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Wednesday, December 5, 2012, Volume 3>>Issue 19>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE “You’re One of the Crappiest Players I’ve Ever Had On One Of My Teams & You Should Think About Quitting” ~ Al McGuire in 1968 to Rick Majerus, a walk-on guard at Marquette

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

DANCE TEAM ROCKS DES MOINES Dance Coach Liz Port had her hands full last week. Can you imagine chaperoning high school girls in Des Moines for an overnight competition? Me either. But that is just what she did as the Springville Show Stoppers competed in the Hip Hop category at the Iowa Dance Championships last Thursday afternoon. Over a 2 day period, 600 Iowa High Schools, Community Colleges and Universities compete in categories ranging from Jazz to All-Male to Lyrical, in divisions made up based upon school size. This year the Lady “O” dancers were in Class I and had 11 teams to compete against. Judges score the girls on a scale that reaches as high as 70 points and the points awarded determine their placement. Competition takes place at the Wells Fargo Arena. Imagine taking the floor in front of a couple thousand people including other dancers from your competition. The girls danced very well, scoring 62.88 out of 70. Good enough to bring home a 4th place trophy, besting last year’s 5th place finish. Congratulations to all the girls and Coach Port for the hard work they’ve put in. Their season continues however, as more competitions are on the horizon. And keep your seat at half time of Varsity, boys home action, you may be able to catch a performance.

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS CALL IT A YEAR Head Coach Mike Moran and the Junior High Girls teams wrapped up their seasons on the road at Cascade Monday. The 7th grade girls had to overcome a 7 point half-time deficit to come back and win, finishing with a perfect 10-0 record. The 8th grade girls battled all year long and finished with a 1-9 record that may feel tough at the moment, but will no doubt strengthen them next year as they lace them up in high school. Congratulations to Coach Moran, Assistant Jeff Menster and the younger Lady O’s.

YOUTH SPORT REPORT Coach Scott Nealman and his 3rd grade girls squad won 2 games on Saturday, beating Alburnett, 14-6 and then Marion, 24-4. The 6th grade girls, coached by Mike Swayze were at North Linn and dropped a couple of rough ones. They fell to Alburnett, 30-8 in their first match and then North Linn, 28-10. While the girls played hard, Coach said “the girls were overwhelmed with 2 aggressive defenses”. Keep working hard girls.

FACE IN THE CROWD: This week’s Face In The Crowd is Springville Freshman Jacob Loehr. He took time out of the East Buchanan game to share the following: What is at the top of your Christmas list? A new dog—a Beagle What is your favorite Christmas food? Brisket How many hours of sleep do you average on a night? 6 If you were Principal for a day, what is the first thing you’d do? Take a nap Who will win the Heisman this Saturday? Johnny “Football” Manziel Thank you Jacob - you just never know. At the next Springville event, You could be more than a Face In The Crowd!

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HOME OPENER HAS ITS HIGHS AND LOWS Basketball season opened up with a flourish this past week as both boys and girls suited up for their twin bill home opener on Friday when Ed-Co came to town. The Lady O’s dropped their match up with the visiting Vikings, a team Coach Sanderson likened to the Grinnell style of play and I must agree. Ed-Co pressed, ran, pressed, shot from everywhere and oh yes, they pressed. Springville’s guards could not take care of the ball, turning it over 25 times and with the 70-37 loss, they fall to 0-2. In the nightcap, Coach Merritt and the boys team fared better, using a balanced scoring attack to take a 52-39 win over the Vikings. Junior Jesse Robertson had a career high 12 points. Senior Dan Fitzgerald also tossed in 12 points, while Junior Elias Nissen and Senior Jake Hulett had double-doubles; Nissen with 10 points and 12 rebounds—Hulett with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Coach Merritt said, “We also had solid time from others on the bench and showed that we do have some good depth as we went 8 deep and will eventually go 9 deep in certain games”. On Tuesday, the teams traveled to Winthrop to take on the Buccaneers of East Buchanan and the O’s left with wins across the board as both JV and Varsity teams picked up wins. The Lady O’s held on to what was once a 16 point lead to bring home its first conference win of the young season, beating the Bucs, 55-48. Freshman Megan Wagaman led the O’s with 14 points and Sophomore Sarah Matus was right behind with 13. Coach Sanderson and the girls have little time to enjoy the win as Cascade comes to town on Friday. In boys action, Springville had trouble shaking the Bucs but managed to maintain a lead and seal a 67-57 win in Winthrop. Nissen and Hulett again led with double-doubles; Nissen 22 points and 12 boards to Huletts 19 points and 10 boards. Brian Allsup lit up the gym with 3 quick treys in the first half as the Sophomore swing guard finished with 12 points. More action awaits as Cascade visits this Friday. Machovec will be the place to be, don’t miss any action. JV girls start things off at 4:45. Pictured clockwise from above left; Sarah Matus looks for an open seam at home on Friday. Madi Wittenburg secures a rebound against the Bucs. Jake Hulett goes up for 2 at Winthrop and Elias Nissen shows his “hops” as he puts back an easy 2 at East Buchanan.

