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State Basketball: RSM knocks out L-S in quarterfinal (Hometown Press article)

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Talented L-S music and drama students shine at Variety Show (Hometown Press article)

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Lynnville-Sully Hawks are back 2 back statebound (Hometown Press article)

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Lynnville-Sully Hawks are back 2 back statebound

The fourth-ranked Lynnville-Sully boys basketball team outlasted No. 13-ranked Iowa Mennonite’s second-half, 30-point barrage to claim a 51-48 Class 1A substate victory at Oskaloosa High School on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Hawks will play in the state tournament on Monday, Mar. 5, at 2:45 p.m. versus Remsen St. Mary’s in Wells Fargo Arena.

The only thing standing between the Lynnville-Sully boys and a trip to the Well for the second year in a row was Iowa Mennonite School on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Hawks traveled to Oskaloosa to compete for their third time in four days. The boys fought hard down to the last second and punched themselves a very well-earned ticket to state.

The L-S coaches, bench, and crowd erupt as the final buzzer rings with the Hawks ahead in the state-qualifying victory on Saturday, Feb. 24.

L-S came out fast and furious, scoring on one of the first plays. IMS quickly formed a press to try to slow down the Hawks’ fast-paced game. L-S was able to break through the pressure, which led to some open baskets. The Hawks led at the end of the first quarter, 17-9. They were able to grow their lead in the second quarter while playing stellar defense and went into halftime up 36-18.

The second half was a different story. IMS switched to a zone defense, which slowed the pace and certainly affected the L-S offense. IMS slowly chipped away at the Hawks’ 18-point lead, helped out by better shooting from IMS and a few costly turn-overs. This brought IMS to within five points. The Hawks worked as a team and cashed in on their free-throw attempts to arrive at a 52-48 victory and a chance to play at the state tournament.

"It's amazing what a group of guys can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit. It was a special night to be a Hawk!" commented L-S Coach Nick Harthoorn. "I am proud of these boys for fighting through three games in four days."

Senior Brevin Hansen saves the ball from going out of bounds while coach Nick Harthoorn calls a timeout.

Senior Jesse Van Wyk led in scoring with 15 points. Fellow senior Corey McCoy put up 11 points, and classmate Tanner Foster fin-ished the night with 10. Junior Rylan James had eight points, and junior Tyson Vander Linden had six, all from three-pointers.

Van Wyk also led in rebounds and assists with eight and six, respectively. The Hawks had 27 total rebounds on the night.

Van Wyk also led the team with three blocks, and Foster contributed with two.

“We came out strong in the first half by getting easy layups in their man defense,” Van Wyk said. “In the second half, they went zone, and our offense stalled and couldn’t get the shots we wanted. We came together as a team in the end when they made their run to make it a three-point game with nine seconds left.”

Senior Tanner Foster blocks an IMS shot.

Lynnville-Sully’s Jerry Hulsing 2018 recipient of IGHSAU Basketball Golden Plaque Award (Hometown Press article)

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Lynnville-Sully’s Jerry Hulsing 2018 recipient of IGHSAU Basketball Golden Plaque Award

Lynnville-Sully head girls basketball coach Jerry Hulsing is the 2018 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award in basketball. Hulsing will receive his award on Friday night, Mar. 2, at halftime of the girls Class 4A state championship game held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Golden Plaque of Distinction honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community, and the coaching profession.

Hulsing has been coaching girls basketball for 27 seasons, the last 26 at Lynnville-Sully. He coached the Hawks to one of the most dominant runs in the history of the Iowa five- player game when his team won 83 straight games from December 1996 to December of 1999. After finishing second in Class 1A in 1996, he won three straight Class 1A state crowns in 1997, 1998, and 1999. One of his players from that era, Jessica (Nikkel) Maston, is in the IGHSAU Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jerry Hulsing, center, L-S girls basketball coach, will receive the IGHSAU Golden Plaque Award. He is joined by Shane Ehresman, superintendent, left, and Bob Scandridge, athletic director, right.

