Archive for February, 2009

To Chase … Love, Carly

February 28, 2009

Monday’s state basketball feature deals with the relationship of Springville High School point guard Carly Martin and her late brother Chase, who died of heart failure at age 17.

Carly, a senior, was kind enough and open enough to speak about her family’s loss.  And she was gracious enough to send me copy of the many poems and letters she has written in the past 3 1/2 years. All of the copy is as she wrote it.

 

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They say time still heals everything. I have to disagree though. Time does
help heal, but there will always be a scar. Every time you see that scar
you are reminded of the pain.

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For the rest of my life, along with many other people, we will always
see and hear things around us that remind us. 

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"People say they wouldn't change a thing, even if they could
Oh but I would"- Kenny Chesney 
 
There is so much i would change... 

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As you get older you learn that showing your gratitude for someone can't
just be through words. Your actions are a visual representation of who
you are and how you are feeling. There are times in my life where I feel
like no matter what I say or do, people won't believe me. But I like to
think that there is a point in every person's life where they look back
and remember those things. 
 
When a time of tragedy enters a person's life, they look back. People
search for little details that give them comfort. When Chase passed
away, the next morning I woke up and got out a notebook and started
writing down things that he loved. Why? I didn't know why i was doing
that. But looking back, I think I was just looking for things to comfort
me. What made him happy made me happy too. Who doesn't want to be happy?
 
So many things were left unsaid. If you knew you were going to lose
someone very close to you, I know you would spend what time was left
telling them everything you felt. I wish I would had that time. But the
thing is, I had that time, I just didn't know it. I didn't know that
October 5th, 2005 was going to be the worst day of my life. If I could
just have one more minute I'd give anything for it. One minute doesn't
seem very long, but it's enough time for me to say "I Love You"

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I remember going into my freshman year how excited I was for high
school. Especially sports. No more middle school games, it was the big
stuff. I wish there could have been at least one varsity basketball
where he could have sat in the stands and watched me play. And after the
game I would have been able to hear those classic words from him, "Did
you hear me cheering for you?"
 
He is here spiritually though. There are so many crazy little things
that make me believe that. I've told some people this story... One night
I was driving home from school while talking to someone on the phone
(Even though I knew my parents don't want me talking on the phone while
driving). I was listening to 98.1 when "Live Like You Were Dyin" came on
the radio. As much as I love the song, it's hard for me to listen to it.
So, I immediately changed the station to 102.9.... as I heard the Lyrics
"Shut up and drive" being sang. All I could do was smile. Things like
that show how is looking over me. 

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Feb. 4th--- I really wish you were here right now. I need you. I want
you to be here at our games.... We are doing so well. I can just picture
how excited you would be at our games. Sometimes it really seems like
things are getting easier, but then I see things that just make me sink
back down. I cant imagine how things would be if you were still here.
Losing you changed everything for, it has shaped the type of person I
am. Things are so different. But things are always going to change as
time goes on. Everyday I look at my wristband and think of you... every
game my wrist band is around my water bottle... that way if im tired or
feeling down, ill have to do is think of you to help give me strength.
Please help give us the strength to play to the best of our abilities as
districts start. We wanna go to state! I play for you...

