John Bohnenkamp

John Bohnenkamp

I was with The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa) for 28 years, the last 19-plus as sports editor. I've covered Iowa basketball for the last 27 years, Iowa football for the last six seasons. I'm a 17-time APSE top-10 winner, with seven United States Basketball Writers Association writing awards and one Football Writers Association of America award (game story, 1st place, 2017).

Jun 2, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA;  Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) watches from the bench after getting taken out during a substitution in the first quarter against the New York Liberty at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Basketball

Caitlin Clark Pro Show Still A Mystery

The tax that those in women’s basketball apply to Caitln Clark’s fame is incessant, and can be filled with wondrous lack of logic at times. It was only a couple

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Iowa   s Owen Freeman, back right, hugs teammate Payton Sandfort after the men   s basketball team defeated Wisconsin in overtime Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.
Basketball

What Payton Sandfort Return Means for Iowa Hoops

Payton Sandfort’s decision to exit from the NBA Draft process and return to Iowa for his senior season came just a couple of hours before the withdrawal deadlin

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Mar 2, 2024; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Payton Sandfort (20) celebrates the win against the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Basketball

Payton Sandfort Trusts Gut in Big Decision

It’s always been about gut feelings, Payton Sandfort said. And while he was flying all around the nation during the NBA draft process, the Iowa forward knew he

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Iowa   s Payton Sandfort (20) brings the ball down court against Kansas State in a first-round NIT
Basketball

Payton Sandfort Still Navigating NBA Draft Process

Payton Sandfort has until May 29 to decide whether to stay in the NBA Draft or come back for his senior season at Iowa. Sandfort is nowhere close to making a de

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Iowa head coach Rick Heller watches during a NCAA Big Ten Conference baseball game against Michigan

Illinois Ends Hawkeye Baseball Season

Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller didn’t understand the explanation. But it was a call that helped end the Hawkeyes’ season. An interference call on a 10th-inning

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Iowa pitcher Brody Brecht is greeted by teammates after closing out an inning during a NCAA Big Ten

Hawkeyes Fall in Extra Innings

The potential go-ahead run was tagged out in the top of the 10th. The winning run walked home in the bottom of the inning. And Iowa found itself on the brink of

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Iowa head coach Rick Heller watches from the dugout during a NCAA Big Ten Conference baseball game
Spring Sports

Iowa Must Win B1G Tournament for NCAA Bid

It’s been apparent over the last few weeks that Iowa’s path to a return trip to the NCAA baseball tournament was to win the automatic bid out of this week’s Big

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Jan Jensen speaks to media personnel after being named the new Iowa women’s basketball head coach
Basketball

Jan Jensen to Put Own Stamp on Iowa Basketball

The biggest move in Jan Jensen’s coaching career could have been miles away from her home. Instead, it’s 20 feet or so down the hallway at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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Apr 7, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Kate Martin (20) reacts after a basket against
Basketball

Kate Martin Makes Las Vegas Aces

Kate Martin knew she was going to have to work to get a roster spot with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. Which is why the former Iowa player said she “cried” when co

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Apr 7, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Lisa Bluder reacts against the South

Lisa Bluder Announces Retirement

By John Bohenkamp Kate Martin’s reaction echoed an entire fan base. The former Iowa player was on Monday’s Zoom call with media members talking about making th

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Apr 15, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kate Martin poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after
Basketball

Kate Martin Inches Closer to Making WNBA

Kate Martin still has a week to go, but the former Iowa player is closing in on making a roster spot with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. Martin has survived the ros

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Mar 30, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; USC Trojans guard JuJu Watkins (12) steps back during the second
Basketball

Iowa Women's Hoops Receives '24-25 B1G Matchups

Iowa’s Big Ten women’s basketball home schedule this season will feature one of the nation’s best teams and players. USC, with sophomore JuJu Watkins and one of

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