Friday, February 7, 2014

Athletics




Athletics
Athletic Director Jim Obermann

jobermann@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter: jobermann

A normal week...after a month of cancellations, rescheduled events, and more than our share of poor weather, this past week has been fairly smooth. All of our winter sports teams are continuing to have excellent seasons...the following are a few of the highlights.

Cadet Wrestling: At the NEIC Meet in Decorah this past Saturday, the varsity wrestlers had a very strong showing with a third place team finish. The Cadets sent six wrestlers (Brandon Mayer, Conner Slifka, Hunter Slifka, Trae Pecinovsky, Levi Henry, Garrett Praska) to the finals, and Brandon Mayer came away as a champ at 113 lbs. Cadet senior, Brandon Slifka was also awarded the prestigious "Arlo Flegge Sportsmanship" Award. The JV NEIC Meet was held on Monday, and the Cadets crowned two champs Neil Clement and Garrett Steffen.

**Plan to attend the Sectional Wrestling Meet on Saturday, Feb. 8, hosted by Crestwood. Doors will open about 10:30 a.m. with wrestling action to begin at 12:00 noon. Admission is $6 for everyone. Teams in attendance will be Crestwood, North Fayette, New Hampton, Osage, Oelwein, and Waukon.

Cadet Boys Basketball: All three high school boys teams have been very competitive. The varsity boys currently sit in a tie for second in the league with Waverly-Shell Rock, just two games behind New Hampton in the loss column. And they face both of these squads yet this season in conference play. The 9th grade boys remain perfect on the season with a couple more wins this past week. All three squads continue to display an aggressive style of play.

Cadet Girls Basketball: All three high school girls teams are also experiencing excellent success. The 9th grade squad and the JV squad have been very difficult to beat in conference play, and the varsity team is on the heels of Waverly-Shell Rock in the conference race. The varsity girls have their last conference game on Friday, and this will be senior recognition night. The girls are currently ranked third in the state and are really hitting their stride at the right time. Fans are encouraged to come out and honor the seniors and all they have accomplished on senior night. Tournament pairings have been released and the girls will enter tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they host North Fayette Valley at 7:00 p.m.

Sportsmanship...In our competitive world today, and with technology as it is, it is easy to find and see examples of poor sportsmanship. Whether it be fighting on the basketball court, obscene gestures, or simply speaking before thinking, the sports world is often damaged by a few poor decisions. I am consistently impressed by the sportsmanship of our student-athletes, and I believe our athletes are good role models for the younger students. As our student-athletes travel down the tournament road, I ask our fans to demonstrate good sportsmanship as well so that other schools and communities can witness the fine citizens that comprise our school community.

Thanks again for your continued support of the Crestwood student-athlete.

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