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Our English class was assigned a paper. It had to be on your life
changing event. Of course, I knew mine instantly. This was my paper.....
Losing Something Irreplaceable
By Carly Martin
Anyone who has a sibling has a special bond with them whether they want
to admit it or not. You wake up and you see them as you go to breakfast,
as you go to bed, and they are always around. Siblings see the mistakes
you make as you grow up together, the things you learn, the places you
go, and so much more.
Siblings affect your life more than you may realize. And the worst part
of all of this is... most people don't realize this unless they are
gone. When I was a fourteen, I learned the impact that a sibling has on
your life.
My brother, Chase, was born with a heart condition. He had two open
heart surgeries and three closed. He took about seven medications every
day. He had heart check-ups twice every year to see how he was doing. In
2005, when we went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, they told us we only
had to come once a year from now on. We were really happy with that
report. Chase's condition wasn't getting any better, but it wasn't
getting any worse either. He was holding his own.
October came and so did our annual church supper. We hosted it every
year for mostly elderly families. Our church members all helped to make
it a successful event. Even us younger kids were able to help out. The
supper was pretty much over; everyone was cleaning up. Kim and Spencer
(our cousin's), as well as Chase and I, all had homework that we needed
to go home to work on since it was a school night. Spencer, Kim, and I
all went out to Spencer's truck to get ready to leave. We were waiting
for Chase to come and join us. We finally saw him; he was running toward
us in the rain while carrying his football. All of a sudden, he fell. At
first, I thought he had just slipped on the wet grass from the rain.
Either way, I got out of the truck and raced over to him to see if he
was okay. I looked at him and said, "Chase are you okay?" He couldn't
respond and I could tell by the look in his eyes that something was
wrong.
I raced to the church screaming and yelling for help. I found my dad and
he ran out, along with many other people. Everything was happening so
fast, but it all seemed so slow. My aunt and dad were giving Chase CPR
while waiting for the ambulances and LifeGuard helicopter to arrive. The
rain was still coming down the whole time. I was lost; I didn't know
what to do. I prayed as I watched all that was happening. The helicopter
finally made it to the church and soon MY brother was off to the
Emergency Room at the hospital. My dad drove, while my mom and I rode in
the ambulance. We waited for a little while once we got the ER. My dad,
mom, and I sat in a room, waiting for a report. The doctor finally came
in and said, "I'm sorry, but he didn't make it. We worked for forty
minutes. His heart just couldn't hold the beat. We did everything we
could."
Just like that, my life was forever changed. All the T.V. programs like
ER and many others had become my reality. I thought T.V. was the only
place I would hear and see doctors telling a family those words. There
are things I will never forget; the room they told us in---room 11, the
room he was in--room 4, the time it happened-- 10:10 PM. I have so many
things locked into my memory.
We went into the room where he lay upon a table, covered by a sheet.
Again, a horrible thing had happened that I always saw on T.V., not in
my life. I stood there in shock and in tears with my family. I will
never forget what my grandpa said when he saw him, "It should have been
me."
It was getting late and we were still in the ER, all in shock. Calls
were being made and tears were being spread. I was sitting in the hall
with Kim, cold from the rain and shaking in fear. But what was I scared
of? To this day I'm not sure. Maybe I was scared for my family, my
parents, my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, or was I just
scared of the truth? I was stuck in a moment. My life was going in a
good direction and all of a sudden I was put in a whole new place, with
no idea where to go. 
We finally went home and tried to sleep. When I woke up the next morning
everything seemed normal. Normal, until I walked passed Chase's room on
my way to the living room. Chase wasn't in his bed and I remembered what
was really happening. It wasn't just a bad dream. I went to my room and
got out a notebook. I started writing down everything about Chase. I
think I was afraid I was going to forget everything about him. I then
started listening to my MP3 player. As I listened to "Live Like You Were
Dying" by Tim McGraw, I knew it would be a perfect song to play at his
funeral. He loved country music and Chase really did "live like he was
dying."
Family came over throughout the day to help make pictures boards. We all
sat in tears, trying to help each other, even though nothing was going
to be able to take our pain away. I even went to school that afternoon
to see everyone. I wanted to make sure everyone was okay. I just needed
to see my friends. The night after it happened there were tons of people
at our house. Many of my friends came over and we all just sat and cried
together. Eventually they had to go home though. I spent that night
mostly with family members. My little second cousins didn't understand
what was happening, but I tried to explain it to them the best I could.
I sat at the computer and told them I would type letters to Chase for
them if they told me what they wanted to say. I also typed a letter that
night as well---one to Chase.
This is the letter my uncle read at Chase's funeral. 

"chase I love you, I'm so so sorry for all the times we fought...i, love
you so much and you were the best brother in the world to me! u couldn't
be replaced, your beatin me up as we grew up made me tough i just wanna
thank you for that....i dont know what to do i cant stop thinking bout
u,...the tears wont stop....everyone at school is a wreck they decorated
your locker and wrote u poems and colored u pictures cuz they love you
so much...mom and dad are so sad too..this is the first time ive seen
dad cry in a long time,,,your in a better place now..you can run without
getting tired ..u can prbly run faster than me now...i want you to know
that they did everything they could to bring you back but God reached
out and took you to where youll be in no pain/ say hi to everyone for me
up there and ill say hi to everyone down here for u...this is so hard
Chase....i dont know what to do ...i cant tell you how many tears ive
shed for you ..prbly almost enough to fill a ocean but and when we
settle in to this that ocean will be filled with the best memories i
could ever have thank you for every ball game you went to i cant wait
till you can watch me play a game up in heaven....i play for you
buddy..i play for u...your my inspiration..... i dont wanna be a only
child i want you here beside me but instead i have you in a closer
place.... my heart.. I love u........I'll never forget you ...please
don't forget me...thank you for teachin us all to "live like we were
dyin" were gonna try to get wristbands made for you that say that and
were gonna give them to everyone in school and everything....I cant say
it a million times I LOVE YOU----your sister, carly
 
