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Lehman proves his worth

Dodger comes up big as a senior

August 4, 2012
By JOSH MEYER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

Dedication and focus have helped Isaac Lehman make a name for himself during his Fort Dodge athletic career.

The multi-sport standout stayed active by participating in baseball, football, track and tennis over the course of his tenure with the Dodgers.

Lehman, a leftfielder on the diamond, started all 44 games this summer for Class 4A state runner-up FDSH, which set a new single-season program record for victories (36) and reached the title round for only the second time in school history.

"Our team believed we could go far, and it was our goal to prove it," Lehman said. "We showed we could do it just like we thought.

"I always like being the underdog and beating teams that thought they were better than us."

Batting from the No. 5 spot in the order, Lehman delivered four game-winning hits for the CIML Iowa Conference champion Dodgers, including a walkoff bases-loaded RBI single in a 5-4 state quarterfinal triumph over 2011 state title-holder West Des Moines Dowling.

Fact Box


Vacation destination: The Alps.

People I would like to have dinner with: Fred Hoiberg, Paul Rhoads, Kobe Bryant.

My sports role model: Nik Moser.

My everyday role model: my dad.

I can't go a day without: playing Xbox.

Nickname: Ice.

Superstition: I try not to have any because they mess you up.

Most heated rivalry: Mason City.

Favorite road trip: Mason City.

What are you listening to right now? Tech N9ne.


Team: Iowa State.

Class: physical education.

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises.

Lehman posted a .352 average with 43 hits, 35 runs and 25 RBI en route to earning honorable mention all-league accolades.

"Obviously, my game-winner against Dowling and taking the conference were the most memorable parts of the season," said Lehman. "I definitely liked having the opportunity to end the game in my hands, because I felt like I could get the job done every time. I didn't really feel any extra pressure in those situations."

On the gridiron, Lehman impressed last fall by becoming Fort Dodge's single-season receptions leader despite missing the tail end of the year with a broken collarbone. For his efforts, Lehman landed on the CIML Iowa all-conference first team after hauling in 48 catches for 826 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"I was hoping to get some more (receptions), but my season was cut short, which was disappointing," Lehman said. "I still had a lot of fun, though."

Lehman plans on continuing his football career at Iowa Central.



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