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Hockey Mohawks vs. Ames 3

Mason City's Jaxon Jones and Ames' Ryan Mills fight for the puck Friday in Mason City.

Jaxon Jones’ schedule might be one of the busiest for any kid in North Iowa.

Jones, a senior at Forest City, is one of the Mohawk Hockey Club’s top players, but he also adds in a little bit extra to his day before he even starts practice for the Mohawks. Jones has been a mainstay at the North Iowa Bulls’ practices all season and has even appeared in a few games for the Bulls.

He wraps up his day at Forest City High School, which is loaded with college courses so he can bend his schedule to his liking, heads to Mason City to hit Bulls practice at 1 p.m. and then stays for the Mohawks’ practice immediately after.

“Two practices a day, it’s a little tough on the body, but I enjoy every bit of it,” Jones said. “Playing with the Bulls helps a lot with the speed and gets me prepared for the next level.”

That’s the ultimate end goal for Jones – play with the Bulls and then use that experience to help him land at the collegiate level. It’s a plan that appears to be on course as North Iowa coach Todd Sanden raves about Jones’ work ethic and skills, and his time with the Bulls right now makes him that much better when it comes to strap on his skates for the Mohawks.

“The jump to the Bulls is a lot more speed and making decisions a lot faster,” Jones said.

Jones, who was an all-league player last year for the Mohawks, has upped his game even more this season. After scoring one goal and recording one assist in Friday night’s 7-1 win over Ames on the Mohawks’ senior night, Jones was up to 15 points from his defensive position heading into Saturday’s game at the Des Moines Oak Leafs.

“He’s very smart for one thing, and he’s physically stronger than what he looks like and that is his best asset,” Mohawk Hockey Club co-coach John Lloyd said. “Even when he first moved here from Wisconsin, we knew he’d be a varsity player right away.”

The Mohawks will compete in the league tournament in two weeks, and in a field full of teams who come in nearly even in the standings, the Mohawks like how they are looking.

“When we’re playing at our best, we can beat anyone,” Jones said. “We’ve beat the top team at the beginning of the season. We want to go to the championship and nothing less.”

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