Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Bowerman track Club
©Michael Scott

“There’s No Reason Not to Do it” Sioux City Journal by Steve Allspach

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona State

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Arizona State

Something about Our Town.

City Fathers need … ugh, so outdated and inappropriate.

So, City Sisters and Brothers, you need to revisit the prospect of renaming a street near East High School in honor of world-class distance runner Shelby Houlihan long before it considers building a foot bridge across the wide Missouri.

Courtesy Sioux City Journal- Steve Allspach, click here! Feature photo: Shelby Houlihan-SC East-Bowerman track Club ©Michael Scott

Houlihan, who won a gazillion gold medals at the prep and college levels for East High and Arizona State has once again put Sioux City prominently on the athletic mat.

Friday, Houlihan won the United States Track & Field national championship in the outdoor 5,000 meters.

In doing so, the Rio Olympian defeated the American record holders in the both the 5,000 (Shannon Rowbury) and 10,000 (Molly Huddle).

A stirring race in which Houlihan burst away from challengers by taking and lead in the final 120 meters that was called by Iowan Mike Jay, the former Columbus Junction school teacher who is now the premier public address track announcer calling races – in the world.

It was Jay who called Houlihan victories in the Drake Relays and in state high school meets, along with thousands of other young athletes inspired by his calls.

Jay was also thrilled to point out the fourth-place finish of another Iowan, former state champ Karissa Schweizer, the Missouri senior and ex-West Des Moines Dowling prep from Urbandale.

Next stop for Houlihan and possibly Schweizer is the World Championships in London in August.

The Road to London. Hmm. Houlihan Road?

#The polarizing debate of whether or not a shot clock should be used in Iowa high school boys basketball will gather some steam since neighboring Wisconsin will officially adopt a 35-second clock in two seasons, in varsity games only.

The two Dakotas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington currently play with a shot clock at the prep level.

A semifinal game of Iowa’s Class 4A state tourney semifinals demonstrates a reason for the Hawkeye State to adopt a shot clock, depending on funds to install a system and finding the volunteer help to assist in the system.

In an overtime semi, West Des Moines Valley held the ball for over four minutes of the extra session then beat Pleasant Valley on a buzzer-beating basket.

#Nashville’s selection of Eeli Tolvanen as the 30th pick in the first round swells the list to five of Sioux City Musketeers selected in the first round of the National Hockey League draft.

In 2000, Rostislav Klesla (Columbus, 4th) and Dave Hale (New Jersey, 22nd) were the franchise’s icebreakers.

Then came Sam Gagner (Edmonton 6th) and Max Pacioretty (Montreal, 22nd) in 2007.

#Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather who has mastered the manly art of self defense in the boxing ring, is going to box, not fight in this case, loquacious mixed martial arts champ Conor McGregor in a grudge match on Aug. 26.

Win and lose each will earn millions and millions of dollars.

Call the whole thing off?

Not on biggest paycheck.

It is or will be an abomination, no question.

But I remember reading about towering cager Manute Bol boxing William “The Refrigerator’’ Perry of the Bears and “Two Ton’ Tony Galento boxing Joe Louis — and a bear, a kangaroo and an octopus.

You’ll have to pay through the nose to see this one, live or on TV.

#Racing fans in Iowa appeared to be teased with the opportunity to watch up close and personal this summer not one, but two winners of the Indianapolis 500, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’’

Saturday, in the NASCAR Xfinity Ethanol E15 250 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Sam Hornish Jr. was one of the favorites to take the former checkers.

Former is used here because the traditional massive checkers painted on the start-finish line of most surfaced tracks, Iowa Speedway has painted a colorful and gigantic ear of Iowa corn.

So apropos. And, in keeping with the landscape (corn fields surrounding the facility).

Before Saturday, Hornish had won twice on the “Fastest Short Track on the Planet’’ in addition to taking the checkers in the 2005 Indy 500.

He was driving for Marlboro Team Penske in 2005 at Indy and is driving for the Penske team in a limited Xfinity run this summer.

Sato, meanwhile, was scheduled to drive in the Verison IndyCar Series in the Iowa Corn 300 in Newton July 9, but may cancel that date.

A non-appearance will not be received well by Iowa racing fans clamoring for a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race to go along with Indy race.