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Turkey Valley @ 50

This popular series from 2010 looks at the
first 50 years of TV with photos,
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Turkey Valley @ 50
Turkey Valley Softball
Rain, Rain and more Rain as
the Trojans Play only 3
games in first 2 weeks of
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Back to Back Squeeze Plays
Propel Trojans to Sweep in
Conference Opener @ Postville
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Luke Kuennen hits 3 out,
but ends week on DL
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The couple above farmed near Fort
Atkinson and later lived near the
Ball Park in Fort and are the Great
Great Grand Parents of 2 current
Trojan Varsity Players.

Tammy Identified
the 2 Players
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Tammy was the first to answer with
the correct answer which is Dalton
Hackman and Michael Novotny.

The couple pictured are Mary and
Alton Tupy.  Dalton's mother was a
Tupy and his Great Grandfather a
son of the couple.  Michael's Great
Grandmother was the daughter of
the couple above.

Their home now owned by the
McKones near the park in Fort was
a favorite spot for their grand kids.
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Michael Novotny
Honorable Mention UIC
Dalton Hackman
Second Team All-UIC
TV 2013
Tournament Roster  

3  Blake Busta  SO   
4  Ryan Busta  JR   
7  Riley Meirick  JR   
8  Riley Busta  JR   
9  Riley Buchheit  JR   
11  Dalton Hackman  SR   
12  Justin Izer  JR   
14  Jacob W. Hackman  JR   
15  Michael Novotny  JR   
18  Austin Vrzak  SR   
23  Jacob Hackman  SR   
24  Justin Hackman  SO   
25  Jordan Denk  JR   
42  Nic Schaufenbuel  SR   
45  Kyle Reicks  JR   
47  Luke Kuennen  JR  
Trojans Beat Kee to Win District
Championship...One Game From State

When Michael Novotny came home from practice on Friday, He said to
his Dad, "We can beat Kee"!

Apparently, Coach Dan Stepan convinced his players they could and
on Saturday they went out and did it.

It was that confidence and a "Bull-Dog" performance by junior
right-hander, Riley Busta that were the key ingredients in a 3-2 win
over Kee for the District Championship!

You could see the confidence and enthusiasm from the Turkey Valley
baseball team right from the start.  It took only 2 pitches to record 2
outs, both fly balls to Jacob Hackman in left and a 3rd strike call got
the first of many loud roars from the Turkey Valley faithful as the
Trojans retired the Kee Hawks in order in the first and the momentum
was well on the TV side.

They took that first inning defensive confidence into the bottom of the
frame and did what they had to do and put 2 up on the board, which
paved the way for the 3-2 win.

Riley Meirick got it rolling by reaching on an error leading of the
inning, advanced to second on a passed ball and was moved to 3rd on
a sacrifice by Michael Novotny, a walk to Ryan Busta put runners at the
corners, with the hot bat of Dalton Hackman stepping in with only 1-out.

Hackman hit a ground ball to the left side and Kee got Meirick on a
close play at the plate...and you were thinking, "Oh No, it looks like we
might have squandered a golden opportunity to take control of this

Jacob Hackman put an end to that thinking by doing what he has done
so often this season...delivering a key RBI single.... this one knocked
in Ryan Busta with the first run of the game.

Kyle Reicks followed with another solid hit and the Trojans led it 2-0 at
the end of 1.

It didn't take Kee long to show they weren't going to roll over when
Clean-up Man, Chris Carroll drilled a ball to dead center that looked
like an easy out, but kept carrying and carrying until it dropped just a
couple of feet over the fence to narrow the margin to 2-1.

It was Carroll again in the 4th that was a one-man show in producing
the 2nd Kee run to tie the game.  With one-out Carroll tripled and
forced Busta into a balk for the run.

However, this was a night the Trojans would not be denied.  In the
bottom of the 5th Justin Izer led off the inning reaching on an error at
2nd.  Justin Hackman ran for Izer.

Riley Meirick laid down a bunt fielded by the pitcher who tried to get
Hackman streaking into 2nd.  The throw pulled the shortstop off the
bag and TV had a threat going with 1st and 2nd and nobody out.

Expecting another bunt, pitcher Jack Jennett tried to keep the ball
low, but too low, and Michael Novotny worked him for a walk loading
the bags with nobody out.

