SIOUX CITY – Hitting to all fields:
- The two fastest Sioux Cityans to ever run a half-mile have been cloaked in a certain degree of irony.
Bob Prince and Carter Lilly, graduates of Our Town’s East High, were and are record-setters of their generations.
Prince established the all-time City best in the half in 1973, running 880 yards in 1:52.4, which converts to 1:51.6 for 800 meters.
Then along came Lilly in 2014 to cruise a fully automatic timed 1:51.52 to finish second in the 800 in the Class 4A state meet.
The two times create pretty much a tie for the best ever.
Now comes a bit more irony.
In the recent outdoor USA Track & Field Champ Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Lilly ran a 1:47.1 in a men’s 800 opening heat.
The time equaled a 1:47.1 by Prince, running for Kansas State, in the Drake Relays men’s 800-meter invitational special at the Drake Relays in 1977.
In each case, the two Sioux Cityans finished no better than fifth.
In the ’77 race, Oklahoma’s Randy Wilson in 1:46.06 with Olympic gold medalist Mike Boit and Rick Wohlhuter the first two behind Wilson.
Lilly, a Dean’s List student at the University of Iowa, took care of the record-setting business for good, though, in the USATF 800 semifinals when he blazed to a 1:46.95, good for another fifth.
Unfortunately, he didn’t make the finals, although his time was faster than the four leaders in the semi heat and qualification was based on heat placings.
Lilly redshirted at Iowa this spring and will be back for a final outdoor season in 2019.
- Delbert Christensen, another East High grad and trackman, keeps busy umpiring softball in eastern Iowa these days and during the weekend was behind the plate for a Waukee game in which Molly Jacobson was the winning pitcher.
Jacobson, a junior, is the daughter of Bill and Katie Jacobson. Bill a North High grad, was The Journal’s Sioux City Male Athlete of the Year in 1981 when the prestigious award was first established by former Sports Editor Terry Hersom.
Molly Jacobson, a junior in her first varsity season, sports a 17-6 record and had struck out 69 batters in her first 21 decisions.
Molly’s older brother, Michael, played two varsity basketball seasons at Nebraska, starting 55 games, but has since transferred to Iowa State and sat out last season as a redshirt.
His grandfather, Bob, was an ISU lettermen in two sports and his dad competed at Nebraska-Omaha.
Michael is a 6-9 forward and papa Bill, at 6-8, was an imposing hoops and gridiron standout at North.
- Sioux City and Sioux Falls have a stormy history in indoor football.
There was never any love lost between the two when they dueled in the same leagues.
They’ve gone their separate ways with Sioux Falls moving to the Triple-A pro baseball equivalent of the arena sport, the Indoor Football League, while Sioux City operates in the Champions Indoor Football league.
Both, though, remain competitive.
Sioux City played Duke City in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the CIF title game Saturday and Sioux Falls plays the Iowa Barnstormers in the United Bowl this coming Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Iowa is a former member of the top-level Arena Football League.
Sioux Falls defeated the reigning champ Phoenix Rattlers and Iowa trimmed the Nebraska Danger in IFL semifinals.
The Phoenix franchise is owned by Morningside College grad former Chiefs quarterback Ron Shurts.
Phoenix won five Arena League titles while competing at that level.
- Sioux City lost to Sioux Falls in the old United Indoor Football championship game. It was the first of 10 Sioux Falls titles in various indoor alignments.
The current Sioux Falls team features two quarterbacks, one a real pain in the side, who have tested Morningside College football.
Lorenzo Brown, the current Sioux Falls starter, directed Sioux Falls College to a pair of NAIA national titles, each time thwarting Morningside’s efforts in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
The Sioux Falls roster also includes Dillon Turner, who piled up impressive numbers while leading Dakota Wesleyan to GPAC prominence.
Like they say, except for the bad luck, Turner had no luck at all in games with Morningside.
- The sweetest outcomes of the weekend were Oregon State baseball team beating Arkansas to win the College World Series and France taking the measure of Argentina in in soccer’s World Cup.
Some feel a Southeastern Conference team losing in any sport is a good thing, even though Arkansas is a member of the Southwest Conference, or, what was once the SWC.
And, the soccer deal.
That guy on late night television, one of those who you have to lean a little closer to the screen to understand, boldly predicted La Albiceleste (national team) would win it all.
Fernando Fiore is the host fellow and some websites often refer to his clownish behavior. They might have kicked a goaaaaaaaal there.
In any case, Argentina is going home to observe about four years of silence.
What a Messi that team is in. Much like the good ol' USA.
- Case you hadn’t read or heard, Mike White, softball pitcher (Penn Corp and Gateway 2000 Soos) and business man here in Sioux City several years ago, has resigned his coaching position at Oregon to take the job at Texas.
White was 435-111-1 with five College World Series appearances at Oregon in nine seasons and the native New Zealander pitched his country (the Black Sox) to two ISF World Tournament titles.
White’s daughter, Nyree, pitches for Kiwi women’s national team, the White Sox.
Nyree grew up in Oregon and pitched collegiately for Stanford.