It is the fifth week of the high school football season, so it must be time for the Battle for the Boot, right? For years the Boot was played in the fifth week although last season the MVC moved it to the third week. But this season it’s not until week 7. Instead of the Battle for the Boot, we have the Battle for Dubuque with both Iowa City teams playing schools from that city.
“I don’t think it’s every happened,” City coach Dan Sabers said of the late scheduling. “It’s such a big game. I think the only factor is that you get a little later in the year and you don’t know what you’re going to get weather-wise.”
This season, the teams are ranked in the top 10, and it looks like the game will decide the conference championship. The game never lacks for emotion and incentive, but delaying it this season will only build the anticipation.
“I kind of like it,” West coach Brian Sauser said. “Every year you’re in Iowa City, you get more and more excited about that game, and you really understand how important it is for the whole community. You know, you start looking at the schedules before the season and I kind of thought the worst-case scenario is that City is going to be 5-1 playing Cedar Falls out of the gate, and I thought we had a pretty good chance to be in a good spot as well. You hate to look ahead, but a week 7 matchup could be one heck of a game.”
The game will be played Oct. 5 at Trojan Field.
* LEHNERTZ OPTS FOR CLUB: The West High girls swimming team is without the multi-talented Tereysa Lehnertz this season. Lehnertz, a junior, medaled in four events at the state meet a year ago.
“Tereysa wanted to focus this season on making her junior national cuts in a couple of events,” West coach Rob Miecznikowski said. “I talked to her about it; her club coach talked to her about it. It’s her career. It’s her decision. She told the girls she’ll be back next year, and you know it’s all good. It gives our younger squad a chance to grow and mature. We’ll be happy to have her back, but until then, we’ll just muscle on and keep going.”
* SPLASH CLUB: Divers have a little different way of warming up at high school meets. The City High and West High divers showed off a variety of municipal pool staples — can openers and cannonballs — before getting to the serious diving Tuesday. West’s Jacintha Thomas, who won the diving with a school-record score at Tuesday’s dual meet, said she’s not perfected her splash-inducing “dive.”
“I was more nervous for the cannonball than anything else,” she said.
* LITTLE HAWKS COACH TO DOUBLE UP: City High girls swimming coach Ivan Sanchez also will coach the Little Hawk boys team this season. Former coach John Burkle resigned after last season but will be coaching at the junior high level.
* CITY’S CROSBY COMMITS: City High senior Josh Crosby has given an oral commitment to play baseball at Minnesota State University. Crosby earned all-state honors after hitting .467 with five homers, 16 doubles and 38 RBIs. He had hefty on-base (.549) and slugging (.754) percentages.
Crosby will play catcher, first base and possibly some outfield for the Mavericks, one of the top Division-II programs in the country. The Mavericks were 51-12 last season and finished third in the D-II World Series. They’ve been in the D-II World Series three of the last four years. Historically the program has had 59 players sign professional contracts.
* ALUMNI CORNER: Kelsey Hart of West Branch was named captain of the Iowa women’s cross country team. Hart competed in cross country at City High and in track for West Branch. She is a three-time academic all-Big Ten honoree.