Diamonds and Ice

Future Hawkeye May has quick state tourney exit
March 11, 2009, 5:14 am
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Last year, Eric May made a 40-footer at the buzzer to give Dubuque Wahlert a win over Harlan in the Class 3A state championship game. This year, well, it didn’t go quite as well.

May, the University of Iowa signee, and Wahlert suffered through a 31.4-percent shooting effort from the field in a 56-41 loss to Norwalk in a 3A quarterfinal Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

May made just 6 of 20 shots from the field, including a 1-of-11 performance from 3-point land. Not the way the 6-foot-5 senior wanted his prep career to end.

“It wasn’t going tonight,” May said. “I felt like there were a lot (of shots) that rimmed out. I guess it just wasn’t there. I didn’t get to the hole enough, I didn’t get good enough shots to get into a rhythm quickly enough. I think that must have been the problem.”

Wahlert ended its season 18-7. This was not the same caliber Golden Eagle team as last season, so just getting to state was a good accomplishment.

“It was exciting, it was fun,” May said. “This is the worst way it could end. But you know at least we got here. We came together to get here. I love all these guys. We had a great time.”

Now it’s time for May to prepare for Iowa. He said it’ll be difficult to getting ready for the 2009-2010 season, but he’s looking forward to it.

“A lot of work. A lot of work this summer,” he said. “Every day it’s going to be a battle. Lifting weight, everything. It’s going to be a battle.”

Despite concentrating on his season, May, as expected, played close attention to this Iowa team. It’s a Hawkeye bunch that has perservered through youth and injuries.

“They’re playing like this with potentially three starters out,” May said. “They’re in every game. With maturity, with everybody getting a year older, they’re playing a lot of (underclassmen) … I can’t wait to get there next year.”



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