Wow. Thats all we can say. What a performance of Tristan Wirfs in his first Super Bowl performance. To think, in the span of four short years from being a standout athlete on the Mount Vernon football, wrestling and track teams, to playing at the University of Iowa, and now being part of the winning team for the National Football Leagues largest game. Amidst all those changes, Wirfs has not lost his ties to his community, either. Hes noted in interviews leading up to the game, the importance of having his hometown cheering him on the national stage. Hes continued to do what he can to brighten the lives of his local fans in the community. And hes had one phenomenal rookie season in the NFL in that crucial position of tackle. While he might have noted that the caliber of players he saw was routinely different at levels of play, hes shown in his first year that whatever team he would have landed at would have benefited him in that spot. And this community shone bright their love and admiration for Wirfs. Social media posts throughout the community were cheering on the local player being on the national stage. Wirfs play at the national level is something to be commended, but not surprising for all those in this community who followed his career. His accomplishments are special, but the effort, discipline and dedication he showed is not rare. Its been encouraging to see local students continue to excel at extracurricular activities, despite the ongoing pandemic. Mount Vernon and Lisbon basketball teams have had successes and losses on the courts, and shown a flexibility to adapt to seasons that have been impacted by our winter weather woes on top of the possible pandemic woes. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Keaton Kutcher became the all-time leading scorer in Mount Vernon history with 1,516 points. Lisbons wrestling team handily advanced several wrestlers to compete at the state wrestling tournament in the next few days in Des Moines, and Mount Vernon has two wrestlers advancing to state. Both Mount Vernon and Lisbon hosted their large-group speech events, with several teams getting recognition at the state and district levels. All-State nominations were not announced ahead of our print deadline, as many contests were still being held across the state due to the pandemic. And the Mount Vernon High School Academic Decathlon team returned to state. Its a busy time of year. Its a fun time. Its a time to say thanks, good luck and congratulations.

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