I’m not sure what the Iowa record is for most high school state team championships won by one school in a single calendar year.
I know it’s more than four.
But Davenport Assumption has won that many state titles just in the past three months.
After the girls track team won its fifth consecutive state title in May and the girls soccer team won for the sixth time in seven years in June, the Knights’ baseball and softball teams put on an astonishing display of dominance on their way to championships during the summer season.
The two teams had a combined record of 85-6. The softball team won its last 44 in a row to finish 44-1. The baseball team was a mere 41-5.
The softball team outscored opponents 55-1 in six post-season games, the baseball team 62-5.
The softball team batted .394 for the season, baseball .371.
Opposing teams batted .112 against pitchers on the softball team, .155 against the baseball hurlers.
The softball team, with two Division I pitchers, had a team earned-run average of 0.47 and a WHIP (ratio of walks and hits to innings pitched) of 0.66. The top three pitchers on the baseball team, all of whom are bound for Division I schools, combined to go 25-0 with a 0.58 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP.
The football, volleyball, golf and cross country teams have a tough act to follow this fall.
You couldn’t help but be somewhat encouraged by the Chicago Bears’ effort in their 24-17 loss to Denver is the first preseason game Thursday.
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks like a playmaker and seemingly is much more advanced than any of us expected him to be at this point. All of the Bears’ young backup running backs — Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham, Ka’Deem Carey — looked great. And the starting defense was rock solid.
They only lost the game because of two horrible late defensive breakdowns by a bunch of guys who weren’t going to make the team anyway.
Former Davenport Central star Austin Howard has always been considered to have good feet for a gargantuan NFL offensive lineman.
And Howard landed very firmly on those feet after being released by the Oakland Raiders in a cost-cutting maneuver last week. Howard turned around and signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens that actually will pay him almost as much as he was making in Oakland. His pact calls for $16 million over three years.
Howard has yet to begin practicing with the Ravens, apparently because of the lingering effects of the shoulder surgery he had in January, but it is anticipated he will step in as the team’s starting right tackle once he is healthy, giving Baltimore a potent all-Eastern Iowa right side. The right guard is Anamosa native Marshal Yanda, who has carved out a near Hall of Fame caliber career at that spot, making the Pro Bowl five years in a row.
You’ve probably heard that White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson is planning to broadcast only 20 games next season, then retire from the airwaves.
I actually watched part of a broadcast of a White Sox-Cubs game a few weeks ago and after the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hit a big home run, Harrelson went about a minute without saying a word. Even after that, it seemed his broadcast partner, Steve Stone, had trouble getting him to speak. Harrelson just sulked and said as little as possible.
It looked like maybe he’d already retired.
Harrelson, in discussing his departure with the Chicago Tribune last week, reiterated his hatred for Wrigley Field and its press facilities, and said “I will never step foot in that ballpark again. Ever.’’
I’m guessing no one there will miss him.
ESPN basketball commentator Seth Greenberg, a former head coach at Long Beach State, South Florida and Virginia Tech, clearly has become a big fan of Muscatine’s Joe Wieskamp, who is scheduled to sign a letter of intent with Iowa in November.
After watching Wieskamp on the AAU summer circuit, Greenberg tweeted: “Mark my words. @IowaHoops commit @JWieskamp21 will be an All Big10 player. He is one of the most under appreciated players in the country.’’