Posted on June 27, 2009 by kjpilcher
Jack Baker isn’t perfect, but he has achieved perfection. Nine times to be exact.
Baker has scored nine holes-in-one during the more than 40 years he’s been golfing. He has a reasonable approach to the astounding feat. (more…)
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Posted on February 20, 2009 by kjpilcher
Solon’s James Morris is well-known for his exploits on the football field. Morris, a junior and University of Iowa football recruit, is a two-time first-team all-state running back and was the first junior named the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year.
Now he can add a state wrestling medal to his trophy case. Morris locked up a spot on the awards stand with a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Independence’s Ryan Fank.
Which is tougher for the standout athlete?
“For me, it’s wrestling,” Morris said. “It’s not second nature like football.”
Football has helped. He’s played in three state Class 2A championship games as a running back and linebacker for the two-time defending champion Spartans.
“It’s just getting used to and competing at a high level,” Morris said. “That carries over to competing from football to wrestling.”
Playing in front of 8,000 fans at the UNI-Dome prepared Morris for the state meet atmosphere, known to overwhelm some competitors.
“It calms the nerves, performing in front of a huge crowd,” Morris said. “That plays a big factor for a wrestler.”
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