Friday, February 14, 2014

Athletics

Athletics
Athletic Director Jim Obermann
jobermann@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter:  jobermann

Happy Valentines Day...from the Crestwood Sports World!!  This is one of my favorite days of the year. You may think this is because I am such a romantic guy, but it is really because I love chocolate! All kidding aside, on to the many sports highlights of the past week and big things on the horizon...

Cadet Wrestling...
  • The sectional meet hosted by Crestwood this past Saturday was a huge success! The Cadets won the meet by a fairly comfortable margin over 2nd place Osage and in the process sent nine wrestlers on to districts, which will take place this Saturday at New Hampton. Start time on the district meet will be at 12:00. The top two place finishers at district will advance on to the state meet next week in Des Moines. I want to wish Brandon Mayer, Chase Lienhard, Conner Slifka, Hunter Slifka, Isaac Hover, Tyler Thomas, Levi Henry, Brandon Slifka, and Jade Miller the best of luck as they continue on the tournament trail!
    • I want to also express my appreciation to all of our great workers at the sectional meet. We are fortunate to have so many knowledgeable helpers. Our fans also were very supportive and gave the boys an extra boost!
  • By virtue of winning the sectional meet, the entire team advanced to the regional dual tournament held at Clear Lake on Tuesday. Once again facing Osage in the first round, the Cadets battled through injury and illness to down the Green Devils by just two points and took on Clear Lake in the final. Clear Lake was a bit too strong, and the Cadets fell to the Lions. However, many good things can still happen for the nine remaining Cadets heading to the district meet.
  • The state meet begins for the Cadet qualifiers on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Cadet Girls Basketball...
  • The 9th and JV squads have concluded their seasons, and both had very strong years winning the majority of their games. The 9th girls finished at 12-4 and the JV girls wrapped up the season with a 15-3 mark. Congratulations to Coaches Natvig and Dennler and their teams.
  • The varsity girls concluded a very strong regular season with only two losses, both at the hands of conference foe, Waverly-Shell Rock. The girls currently stand at 18-2 with regional play just ahead. They will host North Fayette Valley this Saturday at Crestwood starting at 7:00 with the winner advancing to play the winner of New Hampton and Waukon on Wednesday, Feb. 19. That game will again be at Crestwood with a 7:00 start time.  
    • For regional games, the cost of admission is $6. We will have three entrances available for fans: the main doors, the east door across from the softball field, and the north door by the kitchen area. Doors will open at 6:00 for these games.
    • Best of Luck girls on the tournament trail! Just play your game and "Just do it!"
Cadet Boys Basketball...
  • The boys teams still have a few regular season games left...one as scheduled tonight at Waverly (5:00 start on the 9th boys) and two makeup games. The JV & Varsity will make up games at Decorah on Saturday, Feb. 15 - start time is 6:00 on the JV boys with varsity to follow. The 9th boys have already made up their game with Decorah.  
    • This was the only date available to make up the JV & Varsity boys games so hopefully the snow stays away. Otherwise, the games will be lost.
  • The three squads also have a makeup date at home on Monday, Feb. 17 with a 5:00 start on the 9th grade game. This will also be senior recognition night. This will take place at the conclusion of the JV game.
  • Our boys teams have had very successful years as well. The 9th graders are still sporting a perfect record, and the JV boys battle as hard as any team we have. The varsity is playing very well and look to be dangerous at tournament time.  
  • And speaking of tournament time...Crestwood has been selected to host the first round of district basketball for Class 3 - District 6 action. This will take place on Monday, Feb. 24. The first game will pit Decorah against Waukon with a 6:30 start, followed by Crestwood vs. Oelwein. The winners will advance to play at either Waukon or Decorah on Thursday, Feb. 27 with a 7:00 start. Again, we will have three entrances available for fans as we will for the girls regional games.
And, in general....
  • When you are good, you tend to get to host. We like to be good and we like to host! It is fun hosting all of this tournament action and recognition certainly needs to go out to our outstanding winter teams and their coaches.
Classification confusion...
  • It is sometimes confusing as you watch and cheer on Crestwood teams when it comes to classifications. We have two different governing bodies in the state: the IGHSAU which governs the girls sports, and the IHSAA which governs the boys. Because of this, classifications don't always match up.  
    • In boys basketball, there are 4 classes, while for girls basketball, there are 5 classes. Two years ago, the girls union went to 5 classes for volleyball, basketball, golf, and softball. There are still just 4 classes for cross country and track. (Why aren't there also 5 classes in these two girls sports...primarily because they share venues with the boys track and cross country which is still 4 classes.)  
    • In boys basketball, we end up being a smaller school in the 3A field, and in girls basketball, we are one of the bigger schools in 3A. Bottom line...girls and boys don't end up facing similar opponents necessarily in tournaments.
    • And to add to the confusion, in wrestling there are only 3 classes and our boys are in 2A. There are only 3 classes in wrestling because there are fewer schools in the state competing in wrestling. Some of the really small schools in the state don't field a wrestling team or share with someone else.
    • And there are other sports such as swimming and soccer in the state where there are just two classes.
    • It is all based on enrollment, and this information can be found on both websites of the respective governing bodies of high school athletics in our state.
  • The bottom line again is quite simple...you have to beat somebody good to go to a state competition. That fact will never change.
In conclusion...exciting times are ahead for our Crestwood student-athletes. Let's all enjoy the journey as much as the results!

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