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MANKATO, MINN. - For the longest time, Minnesota State University juniors, and former Springville High School superstars Mikayla Nachazel and Rylee Menster, weren’t sure they were even going to get the chance to play basketball this winter.

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DES MOINES - There weren’t too many among the media covering the class 1A girls state basketball tournament who felt eighth-seeded Springville stood any chance of being able to play with top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Algona Bishop Garrigan in a quarter-final contest Wednesday, March 3, in Des Moines.

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WEST LIBERTY - With their backs firmly pressed against the wall at West Liberty Tuesday, Feb. 23, the eighth-ranked Springville boys basketball team needed something to happen, and quickly, or the Orioles’ 2020-21 dream season was going to come to a close against New London in the class 1A district championship game.

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SPRINGVILLE - If you’d have been watching the Springville girls’ class 1A regional semi-final game on television with the sound turned off, you would have though the eighth-ranked Orioles were in complete control of their contest against a very talented Clinton Prince of Peace team Friday, Feb. 19.

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SPRINGVILLE - Fighting for their Tri-Rivers Conference championship lives Tuesday, Feb. 2, the class 1A seventh-ranked Springville boys’ basketball team wanted a similar performance on the defensive end against visiting and top-ranked North Linn as they had back in Troy Mills last month.

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SPRINGVILLE - Trailing by double-digits against one of the top teams in class 2A in visiting and fifth-ranked North Linn Tuesday, Feb. 2, the class 1A eighth-ranked Orioles never gave up the fight against the talented Lynx and amazingly worked their way right back into the game.

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CENTRAL CITY - Having one of the top offenses in the entire state of Iowa, regardless of class, the Springville boys’ basketball team is more than accustomed to putting up points in a hurry.

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SPRINGVILLE - Doing all they could to try and slow Springville girls basketball superstar Lauren Wilson from scoring the basketball, there was nothing visiting Starmont could do Tuesday, Jan. 5, as the Oriole junior joined the program’s exclusive 1,000-point club leading the team to a lopsided 66-16 rout over the Stars.

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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.