Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Volume 3>>Issue 24>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa
ORIOLE PRIDE “You’ll Play Basketball My Way. My Way is Hard.” ~ Don Haskins
An Independent Newspaper Serving the Athletes of the Springville Schools and Area Community
BOYS WIN TWO TO EVEN UP RECORD AT 8-8 After an ugly 59-35 loss at Cascade last Friday, Coach Merritt and his squad rebounded with 2 big wins at home. Saturday, the O’s hosted the Huskies of Cedar Valley Christian. They of course, will be newcomers when they join the Tri-Rivers next year. After a sluggish start, the boys opened up the second half with a 20-11 run that gave them a 5 point lead. They never relinquished and got the win, 65-51. Elias Nissen led the team in points with 23 and guard Greg Pauly tossed in 18. On Tuesday, rival Central City entered Machovec for a Tri-Rivers matchup. Another slow start by the O’s kept Central City in it early, but Springville eventually pulled away and got the win, 62-48. Coach Merritt said, “Anytime you play a "rivalry" game, you have to bring your top game. I thought Central City really played well and definitely pushed us around at times... We did not do a very good job of cleaning up the defensive glass by giving up 16 offensive boards. Giving up second chance points like that as well as turning it over as much as we did gives the opponent a lot of extra opportunities. ” While the tempo favored the Wildcats early, it was great to see our boys keep their composure and hit the clutch free throws down the stretch. As Coach Merritt added, “Hopefully we can use this as momentum moving forward as we have some very important and tough games coming up”. In Tuesday’s win over the Wildcats, Senior Dan Fitzgerald had his first double-double with a 16 point, 10 rebound performance. Fellow Senior Jake Hulett led the O’s with 21 points and 12 boards. Coach Merrit’s words ring true however, tough games await—North Linn invades Machovec Friday, bringing their 15-1 record with them. The O’s played them tough in their first meeting (losing 44-37), so this should be a good one. See you courtside!
Pictured left, rebounding king of the Tri-Rivers, Jake Hulett showing his talent. To the right, Dan Fitzgerald about to stop and pop.
WEEKLY PICKS CONTEST: Check out these upcoming Oriole basketball games and make your picks: Girls Basketball Boys Basketball
Lone Tree at Springville (Saturday) Lone Tree at Springville (Saturday)
Starmont at Springville (Tuesday) Starmont at Springville (Tuesday)
Here’s what you do, choose your winners, & for a tie-breaker, in Tuesday’s Starmont matchup, who will have more rebounds? Lady O, Megan Wagaman? Or Senior big man Jake Hulett? Tie-breaker goes to the one closest to the rebound guess. Send your picks & name to firstname.lastname@example.org & catch the next issue to see who won bragging rights. Congratulations to Springville’s Larry Riley—he is last weeks winner!
FACE IN THE CROWD… This week we talk with Springville 7th Grader, Henry Hoogland who we caught up with at the Central City game: Where is your dream vacation? Mexico Who is your Super Bowl pick? 49ers! If you were principle for a day—what is the first rule you’d make? NO HOMEWORK! How many points will the boys score tonight? 50 What is the last thing you had to eat? Pizza—sausage! Thanks Henry! You just never know—at the next Springville event, You could be more than a Face In The Crowd!
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LADY O’S PICK UP BACK TO BACK WINS Last Friday’s trip to Cascade resulted in a 56-25 Lady Oriole loss. Springville fell behind early and never gained enough momentum to get back into it. With little time to lick their wounds, the girls rebounded with a solid thumping of their own when Cedar Valley came to town on Saturday. The girls jumped out to a 11-6 lead with an up-tempo press and continued it into the 2nd quarter, taking a 23-8 lead into the half time break. They cruised from there and contained the Huskies in the final 2 quarters. Madison Wittenburg led the O’s with 15 points, while Megan Wagaman led in rebounds with 11 and Samantha Fitzgerald hauled down 10 boards of her own. On Tuesday, against Central City, it was more of the same. Up-tempo, solid shooting and strong performances across the line. The girls jumped out to an 18-2 lead at the end of 1 and then at the half led, 37-6. Coach Sanderson had to be happy with the performance, and said, “The first half was by far our most dominant performance of the season. Offensively we were led by Sarah Matus who had 18 before intermission. Defensively, we allowed Central City only three field goals in the first half as we took a commanding 37-6 lead into the locker room”. All the girls got some good minutes and it was great to see the youth out there maintaining the lead. Sarah Matus led the O’s in scoring with 21 points and Tracy Kilburg was right behind with 16. At 7-10 overall, 5-8 in conference play, the girls have a huge battle on their hands for Friday. North Linn enters the picture at 18-0. The undefeated Lynx handed it to the Springville girls back in December when they beat them solidly, 53-20. Bring your spirit and cheer them on, tip off is 6:15 Friday. See you in Machovec, don’t be late.
