Joel Herrington can proudly look back on his Fort Dodge athletic career with few regrets.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Herrington has been a valuable member of the Dodger football, track, wrestling and soccer programs in recent years.
On the gridiron, Herrington was a consistent performer in the trenches, starting all 20 games on the offensive line over the past two seasons. Following his senior campaign, Herrington was picked to the all-CIML Iowa Conference first team last fall after previously being tabbed to the second squad in 2010.
As a junior, Herrington helped the Dodgers to an 8-2 overall record and their first outright CIML Iowa crown in school history at 5-0. FDSH captured a CIML title for the first time since 1994, and posted its first eight-win regular season since 1981.
"Beating Valley (to clinch the league championship) my junior year was my most memorable game," Herrington said. "I still remember (former Dodger all-stater) Darreus Caston catching the winning touchdown (with just over a minute left in a 15-12 victory)."
Herrington recently received a rare opportunity to showcase his talents in the prestigious 40th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.
TIMEOUT WITH JOEL HERRINGTON
Vacation destination: Australia.
People I would like to have dinner with: Jesus, Dallas Clark, Peyton Manning.
It would surprise people that I: like to play frisbee golf.
My sports role model: my older brother Alex.
My everyday role model: my older brother Alex.
I can't go a day without: water and food.
Superstition: I?have to eat a Pop Tart after every away game.
Most heated rivalry: Mason City.
Favorite road trip: Mason City.
What are you listening to right now? Chris Levy.
Team: Indianapolis Colts.
Class: Food Prep.
Movie: Dark Knight.
Magazine: Sports Illustrated.
"I figured we'd do a lot better than we did (Herrington's North squad dropped a 40-7 decision to the South), but it was a lot of fun," said Herrington. "Even though it was really hot, I had the chance to play against the best kids in the state, which was a good experience."
In track, Herrington tied for 12th in the Class 4A state shotput this past May, firing a throw of 48-10.5.
"At the beginning of the season, I didn't think I would make it (to state)," Herrington said. "I would say about three-quarters of the way in, I figured I probably could make it and started improving my throws."
Competing in wrestling and soccer kept Herrington busy as well.
"They both teach you really good work ethic," said Herrington.
Herrington will continue his football career at the NAIA level for Morningside College in Sioux City.
"Shutting down the defensive players and getting pancakes (for blocks) are my favorite parts of football," Herrington said. "I'll never forget playing Friday nights in Dodger Stadium, and just our overall mentality we had as a program."