Ryan Busta hit a ground ball to short and Justin Hackman turned the
burners on and raced home for what was the winning run on the
fielder's choice.

The rest was up to Riley Busta and his mates who supported him with
some excellent plays and no errors on the night.

Busta took them down in order in the 6th with the help of a sparkling
play by  Ryan Busta at short.  The final out of the inning was recorded
with a rifled fast-ball that fooled Carroll who had homered and tripled
in his 2 previous at bats, but went down with a weak swing.

Busta struck-out the first hitter to start the 7th, but then got into some
trouble yielding a single and a walk to put 2 on with only 1-out.

It was "Bull-Dog" time for Riley...as he would not be denied....Striking
out the next hitter for the 2nd out and then getting a pop-up in front of
first where he called off Nic Schaufenbuel and hauled it in himself to
nail down the victory, the district championship, and the opportunity to
play Don Bosco for the right to go to state.

It was Busta at the center of it all, but it was a team win all the way with
a group of young men believing in themselves and then going out and
getting the job done.  

Unfortunately, error less ball doesn't happen very often for TV but it
did this night.  It was not only no errors, but there were several
excellent plays on defense.  We mentioned the one above by Ryan
Busta at short.  Also,  Kyle Reicks made a play on a bunt play in the 4th
that may have gone unnoticed, but it also showed Kee they probably
could not reach base by bunting like they have done in the past
against Turkey Valley.  Both Riley Meirick and Michael Novotny made
catches right at the fence on deep balls to the outfield that were far
from routine.

Let's not forget the fans who played their part creating an irony of
ironies when the Kee Brass complained after the game about the
"Turkey Valley Fans", who were just stepping up and giving Kee a
taste of its own medicine, which they have been serving up for years.

The stage is set for one of the most exciting nights of high school
athletics, when 2-teams battle to determine which one goes on to the
State Tournament.

The game will be played at what is becoming "Turkey Valley South"
during this baseball tournament trail, Starmont at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
night.  The Trojans have played all 3 of its tournament games on this
field and have won them all.

The opponent certainly doesn't get any easier (and its not suppose to
the closer you get to state).  Don Bosco, which is a perennial baseball
power in Iowa and has been ranked in the top 5 all season will try to
put an end to TV's perfect run at Starmont and the "dream" of the
Trojan players to play on the Big Stage in Des Moines.

If the Trojans continue to Believe they surely can Achieve that Dream!

Despite the strong baseball tradition at Turkey Valley, the Trojans have
only been to the state tournament 3 times; in 1971(2nd), 1985(state
champs), and 1999.  If my Turkey Valley math is correct, that is every 14

If you subtract 1999 from 2013, you get..............?

See you Tuesday night @ 7 at Starmont...right on Highway 3 just a few
miles East of Oelwein
Top TV Performance
Vs. Kee

Riley Busta went the distance with a
dazzling performance on the mound.  He
gave up 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 9.  
He retired 8 in a row from the 4th into the
7th before letting 2 get aboard, but
reached down for a trike-out and a
pop-out for the final 2 outs of the game.

Ryan Busta another solid performace at
short with an outstanding play.  Ryan was
also right in the middle of the Trojans
scoring.  After walking in the first he
scored.  He also drove in the winning run
with a fielder's choice

Jacob Hackman delivered what may
have been the hit of the game when he
singled home Ryan with 2 outs for the first
run of the game.  Another steady
performance in left.

Kyle Reicks had an RBI single in the
first and took away the Kee bunt threat by
playing it well at third.

Dalton Hackman another great job
catching holding the Kee runners at Bay
with his strong arm.  He also had a double
and a run scored

Michael Novotny moved the runners
in the first with a sacrifice and worked the
pitcher for a walk to move the runner to
third to set-up the winning run.  Made a
catch right at the fence in dead center.

Riley Meirick, reached base to lead of
the Trojan first when they struck for 2 and
also laid down a bunt setting up the
winning run.  Caught a ball right at the
fence in right

Justin Izer made the plays at 2nd and
reached base to lead off the fifth to help
produce the winning run.

Justin Hackman scored the winning
run as a pinch runner for Izer

Nic Schaufenbuel has been solid
defensively all season for TV at first and
this night was no different.

