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Hulsing, Parkinson to receive coaching honors

Two Lynnville-Sully coaches will be honored this week.

Jerry Hulsing, who has coached the Lynnville-Sully girls’ basketball team for 26 years, 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 Friday night at halftime of the Class 4A state championship game

Also on Friday night, Lynnville-Sully head football coach Mike Parkinson will receive his Class A Regional Two Football 2017 Coach of the Year award from the Iowa Football Coaches Association. The award will be presented to Parkinson by Iowa State University head football coach Matt Campbell at the IFCA football awards banquet in Altoona.

Parkinson, who finished his seventh season at the Hawk helm, guided the Hawk football team to the school’s first undefeated regular season (8-0) since 1999. The Hawks won the 2017 Class A District 6 championship and were one of three from the district to advance into the Class A football playoffs.

The Hawks decked New London in the opening round and Pekin fell to Hudson. Lynnville-Sully (9-1) lost to Hudson, which was the Class A runner-up.

The Hawks scored 35 touchdowns in District 6 games and 271 points. They rushed for 1,301 yards on 194 carries.

For the season, Lynnville-Sully rushed for 2,068 yards on 351 carries, scoring 32 TDs, and had 1,036 yards passing with 17 TDs.

Defensively, Lynnville-Sully allowed 35 points, 5.8 per game average, in district games. The Hawks gave up 482 yards rushing, 80.3 per game average, and 390 passing, 65 yards per game.

The Hawks scored 380 points and allowed 89 points — 8.9 points a game. They allowed 1,076 yards rushing and 903 yards passing in 10 games, which were averages of 107.6 rushing and 90.3 passing per game.

The IGHSAU 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 coached the Lynnville-Sully Hawk girls 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 1999. After finishing second in Class 1A in 1996, he won three straight 1A state crowns in 1997-98-99.

One of his players from that era, Jessica (Nikkel) Maston, is in the IGHSAU Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Hulsing owns more than 500 career victories with nine state tournament appearances. His Hawk teams captured 10 conference championships. 

Hulsing was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSAC) Coach of the Year in 2016 and was inducted into Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Hulsing also has served on the IGHSAU Basketball Advisory Committee along with committee positions with the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535
or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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