I CAN. WE WILL. NATIONAL FFA WEEK FEB. 17-24, 2018 (Hometown Press article)

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Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter joined more than 653,000 FFA members across the nation to celebrate the role agriculture plays in our daily lives – from the food we eat to the clothes we wear – as part of National FFA Week Feb. 17-24.

National FFA Week allows the L-S FFA Chapter to raise awareness about the role FFA plays in developing future agriculture leaders and the importance of agriculture education. The L-S FFA Chapter is made up of 46 students and is led by FFA advisor and agriculture teacher Mr. Brian Lowry.

Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter activities during National FFA Week are below:

Monday, Feb. 19

Career Development Event – Five FFA members – seniors Haley Breeden, McKinley Conover, and Mariah Vos, junior Tessa Van Maanen, and freshman Meleisha Vos – kicked off National FFA Week on Monday, Feb. 19, by competing in the sub-district Career Development Event at Knoxville High School.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

No School! – The same weather that plays a pivotal part in Iowa’s agriculture scene to help feed the nation played havoc across the state. Ice and slick conditions caused schools across the state to cancel classes on Tuesday. The weather was also a contributing factor to the decision to not have students drive their tractors to school, as they have done in years past for National FFA Week.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Donuts For Everyone! – Upon arrival to school, L-S High School students were greeted with fresh glazed donuts. FFA members handed out the morning treats and spread the word about the fun “Kiss A Goat” competition culminating at the end of the week. Students had the opportunity to give money to a local food pantry while voting for the L-S staff member they would like to see kiss the goat at the end of the week.

Thursday, Feb. 22

L-S alum and FFA alumni member David Samson treated the L-S FFA Chapter to donuts on Thursday, Feb. 22. Ty Breeden, Caitlyn Bartholomew, and Haley Breeden accept the donuts, that were compliments of Killduff Feed and Grain which Samson manages.

Donuts For FFA Members! – A day after providing donuts for high schoolers, FFA members themselves were treated to the sweet treats, compliments of Killduff Feed and Grain. David Samson, an L-S grad and FFA alumni member, manages Killduff Feed and Grain and continues to generously support the Lynnville-Sully FFA Chapter.

Friday, Feb. 23

Friday Finale! – Bright and early in the morning, FFA members and Lowry served a hot, delicious breakfast consisting of bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, orange juice, and chocolate milk to L-S staff from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Lowry reports approximately 50 people were served Friday morning.

The L-S officer team launched a new event this year, “Kiss A Goat.” FFA members encouraged their peers to cast a vote via a donation to the local food pantry for the staff member they would like to see kiss a goat. Mrs. Sara Rowe, high school business teacher, was the lucky one voted to pucker up on Friday, Feb. 23. Left to right, Haley Breeden, McKinley Conover, Mariah Vos, Emily Van Gorp holding Cindy, the goat, Mrs. Sara Rowe, Rhonda Pool representing Heart of Worship food pantry, Kaylee Maasdam, Tessa Van Maanen, and Mr. Brian Lowry, FFA advisor and ag teacher.

After the high school lunch period, students gathered in the high school gym for the reveal of the staff member who received the most votes to “Kiss A Goat.” Throughout the week, students voted each time they made a donation for the local food pantry. Top vote getters included Mr. Mike Parkinson, high school social studies; Mrs. Angie Richards, high school science; Mrs. Sara Rowe, high school business; Mr. Joel Vos, high school English; and Mr. Shane Wheeler, high school principal and technology director. With the money votes tallied, Rowe was deemed the lucky winner and being the good sport she is, puckered up to kiss the goat brought in by FFA member McKinley Conover’s farm. Lynnville-Sully’s FFA Chapter raised $100 for the Heart of Worship food pantry through the fun event.

“Our officer team has fun planning for and trying to change up the activities we do to celebrate National FFA Week,” said Lowry. “I was really happy with the decision to try to make a difference with food insecurity in our community with the donation to the Heart of Worship food pantry. Decisions like this help FFA members live out the last line in our motto, ‘Living to Serve!’”

