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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WAVERLY - There’s a reason why former Springville standout Sam Lorimer was widely considered one of the best distance and middle distance runners in school history when he graduated three years ago.
PLATTEVILLE, WIS. - As one of the top cross country and track runners in school history when he graduated last spring, Caleb Christiansen has made Oriole fans proud for years with numerous state meet berths and memorable performances.
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).
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.
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.
DES MOINES - He was one of the leaders of one of the best Springville boys basketball teams to take the floor in quite a few years.
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.
DES MOINES - Anyone who has ever watched Springville’s Lauren Wilson play basketball, knows she’s one of the best in the game in the state of Iowa.
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.
IOWA CITY - When most sports fans from around the state of Iowa hear the name ‘Springville’, they automatically think amazing girls’ basketball.
And why wouldn’t they?
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.
IOWA CITY - Being in pressure-filled playoff situations has been something the Springville girls basketball program has become very accustomed to over much of the last decade.
SPRINGVILLE - It may have been nearly 15-degrees below zero outside the Springville High School gym Thursday, Feb. 13, but inside the Oriole girls basketball team was supplying plenty of heat for their legion of fans who came to witness what they hoped would be a class 1A regional first-round blowout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPRINGVILLE - For three quarters, class 2A third-ranked North Linn was getting everything they could ask out of host Springville in a huge Tri-Rivers Conference showdown Tuesday, Jan. 14.
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.
EDGEWOOD - It’s tough enough to slow the Springville girls basketball team with the wide array of weapons the Orioles have at their disposal.
WYOMING - It wasn’t exactly the start Springville boys basketball coach Nick Merritt was hoping for at Midland Friday, Dec. 13, but once his Orioles were able to get out and run in the open court, points began pouring in at an impressive rate.
CEDAR RAPIDS - For most high school athletes in Iowa when it comes to winter sports, basketball and wrestling are the only options.
Not the case for Springville sophomore Brendan Shaner.
SPRINGVILLE - There’s been no denying when it comes to the game of basketball, the Springville girls have been the best in the state of Iowa over much of the past decade.
CEDAR RAPIDS - As a team filled with mainly freshmen and sophomores, there weren’t too many who gave the eighth-seeded and unranked Springville volleyball team much of a chance against top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Sidney in their class 1A state quarterfinal match at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Wednesday, Nov. 13.
That didn’t matter to the Orioles one little bit.
FORT DODGE - They’ve been the two crown jewels of the Iowa High School cross country season all fall long.
Central City’s class 2A No. 2 ranked Emily Staal and Mid-Prairie’s No. 1 Marie Hostetler. The pair have been among the top runners in Iowa this season regardless of class, and they faced off one final time as high schoolers at the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday, Nov. 2.
BELLE PLAINE - When Claude Howard took over the reins of the Springville volleyball program, he wanted to instill a culture of winning and a mind-set that anything is possible through hard work.
SPRINGVILLE - With still fleeting hopes of making the class 8-player playoffs, the Springville football team knew their chances were slim after their heartbreaking loss at Midland two weeks ago.
SPRINGVILLE - It’s just what the Springville volleyball program does, year after year after year.
SPRINGVILLE - As she ran around the Tri-Rivers Conference cross country route on her home course in Springville Thursday, Oct. 17, fans from every league school knew they were watching something extremely special in Central City senior Emily Staal.
DELHI - Through much of the last half decade, the Springville volleyball team has been one of the most powerful programs in the entire Tri-Rivers Conference.
SPRINGVILLE - Hosting struggling Central Elkader in front of a big crowd on Homecoming Friday, Oct. 4, Springville football coach had a few things he wanted the Orioles to accomplish against the winless Warriors.
CENTER POINT - The cream once again rose to the top at the Center Point-Urbana Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 24, but it was the performance from the rest of his girls’ team that had Springville-Central City cross country coach Steve Pershing particularly excited.
SPRINGVILLE - Coming into the 2019 campaign, Springville football coach Joe Martin knew he had a good team.
But exactly how good, even he wasn’t too sure about that?
MOUNT VERNON - There was a déjà vu feel to the season-opening meet for the Springville-Central City cross country team in Mount Vernon Tuesday, Aug. 27.
WINFIELD - Early on, it appeared as though it was going to be one of ‘those nights’ for the Springville football team in their 2019 season-opener at Winfield-Mount Union Friday, Aug. 23.
LISBON - With very little going right through the first four frames of their class 1A district quarter-final contest against Midland Saturday, July 13, it would have been easy for the Springville baseball team to just cash it in and call it a season.
But that’s not how this team, or these players, do business.
SPRINGVILLE - Just when Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy thought he had seen it all, his Orioles went out and amazed yet again Thursday, June 27.
MAYNARD - The scoring came early and often for the Springville softball team Friday, June 28, and in the end, they needed a lot of it to post a win over host West Central.