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Golf fans, who you taking: Hawks or Lynx?

May 7, 2014 - Troy Banning
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog ... decided to take the proactive approach before my bosses nonchalantly ask, “Hey, when are you going to write another blog?” instead of saying what they really mean — “Hey, write a blog. Now!”

That’s just a joke, Anne and Terry.

Really enjoyed covering the top-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton boys’ golf team on Monday at the Heart of Iowa Conference tournament. That the Hawks won the title wasn’t surprising; how they did it is.

And I think it may have been a blessing in disguise.

Braxton Risetter and Trevor Ullestad are easily two of the best players in the state. Trust me ... I’ve watched both play many holes and, more often than not, they are dynamic. Risetter’s round on Monday was a thing of boring beauty and by that I mean this — he split pretty much every fairway and he laced nearly every iron pin high. To most of us who golf that’s just boring. We enjoy playing out of the trees and the sand.

OK, not really.

Ullestad not having his ‘A’ game — and he still shot a 79 on one of the state’s tougher courses — is the “blessing in disguise” part. It proved to everyone, including the players, that the Hawks are so much more than a two-man team.

Jordan Bowers, Jordan Toillion, Chris Mogren and Nathan Sogard will all be equally important come the postseason, and I think they’re all up to the challenge.

Have had several people ask me this question: Which boys’ golf team is better, South Hamilton or Webster City?

The truth is I really don’t know. Mother Nature has cancelled my plans to see the Lynx boys’ team twice this spring, but I’ll have four more chances in the next week.

Both teams are very good, that’s obvious. Risetter and Ullestad can both shoot in the 60s each time they take the course, so that might be the Hawks’ edge. But I’d never count out the Fuhs twins, Alec and Avery, or Logan Yates doing the same.

We’ll see when the two teams compete against one another in next week’s Lynx Invite. Can’t wait to see how it unfolds.

Tallied up, I watched 190 minutes of soccer on Tuesday. I don’t have much else to say on the subject other than wow, that’s a lot of soccer.

Was worth it though to see the 16th-ranked Webster City boys’ team celebrate its 1-0 shootout win over Clear Lake. Ashton High deserved all of the praise heaped upon him, too. A freshman goalkeeper stopping two penalty kicks against the No. 7-ranked team in the state? Good stuff.

The NBA playoffs — now that the Golden State Warriors have been eliminated ... snooze-fest. Wake me when King James picks up his third ring.

The NFL draft starts tomorrow and, I’ll admit, I’m a big intrigued. If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I’m a diehard Cowboys fans. I whine more than a 3-year-old in church most Sundays in the fall because America’s Team inevitably lets me down.

The idea that Johnny Football could fall to the Cowboys first-round draft pick is what peaks my interest. I don’t think it will happen, but should it I say this — Jerry, please, TAKE HIM!

I’ve always been a Tony Romo apologist, but I truly believe Johnny Football has the chance to be a transcendent player in the NFL. He has IT, whatever IT is.


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