Kicking off FFA Week/Sub-District CDEs

Monday, Feb. 19, five FFA members were in official dress and traveled to Knoxville for Career Development Events (CDE). CDEs test students of their knowledge on a variety of job skills from communications to mechanics, and allow students to compete as individuals or as teams. L-S was represented very well, and three of the five participating students will move on to district competition. Results from the event are:

Mariah Vos – Ag Broadcasting, Gold, advanced to districts

McKinley Conover – Job Interview, Silver, advanced to districts

Tessa Van Maanen – Prepared Public Speaking “The Smaller Enterprises of Agriculture,” Silver, advanced to districts

Haley Breeden – Ag Sales, Silver

Meleisha Vos – Creed Speaking, Silver

Kiss A Goat Friday FFA Fun

A fun Friday finale was in store to cap off a successful week promoting FFA. Throughout the week, L-S FFA members collected monetary donations from students who cast their vote for the staff member they wanted to see “Kiss A Goat.” The top three staff members in the running to kiss the goat were Mr. Mike Parkinson, Mr. Shane Wheeler, and Mrs. Sara Rowe. When all the money was tallied, Rowe was the lucky one to kiss Cindy the goat, which was brought in from the farm of FFA reporter McKinley Conover. The fun contest raised $100, which was donated to Lynnville Heart of Worship’s food pantry.

Lynnville-Sully’s FFA 2017-2018 members: First row, McKinley Conover, Tessa Van Maanen, Mariah Vos, Haley Breeden, Emily Van Gorp; second row, Corbin James, Kodie Waggoner, Ty Breeden, Denali Conover, Kiley Essen, Ashton Thompson, Korinne Jansen, Mary Kate Shaver, Meleisha Vos, Blaize Kuhlmann; third row, Mr. Brian Lowry- FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, Brett Maasdam, Garrett Cordes, Payton Van Wyk, Jarret Van Maanen, Clay Roorda, Brandon Graham, Malichi Foster, Skyler Redding, Dalton Hackert, Jackson Phillips, Mallory Loftus, Garret Cross, Taylor Maasdam, Daphne Hackert, Christine Nikkel; not pictured, Kole Kinion, Holden Jansen, Rylan James, Abbie Gruver, Kaylee Maasdam, Larkin Christy, Cade DiBello, Tommy Tratchel, Caitlyn Bartholomew, Jesse Van Wyk, Tanner Foster, Makayla Ford. Graduated FFA members include Caleb James, Kobe Fisk, Lysandra James, and Kaylee Van Maanen.

Dunsbergen goes 1-2 at second state appearance (Hometown Press article)

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Dunsbergen goes 1-2 at second state appearance

L-S senior reaches goal of making it to second day of competition

                Lynnville-Sully’s Josh Dunsbergen ended his high school wrestling career competing with the best of the best at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Champion-ships last week. The 138-pound senior and only Hawk to qualify for state this year finished with a 1-2 record at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Dunsbergen, who also qualified for state as a freshman, went into the tournament seeded 16th. In his first match on Thursday, Feb. 15, he fell to Kolton Roth of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire by a 15-0 technical fall. Roth went on to take second in the tournament.

Dunsbergen is all smiles after earning a pin at state.

Later that day, Dunsbergen bounced back in his second match, quickly pinning Austin Gutknecht of Clarinda in 25 seconds.

As a freshman, Dunsbergen’s goal was to make it on to a second day of competition at state. That dream came true this year as he advanced to the second- round consolations on Friday, Feb. 16. Dunsbergen’s state exper-ience and high school wrestling career came to a close earlier than he wanted that day when he suffered an 8-4 loss to Mitchell Paca of Sibley-Ocheyedan. Paca went on to place eighth in the tournament.

"Things didn't quite go the way we wanted them to, but I'm still glad I could compete at the state tournament one last time,” Dunsbergen said. “It felt good to end my career with the best wrestlers in the state."

Dunsbergen finishes the season with a record of 37-6. He is the son of Dustin and Dana Dunsbergen of Lynnville.

Among Josh Dunsbergen’s (pink shirt) supporters at state are, standing in front, Assistant Coach Billy Cupples, Assistant Coach Tom Pool, and Head Coach Jason Walston, as well as a fellow senior wrestler, Cayden Johnson (gray shirt).

