Had Marcus Kloos participated in the Class 1A state soccer tournament this week, Saturday’s championship might have capped a perfect week.
Kloos (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) will walk on and play football at Iowa, but suffered a broken fibula a week before the district tournament and was unable to play. But he was the first player to hold the championship trophy and hobbled with his teammates to greet the Regina fans after the Regals beat Council bluffs St. Albert 1-0.
Kloos and his Regina teammates met Olympic gold medalist — and West Des Moines junior — Shawn Johnson at dinner earlier this week. Johnson wrote “Go Hawks! Shawn Johnson” on Kloos’ bright yellow cast.
“We met her at dinner the first night we were here and all of us starting freaking out. It’s Shawn Johnson!” Kloos said. “So they figured they’d send me out first, the kid with a broken leg, and we all got her autograph. I’m pretty ecstatic, actually. I’m very happy about that.”
Even though he didn’t play, Kloos took some satisfaction in watching Regina dump St. Albert in a championship game. In 2007, St. Albert beat Regina 7-6 in the Class 1A state football championship. Kloos rushed five times for 22 yards and had five tackles in that game.
“I feel their pain, because I remember last year, 7-6 in the state finals,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve watched that game since then. It’s a little revenge on my part.”