Prep Softball

Former J-Hawks Alex Jacobson, Brian Erbe honored Friday

State softball: And John Begley will go into the IGCA hall Monday

Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Brian Erbe high-fives Lindsey Culver after Culver homered at the state softball tournament last year. Erbe will earn the IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction on Friday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Brian Erbe high-fives Lindsey Culver after Culver homered at the state softball tournament last year. Erbe will earn the IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction on Friday. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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FORT DODGE — A former player and former coach from Cedar Rapids Jefferson will be honored Friday at the state softball tournament.

Alex Jacobson was a five-year starter (2006-10) at third base for the J-Hawks, playing in four state tournaments, and was a two-time first-team all-state selection. At Rockhurst University, she was a four-year starter and set an NCAA all-division record by hitting home runs in eight consecutive games.

She will go into the Iowa Girls High School Softball Hall of Fame, prior to the Class 4A championship game, around 5:45 p.m., along with Susan Kies (Newell-Fonda, 2006-10), Kelsey Rethmeier (Winterset, 2001-05) and Miranda Kramer (Burlington, 2007-11).

Brian Erbe is the recipient of the IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction and will be honored before the 5A final, around 8 p.m. Friday. Erbe recorded a 534-203 record in 16 seasons at Cedar Rapids Xavier and Jefferson, taking both teams to state five times. He retired at Jefferson following the 2018 season.

Also, John Begley will be inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association on Monday at Waukee as part of the IGCA all-star games.

Begley coached 24 years and posted a 700-393 record. He began his head-coaching career with two years at Cedar Rapids LaSalle (1994-95), then it was on to Springville (1997-2001), Solon (2002-06), Jesup (2007-13) and Linn-Mar (2014-18). He led Solon to state four times (including a championship in 2003), Jesup twice, Linn-Mar once.

LISBON TAKES THIRD IN 1A

Down 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Lisbon got a two-run single from Stacia Hall and a two-run double from McKenna Nelson, and went on to beat Newell-Fonda, 6-2, in the Class 1A third-place game Thursday night.

The Lions finished 34-7.

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“We finally got our bats going a little bit, and that sure helps,” Lisbon Coach Bob Bunting said.

Seniors Skylar Sadler and Reegan Happel were named to the 1A all-tournament team.

Bunting finished his 50th season with the Lions and owns a mark of 1,196-632. He was asked Thursday if he will return next season.

“Right now, I’m planning on it,” he said. “But I’ll make a final decision in the fall.”

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