don't beat to many people in basketball, remember, man-to-man defense is
the best. Only go into a zone if you are ahead by a LOT, love, carly"
The visitation was really hard. I think when people came to the
visitation it really hit them. They realized that this was really
happening. About eight hundred people came to say goodbye to Chase. I
cried so much that day; handed out so many tissues to so many people,
gave hugs to people, and just tried to be there for them while trying to
take care of myself. By the end of the day, I had no more tears. I had
literally cried all of them out. 
The funeral was held at the school. About six hundred people came-the
gym was filled. It was the last time I got to see him before they closed
his casket. I remember seeing so many people in the bleachers-so many of
my closest friends sobbing. When "Live Like You Were Dyin" was playing,
so many heads were down. The reality of what was happening just kept
sinking in more and more.
It has almost been two years since my brother passed away. My life has
changed so much in that time. I grew up so much my freshman year. I look
at things in a different way. I've learned to notice the little things
and appreciate them all together as a whole. Always be thankful for what
you have. Give more than you take. Let the people you love know how much
you truly apprecaite them. Remember to remember. Reflect on the past and
the times you spent with people that are important to you. Take a look
at what you have done today to help make someone else's day better.
After Chase passed away, I could have hated life and hiden from the
world. Instead, I try to take what I have learned and embrace it. I try
to live like I'm dying to honor him.

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Keep us under your wings...
Try to help us understand things. 
I'm tired of feeling empty, sometimes i feel like im filling in when i
wish i could be the one to stand back and watch him do it instead. I
know your watching over me tho, today ..especially i noticed... while i
was doing my shooting drill for basketball -- i was frustrated with a
lot of stuff and the radio that we had playin in the gym started to play
"Live like you were dyin' " ---thats when i was reminded that basketball
is the sport where i really want to succeed in for you. I also realized
how much im keeping locked up, my eyes started to water as i heard the
lyrics and i just started thinking about everything.

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Dear Chase,---
Sometimes in life you think that things that happen to you are unfair.
In this case, that's how I feel. But I guess the more that I think about
it, the more I realize that is was only fair to you. You are healthy now
and no longer in pain. That's all I could ever ask for. I miss you so
much and sometimes I just can't look at the truth, so I hide myself from
it and try to ignore it. But when the truth is put right in front of me,
it hits me like a wall. I lose it. That's what happened on the year
anniversary, I lost it. I didn't know what to do. I thought about you
all day long. I think about you a lot the way it is. I sit here and
wonder how I did cope with it last year? I was only 14, I had to witness
my brother passing away. I had to hear those words that I thought I
would only hear on t.v. programs " We did all we could to bring him
back," and the you hear the one word that changed my whole life, "but".
"But he didn't make it." Just minutes before that moment I was calling
some of my closest friends and family telling them to start a prayer
chain for you. And then I heard that, I was in disbelief, I didn't know
what to do or where to go, all I knew is that every inch of my body
didn't want to believe it. I started to cry uncontrollably, I was
scared, but scared of what? Looking back I guess I don't really know
what I was scared of, it was probably the truth. All the E.R. shows and
Grey's Anatomy shows were becoming my reality. The next thing you know
is I'm in the room, looking at my brother, lying there on the
table...... It's something that I wish no mother, or father, or sibling,
or anyone would ever have to see. But I saw it, and ill never forget it.
It's the worst feeling the in the world, it's the biggest thing that has
ever happened in my life. Its like your whole life's plan has been put
on hold, you don't want to take another step. You don't know which
direction to go...you feel hopeless, confused, sad, angry, and emotional
on so many levels. Life is an amazing gift that should never be taken
for granted. I am forever changed from this whole experience. I've
realized so much and have grown up a lot. It makes you think about
making a difference in the world, so why not start now? Everyone has
their own special qualities that should be shared with everyone around
them. You shared yours and it has affected so many people in a positive
outcome. Maybe you need to find what that special thing is within you,
or maybe is just who you are. Chase, you were who you were, you pushed
yourself to go past what you could do. Makes me think that all you need
to do is use who you are and what you have as much as you can and to
your best ability. Like I said, life is a gift. And when you explore
that gift and let what's inside be revealed, your qualities are visible,
everything that makes you who you are is revealed to the world. You
become the control of yourself. God will guide you and try to help you
when your in need. And when your time is up here on earth, your gift is
put back in its "box." But before that day comes, I hope everyone
chooses to use all the contents of the gift in the most beneficial way.
I believe you used all your contents. you made us laugh, smile, and cry.
You showed us how prayer changes things, and how giving in to your
weaknesses is not the answer. You push your weakness to make it
stronger. I love you so much and think about you everyday, thank you for
everything you've taught me. Merry Christmas Chase.
Love, your sister,
Carly