Springville Freshmen see the Varsity floor, pictured clockwise, in Tuesday action, starting top right; Hallie Corum goes up for 2 — Lefty, Ashley Brady in for a lay-up— Sydney Williams played some intense defense
Good job Lady O’s
THE FAMOUS AMONG US… OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT Now call me silly, but there are some people who walk among us, and they turn a head or two. And heads turn because they remind us of someone from time to time. This week let’s take a look at Springville Dad, Grandpa and Oriole fan, Jim Menster. Doesn’t he look just like actor Peter Falk? You know—Columbo? Minus the cigar of course.
CRAZY MASCOT OF THE WEEK There’s some pretty crazy mascots out there, here’s a dose of a U.S. High School with an out of the ordinary nick name. Cleveland, Ohio WAS the home of the John Marshall Lawyers. The high school that housed grades 10-12, was demolished in 2011. Known as a college preparatory school, the students competed in traditional sports and wore colors of red and white. John Marshall of course was the 4th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in the years 1800-01.
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ANNUAL CHARITY STRIPE CONTEST, SATURDAY, 9AM Brush off those sneakers sports fans, loosen up your shooting arms and get your tails to Machovec on Saturday for the Lady O, Third Annual Charity Stripe free-throw contest. Coach Nate Sanderson shares these details: Our goal is to raise $1,620 to hire 10 health care providers who will reach over 7,000 people in Uganda with basic medical supplies. The cost to enter the contest is $5.00 for 25 free throws. Gift cards from Pancheros, Jimmy John's, and Buffalo Wild Wings will be awarded to the winners! Check out their promotional video for the Charity Stripe: http://youtu.be/o9_7PanNJ8g Come on sports fans, show your talents, reminisce with your neighbors and come out to support the cause.
FRIDAY’S GAMES TO BE BROADCAST ON 600WMT Friday’s Annual Coach’s vs Cancer night will have an added bonus when Cedar Rapids 600 WMT comes to campus to broadcast our games over the radio waves. Bring your outside voices and plan to be hoarse afterwards, it will be a great night of hoops in Machovec.
TUESDAY WILL BE SENIOR NIGHT Join us Tuesday for the Starmont Home games as we celebrate this years Senior, winter athletes. Festivities will be in between the girls and boys Varsity games.
GIRLS BRACKETS RELEASED Springville will start the post season at Home-SweetHome Machovec Gymnasium. They will host Lisbon on Thursday, February 7 at 7pm sharp.
LITTLE 0’S WIN 2ND PLACE IN NORTH LIBERTY Coaches Jeff and Robin Menster and their middle school prodigies took 2nd place in a North Liberty tournament last Sunday. After beating Davenport Assumption, 31-16, the girls lost to a tough Titans team, 25-24. They regrouped for a second place battle against the Xavier Bulldogs with a 26-22 victory.
STUDENT SECTION A SIGHT TO SEE Now don’t get me wrong, the talent on the floor during the basketball games is a sight to see—and it is the reason we are all attending. But a growing interest for all of us is the zany student section. One never knows what they’ll do next. If you have not witnessed their antics, keep your seat during the time outs and intermissions—as their cheers, dances and witty sayings keep most of us laughing throughout the evenings. So on Friday, cast your eyes to the southwest side of the gym. Chances are, there is a show being put on and you don’t want to miss it.
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