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Don Lund

Game Time

Hawk Talk

Game Time is back for its 15th season at the North Liberty Recreation Center on every Wednesday night until July 29.
Three of the four Hawkeye newcomers are playing and they all looked good in their debuts last Wednesday, June 17.
Tania Davis, a quick athletic guard and the top-rated recruit in the class, opened with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists as her team won, 103-76.

Flashback to 1981 - part 2

Hawk Talk

This is a second look at the year 1981.
What a breakthrough year for the Iowa football team.
Hayden Fry was in his third year as head coach, Iowa had gone 19 seasons without having a winning season, and the Hawkeyes shared the Big Ten championship and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1959.
Ronald Reagan was president and I had just moved back to North Liberty to finish my degree at the University of Iowa.
I graduated in the spring of 1981 and North Liberty was only 2,000 people.

Flashback to 1981

Hawk Talk

“Finally!” was the headline in “The Gazette” on Nov. 8, 1981.

“Hawks get first winning season since 1961 by ripping Purdue.”
Iowa beat Purdue 33-7 that cool November day at Kinnick Stadium and Gus Schrader wrote the story (I was there).
“That’s the greatest victory I’ve ever been associated with,” said a jubilant Hayden Fry. “At least we’ve got that streak of losing seasons off our back. Twenty years! That’s a long time.”
The Big Ten’s longest streak of one school losing to another was halted at 20. Iowa hadn’t beaten Purdue since 1960.

Hawkeye women’s basketball wrap part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part look at the great season the Hawkeye women’s basketball team had this year.
Iowa finished 26-8, 14-4 in the Big Ten, which was good enough for second place.
The Hawks went to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996 and the senior class is the winningest class since 1991 with 93 victories.
Iowa averaged 79.5 points per game, which is a program record for scoring offense for the second straight year.
Samantha Logic, Bethany Doolittle and Melissa Dixon were the highest-scoring trio in Big Ten history with 4,379 points.

Hawkeye women’s basketball wrap up

What a great season for the Hawkeye women.
What a fun team to watch.
Iowa finished the season 26-8, 14-4 in the Big Ten, good enough for second place.
They made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996.
The senior class, Melissa Dixon, Kathryn Reynolds, Bethany Doolittle and Samantha Logic, is the program’s winningest graduating class in 21 years with 93 victories.
Melissa, Bethany and Samantha are the highest scoring trio in Big Ten history with 4,379 points.
The Hawkeyes have 53 wins in the last two seasons. That’s the best two-year run since 1988-89 (56 wins).

Spring Scrimmage

Hawk Talk

The cold and cloudy spring scrimmage held Saturday had a blend of good, bad and things to work on.
I’m going to start with the defense because I think they have a chance to be pretty special.

Defense

Iowa’s defense was and should be embarrassed after the blowout by Tennessee in the bowl game. The Volunteers racked up 283 yards on the ground, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. They were 17-22 passing with 178 yards, including a flea flicker pass that went for 49 yards and a score.

Linebackers look solid

Hawk Talk

This is the fourth part of spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes
This week I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Iowa loses Quinton Alston, who played as a true freshman but didn’t start until he was a senior.
Last season, Quinton was second on the team with tackles and started every game at middle linebacker. He was named second team All-Big Ten by the coaches and was permanent team captain.
He was a great leader on and off the field and won the Coaches Appreciation Award on defense.

Spring Football Part 3

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of spring football.

The last couple of weeks I talked about all of the offensive positions except the quarterback. Jake Rudock is going to transfer to Michigan which leaves Iowa with C.J. Beathard.

Spring football Part Two

Last week I talked about the offensive line, as Iowa has to replace Brandon Scherff and Andrew Donnal.
This week I’ll talk about the tight ends and wide receivers.
Ray Hamilton, who had a solid career, graduates from tight end. Ray didn’t put up big numbers, as he had 29 receptions and three touchdowns for his career. He caught 18 passes his senior year and scored all three of his touchdowns last fall. He was a solid blocker and played as a true freshman.
Henry Krieger Coble (6-4, 250) and Jake Duzey (6-4, 248) are listed as co-starters. Both are seniors, have good hands and can block.

Spring football 2015

Hawk Talk

There were plenty of questions for head coach Kirk Ferentz last Wednesday as the Hawkeye football team opened spring practice.
The first 10 minutes were all about the quarterback situation.
The rumor mill was saying that Jake Rudock, a two-year starter with a 14-11 record, would be transferring and playing somewhere else next year.
For once, the rumors were true as coach Ferentz said he has signed a release for Jake to explore his options about transferring.
That leaves C.J. Beathard as the only quarterback with game experience.

Hawkeye women bow out

The Iowa women’s basketball season ended last Friday in Oklahoma as they lost to a tough and good-shooting Baylor team, 81-66.
The Baylor Bears controlled the boards (45-35), had balanced scoring (four in double-figures) and had a tough defense that helped knock Iowa out of the NCAA tournament.
You could argue that the Bears, even though they were all over the Hawkeyes, got some nice no-calls as they came away with only nine fouls while Iowa had 17.
Baylor was 16-18 from the free throw line, Iowa only 3-7.
Only one Iowa starter (Samantha Logic) shot free throws, so you do the math.

Oh so Sweet 16

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeye women finally did it... they are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time in Lisa Bluder’s coaching career.
It’s also the first time the Hawks made the Sweet 16 since 1996 as they beat a good Miami team, 88-70.
Last Sunday, before a crowd of over 7,000 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes played Iowa basketball.
That is balanced scoring (five in double-figures), great passing (17 assists), taking care of the ball (only 14 turnovers), bench scoring (Iowa 16, Miami 5) and cleaning the glass (Iowa 44 rebounds, Miami 35).