Henry Haglund can take down an opposing quarterback, break down a football game film or bust out in a song from “Grease.”
The Ogden senior is among the state’s leading tacklers. He’s also a two-time all-state vocalist who has performed the national anthem before the state wrestling meet. “He’s got that opera sound,” Ogden coach Garrison Carter said. “It’s not something you expect coming out of your middle linebacker.”
Haglund’s days start in the weight room, then go to the classroom. After school, there’s football practice, followed by 90 minutes of rehearsal for his role as the male lead, Danny Zuko, in the school’s fall musical, “Grease.”
“I’m always singing, in the school hallways, at home all of the time,” Haglund said. “I guess I like it when I can sing loud.”
Haglund has a deep baritone voice. He sings Italian and German arias and would like to pursue a professional career in music — after pursuing football and music in college.
Class 1-A No. 10 Ogden is having its best season in many years. It clinched a home game in the first round of the playoffs after topping Mount Ayr 31-22 Friday.
Haglund is 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, but is an aggressive tackler. He’s surpassed 100 tackles for the season and led Class 1-A with 76 solos before Friday.
He eagerly devours game tapes to learn foes’ tendencies.
“I’m kind of a film guy,” Haglund said. “I’m kind of small for a middle linebacker, so I’ve got to come up with other things.”
Ogden is 7-1, its best performance since the 2001 squad finished as a state runner-up.
Quarterback Caleb Fry has thrown for more than 1,000 yards. Running back Austin Lentz is averaging nearly eight yards a carry.
Four members of the staff have experience as a head coach.
Like Haglund, many Ogden players can carry a tune as well as tote a football. Carter said he’s spotted at least 10 starters singing songs from “Grease” this fall.
“It seems like every kid on the team is involved in music,” Carter said.
Haglund has been invited to sing at the Nebraska State Fair. He’s already sung the “Star-Spangled Banner” before horse shows across Iowa, including the State Fair.
He doesn’t sing any songs by Justin Bieber, which are out of his range.
“I’m not going to make that kind of noise,” Haglund said.
For now, there’s no sweeter song than when he and his teammates serenade Ogden fans with the school song after a victory.
“Friday night after a big win, it’s a good song to sing,” Haglund said.
“I feel awkward when I use my turn signal when there’s no cars around. It’s like I’m talking to myself.”
— Jaali Winters,
Ankeny Centennial volleyball player, Oct. 18. Winters, a junior, is an all-stater who recently announced plans to attend Creighton. She likely has excellent peripheral vision for driving. Kids, please use your signals even if you don’t see nearby traffic.
“If you do not want to be criticized, say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.”
— Wyatt Lohaus,
Iowa City West basketball player, Oct. 16. Words to the wise from one of the state’s top guards. Lohaus has played on back-to-back state championship teams.
“Every year i think finding a body part in the corn pool would be a great start to the Halloween episode of CSI: DSM.”
— Andy Pollock,
W.D.M. Dowling Catholic assistant football coach, Oct. 5. Is Des Moines ready for its own CSI show? Can’t wait to see the AE cows on camera.
VOLLEYBALL: Class 2-A and 1-A teams open regional competition Tuesday. Class 2-A No. 1 Dike-New Hartford has won the past two state championships. The team received a bye and plays Aplington-Parkersburg or Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a quarterfinal Oct. 29. Tripoli has won the last five 1-A state titles and opens with Clarksville Tuesday. Fort Madison Holy Trinity is ranked No. 1 and hosts Fairfield Maharishi.
CROSS COUNTRY: State qualifying meets will be held Thursday.