The thrill of victory

I’m the least athletic person you’ll ever meet. The vast majority of the time I miss when I throw wadded up pieces of paper into the garbage can.

On the tennis court, my goal is not to get the ball over the net … it’s actually keeping the ball within the chained-in tennis grounds.

When it comes to softball or baseball, please don’t hit the ball to me. I’ll never catch it … I’ll try, but don’t hold your breath.

But I love sports, because it showcases the abilities of those whose gifts and talents make all of us stand up and cheer.

The great thing about sports is how it brings us together, as a community or even as a country.

State wrestling, basketball, bowling and with the completion of the Olympics at hand, this time of year is especially exciting.

In this part of the state, our high school students have excelled in their athletic endeavors. Their enthusiasm, their excitement and competitive drive, inspires all of us. It’s hard not to get emotional when you see a young person succeed.

What’s remarkable is that you needn’t be a sports enthusiast to take something positive out of what’s happening on the court, the lanes or the mat.

And it’s not just parents or fellow students, sports brings whole communities together.

Back in high school, I remember how pumped my hometown was in 1984 when our girls basketball team made it to the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament.

I don’t know that the entire town of Vinton was in attendance that night when Vinton beat Fort Dodge for the state championship title, but the energy of an entire community was on display at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines.

That memory, 34 years later, still resonates.

And the memories made by our local athletes today will resonate years later as well.

Central Iowa has a lot to be proud of, and as evidence, I offer just a few images today of recent sporting endeavors our local athletes have been involved in.

Let’s give thanks to these young people, who with their athletic prowess, has united us as a community. Their successes are ours as well and we couldn’t be prouder.

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Finally, here’s a quick thank you to the T-R’s two-man sports team, Ross Thede and Thorn Compton.

They have performed athletic fetes of their own by covering a wide array of high school sports during this busy time.

If you get a chance, tell them “job well done” for their hard work.


Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or