SIOUX CITY – Whether we look or whether we listen, we hear life murmur or see it glisten.
James Russell Lowell, back in the day, was praising June. He had a soft spot, too, for May.
Hats off, a tip of the cap and hearty accolades then to two of the finest gents to walk that sacred ground we refer to as Siouxland.
Last week, Cherokee’s Kenny Bern, the Super of all sports Super Fans, turned 91 years of age.
And, Friday, one of his equals, Our Town’s Bill Enockson, celebrated his 90th birthday.
There, the important business is out of the way and the Cubs apparently aren’t swooning so it's on with this show.
- Muajpeeuxwm Vang was one of the quarterbacks listed on the roster of the Minnesota Vipers, who hosted the Sioux City Stampede in a Northern Elite Football League game Saturday night at Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minn.
Not surprisingly, the Vipers offer little in the way of team information, Vang once played for the Central Minnesota Psychopaths outdoor team –if that tells you anything.
The Vipers lost 41-0 in their last game to the Med City Breeze out of Rochester, Minn.
The Cottage Grove team, we’d guess, is a first-year franchise in the NEFL and was 0-2 in league games and 0-3 overall before falling to Sioux City.
As they say these days, on the Vipers, that’s all I got.
- It looks like Alex McGough is a quarterback with a future as a potentional pro.
A four-year starter at Florida International and recent seventh-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks, McGough was impressive enough in a May mini-camp for the Seahawks to release their No. 3 quarterback former Miami Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris.
Russell Wilson, the Seattle starter, and McGough are the only two quarterbacks drafted by the Seahawks since the arrival of Coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider in 2010.
McGough’s mom, Raylee Goodburn McGough, was a volleyball standout at Eastwood High School and then Morningside College, and his uncle, Kelly Goodburn, an all-state prep quarterback at Eastwood and an NFL punter, was recently named to the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame.
- The National Hockey League is loaded with former junior players who competed in the United States Hockey League with a significant number wearing the uniforms of the USA National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
In the Stanley Cup championship series currently contested, T.J. Oshie, who played for the Sanford City Stampede, whoop, I mean the Sioux Falls Stampede, is a major contributor for the Washington Capitals.
And, former Sioux City Musketeer Ryan Carpenter, sees normal shifts with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Carpenter played the first 16 games of the 2017-18 season with the San Jose Sharks, but was placed on waivers last Dec. 12.
Vegas quickly jumped in the very next day and signed Carpenter,
The Florida native and centerman played 117 games with the Musketeers, scoring 23 goals and 44 assists in two seasons, then played collegiately at Bowling Green.
- The college football magazines were once reliable sources of information when they were released around Aug. 20 of each late summer.
Now, those mags hit the newsstands a bit earlier, like last week, which was, of course, the last week of May.
- Our Town has lost another of the good ones.
Some of you readers may remember the showdown, while others should be intrigued.
Bill Soelberg, a second-team Iowa Daily Press Association all-stater in basketball in 1951 has passed away at the age of 84 in Mooresville, N.C.
Big Bill, a burly 6-5, 195-pound center, was a top scorer for the old Central High Little Maroons, and later played collegiately at the University of Nebraska.
Interesting to note that the two first-team centers in 1951 were Bill Logan of Keokuk and the slender 6-4 Carl Widseth of Davenport High. The 6-7 Logan was one of the University of Iowa’s legendary “Fabulous Five’’ that was national tournament runner-up in 1956, while Widseth also went on to All-America honors at the University of Tennessee, finishing as the career scoring leader at the time.
In a first-round state tourney game in 1951, Logan’s Keokuk team nipped Soelberg and Central in a 49-48 barnburner in Iowa Field House.
Keokuk then topped Grinnell and 6-7 Dick Ritter, the second-team all-state center with Soelberg, in the quarters, but lost to Davenport in the semis after the Blue Devils tripped Sioux Center in the second round.
A fourth-team guard selection in 1951 was Gary Thompson, the also-legend “Roland Rocket’’ and Siouxlanders Gerald Sandbulte of Sioux Center and George Rosenfeld of Storm Lake were first- and third-team selections, respectively.
Sioux Center beat tiny Birmingham in the first round in ‘51, while giant-killing Roland stunned Hull, Waterloo West and Des Moines East before losing to Davenport, the largest high school in the state at the time, 50-40 in the classic “one class’’ final.