Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Volume 3>>Issue 22>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa
ORIOLE PRIDE “Superman Don’t Need No Seat Belt” ~ Muhammad Ali
An Independent Newspaper Serving the Athletes of the Springville Schools and Area Community
MATUS HITS MILESTONE, O’S DROP O-T LOSS, REBOUND TO BURY PIRATES What, may you ask is better than a conference win? A conference win against Alburnett of course. Coach Sanderson had the girls well prepared on Tuesday as they came out pressing and never let up in a decisive 50-28 Tri Rivers win. While the points came a few shots into the game, and the Lady O’s trailed by as many as 9, they plotted along and looked like what they can be— a disciplined team that attacks the weaknesses in the defense and lights it up from both sides of the arch. Freshman Megan Wagaman led her team with a nifty, 12 point, 11 rebound, double-double. Sophomore Sarah Matus finished with 14 points and hit 11 of them in the first half, while Springville was still settling into the game. Coach Sanderson, in post game conversations said that the O’s had a couple mention worthy stats on the night. The girls finished with their season low in turnovers, with 12 and tied their season best in offensive rebounds with 19. I love stats, but let us remember—the girls kicked the tar out of Alburnett, just wanted to reiterate that. Tuesday’s home win, followed a heartbreaker on Saturday when the Lady O’s took part in “Rivalry Saturday” held at Cornell College. The girls battled hard, played great and held the 8-2 Lady Trojans to a season low 39 points, but fell in an over-time loss, 39-37. Up 18-13 at the half, Springville looked good—real good, and that is awesome considering the digital TV coverage that afternoon. The O’s had a great look to win the game too. Sophomore Maddie Wittenburg had a 3 point attempt to win it for the O’s but the shot just didn’t fall. In the Preston game, Matus, now the Savvy Sophomore—previously known as the Freshman Phenom, hit her 74th 3-point bucket. The basket allows her to surpass C.J. Fitzgerald in the record books. Congratulations Sarah. Last Friday, Springville hosted Monticello in their first game since the holiday break. Showing no signs of rust, the O’s were impressive early, even leading 16-15 at the half. And in Coach Sanderson’s words, “midway through the fourth, Monticello went on a 7-0 run to take a 27-20 lead with 4:35 left to go. To our players credit, we fought back with a 9-3 run of our own capped by Sarah Matus' fourth 3-point FG of the night with :55 remaining in the game to draw within one at 30-29. Unfortunately, that would be as close as we could get. We had multiple possessions in the last minute, but failed to get a shot offensively before we turned the ball over and were forced to foul”. Monticello won the game, 34-29. At 5-6, the Lady O’s can even up their season record with a win against the Wildcats on Friday in Delhi. I’ll be there, how about you?
Pictured above, Sarah Matus spotting up for a 3 at home against Alburnett.
To the left, the Lady O’s during a TV Time-out on Saturday at Cornell College.
FACE IN THE CROWD… This week we talk with Springville 8th grader Sophie Stolte who I sat with at the Alburnett game: What was your favorite Christmas gift? New school bag What is the last movie you saw in the theater? The Collection—Thumbs Up she says What is your dream car? A Mercedes If you were a dog, what kind would you be? A Bull Mastiff What day of the week were you born on ? Saturday, I think Thanks Sophie! You just never know—at the next Springville event, You could be more than a Face In The Crowd!
