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Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Volume 2>>Issue 22>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE “A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team” ~ Anonymous

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

DO WE DARE SAY IT? “A DYNASTY IN THE MAKING” Trophies, titles, medals and bragging rights keep piling up for the Springville girl’s travel team. Saturday the girls warmed up at the Charity Stripe contest before dominating at the North Linn tournament. They opened with a win against Linn-Mar, 18-14. Next, they took care of Independence, 36-8, outscoring them 25-2 in the second half. That win set up a championship game with Jesup, who had previously lost only two games on the year. The Oriole’s gave them their 3rd loss, beating them 29-19 to earn them their nifty necklaces and another feather in their cap. Springville moves to 24-4 on the year with 20 games left in their travel season. Keep up the good work girls—and enjoy it. (Photo’s provided by Angie Gloeckner)

YOUTH BASKETBALL HIGH-LIGHTS... Saturday mornings are for the young, and Springville’s Youth Sports League gets the most of it. Teams were playing in the practice gym Saturday hosting teams from Mount Vernon and Lisbon. Kudos to the Youth Sport Organization as well as the kids and their families for putting in the practice time. These Little O’s will soon be Big O’s—and oh, how fun they are to watch. Pictured left, Alex Koppes about to score off a steal Pictured right, Beau Zarubu arranges his starting line-up

Volunteers for concession stand duties are always welcome. Please stop by the table on game nights for upcoming opportunities and consider donating your time.

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Maddie Wittenburg rips down a board on Saturday

After falling to Cascade last Thursday, Coach Sanderson had the girls ready to play on Saturday when Cedar Valley Christian paid a visit. Springville jumped out to a 12-5 lead and didn’t look back as they beat the Huskies, 44-27. Sanderson said, “We had a nice all-around effort, especially defensively. We were able to contain CVC's leading scorer Shelby Hembera, limiting her to 9 points in the game (at least four of which came during the last few minutes when the game was decided). We had a very balanced night offensively. CJ Fitzgerald led us in scoring with 11 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists”. It was nice to see an aggressive press from the Lady O’s, forcing 13 turnovers in all, and the points on the other end made for a solid, team win. Freshman Maddie Wittenburg had a nice outing - #22 hauled down 10 rebounds and tossed in 6 points. Tuesday night, the girls took their 6-9 record to Central City and picked up another win, handling the Wildcats 38-20. Springville had a balanced attack with multiple players scoring—Matus and Tracy Kilburg each had 9 to lead the O’s. The big win will prepare them for a big match up—Friday will be another road game, the 16-2 North Linn Lynx await. The Lady O’s had better be ready to CJ Fitzgerald & Matus apply the pressure against Cedar Valley play—as should the fans, get your game face on.

SPRINGVILLE BOYS POUNCE ON THE WILDCATS After a 3 game skid all of which were losses at home, Coach Merritt had to be digging deep for his pregame talk on Tuesday. Wish we had the audio because the boys basketball team owned the Central City gym last night. The Oriole’s jumped out to a 20-8 lead after 8 minutes of play & did not let up one bit, cruising to a 71-22 win. The continuous clock allowed us all to meet our curfew & get home at a decent time but who could sleep? The Oriole’s outperformed, outhustled, outrebounded & outplayed Central City on both ends of the court for the entire 32 minutes. As a team, the guys shot a blistering 62% from the floor & dished out a total of 25 assists to just 9 turnovers—9! “Tonight was a night in which we finally put together a complete effort with a strong defensive and offensive performance. Giving up 22 points speaks volumes of our defensive effort” offered Coach Merritt who added, “I'm proud of our guys and am hoping we can carry this sort of effort forward”. All of us were proud—7 players found the scoring column & senior Zach Scriver had his first double-double, the swing man tallied 10 points (2 of 3 from behind the arch) & 12 rebounds— 11 defensive and he dished out 5 assists. Junior Jake Hulett also had a double-double, 19 points (9 of 11 from the paint) & 10 boards—pretty good considering he was tallied early & often for tick-tack fouls. Elias Nissen tied his career high with a 25 point performance & added 2 more blocked shots to his resume. Freshman Greg Pauly handed out 8 assists to round out a balanced attack that made for the best time one could have on the road against a team who I’ve said before—is “almost” as fun to beat as Alburnett. It was a great night & if you missed it? Shame on you. Things don’t ease up as the boys head to North Linn on Friday to take on a 14-1 team that beat them handily just a month ago. The O’s will need the same effort & production—a good crowd won’t hurt either. Hey student section! Keep up the good work, we’ll see you up North. Clockwise from above left; Hulett puts up 2; Zach Scriver leading a fast break; Hulett, Z. Scriver and Pauly give us the best half time performance all year—their smiles; Nissen, a man among boys pulls down a rebound.

