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Last man standing

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Tony Ramos has been one of the most exciting wrestlers at Iowa for the last four years. The 133-pound senior from Illinois was missing two things– a Big Ten championship and an NCAA title.
Two weeks ago he won his first Big Ten title and last Saturday at Oklahoma City he picked up his first NCAA championship.
Tony scored two nearfall points in the first tiebreak to defeat Wisconsin’s fifth-seeded Tyler Graff, 3-1, in overtime.

Hawkeye women win big

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa rolled over the Marist Red Foxes, 87-65, Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a first-round victory in the NCAA tournament.
The game was supposed to be close because the Red Foxes had five players averaging in double figures like the Hawks. They were 27-6 coming into the game, Iowa was 26-8, they were a good passing team and played good defense.
There were a few things missing.

John “Jack” Loucka

John “Jack” Loucka, 78, of North Liberty, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at the Parkview Manor in Wellman. Graveside services will be held at a later date in the Lone Tree Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in memory of Jack. Online condolences may be sent to the Loucka family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

John Kottman

John Kottman, 88, died peacefully Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Solon Care Center surrounded by his family. Funeral Services were held March 17 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jennifer Lutz officiating. Graveside committal with military honors was conducted at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Metropolitan Opera.

Lavonne Boddicker

LaVonne Boddicker, 73, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Newhall, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on March 5, 2014.

Sunny Arizona

Walkin'

Sabra and I are spending a couple of weeks in sunny Arizona. Before her stroke, we planned to go on a Habitat For Humanity build in El Salvador followed be a week in Belize. Best laid plans often go astray, however, and we spent the time in a hospital instead.
Sabra is well on the road to recovery although her energy and strength are diminished. Like always, warm, sunny weather invigorates her (and me) so we decided a trip here was in order.
Thank God for the ghost money.

Are we all wet?

Food for Thought

I remember being told I was “all wet” when I was completely mistaken about something– as when I was positive that there was, somewhere down there around Tennessee or Arkansas, a state named Dixie. People talked about it as if it were a state; there were even songs about it. It took a lot of proof to convince me that I was totally wrong. I’m not sure where the expression “all wet” came from, but my dictionary includes “badly mistaken” as a distinct and specific use of the term.