Future Hawkeye FB player wins state, gets revenge, meets Shawn Johnson

June 6, 2009

johnson_shawn_5Had 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.”


NBC disses UI in Shawn Johnson reporting

August 18, 2008

Most Iowans, including this one, have stayed up a little too
late to watch homegrown hero Shawn Johnson compete
at the Beijing Olympics. I call it a warm-up for October postseason baseball with Fox airing 4-hour baseball games, but I digress.

Multiple times NBC has shown Johnson coming out of a performance and hugging coach Liang Chow, who spent seven years assisting Tom Dunn with Iowa’s men’s gymnastics team. Instead, NBC repeatedly has referred to him as a former “Iowa State” coach. Granted, at national and international levels the difference is hardly noticeable. More than 99 percent of the people in Iowa don’t know — or care — about the differences between Alabama and Auburn gymnastics. But for Iowans, the difference between Iowa and Iowa State is significant. And with the focus of the entire state on the precocious, 16-year-old Johnson, that mistake is magnified.