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SPRINGVILLE - Playing without star junior Rhenden Wagaman, Springville’s Alex Koppes knew he’d have to step up and accept a little more of the scoring load as the fifth-ranked Orioles hosted Cedar Valley Christian Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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DES MOINES - With COVID raging all over Iowa, the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) and Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA) wanted to make sure high school football players from all over the state would still be recognized for their outstanding 2020 accomplishments, even without the two organizations being able to get together for their annual face-to-face All-State football meeting.

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VAN HORNE - Struggling through their class 1A regional semi-final match just two days earlier, Springville volleyball coach Claude Howard called the Orioles’ match against Clinton Prince of Peace a wake-up call leading into their pressure-filled regional final Wednesday, Oct. 28, against Belle Plaine in Van Horne.

      The Springville girls got the message, loud and clear.

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BELLEVUE - They’ve been among the top Tri-Rivers Conference programs for more than a half decade now, so it came as no surprise to anyone when the Springville volleyball team advanced all the way to the league’s conference tournament championship game at Bellevue-Marquette Saturday, Oct. 17.

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SPRINGVILLE - Turning in one of their top defensive performances of the season Friday, Oct. 9, the Springville football team rode a second half shutout to an impressive 38-20 triumph over visiting Midland.

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TROY MILLS - Coming off their first loss since the 2020 season-opener against Anamosa at the Cascade tournament way back on Aug. 29, the class 1A fourth-ranked Springville volleyball team was ready to start a new streak Thursday, Oct. 1, at North Linn.

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SPRINGVILLE - Having just hosted their own Oriole tournament a week earlier, Springville was back on their home court again Saturday, Sept. 26, playing substitute hosts for the North Cedar Invitational as the Knights deal with COVID issues.

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SPRINGVILLE - When you’ve won as many matches as Springville volleyball coach Claude Howard has over the years, it’s easy to forget exactly how many victories you’ve piled up.

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SPRINGVILLE - If the Springville volleyball tournament bracket played out as expected Saturday, Sept. 19, the class 1A fifth-ranked Orioles would play class 2A 10th-ranked Jesup in the tournament championship match.

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 SPRINGVILLE - With a date against class 8-player sixth-ranked Easton Valley looming just seven days ahead, Springville football coach Joe Martin wanted to make sure his team’s attention was focused squarely on a struggling Clarksville team Friday, Sept. 11, and not the talented River Hawks.

      Martin had absolutely nothing to worry about.

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MONTICELLO - Making the second stop on their 2020 pre-conference tournament tour, the Springville volleyball team was in Monticello Saturday, Sept. 5, taking part at the multi-site Midland Invitational.

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SPRINGVILLE - Through a little more than one quarter of their 2020 season-opener hosting Central City Friday, Aug. 28, it appeared the Springville football team was going to be in for a four-quarter fight with their Linn County rivals.

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SPRINGVILLE - There’s yet another reason to be excited in Springville.

      That’s something that can pretty much be said for just about every Oriole sport every season on both the girls’ and boys’ sides over much of the past decade.

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SPRINGVILLE - While the season may not have ended the way the Springville softball team had hoped it would after a tough post-season setback earlier this month, that doesn’t take anything away from what the Orioles accomplished during the 2020 regular season.

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SPRINGVILLE - Looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a pair of games at Alburnett four days earlier, Springville did exactly that sweeping a regular-season ending doubleheader hosting Calamus-Wheatland Friday, July 10.

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 SPRINGVILLE - Admitting that her team is more historically suited to holding on to leads than rallying from late deficits, Springville softball coach Laura Riley was pleasantly surprised with her team’s performance hosting West Central in a non-conference contest Friday, June 26.

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SPRINGVILLE - Trailing early in their season-opening doubleheader hosting Maquoketa Valley Monday, June 15, the Springville baseball team got their offense going late in the first game and then kept it going early into the second as the Orioles started 2020 with an impressive sweep of the Wildcats.

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SPRINGVILLE - With a small and somewhat inexperienced squad, Springville softball coach Laura Riley thought it might take a little time for her team to get acclimated to the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign.

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SPRINGVILLE - For a while, Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy wasn’t sure there was actually going to be a season for his team to play even after it was announced all Iowa high schools would have their summer sports in 2020.

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SPRINGVILLE After losing a talented senior class in 2018, there weren’t too many outside of Springville who thought the 2019 version of the Oriole softball team could be vastly improved.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Having already tasted some success with the Cedar Rapids High School hockey program as a mere freshman in 2018-19, Springville sophomore Brendan Shaner took his game to an entirely new level this past season while helping the Roughriders’ program to new heights in the Eastern division of the Midwest High School Hockey League (MHSHL).

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MANKATO, MINN. - Making the jump from the class 1A high school girls basketball level in Iowa to the Division-II women’s collegiate level at Minnesota State University (MSU) last winter was a big one for former Springville superstars Mikayla Nachazel and Rylee Menster.

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DES MOINES - Completing a run through class 1A substate 4, the Springville boys basketball team defeated Morning Star Academy, Lone Tree, Highland and Pekin on their way to the state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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DES MOINES - Just by stepping onto the Wells Fargo Arena court Monday, March 9, in Des Moines, the Springville boys’ basketball team was making program hoop history.

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DES MOINES - After posting a sensational score of 3,415 competing at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) bullseye state tournament at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines Saturday, March 7, the Springville archery team played the waiting game.

      And they played it well.

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IOWA CITY - Coming into their class 1A regional championship game at Iowa City West High School Wednesday, Feb. 26, fans knew they were going to be in for a treat as 10th-ranked Springville looked for a sixth-straight state tournament berth facing fifth-ranked Montezuma.

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SPRINGVILLE - Setting the tone with dominating playing off the opening tip Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Springville girls basketball made it clear to visiting Starmont they were here to win the game, and were going to do it in dominating fashion, too.

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OELWEIN -  Led by sensational performances from Evan Robertson, Lane Mollenhauer, Tanner Malanaphy, Nick Olivas, Hunter LaGrange and Jazlyn Andrea, the Springville high school archery team collected a score of 1,673 to place second against a five-team field at the 3D shoot in Oelwein Saturday, Feb. 8.

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COGGON - They got a run for their money from host North Linn Saturday, Jan. 25, but nothing was going to stop the Springville archery team from winning yet another high school bullseye championship.

      And nothing did.

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ARLINGTON - Barely nestled into their seats in Starmont Thursday, Jan. 16, Springville boys basketball fans were already knew what the outcome of the Orioles’ contest against the host Stars was going to be.

      Another impressive Tri-Rivers Conference rout.

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SPRINGVILLE - It’s rare to play a game on Monday night, but that’s exactly what the Springville boys basketball team did Monday, Jan. 6, hosting Waterloo Christian.

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ANAMOSA - Waves of archers dressed in orange and black descended upon the Anamosa middle and high school gyms Saturday, Jan. 4, and much like they have everyplace else they’ve been so far this winter, the talented contingent of Springville archers just added to their collection of hardware winning both the high school bullseye and 3D team championships.