Clinton announces first Hall of Fame class: Clinton High School has announced its first class for the school's athletic hall of fame, a culmination of an 18-month process, according to athletic director Gary Lueders.
The River Kings will induct 14 individuals before their football game against Davenport North on Aug. 30, also the same night Clinton will play on its new field turf for the first time.
The inductees are Hank Dihlman, Richard Farwell, Bill Holmstrom, Bill Holsclaw, Howard Judd, Dan Knight, Bob Lueders, Max Lynn, Gary Morris, Carl Nelson, Ken Ploen, Dan Roushar, Fred Slater and Chuck Vogt.
"What we got with this group was some of the real legends and some real contributors," Gary Lueders told the Clinton Herald.
Knight, now the Bettendorf wrestling coach, was a four-time undefeated state champion.
Judd, Holsclaw, Lueders and Lynn are being inducted as coaches. The quartet combined to win 19 state team championships in swimming, track, cross country and wrestling.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: Davenport West's Dajanique Jackson made her winning leap at last Thursday's MAC track and field meet a memorable one.
Jackson jumped 17 feet, 6 3/4 inches to break the school record that stood since 1981. Amy Ungs was West's previous record holder at 17-5 1/2.
Jackson will attempt to qualify for the state meet Thursday afternoon at Eldridge, where she owns the top jump among the eight teams competing in the district.
STATE ON THE LINE: Boys tennis teams will try and qualify individuals and doubles teams for the state tournament Thursday.
Bettendorf, Clinton and Ottumwa are the district site locations for area teams in Class 2A. The Bettendorf district features the Bulldogs, Davenport Central, Davenport North, Davenport West, North Scott and Pleasant Valley.
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Clinton will host the Dubuque schools, Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Prairie, while Muscatine competes at Ottumwa.
In Class 1A, defending state champion Davenport Assumption, Camanche and Maquoketa travel to Dubuque Wahlert.
The top two singles finishers and top two doubles teams advance to the state tournament, May 24-25.
'ASSET' TO THE TEAM: Pleasant Valley junior Maddy Hurning was the runner-up medalist at Monday's MAC girls golf meet in Muscatine.
Hurning shot an 86 at Geneva Golf & Country Club, another step in her progression since last season.
"She was one of those squirrely sophomores last year and out for golf for fun," PV head coach Barb Pischke said. "She came back this year and said, 'Coach, I'm really ready to play this year.' I'm so impressed with how well she has done and pulled it together.
"She has really been an asset to our team."
The Spartans won the conference meet by 65 strokes and are the overwhelming favorites at the 5A regional meet May 20 in Clinton.
OUT FOR THE YEAR: Muscatine's Bennett Luedtke, who has missed most of the outdoor track season with injuries, has decided not to return to competition this season.
The junior, who ran a Drake Relays-qualifying time in the 1,600 and owns the conference's second best 800 time this year at 2:00.24, has been bothered by hip and foot injuries, leaving Muscatine shorthanded.
At last week's MAC meet where Muscatine finished seventh, it was without Luedtke and sprinter Jake Shoultz.
"We wouldn’t have been there if those guys would have been there," Muscatine coach Chris Foxen said. "Those are some heavy caliber, great athletes and it shows in the results.”