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Don Lund

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

Hawk Talk

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

Hawk Talk

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.

1982 Flashback part two

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a look back to the year 1982.
Hayden Fry was in his fourth year as the Iowa Hawkeye head football coach.

In 1982, “E.T.” was one of the top movies, “Don’t You Want Me” by the Human League was one of the top songs and “Magnum P.I.” was one of the top TV shows.
In sports, the San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series and the Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA championship.

The year is 1982

Hawk Talk

In 1982, the first CDs were sold in Japan, the Weather Channel was on cable TV for the first time and the Iowa Hawkeye football team, which had its first winning season in 20 years in 1981, went 8-4, 6-2 in the Big Ten.
You could buy a gallon of gas for 91¢ and a US postage stamp cost 20¢.
In entertainment, Michael Jackson released his second album, “Thriller.”
E.T., Rocky III and On Golden Pond were the top movies.

Hawkeye Men’s basketball wrap up

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes finished Fran McCaffery’s sixth season with a 22-11 record, 12-8 in the Big Ten, which tied the Hawks for third place.
For the first time under coach Fran, the Hawkeyes finished the season ranked in the top 25 as they finished 25th in the nation.
Iowa made the NCAA tournament for the third time in a row for the first time since 1991-93.
Iowa swept Michigan and Michigan State for the first time since 1954. (The year I was born!)

Hawkeye women’s wrap-up

Hawk Talk

Lisa Bluder has been the head coach of the Hawkeye women for 16 years.
The Hawks made the postseason (including last year in the WNIT) in 15 of those years.
Iowa finished the season 19-14, 8-10 in the Big Ten, and according to most basketball analysts, were one win away from getting into the NCAA tournament.
It would have been the ninth straight for the Hawkeyes, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Former Hawkeye basketball player to open youth gym in Tiffin

TIFFIN– When Darryl Moore came to the University of Iowa in 1993 little did he know he would not only get a chance to walk on the basketball team, but he would earn a scholarship, become a two-year starter and earn the Chris Street award, an award that exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris, a former Hawkeye basketball player who died in a car wreck on Jan. 19, 1993.
Now Moore, who has been in medical sales for over a dozen years, is seeking to open a gym in Tiffin to work with kids on developing basketball and life skills.

Spring football part four


The last couple of weeks I looked at the Iowa offense, defensive line and linebackers.
This week, I’ll talk about the defensive backs and special teams.

Defensive backs

When you start with Iowa’s defensive backs, it’s a no brainer to start with Desmond King.
Desmond was named consensus All-American, Jim Thorpe winner (which included a Rolex) and won the Jack Tatum award as the best defensive back in America.

Hawkeye defense

Hawk Talk

The last couple of weeks, I talked about the Iowa offense.
The next couple of weeks, I’ll look at the Iowa defense and special teams.
First, I have to comment about Desmond King, Iowa’s All-World defensive back.
When I say All-World, I mean Desmond was a unanimous consensus All-American, won the Jim Thorpe award, won the Jack Tatum award (voted the best defensive back in America), was the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year and unanimous All-Big Ten selection, yet he’s coming back for his senior year.
Good for you Desmond, who promised his Mom he would graduate.