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Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Volume 4>>Issue 20>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE “Fans Never Fall Asleep At Our Games Because They’re Afraid They’ll Get Hit With a Pass” ~ George Raveling

An Independent Newspaper Serving the Athletes of the Springville Schools and Area Community

MATUS BREAKS RECORD—BUT IT’S NOT QUITE ENOUGH It’s been a busy week for the Lady O’s. They hosted North Linn last Friday and played hard nosed defense, although they dropped the game, it was a close one throughout with the final being 42-34. “Our kids fought hard and gave North Linn the closest game they've had all season.”, said Coach Sanderson. Rivalry Saturday was a battle against Lisbon at the newly remodeled US Cellular Center. “In the first quarter it took us some time to adjust to the bigger court as we kept initiating our offense about 35 feet from the basket”, said Coach Sanderson. The girls had an 11-9 lead going into the 2nd quarter and notched up their defense to hold the Lady Lions to just 2 points and give themselves an 18-3 halftime lead. The girls maintained their lead in the second half and won it, 41-35. On Monday the O’s returned home for a match-up with the Bellevue Marquette Lady Mohawks. It was perhaps the best game of the year from a fans stand point. It was a close one all night, the defense was superb and the shooting was lights out! Coach Sanderson said, “ Our team numbers weren't bad tonight - 43% shooting from the field and only 10 turnovers”. And Junior Sarah Matus, as Coach said, “was out of her mind tonight as she dropped a school -record (and possibly a Tri-Rivers record) 8 3-pointers. She finished with a career-high 26 points, and we needed every one of them to have a chance”. It was a true joy to witness—it just wasn’t enough as the girls had to resort to fouls and the Mohawks converted to hang on for 46-42 win over the now, 6-6 Lady Oriole’s. Matus finished the game with 26 points and the challenge was made afterwards—now of course I congratulated her—but now we expect her to break her own record. Friday will be another good test for the O’s as they travel north to take on East Buchanan who is also 6-6. Should be a showdown and who knows? It may be another shoot-out in the making. Get there early, even the warm ups are impressive. Pictured clockwise from above; Matus in the Cellular Center hitting a 3; The Lady O’s Super Fans congratulate the girls after they beat Lisbon; Megan Wagaman drives baseline; Tracy Kilburg about to get a rebound; Matus again launching a 3—with a hand in her face, and a forearm, and an elbow...

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WINNING WAYS CONTINUE FOR BOYS SQUAD What a whirlwind of a year us sports fans are having. It just keeps getting better as our basketball teams keep us on our feet. The boys had a setback last week and dropped that game to Easton, but have been flawless since, beating North Linn Friday, Lisbon Saturday and Bellevue Marquette Monday. Friday’s win against North Linn was never close, as the O’s jumped out early and never looked back, taking it to the Lynx and sending them home with a 52-22 loss, one cemented in print on Quik Stats. I was really hoping Coach Merritt would run the infamous out of bounds play, you know, North Linn loves to have their guys run in a circle before inbounding? I know, I know, grow up—still would have been nice to see. Elias Nissen led the O’s with 17 points. Saturday was a hard fought, physical contest at Lisbon and the Oriole’s stepped up their composure to take a win from the Lions, 70-61. Nissen led scorers with 24 points and he hauled down 19 boards as well. Senior Jesse Robertson had a career night with 17 points and Junior Greg Pauly added 13. Monday night was a home game with Bellevue Marquette and it was another strong showing by Springville and never a close one either as the final was 54-30. Another Nissen double-double (22 points and 15 boards) and another solid performance from Robertson (10 points and 6 caroms) helped all the O’s find some valuable playing time. With an 11-1 record, the O’s have once again become the darlings of the conference. They will join the Ladies and head to East Buchanan on Friday. The Buccaneers are struggling and just 1-9 on the year, but the O’s won’t look past them. Should be another night full of high-lights and you won’t want to miss it.

Pictured above is senior Elias Nissen going up for a dunk against Bellevue Marquette. I just don’t know which is more fun to watch, Elias? Or the crowd?

ARCHERY RETURNS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON Tammy Mysak, Bill Nelson and Gary Biles return to coach another season of Springville Archery. There are currently 31 archers from Springville and 16 of them competed among 650 at Cornell College on January 4. Coach Biles reports, “Haley Kirchmann was the top scoring Springville archer for the tournament. Haley shot a 270, which is the highest score any Springville archer has shot since the program started last year. Haley’s score was good enough for a 4th place finish out of 131 archers in the middle school girls division. Evan Corum, in his first tournament ever, was our highest finisher in the middle school boys division, with a 235 score, which placed him 80th out of 197 participants in his division. Kylie Mysak, shot a 251, which placed her 46th out of 112 in the high school girls division. Brian Sindelar, shot a 260, which place him 37th out of 118 in the high school boys division”. Numbers this year are strong enough for Springville to enter a Middle School team and a High School team in events says Biles, “a team consists of between 12 to 24 archers, with a minimum of 4 being of the opposite gender as to the rest of the team. The top 12 scores, with a minimum of 4 being of the opposite gender as the rest of the team, count as the team score”. Archery, yet one more activity for our students to excel in. Let’s go O’s!

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COACH’S CORNER... From time to time, Oriole Pride feature’s a new member of the Springville Coaching staff and this week we meet Middle School Football and Freshmen Boys Basketball Coach Donovan Eastburn: High School attended: Monticello High School College attended: University of Northern Iowa Favorite TV Show: I used to watch The Office every week until it went off the air What radio station is your car stereo tuned to? Z102.9 is what my radio is usually on If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you choose? Robert Downey Jr. I think he would be hilarious and have something interesting to say. Plus he'd probably pick up the check. What is your favorite meal? Philly Cheese Steaks and fries If you were surprised with a surprise vacation and told you could only pack 3 items, what would you pack? My toothbrush, The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection and a cell phone Pets? Significant Other? No pets but currently dating a woman named Katie Ricklefs What advice do you have for Springville students? My advice would be to just get out and get involved in anything that may interest you. Thanks Coach Eastburn!

A FACE IN THE CROWD… This week we meet Miss Leah Kilburg, a Springville 1st grader. We often see her cheering on big sister Tracy and she took time out from the Calaumus-Wheatland game to answer a few questions for us: What was your favorite Christmas present? My soft Dora blanket What is your middle name? Katherine How many teeth have you lost? A LOT! What is your favorite TV show? Full House What is your favorite candy? Pixie Stix Thanks Leah—you just never know, at the next Springville event, You could be more than a Face In The Crowd!

THE FAMOUS AMONG US—FOR REAL! Of course you did, we all did. And all of Linn County heard collective shouts during the LSU—Iowa Outback Bowl game, each time the camera caught our very own Jake Hulett on the sidelines. The photo to the left was provided by proud Mom Alexis. Jake was able to travel with the team and participate in the week long festivities, forfeiting his Christmas Holiday. But what a way to spend it—sun, football, sun, sight-seeing, sun...just another day in the life of an Oriole turned Hawkeye. Not too shabby I’d say.

WEEKLY PICKS CONTEST… This week we shift to this week-ends NCAA Men’s Basketball match-ups: Iowa State at Texas

Missouri State at UNI

Minnesota at Iowa

Brown at Yale

Here’s what you do, make your picks and for the Tie-Breaker, in the above 4 games, which WINNER will have the biggest margin of victory? Make your picks and email them to us at Congratulations to Springville’s Larry Riley, for winning last weeks contest.

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