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BOY’S BASKETBALL TEAM WIPES THE FLOOR WITH ALBURNETT Coach Merritt and his team jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first quarter Tuesday and cruised through the night, annihilating the visiting Pirates, 69-40. While Alburnett made a surge in the second quarter, the O’s took a 10 point lead in to the half and came out firing to coast through the third and fourth quarters. Junior Elias Nissen let the O’s with a double-double, 24 points and 12 boards. Sophomore guard Greg Pauly tied his season high with 17 points, 9 from behind the arch. Senior big man, Jake Hulett earned every one of his 9 points, as he always does and still had the energy to pull down 17 boards off the rim. In previous action, on Friday, the guys took on conference foe, Monticello in Machovec Gymnasium. It was their first game since the break and they showed no negative signs from the layoff. It was an even game throughout the night as no one led by more than a possession until the final 59 seconds when Monticello expanded its lead to 4. An uncontested Nissen dunk at the buzzer made it a 47-45 Panther win. Springville was whistled for 21 fouls on the night—to Monticello’s 16. Pardon me for suggesting this, but all 16 had to be called on the guy’s guarding Hulett, who literally carried his defender for a step or two each and every time he touched the ball. On the game, Nissen had 11 points, 10 boards and 4 blocked shots while Pauly chipped in 11 points as well as a couple assists. Of the Monticello game, Coach Merritt said, “I thought we did a nice job at the start of the game and played really well in the first half. We had a few stretches in the 2nd half where we had some trouble taking care of the ball which really ended up hurting us”. And, “Offensively, we did shoot the ball extremely well (61%). However...empty possessions cost us a lot of shots.”. The guys showed no restraint on Saturday when an 8-0 Preston team came to town. They looked great early, putting Preston on their heals and leading 16-11 at the end of the first. With a 32-26 half time lead the student section was buzzing with enthusiasm—styling the mullet, mashing the potato and sizzling away. Preston came out aggressive in the third though, and outscored the Oriole’s, 22-7. That would be enough to seal what became a 65-55 Preston win. Hulett had another solid performance, 20 points and 18 boards. Co-Senior Dan Fitzgerald had 15 points, 9 of which came from 3 point land. Words from Coach Merritt included, “I was very pleased with our composure against the press. I thought this game was the best we did at staying under control and not forcing up rushed shots after breaking the pressure. We picked and chose our spots to attack their press very well. Defensively, I also thought we did a nice job”. And Coach adds, “Overall, I thought this was one of our better performances of the season and think that we can take a lot of good things from the game to use moving forward”. And after the huge win on Tuesday, next up for the boys is Maquoketa Valley on Friday night. After taking it to the Pirates, and riding even at 5-5, let’s see what they can do next... Let’s go O’s! Pictured clockwise from above left: Jake Hulett dives for a loose ball; Dan Fitzgerald goes up & under for 2; Greg Pauly holding his follow through on a 3 pointer.
CRAZY MASCOT OF THE WEEK There’s some pretty crazy mascots out there, but this week, here’s a dose of a U.S. High School with an out of the ordinary nick name. Gainesville, Georgia is home of the Red Elephants. Their nickname was assigned in the 1920’s when a football announcer said they looked like a herd of red elephants taking the field. Their athletic teams wear red and white and compete in all traditional sports as well as Lacrosse. Their football team won the 5-A state football championship this past fall and their student section is referred to as “The Stomp”. Their school paper? Elephant Tales. Biggest concession seller? Elephant Ears. Ok, I made up the part about the Elephant Ears.
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THIRD GRADE GIRLS TEAM SPLIT AT WILTON HOOPFEST Springville youth coach, Rich Blakely reports that the 3rd grade girls traveled to Wilton over the break and beat the home team in their opener and then fell to the Rock Island Lady Rockets in the finals. “Unfortunately we got off to a slow start, otherwise played right with them in the last two quarters. Lauren Wilson led the team in scoring while Savannah Nealman was the top rebounder”. Keep up the good work girls!
THE FAMOUS AMONG US… OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT Who says cowboy boots and shorts are just for the celebrities? Always the trendsetter, Beau Zaruba was spotted in this attire over the holiday break. Don’t confuse him with Hillary Duff to the right. Maybe Beau was on Pinterest before he put together this outfit, or maybe he watches too much Entertainment Tonight. (Photo courtesy of Angie Gloeckner)
MAKE UP GAME WITH DURANT SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY Springville will host Durant on Monday night to make up their previous December match that was cancelled because of weather. JV action begins at 4:45. Both girls and boys games will be played, kick off your week with a night in Machovec.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL IS UNDERWAY Returning coach Mike Moran has the numbers for another successful season on the court. Seventh and Eighth grade basketball practice got underway this week and hopes are high for some solid wins. You can get your first glimpse of these future O’s on Thursday when East Buchanan pays a visit to Machovec Gymnasium. The 7th grade game tips off at 4pm.
DID YOU KNOW? The Springville boys team reigns atop the Tri-Rivers in rebounds with their 38.6 per game average. Senior Jake Hulett leads the O’s with his 12.5 boards a game while Junior Elias Nissen is right behind with an 11.1 average. On the girl’s side, Sophomore Sarah Matus is 2nd on the conference list for most 3’s in a game. She hit 5 against Midland.
WEEKLY PICKS CONTEST: Check out these upcoming NFL playoff match ups and make your picks: Ravens at Broncos
Packers at 49ers
Seahawks at Falcons
Texans at Patriots
Here’s what you do, choose your winners, & the total number of 3 pointers Sarah Matus will hit against Durant on Monday. Tie-breaker goes to the one closest to the Matus guess. Send your picks & name to firstname.lastname@example.org & catch the next issue to see who won bragging rights.
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