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Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Volume 2>>Issue 27>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them ~ Mark Twain

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

TRI-RIVER’S CONFERENCE AWARDS ANNOUNCED Another season is in the books for the girl’s & boy’s basketball teams. All-Conference selections have been announced & for the Lady O’s, freshman Sarah Matus received Honorable Mention. Sarah finished the year with a 9.3 points per game average & tallied a total of 50 three-point baskets on the season. She shot 30% from behind the arch & 31% inside it. Senior C.J. Fitzgerald was named to the AllConference Second team for her tough play this season. C.J. averaged 8.6 points a game, she shot 41% from the field, & averaged 2 assists and 2 and a half steals each game—all while directing the offense every possession. Playing minutes aren’t available on Quik Stats, but I venture to guess she led in floor time too. While C.J. is irreplaceable, we have another Fitzgerald to cheer for—and a strong cluster of returners to boot. With the summer circuit Coach Sanderson is known for, we are sure to have more accolades next season. The boys had 2 receive Tri-River’s honor’s as well. Junior Jake Hulett was tabbed as an Honorable Mention selection. The power forward finished his year with a 9.2 point average where he shot 55% from the floor. The work horse hauled in an average of 8.6 rebounds a game & had a surprising 32 assists on the year which is eye raising for a “big guy”. And we must mention—he averaged 3.2 fouls a game—hopefully Merritt has an off season work out for that —or maybe we could request a fresh officiating crew. Hmm... I think I prefer the latter. Sophomore Elias Nissen was named to the AllConference Second team. Nissen shot 52% from the field and averaged 15.2 points a game as well as ripping down 9.5 boards a game. He also accumulated 71 blocked shots this year—that’s an average of 3 a game folks. As a team, the Oriole’s will be loaded with returners for next year. With a well spent off season we could be strutting our stuff this time next year. Oh, & another thing. I propose we add “WOW” to the stat column for both girls and boys teams, there are plenty of “WOW” moments in store for us Oriole Fans—keep the faith. Pictured clock-wise, from above left: Freshman guard Sarah Matus, an Honorable Mention All-Conference Selection. Senior C.J. Fitzgerald who slashed her way to the All-Conference Second Team. Sophomore center Elias Nissen, who earned Second Team Honors. Junior Jake Hulett striking his “who me?” pose… received Honorable Mention this year.

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ORIOLE 7TH GRADERS GO 1-2 IN CENTRAL CITY Springville had pretty good luck at Central City this past basketball season and so it was with high hopes that our 7th grade, boys travel team headed up to Wildcat Country to play in a Saturday tournament last weekend. While I still think our guys need to switch to whole milk to “beef up” a bit, they played very well as they dropped their first game to Kennedy but followed up with a win over Xavier and then fell in a tight loss to Linn-Mar. All in all, a very good day of basketball that had our “Springville Six” squaring off against teams of 10 or more all of which outsized us in both height and weight. Coaching tandem Larry and Kerrigan Riley worked together to keep the boys fresh and aggressive as they saved the best for last in this, their last tournament of the season. While track and baseball may be kicking into full swing—stay posted for summer camp info as readers know—there is no such thing as an off season!

7th graders in action beginning above from the left and going clockwise; Andrew Blakely hauls down a board; Sam Lorimer drives a wide open lane; Brian Sindelar beats his defender; Seth Blake goes over a Cougar for a jumper; Hunter Clark can outrebound you without jumping; and Cavanaugh Riley, along with his hair takes to the air for a shot at the 1st half buzzer in the Xavier win.

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 those heads are turned because they remind us of someone from time to time. This week let’s take a look at Springville Dad, alum and legend, Mike Frederick. Tell me, doesn’t he look like TV’s “Billy The Exterminator”? I mean—which one to the right is the “real” Mike Frederick? Peculiar isn’t it?


Check out these upcoming men’s basketball match ups and make your weekly picks: North Carolina at Duke Kentucky at Florida Iowa Lakes at Kirkwood Dixie State at Grand Canyon Here’s what you do, choose your winners, & choose the point differential of the North Carolina/Duke game. Send your picks & name to & catch the next issue to see who won bragging rights. Congratulations to Springville’s Robin Menster for winning last week’s contest.

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2/29/12 Oriole Pride  

Springville, IA sports newsletter

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