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Wednesday, August 8, 2012, Volume 2>>Issue 47>> An Independent newspaper serving Springville, Iowa

ORIOLE PRIDE “The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle” ~Author Unknown

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

THIS JUST IN — FALL IS HERE Well, almost. You’ve heard the cicada’s, you’ve enjoyed a cool evening or two, and the NFL has inducted its newest Hall of Famers. That can only mean one thing—summer is over and it is time to talk fall sports. Get those school supplies in order, the alarm clocks refurbished and your bleacher seats scrubbed off. This week sees the start of practices for our fall sports; Cross Country, Volleyball and Football. Monday began two a days for the gridiron guys, whereas volleyball and cross country chose afternoons to get their season underway. Another exciting year of Oriole Athletics is beginning—and Oriole Pride is eager to share those highlights with you. Let’s Go O’s!

YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? This year’s home opener will be on August 24 against Elkader Central. Practice started this past Monday and according to 2nd year, Head Coach Joe Martin, you’ll see 31 helmets bobbing around on the field during his 2-a-day sessions. And with the start of school another week away, and the arrival of two foreign exchange students who intend to play, those numbers should increase. The O’s will put on the pads for the first time this year at Thursday’s practice. And while the first home game isn’t until the 24th— the 2nd Annual “Oriole Bowl” is slated for the 17th and that will kick off another year of Friday Night Lights. This year’s coaching staff includes; Assistant Varsity Coach Dean Smyth, Head JV Coach Brandon Smalley, Assistant JV Coach Nic Thorp, Middle School Coach Kyle Koeppen, Middle School Coach Mike Moran, and Volunteer Coaches Jeff Menster, Larry Riley (stats), and Ralph Oxley (video). If you haven’t checked out the new football link Coach Martin put together, be sure to do so:

VARSITY ORIOLE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE—START TIME @ 7PM 8/24 8/31 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19

Elkader Central @ Meskwaki Settlement Cedar Valley Christian (Coach’s vs Cancer) @ Lansing Kee Central City (Homecoming) @ Preston Valley Community, Elgin (Youth Night) @ West Central, Maynard Midland, Wyoming (Senior Night)

HITTERS, SETTERS AND PASSERS—OH MY Volleyball practice opened up this week with the JV and Varsity girls hitting the floor. Head Coach Gretchen Eastman and Assistant Coach’s Claude Howard and newcomer Rachel Dullea are working hard to get the ladies ready for another season of Lady Oriole Volleyball. Their season will kick off with tournaments in Wyoming and Marion before their conference, home opener on September 13 when Alburnett pays a visit. Stay tuned for the team outlook and words from “East”.

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CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS STRIDES INTO THE START OF THEIR SEASON Coach Steve Pershing returns to lead of varsity runners that include 10 girls and 2 boys for another fall spent running the Tri-Rivers conference courses. All in all, with the middle school runners, 19 kids started their fall work outs Monday and those numbers should increase, as middle school doesn’t officially start until the 13th. Top returners include the seniors led by Angie Hoogland, Erin McCall, Whitney Smith and Promise Wright. Their first test will be an August 21 meet at Mt. Vernon.

CRAZY MASCOT OF THE WEEK There’s some pretty crazy mascots out there, here’s another dose of a U.S. high school with an out of the ordinary nick name. Cleveland, Ohio has 23 high schools within the Metropolitan District. On the East side you’ll find Glenville High School, home of the Glenville Tarblooder’s. In early Cleveland history, while constructing the railroad, workers would get splashed with tar that looked like blood. This drove the initial move to use Tarblooder’s as their school mascot. In present day, athletic teams boast that they whack the tar and blood from their opponents. With colors of black and red, the Tarblooder’s compete in all traditional sports and have a very successful football program. Ted Ginn Jr, who played for The Ohio State University and now with the San Francisco 49ers is perhaps one of the most notable, recent grads. The football program is coached by Ted Ginn Sr. Other football alumni who went on to the bigs include Troy Smith, Donte Whitner, Pierre Woods and Lindsey Witten.

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, Kevin Hulett. Doesn’t he look just like General Norman Schwarzkopf? Crazy isn’t it? I mean, military similarities aside, and the mere fact I would not want to be on the receiving end of that glare—can you tell me which one to the left is the real Kevin Hulett? You be the judge.

NAME THIS “O” Oriole Pride starts a new feature you can watch for from time to time. A “guess who” of sorts. Can you name this week’s featured Oriole? This little guy is a Springville School employee...Care to take a guess as to who he is? Look for the answer in next week’s issue. Would you like a hint? According to his last name means “Little Famous One”.

DID YOU KNOW? 1965 was the first year of Oriole football. 35 boys were on the team, they finished 1-6. That one win? A 12-0 defeat of the Alburnett Pirates! 1986 was the first year of Oriole volleyball. The varsity team finished 6-3.

WEEKLY PICKS: This weeks matchups include the following WNBA games for this Sunday: Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics San Antonio Silvers at Phoenix Mercury Tulsa Shock at Minnesota Lynx Here’s what you do, choose your winners AND predict how many points Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx will score. Tie-breaker goes to the individual closest to her point total. Send your picks and name to with “Weekly Picks” as your subject, and catch next weeks issue to see who won bragging rights.

