTL) opened in North liberty on Thursday, June 30, two weeks later than normal.
Hawk fans got to see four of the new recruits and they were as good as advertised.
Starting with Tyler Cook, the 6-8, 240-pound big man was a four-star recruit coming out of St. Louis. He showed power, speed and a great presence around the basket.
Tyler is able to dunk with either hand and might be the best athlete Fran McCaffery has recruited.
The big guy finished with 27 points and eight rebounds in his first game.

Alexa, Ally and Hailey

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part story on Iowa’s three seniors.
Last week, I talked about Alexa, who led the Hawkeyes in 3-pointers, and Ally, who was second team All-Big Ten last season.

This week, I’ll finish up with Ally and talk about Hailey Schneden, who was a walk-on and earned a scholarship.
Ally has had a really good career for the Hawkeyes and the good news is she has a year left.
As good as Ally is in college, she had an even better career playing for the West High Trojans.

Three returning seniors: Ally, Alexa and Hailey

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women have three seniors to lead the team next season, hopefully back to the NCAA tournament.
All three have different leadership qualities and are important in the chemistry of the team.
To start with, Ally Disterhoft was voted second team All-Big Ten last year and started in 84 of 103 games.
Alexa Kastanek played in 99 games, with 20 starts, and led the Hawkeyes with 56 3-pointers last season.

Goodbye Bob

Legendary Iowa broadcaster Bob Brooks passed away last weekend.
I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Bob a little bit when I started covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader in 2001.
The thing that made Bob so special was that he treated everyone the same.
Whether you were a high-profile coach, like Hayden Fry, or a weekly sports writer like me.
He also had time to talk and I loved to talk to him about those great Hawkeye football teams in the ‘50s.

Nick Gallagher

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When Nick Gallagher was a senior at West High, he planned on going to school at the University of Iowa… and become a basketball manager.
Iowa’s head baseball coach Rick Heller saw Nick pitch in high school for the West High Trojans and asked the hard-throwing right hander if he would like to try out for the Hawkeye baseball team.

“The Greatest” is gone

Muhammad Ali passed away last week and it brought back a lot of memories of growing up in the ‘60s, how I got started following sports and some of my heroes that have come and gone.
First I have to give credit to my dad, who was a fan of all sports, played football and ran track in high school.
Dad and my two brothers watched sports together and I remember him coming to watch us compete in baseball, football and wrestling.

Rating my four teams

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I started covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader in 2000 and was only going to follow football, men’s basketball and wrestling.
One of my female friends, Carrie, said in a joking manner, “That would be sexist.”
So I jumped on the women’s bandwagon after they started 5-5.
It was Lisa Bluder’s first year.
That Iowa team, led by guards Cara Consuegra and Lindsey Meder, went on to go 21-10, 12-4 in the Big Ten, they took second place and won the Big Ten Tournament.