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Beckman wins one for Jenk

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It was a moment that inspired goosebumps. Dyersville Beckman captured their sixth state championship, and then turned their attention to their ailing head coach

"That was the best baseball moment I've ever had,” said junior Jackson Bennett, “the best moment I'm ever going to have."

"It just gives me chills,” agreed Fred Martin, who took over Jenk's on-field duties this season, “It was for him. This whole year has been for him."

"I could see him smiling from the field. That was something else,” agreed junior Joel Vaske, “I tell you. That was crazy. That was awesome."

Jenk just sat in awe, and afterward contemplated the impact he made on his team and others.”

"When you become a teacher, and a coach, you want to have an impact on your players, their parents, and the community,” said the coach of 42 years, “I didn't realize how that I touched so many people and I really appreciate everything they've done for me.”

The championship marked a moment Jenk had experienced many times before, having led the Blazers to four previous titles as head coach.

This one was different. Jenk arrived at Principal Park in an RV provided by Paramount Ambulance Service, a brain tumor has taken it's toll on his mobility. He signed the line-up card and then watched his team defeat Carroll Kumper 9 to 6 from a suite in the press box.

While honored that his team dedicated a state title to their coach, Jenk said it's bigger than just him.

"I really want them to play the game for themselves, and for the community, and for the school, because it's something they're always going to remember."

But beyond that, winning one for coach gave the Blazers another moment they'll never forget.

"His goal is always to play on championship Saturday,” said senior Riley LeGrand, “We were able to get that done and finish the job for him. It was awesome to see that big smile on his face after we got the job done."

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