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GORMANS ROCK THE HY-VEE IRONKIDS RACE So ask yourself, “what activity could I do for 9:36?” Then, ask yourself, “could I do it for 19:19?” Well consider this. 8 year old, Springville Elementary student Maggie Gorman (pictured below with both big sisters) competed in the Hy-Vee Ironkids Race on July 28. This age group swam 50 yards, biked 2 miles and then ran 500 yards. I am tired just writing this. Maggie did this and finished with a time of 9:36, good for 3rd place in her division out of 32 competitors. Older sister Reagan, competed in the 11 year old division. This group of athletes swam 150 yards, biked 4 miles and ran 1 mile. Regan (pictured to the right) managed to do this in 19:19 which earned her 1st in her division, out of 31 competitors—and she finished 1st for all “Junior” females competing that day. The girls have big shoes to fill as Shannon Gorman, (pictured to the right) a Junior this Fall at CR Washington, and the oldest of the Gorman kids, sets the family pace as she runs cross country and track in addition to competing as part of the Mach II training team. And we can’t leave out PJ, he’ll be an 8th grader this fall at Springville and he has the running bug too. Great job Gorman family! (Photo’s courtesy of

RILEY EARNS TRI-RIVERS HONOR Lady O, Kerrigan Riley picked up an Honorable Mention, All Conference nod this summer after finishing her sophomore season on the softball field. The short stop finished the year with an .892 fielding average and as a slapper, her batting average at the end of the season was .329. Springville finished 9-25, good for an 8th place finish in the conference and will return 7 of 9 starters next season.

DID YOU KNOW? In the spirit of the Olympics, have you noticed something missing? Baseball & softball were voted out by the International Olympic Committee in 2005. Both are seeking reinstatement for 2016 competition.

SPRINGVILLE ATHLETES SPEND THEIR SUMMER CAMPING… I think I say it every summer, there is no such thing as an off season. The months of June & July were busy times for our football, basketball & volleyball players—most of whom played baseball & softball as well. Coach Merritt took the varsity boys basketball team to Mason City to compete in 12 games over a 4 day period in which they finished 2nd in their division with a 9-3 record. They also, along with the JV team spent a couple of weekends at Cornell competing. On the girls side, Coach Sanderson racked up the mileage as he had girls going to UNI, Grandview, Highland & Cornell. The football team spent a day in Platteville, WI & 3 Sundays on the Wartburg campus, sharpening their team skills. And our Lady O volleyball team traveled to UNI camps in July & Iowa City leagues on Sunday evenings—whew, the start of school might provide some rest! Great job coaches & athletes.

RILEY PLAYS IN USSSA WORLD SERIES Springville’s Kerrigan Riley spent the week of July 23 in Des Moines, playing in the Fast Pitch, 15U World Series. Riley, about to be a Junior, played this past year with the Eastern Iowa Barracuda’s team who qualified for the tournament by finishing their spring season with a National Ranking of 7th in the country. The girls finished the tournament tied for 7th in a field of 39 teams, some of which came from as far as Canada, Utah, Arkansas and the like to compete for the title. The Barracuda’s finished 6-3 over the week and Riley played short stop, 3rd base and 2nd base over the 5 day tournament and hit .487 in those 9 games.

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ORIOLE LEGENDS Oriole Pride enjoys featuring Springville alumni willing to share their memories. This week we feature Springville graduate Brittany Reth; Maiden name -Zaruba Class of -1997 Sports/Activities participated in while in High School-Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Track, National Honor Society, SODA What is your most cherished High School memory? Winning the Tri-Rivers conference in basketball, I think it was the 2nd year into playing 5 - player basketball. The Springville girls were a force to be reckoned with, and still are. :) Nick Name? - Britt What is the craziest thing you did in High School? Filled one of my classmate's cars with packing peanuts. College attended - The University of Iowa Who was your most memorable teacher - and what made them so memorable? Mrs. Medberry - She was a great teacher that genuinely cared about her students, but also knew how to have fun. How many kids in your class? 33 Who was your big rival while in school? Central City and Alburnett What was the "most needed item" to be cool when in high school? A car What did you want to be when you were a kid? I wanted to work in the Crime Lab and do DNA testing, but taking AP Chem, as an independent study course with Ms. J, made me rethink that! If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Read people's minds. Who was your high school heart throb? Titanic was a big movie in 1996/97 - Gotta go with Leo DiCaprio. Please list your spouse and children; Mark - husband, Kaci - daughter 2 years old Word of advice for Springville students... Enjoy every minute of being a kid. Take pride in yourself and in your school, and treat everyone respectfully. Oh and be nice to the new preschool teacher, Miss Zaruba. Also, to my nephew, Cade and niece, Ashlynne Zaruba - Work hard and have fun!

In 1997… A gallon of gas was $1.22, a US stamp was .32 and a movie ticket averaged $4.59. Mike Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during a boxing match and was suspended. Tiger Woods became the youngest to ever win the Masters—he was 21. We said goodbye to Princess Diana, John Denver, Jimmie Stewart and Mother Theresa. Titanic hit the theatres as the most expensive movie at that time, $250 million. Super Bowl champs were the Green Bay Packers, The Marlins won the World Series, The Bulls won the NBA Championship and in college… Arizona won the Basketball Championship, while Michigan and Nebraska shared the NCAA Football Title that year.

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8/8/12 Oriole Pride  

Springville, IA sports newsletter

8/8/12 Oriole Pride  

Springville, IA sports newsletter