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SENIOR “O” Oriole Pride takes time to feature senior athletes. We learn a little beyond their jersey number and the activities they pursue, this week we meet Megan Hall; Where were you born? Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids How many brothers and sisters do you have? One brother, Alex Are you the oldest, middle... youngest? Youngest Parents names: Wayne and Diana Hall List the activities you participate in: Volleyball, TADA, National Honor Society, Band Who do you text the most? Hannah O’Brien Favorite food: Kraft Mac and Cheese Favorite movie: Elf or Angels and Demons What do you like to do in your free time? Read or work out If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or not, who would you choose? Taye Diggs What do you do to get pumped up before a game? Try to relax and think about what I’m going to do What is your favorite athletic memory so far? It's a tie. The many JV basketball van rides or watching people laugh with tears during volleyball events. Have you made plans yet for next fall? If so, what are they? I am still deciding which college to go to. Thank you Megan

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS OPEN UP ON THE ROAD Coach Moran and the 7th & 8th grade teams opened up their 2012 campaign on the road. Both teams suffered losses at East Buchanan last Thursday, but played hard and got some experience. The boys will regroup for a home stand against Maquoketa Valley on Thursday. Pictured right: Andy Hagensick pulls down a rebound (Photo provided by L M Riley)


Check out these upcoming Oriole & Iowa Conference basketball match ups and make your weekly picks: Friday’s Games: Springville at North Linn (boy/girl) Saturday’s Games: University of Dubuque at Coe College (men’s/women’s) Here’s what you do, choose your winners, & the total number of 3 pointers Dan Fitzgerald will hit against North Linn on Friday. Tie-breaker goes to the one closest to the Fitzgerald guess. Send your picks & name to & catch the next issue to see who won bragging rights. Congratulations to Manchester’s Leah Riley for winning last weeks contest.

DISTRICT PAIRINGS FOR GIRLS BASKETBALL ARE OUT: The Lady O’s will stay home for their post-season opener when they host Midland on Thursday, February 9. 7 pm is slated as tip off time. Boys pairings should be announced next week, our district appears to be favorable. Stay tuned for bracket information.

DID YOU KNOW??? In Saturday’s loss to Cedar Valley Christian, freshman Greg Pauly (pictured right) had 10 assists— that ties him for the lead among Tri-River’s players.

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ORIOLE LEGENDS Oriole Pride features Springville alumni who still have ties to the community. This week we feature Springville graduate Greg Pauly Sr... Class of: 1979 Sports/Activities you participated in: Football, Baseball, Marching Band and Stage Band What is your most cherished high school memory? Graduating What is the craziest thing you did in high school? Putting under classmen in a cardboard box and gave them “free” rides down the steps at Schwab Hall Who was your most memorable teacher? Mr. Koch, because he made science class fun How many students were in your class? 70 or so I think Who was your big rival while in school? Central City If you were to write a biography—what would the title be? The Life and Times of Greg Pauly What did you want to be when you were a kid? A Fireman or a Policeman If you could have one superpower what would it be? To see into the future What was your first car? A 1973, Chevy Monte Carlo—Maroon Please list your spouse and children; Deb (wife), Kori Avis (daughter) and husband Craig. Joe Nietert (son) and wife Amber. Mandy Merritt (daughter) and husband Nick. Springville freshman, Greg Pauly (son). Grandchildren—Payson, Brekin and Addie.

IN THE YEAR 1979… Magic Johnson & Larry Bird battled one another in the NCAA Basketball Championship—The Spartans won, 75-64. The SONY Walkman was released—it cost a mere $200. YMCA sues the Village People for libel for their hit song of the same title—the suit was later dropped. Legendary actor John Wayne (born in Winterset, IA) passes away from stomach cancer at the age of 72.

Pictured above, left to right; The Magic/Bird match up. John Wayne when he was “Marion Morrison” a USC football player. The always entertaining music group, Village People.

CRAZY MASCOT OF THE WEEK There’s some pretty crazy mascots out there, here’s your weekly dose of a U.S. high school with an out of the ordinary nick name. This week we feature Freeport, Illinois—home of the Pretzels! Freeport has a German heritage & when families from Pennsylvania (where pretzels originated) moved to Freeport, they started a pretzel making factory which led to their nick name. Freeport has the traditional sports as well as swimming & diving & their colors are orange & black. Notable alumni include McKinley “Deacon” Davis who played College Basketball for the University of Iowa where he was an All-American and after graduating in 1955, went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. Also, Adolph Rupp coached basketball at Freeport from 1926-30 before moving on to the University of Kentucky where he of course led the Wildcats to 4 National Championships.

FACE IN THE CROWD This week’s Face In The Crowd is Springville 7th grader Megan Allsup. I caught Megan at the Cascade game last Thursday. She took time away to tell us the following… What was the last thing you ate? A strawberry-banana smoothie Who was the last person you texted? Marissa Kilburg Where do you plan to go to college at? UNI What was the last movie you saw? Jack and Jill Who is your dream date? Taylor Lautner Thanks Megan. You just never know—at the next Springville event, You could be more than a Face in the Crowd.

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