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Jessica Gehrke: Athlete of the Week

"We've never had an athlete like this come through West High that I could compare her to, male or female, she's just an incredible athlete."

JESSICA GEHRKE HAS VIRTUALLY DONE IT ALL IN HER TIME AT IOWA CITY WEST HIGH SCHOOL....

"She's a state meet, 100 meter dash champion, long jump champ, and the lead-all-state volleyball player...the kid can do anything."

BUT RIGHT NOW, THE ONLY THING ON HER MIND IS THE ONE THING THAT HAS ELUDED THE PROGRAM OVER THE YEARS...

"Our next goal is obviously going to state and making it to the state championships. We're on our way to that and just working hard every day."

AND THERE'S GOOD REASON TO BELIEVE THIS COULD BE THE YEAR FOR THE TROJANS...TUESDAY NIGHT SECOND RANKED WEST BEAT DUBUQUE HEMPSTED IN FOUR SETS TO CLINCH BOTH A DIVISION TITLE AND AN MVC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SAME SEASON...A FIRST IN THE PROGRAM'S HISTORY...

GEHRKE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN TUESDAY'S WIN WITH 23 KILLS...AND WHEN IT COMES ENDING A POINT...THERE AREN'T MANY WHO CAN DO IT AS EMPHATICALLY AS NUMBER THREE IN GREEN

"I try to find spots where I put it and just being smart hitter...there's just a lot of adrenaline when I go up....

"It could be 10 feet off the net and she could still get a huge kill, nobody would get it up."

THE FIVE FOOT NINE SENIOR CAPTAIN IS NEAR THE TOP IN THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY IN KILLS AND KILL EFFECEINCY....BUT BEYOND ALL HER PHYSICAL ABILITIES...IT'S HER GROWTH AS A LEADER THAT IS HELPING STEER THIS TEAM TOWARD UNCHARTERED WATERS...

"Every year I've increased my leadership role on the team, so this year I just have to take it over."

"She just has a tremendous work eithic... I mean anybody can't help but notice the amount of effort she puts into the sport."

AT 35-2, THIS TEAM LOOKS POISED TO FINALLY BRING HOME A STATE TITLE...AND IT WILL BE THE LATEST IN ALONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR ONE OF THE BEST ATHELTES IN THE STATE...

GEHRKE IS HEADED TO FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY NEXT YEAR WHERE SHE WILL RUN BOTH TRACK AND PLAY VOLLEYBALL...

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