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Wednesday, December 11, 2013, Volume 4>>Issue 17>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE “There Are 2 Rules For Success: 1) Never Tell Everything You Know” ~ Roger H. Lincoln

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

LADY O’S OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY WITH A WIN The Lady O’s had an easy time of it with Cedar Valley last week so many of us were curious to see what they’d do in the Tri-River’s Conference opener against the Buccaneers of East Buchanan. Well, it was more of the same as Matus hit her jumpers and Kilburg made her back door cuts, drawing fouls to go to the line. While the first half was pretty even, the girls pulled away in the 3rd and 4th quarters to win it, 48-32. Kilburg led the O’s with 13 points (7 of 9 from the line) and 10 rebounds, while Matus was right behind with 10 points and 3 assists. Megan Wagaman had a game high 17 rebounds and Madison Wittenburg had 10 boards of her own. Tuesday was the girls’ first road test as they ventured to Delhi to take on the 4-0 Maquoketa Valley Wildcats. Springville survived a full court press and hung around through the first half, heading to the break, down just 16-13. Maquoketa Valley started to pull away in the 3rd as the Lady O’s couldn’t hit their shots, despite good looks at the basket. But they remained in the game, with just 4 minutes to go and the Wildcats reverting to that dreaded 4 corner offense, the O’s had their chances, they just couldn’t convert and fell 40-27. Wagaman led in scoring with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Wittenburg and Kilburg added 6 points a piece. Friday will find the girls and their 2-1 record traveling again as they go East to take on Prince of Peace who is 1-3. Pictured right, Sarah Matus has earned the reputation of “Miss Popularity” because of her shooting capabilities. Here she looks for a rare open shot on Tuesday in Delhi.

SPRINGVILLE DANCE TEAM TAKES 2ND IN HIP-HOP AT STATE TOURNAMENT Dance team coach Liz Port returned to Des Moines this year with another talent riddled team of girls looking to leave their mark. The girls left Springville at 5am to reach Des Moines in time to dance at 9:04 and they rocked Hy-Vee Hall in the Hip Hop category. They earned a 2nd place finish in 1A. Congratulations to all the girls as well as Coach Port for such a great showing, well done I am told that dance competitions are all about the “facials”—I’d say we win 1st in that category, hands down—don’t you agree? ladies!

A FACE IN THE CROWD… This week we chatted with Brenda Rommann who we caught at the Maquoketa Valley game on Tuesday: What was your first car? A Volkswagen Bug, yellow with red primer What is the last movie you have seen in a theater? Life of Pi If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you pick? Keith Urban Do you have a real or a fake Christmas tree? Fake Finish this sentence… I hope Santa brings me... a new horse trailer Thanks Brenda—you just never know, at the next Springville event You could be more than a Face In The Crowd!

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BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM MOVES TO 3-0 Coach Merritt must be hard to please. The guys have started the year 3-0, winning by an average of 36 points, most recently routing East Buchanan at home, 55-24 and then Maquoketa Valley on the road, 56-38. Yet he calls their play “flat” loaded with “silly mistakes and turnovers”. And you know something? I think he is right. Coaching a team loaded with talent, he has the wonderful responsibility of challenging them to not be too complacent with their abilities. Last Friday Machovec was the hottest ticket in town as Tri-River’s action opened up and the O’s were lighting it up from inside and outside. They jumped out to a 16-5 lead and never looked back, cruising to their first win of the new conference season. Elias Nissen led the Oriole’s with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Greg Pauly chipped in 13 points and floor general Sam Scriver added 8 points as well as 8 assists to round out a strong team effort. Tuesday was a road game at Delhi and Springville came out with an intensity that gave them a 30-24 half time lead. They overpowered the Wildcats in the 4th quarter, outscoring them 18-8 and got the win, 56-38. Pretty balanced scoring was spread among the O’s. Pauly led his team with 5 assists and 15 points (4 of 6 from 3 point land) while Nissen had 13 points and 11 boards. Scriver had 10 points and 4 assists while Peter Brooks tossed in 8. Friday the O’s will hit the road again, this time heading over to Clinton for a game with 1-3, Prince of Peace. Let’s hope we can get a smile out of Coach Merritt, a 4-0 record just might do it.

Pictured above, Greg Pauly leads the fast break at home against East Buchanan. To the left, at Maquoketa Valley, Jesse Robertson, Sam Scriver and Elias Nissen swarm the ball handler.

CRAZY MASCOT OF THE WEEK… There are some crazy mascot’s out there, this week we venture down south to West Columbia, Texas. Columbia High School athletes compete as “The Fighting Roughnecks”. With just over 840 students in the high school, they compete in all traditional sports as well as soccer, tennis and a new one, power lifting. Their colors are maroon and white and teams that have won state titles include softball, girls track and boys basketball. While I could not find any reference to how the nick name came about, I assume it is attached to the oil industry as West Columbia sits on the Southeast side of the state, right on the Gulf Coast. If you google the definition of a roughneck you will see one of two results; a rough and uncouth person and one who works on an oilrig. Columbia has a dress code tougher than most prestigious prep schools so I would guess their nick name comes from the oil rig reference.

WEEKLY PICKS CONTEST… This week we’ll look at Men’s College Basketball match-ups: Iowa at Iowa State

Kentucky at North Carolina

Notre Dame at Indiana

Howard at Fordham

For the tie-breaker, whose bench will outscore the other in the Iowa/Iowa State game? Email your picks to and catch next week’s edition to see who wins. Joe Martin won last weeks contest with his upset pick of Michigan State. Thanks for playing and have a great week!

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