Sports Columns

Forever a Cyclone

For Fred Hoiberg, formally accepting the offer to coach the Chicago Bulls was about business. Nothing more.Hoiberg didn't turn in his Cyclone card on Tuesday. He wasn't quitting as an Iowan. He resigned his position at Iowa State simply to follow a different career path - one he had targeted ...

Saving the best for last

Collectively speaking, Fort Dodge Senior High's Class of 2015 could best be described as an athletic enigma before their final year of high school.There had been injuries. Inconsistency. Struggles. Misfortune.The Dodger seniors began the season at a proverbial crossroads. Yet from there, they ...

Walk a mile in his shoes

The world's most common vice is advice.As smoke bellows from the latest rumors surrounding Fred Hoiberg's possible NBA departure, the natural tendency -- even a habit, if you will -- of most fans is to immediately insert their own personal beliefs into the thought process of the beloved Iowa ...

Unassuming brilliance

Every aspiring athlete, regardless of sport or skill set, should become familiar with Stephen Curry's story.Study it. Emulate it. Know it by heart - because that's what this journey is all about.The NBA's freshly-minted 2015 Most Valuable Player wasn't blessed with natural size, strength, ...

Don’t buy the hype

It's being billed as the fight of the century. Boxing's last hope. A meal ticket for the media. The superlative generator.After years of talking and projecting and predicting and wondering, Floyd Mayweather finally meets Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night in Las Vegas.So we get an elite boxer ...

Reversal of fortune

Iowa State entertained fans and charmed bracketologists down the stretch of the season with five consecutive double-digit comeback victories, including three in a row on its way to another Big 12 championship.With their backs against the wall time and time again, the Cyclones used the energy of ...

View from the top

DES MOINES - A simultaneous sense of pride and relief swept through head coach Dick Jungers and his Newell-Fonda girls basketball program following Friday's Class 1A championship game.Satisfaction? Not entirely.The Mustangs, a poster child for perseverance after years of excruciating heartache ...

It takes a village

DES MOINES - They technically count as individual accomplishments, but the wrestling championships earned by Fort Dodge's Sam Cook and Brody Teske on Saturday night weren't won alone.Far from it.The Dodgers turned back the clock on both their culture and expectations this past week during the ...

It takes a village

DES MOINES - They technically count as individual accomplishments, but the wrestling championships earned by Fort Dodge's Sam Cook and Brody Teske on Saturday night weren't won alone.Far from it.The Dodgers turned back the clock on both their culture and expectations this past week during the ...

King Tut

Seth Tuttle came to Northern Iowa as a modestly recruited, string-bean post player from West Fork High School.Today he is the toast of the Missouri Valley Conference, and even a hot topic of conversation among basketball gurus nation-wide.Tuttle's rise to prominence has paralleled the ascension ...

Courage defined

In good times and bad, no matter how she felt at a particular point in time, Alli Huss fought cancer with the same steadfast creed:''If God brought you to it, He'll bring you through it.''I always admired Alli's determination. It was noticeable on the basketball court, without question. Her ...

Think warm thoughts

We've reached the dog days of winter. Well past Christmas, but not close enough to spring. Depressing weather forecasts. Exorbitant heating bills.In need of a pick-me-up? Check out our area sports scene in the days and weeks to come. The gateway to spring fever is right here in our own ...

Period of transition

For Dallas Clark, patience has always been a virtue.When the Twin River Valley graduate and former Iowa Hawkeye All-American finds himself fighting the competitive spirit from his past, the motivation to move forward isn't far away.It just takes time. And more patience.Make no mistake: Clark is ...

Heart of the matter

Advanced player development is supposed to be the lifeblood of our state's three major football programs.Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa rarely land big fish from the recruiting pond. Instead, these schools pride themselves on finding diamonds in the rough from all walks of life. Coaches ...

Gridlock

In a cruel twist of fate for Iowa fans still cursing out the football program's TaxSlayer Bowl debacle, head coach Kirk Ferentz will receive a $525,000 ''longevity bonus'' at the end of this month.I'd try to lighten the reactionary mood with a joke, but these days, it would just be met with a ...

Making his own luck

The billy goat is starting to sweat.The Chicago Cubs, perennially the punch line to a bad World Series joke told over and over again since before World War I, are beginning to build something legitimate behind the crafty mind of front-office savant Theo Epstein.When Epstein was hired away from ...

Necessary leadership

Being "The Mayor" certainly has its perks, but the title is truly earned when a leader is forced to deal with the community's pitfalls.Fred Hoiberg is the favorite son of Ames, Iowa. He is beloved, admired, respected and even idolized. As the basketball coach at Iowa State University, though, ...

Winning mentality

I'll let any remaining St. Edmond football doubters in on a little secret: once a team reaches the state semifinals at the UNI-Dome, all caveats and qualifiers cease to exist.The 2013 Class A champion, West Lyon, is up next for the Gaels. A potential title-game rematch with dynastic Iowa City ...

Royals’ pain

Kansas City fans would like nothing more than to cast Madison Bumgarner as the villain after the Royals' excruciating Game 7 World Series loss to San Francisco.The left-handed pitcher tortured the American League champions in unprecedented fashion, dominating Kansas City with three different ...

A Royal family

It surfaced in Alex Gordon's total disregard for his own safety.Or when ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain laid down an impromptu sacrifice bunt - the first of his career.We saw it as Mike Moustakas literally tossed his body into the dugout to make a catch at all costs.Or in the way James Shields celebrated ...