The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

June 12, 2013

Coach Tyler Howe's professional career ended abruptly, teaching him -- and his players -- to take nothing for granted


He immediately made his three seniors -- Cole Dickey, Jared Henfrey and Ben Hildebrandt -- captains. Their assent has paid off for the Rebels, who are now 9-2 and 6-0 in the Big East Conference. Dickey leads the team as Northeast’s top pitcher with 30 strikeouts in five starts; his Earned Run Average (ERA) through 23 1/3 innings is a whopping 0.60.

Meanwhile Hildebrandt is batting .282, second on the team with 11 hits and 12 runs. Henfrey leads the team with 14 RBIs, three doubles and nine stolen bases. Other upperclassmen -- juniors Charlie Marcucci (14 stolen bases, 17 hits, .472 average) and Tevin Stoecker (two home runs, 11 hits, .324 average) -- have helped set an example for younger regulars in the Rebel lineup (sophomore Matt Haferbier and freshman Ketzalli Dondiego).

Together, each senior said they’re unified in a goal to win the conference, something they said was attainable last year but didn’t happen.

“Last year it was always our goal, but we weren’t always focused on it,” Dickey said. “We knew we had another year, but this is our last go around and we want to go out the best way possible.”

Howe added: “Coming into it... I hadn’t really seen any of these three play before. So I knew learning the guys, what I was going to demand: play hard, sprint out and see where the season takes us.”

It was no trouble for any of them to buy into How and his pedigree. Professional experience aside, he’s former player at Northeast, he inherited the team from his father, Jeff; his mother, Teri, is Northeast’s Athletic Director.

But high level experience doesn’t hurt either...

“He’s got more experience playing, a good coach who knows his stuff,” Henfrey said.

“He thinks of the game in different ways,” Hildebrandt said. “His experience just helps us more.”

“I took from what I feel have been some of my better coaches, better communicators as far as teaching the game,” Howe said. “I’ve tried to adapt a few of their coaching styles and carry that over into my own personal coaching career.”

Text Only
Top News
  • Blake Holovach Holovach converting back to a starting pitcher

    When Blake Holovach takes the mound tonight along the Mississippi River in Davenport, it’ll be in the first inning, which he wasn’t accustomed to in the past.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Relay for Life: Stepping toward awareness

    Statistics reveal that cancer continues to remain the second most common cause of death in the United States, claiming one out of four deaths every day.

    July 31, 2014

  • Holly Youngquist Friends of the Library book sale is underway

    Friends of the Library Book Sale is open now. The sale is open to all until 8 p.m. today and on Friday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Finally, Saturday, Aug. 2, is box day. From 9 a.m. to  3 p.m., books will sell at $3 per box.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cremation service helped pet owner in her time of need

    I wanted to share some positive news about a business located in Clinton that I’m guessing most residents aren’t aware even exists. It’s Northridge Pet Cremation on Main Avenue and for me they were recently a godsend.

    July 31, 2014

  • Darryl Hogue Fulton superintendent settles in to new position

    One month into the permanent River Bend School District superintendent job, Darryl Hogue has experienced the long hours, stress and the learning curve that comes with any new position.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of tactics

    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.

    July 31, 2014

  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    July 31, 2014

  • Senior game RVC North claims win

    Much like Northeast softball pitcher Addie Oberman did on Monday night for the River Valley Conference North squad, Tevin Stoecker came in to pitch in relief, and quieted the opposition.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal

     Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon's plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers.

    July 31, 2014

  • Iowa gambling regulators ponder casino moratorium

    The commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa may discuss whether to stop considering new casino license applications for a while.

    July 31, 2014

AP Video