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Wednesday, July 6, 2011, Volume 1>>Issue 45>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE You can’t make a great play unless you do it first in practice ~ Chuck Noll

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


Pictured above to the left and right is “P-Ray” in left-field action on Friday at Allison Field. In the center is the Oriole senior with his family; Larry and Kathie Grekoff, and Becky and Jack Ray (family photo courtesy of Alexis Hulett)

Springville honored Patrick Ray on Friday night before a Varsity baseball game against the visiting Lisbon Lions. The O’s are losing a true competitor who always gives 110% regardless of the sport. Patrick will be venturing off to Northwestern College in the fall, and while we’ll certainly miss his spirit on the playing field we know he is off to new and wonderful things. Best wishes Patrick!

O’S BASEBALL HAS A TOUGH WEEK Springville had a busy week of baseball last week but couldn’t find its way to the win column. The boys dropped a double bill to Starmont on Thursday, 14-4 and 8-1. In game one, Jake Hulett had 3 hits (1 double and 1 RBI), and Patrick Ray had a 2 RBI single, while Caleb Anderson, Elias Nissen and Tyler Stewart each added a single of their own. In game two, Jason Fredricks had 2 hits and an RBI as well as a stolen base. Zack Scriver had 2 hits including a double and Tyler Stewart tallied two singles while freshman Connor Starry (pictured to the right) had a single of his own. On Friday, the Varsity played one game against Lisbon and lost it in five innings, 11-0. Caleb Anderson and Jon Huebner earned the only two hits of the game for the Orioles. On Tuesday, the boys traveled to Cascade and lost both games, 18-0 and 9-1. Caleb Anderson and Tyler Stewart earned the only two Oriole hits in game one, and in game two, Jake Hulett had a double and Zach Scriver a single. The boys will practice the remainder of the week in preparation for a Tuesday night district match-up against East Buchanan. Game time is 7pm and will be in Winthrop. See you there! Oliver, younger brother of Zach & Sam Scriver, has the perfect attire for a ball game— shirtless and snow boots!

SOFTBALL CAN DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS The Lady Oriole softball team thanks all in the community who donated their cans and bottles on June 25th. Thanks to the great support of each of you, the girls raised a total of $718.95. That’s a lot of nickels and dimes, impressive! Pictured to the right, Packing it all in… Tracy Kilburg, Sam Frederick and Sarah Matus

Photo courtesy of Alexis Hulett

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SOFTBALL TEAM ENTERS IT’S ONE AND DONE SEASON The Lady O’s entered its final two match ups last week with a 6-6 Tri-River’s record. They had 3 big games and a strong finish was expected. Instead, Springville won only two of the six games and wrapped up season play with an 8-10 record. On Monday you recall, they split with North Linn, winning game one 13-6 but they blew a 4-1 lead in game two and lost 5-4. On Wednesday, Springville was at Maquoketa Valley and they fell to the Wildcats in both games, 11-7 and 6-2. Jamie Donaldson led the girls in game one with 3 hits, Abbie Neff had 2 and Katie Wyman had a double and 3 RBI’s on the game. Samantha “Fish” Fitzgerald continued her hitting streak with a triple. Game two leaders were Wyman with a double and a single, while Neff and Donaldson had doubles of their own. Thursday, the girls hoped to finish at 500 with a sweep of Starmont. Game one was a disappointing, 11-10 loss to the Stars in extra innings. The Fitzgerald sisters had two hits a piece, each including a double, and Neff added 2 of her own, with Wyman and Donaldson adding singles as well. Game two was an Oriole 6-4 win that ends the Oriole season at an 8-10 conference record, 12-21 overall. Neff and Samantha Fitzgerald each had 2 hits in that game and Tracy Kilburg had a 2 RBI triple. And so the girls prepare for what’s to come. They will open district play at home, on Wednesday, against an E. Buchanan team that took one of their two games earlier this season. The winner advances to face Alburnett on Thursday. The loser? They go home of course. Game time is 7pm, Binley Field. The fans will be decked out in black and orange, they’ll be loud too—and the Lady O’s? They better come ready to play - or back to school shopping officially starts on Thursday. Pictured above left, senior Katie Wyman at 3rd base Directly above, freshman Samantha Fitzgerald who has been a hitting machine as of late. Pictured to the far left, senior Abbie Neff about to pounce on a gapper.

A FACE IN THE CROWD This week’s Face in the Crowd is Springville Dad, Tony Dlouhy. I caught up with Tony at his daughter Olivia’s (pictured right) middle school game against Central City. Who will win the World Series? Boston Red Sox What’s your sign? Capricorn What is your favorite burger topping? Mustard Name the last movie you went to… The Green Lantern What station is your car radio tuned to? 105.7 Thanks Tony! You just never know, at the next Springville event YOU could be more than a Face In The Crowd!

DID YOU KNOW? The Boston “Red Stockings” became the Boston Red Sox in 1908—reason? “STOCKINGS WIN” was too big to fit on the front page of the newspaper.

LITTLE O’S IN ACTION This summer’s youth sport teams have wrapped up another successful season. Pictured to the right, Rhenden Wagaman cracks one up the middle. Drew Feltes and Nia Howard have their game faces on, and far right, Elizabeth Blakely in full catcher’s gear. (photos courtesy of Rich Blakely)

WEEKLY PICKS CONTEST: This weeks contest features Major League Baseball Games for Saturday, July 9th: Rays vs Yankees Orioles vs Red Sox Astros vs Marlins Cubs vs Pirates Here’s what you do, choose your winners, and then pick the run total of the Orioles/Red Sox game. Tie-breaker goes to the individual closest to the run total. Send your picks & name to with “Weekly Picks” as your subject, & catch next weeks issue to see who won bragging rights.

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