DES MOINES (KWWL) — Jake Hilmer’s high school career didn’t have the story-book ending. On Saturday his top ranked North Linn squad fell to Van Meter in the 2A championship game.
“This is going to feel like a low point, but at the end of the season I like to look at the whole season as a whole,” said Hilmer, “and if you look at the whole season there’s going to be a lot to be proud of.”
It’s not just the season. It’s an entire career that’s a source of pride for the Lynx senior who holds several Iowa high school records and is the nation’s all time hits and runs leader.
He nearly threw a perfect game in the state semis, but for him, playing with guys like fellow seniors Trevor Boge and David Seber has been the best part.
“It’s going to be fun looking back and reminiscing about these years because they’ve meant a lot to me. Just the group of guys I got to do it with has been pretty special.”
It’s not just special on the baseball field. The Lynx trio twice played for a championship in Wells Fargo Arena capturing the 1A basketball crown this past season.
“We lost a really good class last year in both basketball and baseball,” said Hilmer, “To get ourselves to the point where we are now, it took a lot of guys stepping up, a lot of guys working hard, and a lot of trust in each other.”
For the reigning Iowa Mister basketball, high school may be officially over, but unofficially, it may not end.
“It’s the last time we’re going to play a real game together, but it wouldn’t shock me if we’re playing a pickup game in a few hours.”