L-S boys win first postseason game over NM (Hometown Press article)

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A sharp start to district play is hopefully a sign of good things to come for the Lynnville-Sully boys basketball team. The Hawks easily shut down North Mahaska, 65-33, in their first post-season game on Thursday, Feb. 15, at home. This was the third time the Warhawks and Hawks had met this season, with L-S coming out on top each time.

Coach Nick Harthoorn was pleased with the all-around effort he saw from his players.

“The guys came out and played sharp,” he said. “Our defensive intensity and our effort on the boards was solid. We continue to run the floor hard and share the basketball offensively.”

Junior Rylan James stretches up in the tipoff against North Mahaska last Thursday, Feb. 15, at home.

Senior Brevin Hansen was a thorn in the Warhawks’ side, scoring 26 points. He also had four assists, four steals, and one rebound.

The Hawks’ next top scorer was senior Jesse Van Wyk with 11 points, followed by fellow senior Tanner Foster with nine, and junior Rylan James with six. Nine Hawks total scored in the game.

L-S grabbed 31 boards, including six each from Van Wyk and James. Foster added five.

With the win, L-S is now 19-3 this season. The Hawks advanced to the district semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 21, playing Sigourney (10-12) at Montezuma. The winner of the game will play at Newton on Thursday, Feb. 22, against the winner of the Feb. 21 Montezuma versus Keota game. That game will determine the District 10 champion.

The District 10 and District 9 champs will play in a substate game at Oskaloosa on Saturday, Feb. 24, to determine who will go to state.

Good luck, boys!

Sophomore Kinnick McFarland guards a Warhawk player in the Hawks’ first district game.

Lynnville-Sully’s Mike Parkinson receives Regional Coach of the Year honors (Hometown Press article)

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Mike Parkinson, Lynnville-Sully’s football coach for the past seven seasons, will add another honor to his coaching resume on Mar. 2 when he receives the Iowa Football Coaches’ Association’s 2017 Regional Coach of the Year Award. Parkinson will be one of 12 Iowa high school football coaches receiving the prestigious award – two coaches from each class including eight player, Class A, Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A, and Class 4A.

Coach Parkinson, representing Region 2 in Class A, will be awarded the plaque by Matt Campbell, Iowa State University’s head football coach, on Friday, Mar. 2, at the IFCA Football Banquet. Other awards to be given out at the IFCA banquet include IFCA Hall of Fame, IHSAA Players Hall of Fame, Walt Fiegel “Coaching for Character” award, IFCA Assistant Coaches of the Year, IFCA Don Taft Junior High awards, Distinguished Service Recipients, Shrine All-Star Football game coaching staffs, IFCA State Coaches of the Year, and State Championship Coaches.

Parkinson has been at the helm of the Hawk football team since the 2011 season. Under his guidance, the Hawks have a 52-23 record and have reached the playoffs six of his seven years at L-S.

“We've had some outstanding teams, and I've been fortunate to coach so many great young men and work closely with all of those who have coached with me,” said Parkinson. “It has been a blessing.”

Parkinson teaches high school social studies and also serves as the head coach of the successful L-S High School boys track team.

Mike Parkinson, Lynnville-Sully’s football coach for the past seven seasons.

DUNSBERGEN’S STATE DREAMS COME TRUE: Lynnville-Sully senior will wrap up successful high school wrestling career at state (Hometown Press article)

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DUNSBERGEN’S STATE DREAMS COME TRUE: Lynnville-Sully senior will wrap up successful high school wrestling career at state

Lynnville-Sully sent four wrestlers to the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A District 4 Meet in Pleasantville on Saturday, Feb. 10, with hopes of punching four tickets to the elite state tournament. CJ Snethen (120 lb.), Josh Dunsbergen (138 lb.), Cayden Johnson (152 lb.), and Sage Zylstra (170 lb.) all represented L-S well and wrestled among the top grapplers in Class 1A. At the end of the day, senior Josh Dunsbergen finished with the highest placement among L-S wrestlers, placing second, and will represent the Hawks at the state tournament Feb. 15-17.