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. Speedway, Indiana is home of the Sparkplugs. The Sparkplugs field teams in all traditional sports and feature colors of Brown and Gold. With just over 530 students, the public school is located on the West side of Indianapolis— home of the Indy 500. Hmm, I wonder if Driver’s Education includes a lap around the oval track. I bet not.

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, alum and local business man, Bret Barner. Doesn’t he look just like NFL Analyst Chris Berman? I mean, who is who? Bret—Chris? Chris—Bret? Creepy isn’t it?

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ORIOLE LEGEND… Oriole Pride features Springville alumni who still have ties to the community. This week we feature Oriole Legend, Raquel Wilson: Maiden Name: Bragg Class of: 1992 Sports you played in high school: Track, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball Best High School Memory: Pitching a NO Hitter In Softball. Nick Name : Rock Craziest thing you ever did: I was always a good would have to be T-peeing coaches cars/yards and putting forks all over in their yards. College attended: Mt. Mercy...I played 4 years of Softball (pitcher/3rd base) Favorite Teacher: Mr. Semler. He was always so much fun and made learning easy. How many kids in your class? We had 29 kids in my class Who was your heart throb: I was in love with Bon Jovi. First Car: I always had to drive what ever car was parked in the back of the driveway. I remember driving a black, Buick Skylark. What did you want to be when you grew up: I always wanted to do something in the law enforcement field. If you could have one superpower, what would you choose? The kids always ask me this...mine would be to be invisible. This way I could go places and see what’s really going on without anyone knowing. Spouse and children: Husband Pete, Kids: Bryce (10), Lauren (8), Kayd (3). Advice to Springville students: Do well at school because an education is very important later in life. But most importantly have fun and be a kid while you can. Life goes by so fast and soon enough you will be wishing you didn't grow up so fast.



Raquel still appears in Lady Oriole Volleyball record books; 66 blocks and 114 assists in 112 games. Additionally, a quick look at Mount Mercy records showed Oriole Pride that Bragg received All-Midwest Conference honors her senior year at Mt. Mercy and has several mentions in their stat columns: She is 6th in the record books for her .359 career batting average. Her .400 on base percentage has her at 9th place in the Mustang history book, and her career ERA as a slinger on the mound, 2.64 puts her as #8.

‘92 was the year of “The Dream Team” who dominated the summer Olympics. Marge Schott, infamous owner of the Cincinnati Reds drew negative attention for her racial and ethnic slurs. The Laker’s Magic Johnson announced he had contracted the AIDS virus and later retired. Former Laker Coach Pat Riley began his tenure with the NY Knicks. Instant Replay was ruled OUT by the NFL. The NHL went on strike— for 10 days. Gino Toretta of the Miami Hurricanes won the Heisman—he was the 192nd pick in the NFL draft, selected by the Vikings.

CALLING ALL LEGENDS… Do you know of an Oriole Legend? Nominate them by e-mailing us at


Make your picks—who will win this week-end in College football?

Navy at Army Mary Hardin-Baylor at Mount Union

Wisconsin-OshKosh at St. Thomas

Valdosta St at Minnesota St

Here’s what you do, choose your winners AND for the tie-breaker—predict who wins the Heisman; Manziel, Te’o or Klein . Send your picks and name to with “Weekly Picks” as your subject, and catch next weeks issue to see who won bragging rights. Congratulations to the new groom, Joel Rochleau of Marion, he was a perfect 4/4 and he was the only one to get the tie breaker.

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12/5/12 Oriole Pride  

Springville, Iowa sports newsletter

12/5/12 Oriole Pride  

Springville, Iowa sports newsletter