The fertile fields around Parkersburg are known for producing bushels of corn and soybeans, and the high school football team in this small Iowa town has carved a reputation for raising future NFL players.
The Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons, coached by Ed Thomas, the 2005 NFL high school coach of the year, have four players currently on NFL rosters, a remarkable achievement for this community of only 2,000.
On Sunday night, Parkersburg was devastated by a tornado that claimed the lives of five residents. Two others perished in neighboring New Hartford, making this the deadliest twister in the state since 1968.
We will be discussing our trip Monday to Parkersburg on the Sports Byline USA Radio Network. Please join us at midnight Friday on the Pacific Coast. You can listen over the Internet by clicking here, and we will be taking phone calls at 800-878-7529.