Dunsbergen’s journey to the state tournament on Saturday was one of grit and determination. An early loss against eventual champion Drake Harbison of Pekin meant he had to win the remaining matches to make it to state. Dunsbergen buckled down and went to work, beating Nick Ives of Sigourney-Keota with a 12-8 decision, and beating SICL rival Tyler Strasser of North Mahaska with a 10-3 decision to secure second place and punch his ticket to the state wrestling tournament.

Dunsbergen celebrates the win and state advancement

This will be Dunsbergen’s second trip to state. He first qualified as a freshman and will end his high school wrestling career at the highest level. Dunsbergen, who sits at 35-6 on the year, will face 45-2 Kolton Roth of Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The other three L-S wrestlers competing at the district meet – Snethen, Johnson, and Zylstra – finished the season with fourth-place finishes at the district meet in their respective weight brackets. The meet ended the high school wrestling careers of seniors Johnson and Zylstra, who each reached 100 wins earlier this season.


Lynnville-Sully’s Josh Dunsbergen, on the right, ties up with Sigourney-Keota’s Nick Ives in the 138-pound weight bracket at the Class 1A District 4 Meet on Saturday, Feb. 10. The senior went 2-1 on Saturday, finishing in second place to earn his second trip to the state wrestling meet.

L-S recovers from disappointing loss with first-round win (Hometown Press article)

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                An intense match between Belle Plaine and L-S brought the regular season to a close for the Hawks on Tuesday, Feb. 6. After a back-and-forth game against the Plainsmen, the Hawks were unable to come away with the win, coming up short by two points, 53-51.

L-S had a 15-12 lead after the first quarter, but Belle Plaine tied it up at the half, 27-27. The two teams were neck and neck, and the Hawks were down by two points with a few seconds left. L-S battled hard but was unable to cash in on a last-second shot and took the loss, 53-51.

A trio of scorers led for the Hawks: Junior Shiloh Cunningham (11), sophomore Mallory Loftus (10), and junior Carson Fisk (9).

Freshman Krystal Van Dyke put up seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Mariah Vos also contributed seven points, and classmate Camryn Russell chipped in five.

L-S was outrebounded 26-36 but forced 13 of Belle Plaine's 28 turnovers. "The more aggressive and physical team won tonight." commented L-S Head Coach Jerry Hulsing.

The Hawks were able to capitalize on the high number of fouls by cashing in on 12-of-16 free throws.

The L-S girls tied for fourth in the South Iowa Cedar League Conference with Belle Plaine. Their other losses came from conference champions North Mahaska, conference runner-up Sigourney, and Montezuma.


                The Lynnville-Sully girls came off their first game in regional play with a win at home on Feb. 11. The Hawks faced HLV for the second time this year and easily defeated them, 65-29.

L-S came out hungry for success, outscoring the warriors 24-6 in the first quarter. The Hawks continued to grow the lead and quickly arrived on their 65-29 victory.

“Good team win,” commented Hulsing. “I was very pleased with our defensive rotations tonight, we did a good job of seeing ball and girl and dropping to the level.”

The L-S offensive stats were topped by Fisk with 17 points, including six free throws. Senior Jataya Meyer put up 11 points and Loftus had 10. Other scorers for the Hawks included Russell (7), Van Dyke (5), Vos (4), Cunningham (4), sophomore Kaleah Ehresman (3), and freshmen Caitlin Alberts and Korinne Jansen (2).

Hulsing was pleased with the offensive execution. “Our offense was pretty sharp when we snapped the ball, which let us attack the rim. I thought we ran the floor well and made the extra pass for an easy basket.”

Leading rebounders were Vos with ten, Fisk with seven, and Russell, Van Dyke, and Cunningham all with six.

The Hawks were aggressive with 17 steals, and dominated the boards, outrebounding the War-riors, 55-26.

They took advantage of HLV’s 25 fouls, successfully completing 23-of-39 free throws.

The girls will host Collins-Maxwell on Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. If the Hawks win, they will face the winner of Colo-Nesco and Baxter at Colo on Friday, Feb. 16.

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