The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 31, 2013

2013 in review: State titles top year

CLINTON — Reaching the top in one's sport is always the goal, but it's also something most athletes and teams only dream of accomplishing each season.

Prince of Peace's Sydney Laufenberg, Clinton's Deshond Robinson, Camanche's Courtney Sowle,

Erie/Prophetstown's Paige Rus, an E/P relay unit and the Clinton River Queens girls tennis team happily became exceptions last spring when they won state titles. The championships highlighted the 2013 calendar year for area sports teams and individuals, although several others came close to winning it all.

The River Queens scored back-to-back 5-4 victories against defending state champion Ames and Urbandale to capture the state tennis crown in Cedar Rapids. A year earlier, Clinton lost to both of those teams as it placed fourth at state.

The top individual finishes came at the state track meets.

Laufenberg capped a successful freshman season by uncorking a throw of 120 feet, 4 inches on her first attempt in the Class 1A discus competition. That wound up beating the next-best throw by more than a foot. It came a day after she placed fourth in the shot put.

Robinson captured the Class 4A state crown in the 400 meters, winning in 48.71 seconds.

Sowle claimed her title in the Class 2A 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.71.

Rus earned the Illinois Class 1A state title in the triple jump (36 feet, 9.5 inches), and she and her

Erie/Prophetstown teammates just missed capturing the team title. Courtney Cobert, Peyton Rus, Heather Strike and Rachel Cobert captured the gold in the 4-by-100-meter relay, but the Panthers were edged 60-56 for the team title by Moweaqua Central A&M. A week later, the Erie/Prophetstown boys took third at state, led by a runner-up finish by Devin Johnson in the long jump.

Among other top team performances at the high school level:

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  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

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    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jones leaves UNO program

    Jalen Jones is done with basketball — for now, anyway.
    The 6-foot-5 Clinton High grad who had committed to play for Nebraska-Omaha, has left the program, and according to his Facebook page, has enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
    The enrollment office at the community college confirmed that Jones was registered for classes this fall at Kirkwood. Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen, a Clinton High graduate, declined to comment and gave no indication that Jones would play basketball for the Eagles this winter.
    "College basketball isn't for everybody," Clinton coach Nick Lawrence said. "A little time away might do him some good."
    Jones came home to Clinton after spending just a few days with the Mavericks, and enrolled to Kirkwood shortly thereafter.
    Jones, the Herald's Player of the Year, averaged 19 points a game for the River Kings in his senior season and finished with the second-most rebounds with 160.
    He shot 41 percent on the floor and 28 percent from 3-point territory. He committed to Omaha before last season started in October.

    July 26, 2014

  • Hawkeyes to offer student tickets to public

    Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Hawkeyes will make any unsold student football tickets available to the general public as well on Aug. 1.

    July 25, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

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    July 25, 2014

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    July 25, 2014

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    July 25, 2014

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