Coach Dan Stepan convinced his
players they could do it and then made
the moves to help them achieve it!
Riley Busta, Dalton Hackman
and Michael Novotny
Upper Iowa All-Conference
Riley Busta
Second Team All-UIC
Trojans Win District Opener
11-2 over East Buc
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Winner advances to State Tournament
Trojans Beat Starmont 9-2  to
advance to  District
Championship Game
Ryan Busta scores the first run of the game against Kee
on a hit by
Jacob Hackman
in the first when the Trojans scored 2
Riley Busta
Coach Dan Stepan owns 3 wins over Kee
during his coaching career. 2 have been
pitched by Riley...one last year that
clinched a share of the conference and
the other Saturday Night for the District
Championship, putting Turkey Valley 1
game away from State.
but not Intimidated By

Both the Umpires and Trojans showed
respect for a man that has won more
games than any other coach in the history
of high school baseball in America...but
were not intimidated by the great
achievement of
Kee High Coach Gene Schultz
Kyle Reicks hands the ball to Riley Busta
just prior to the first pitch of the game.
Follow the Trojans as they score 2 in the First
Riley Meirck leads off the inning by reaching on an error
and goes to second on a passed ball
Meirick is bunted to third by Michael Novotny
Ryan Busta draws a walk to put runners at the corners with 1 out
Meirick is called out at home on a fielder's choice for the 2nd out
Ryan Busta was singled home by Jacob Hackman
for the first run (see photo at top of page)
Follow the photos above as Kyle Reicks singles home Dalton
for the 2nd run and a 2-0 lead in the first.  Trojans managed
only 3 hits in the game, but 2 of them were 2 out singles in the first.
Everyone has a role to play

Here Luke Kuennen on the DL with a
shoulder injury guards the Gatorade
Cooler with a Baseball Bat.

Gatorade has been provided to the
players by
Fareway in Decorah and
WddNews.com during the tournament.  
The Best Fans in The Business
proving once again..."You can't Beat Fun
at the Old Ball Park",
especially when the
Trojans are winning
Two of the Four seniors that have
provided leadership throughout the
Nic Schufenbuel taking a cut
above and
Jacob Hackman in left.  
Along with
Austin Vrzak and Dalton
, the four seniors on this
squad would love nothing more than to
end the
Turkey Valley chapter of their
lives with a trip to Des Moines to play in
the State Tournament
Jacob Hackman
has provided timely hitting all-season.  His 2-out first inning single
brought home TV's first run against Kee
Expecting a bunt pitcher Jack Jennett of Kee High tried so hard to
keep the ball down he threw 3 in a row in the dirt to
.  Novotny would walk and move Justin Hackman to third
where he would score the winning run on a ground out.
The Winning Run
Little Things Win Games
What could be just a routine ground out was a little thing that brought
in the winning run.
 Ryan Busta was able to put the ball in play on
the ground, which is what was needed to bring home
Justin Hackman from 3rd.  Hackman had enough speed and got the
jump from third, so Kee had no chance of getting him.  
It proved to be the winning run.
With a runner on first with 1-out in a 3-2 game in the top of the 7th for
the District Championship, I wonder if anyone noticed we were
experiencing one of those beautiful Mid-Summer Iowa Sunsets with
corn in background which on this night was
Turkey Valley's "Field of Dreams"
With 2 on and only 1 out, Coach Dan
huddles the troops at the mound
to set the strategy.
It resulted in a strike-out and an easy
pop-up to nail down the win
Riley Busta
delivers strike three for the second
out(above) and below calls off
to haul in the easy pop-up
to end the game
Good Game
The District Champs
are all Smiles
From a member of the 1971 Team That
went to State

I will never forget our trip to state in
Mason City,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
even though we finished second

Tom “Doc” Bruess
Would Love to Hear from Others  who
played on one of the Turkey Valley State
Tournament Teams

Dalton Hackman lined out 2-hits, but it was far from enough as the
Trojans season came to an end 1 game from the state tournament as
they fell to Don Bosco, 10-0 in 6 innings.
 Riley Busta and
Michael Novotny
were the only other Trojans to get hits as TV fell
behind 3-0 in the first and were never really in it after that.  It was a
great tournament run...too bad it had to end!