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As we all know the anniversary is coming up, so i thought id make a note
with some things about chase in it. You may have already heard or seen
these but yea....
HIS AIM away message:HEY sup this chase not here right now so if u wld
please leave a message i will respond back when i am
back...Goooooooooooooooooooo SPRINGVILLE!!!
Iowa State 3/1 Go Iowa State!!!
Next game baylor at jack trice..
Go springville beat olin next friday nite!!!
Orioles 0/5...

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My letter that i wrote to him that was read at the funeral:
chase I love you, I'm so so sorry for all the times we fought...i, love
you so much and you were the best brother in the world to me! u couldn't
be replaced, your beatin me up as we grew up made me tough i just wanna
thank you for that....i dont know what to do i cant stop thinking bout
u,...the tears wont stop....everyone at school is a wreck they decorated
your locker and wrote u poems and colored u pictures cuz they love you
so much...mom and dad are so sad too..this is the first time ive seen
dad cry in a long time,,,your in a better place now..you can run without
getting tired ..u can prbly run faster than me now...i want you to know
that they did everything they could to bring you back but God reached
out and took you to where youll be in no pain/ say hi to everyone for me
up there and ill say hi to everyone down here for u...this is so hard
Chase....i dont know what to do ...i cant tell you how many tears ive
shed for you ..prbly almost enough to fill a ocean but and when we
settle in to this that ocean will be filled with the best memories i
could ever have thank you for every ball game you went to i cant wait
till you can watch me play a game up in heaven....i play for you
buddy..i play for u...your my inspiration..... i dont wanna be a only
child i want you here beside me but instead i have you in a closer
place.... my heart.. I love u........I'll never forget you ...please
don't forget me...thank you for teachin us all to "liv like we were
dyin" were gonna try to get wristbands made for you that say that and
were gonna give them to everyone in school and everything....I cant say
it a million times I LOVE YOU----your sister, carly

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don't beat to many people in basketball, remember, man-to-man defense is
the best. Only go into a zone if you are ahead by a LOT, love, carly 
A poem i wrote:
Chase's Life
Born with a heart in a world of trouble,
Doctors working to fix it on the double.
Doing tests deciding how to operate,
Before it's too late.
Sitting in a waiting room in worry,
Hoping he could be healthy in a hurry.
Trembling as the doctors come near,
Going over and over what you hope to hear.
Taking a deep breath of relief,
Not having to worry and be in grief.
Time goes on and things still aren't right,
More surgeries are now in sight.
Traveling on the plane again,
Wondering if everything will go ok, and when,
This wasn't the last plane ride there,
Too many hours spent looking out in the air,
Things finally are as good as they can be,
Finally seeing him happy,
Living a pretty normal childhood,
Hoping things will always stay good,
Going to pig shows,
Combining the living-room floor in rows,
Playing in the sandbox with his best friend,
Having so much fun like there is no end,
Working hard in school,
And then in the summer swimming in Grandma and Grandpa's pool,
Helping dad on the farm,
Making sure not to lift over forty pounds with his arm,
Mom helping him with homework for hours of the night,
Making him become very bright,
Talking online,
Yelling at him telling he's using up my time,
Going to Minnesota for more tests,
Praying for things to come out best,
Leaving knowing we don't have to come back for half a year,
Erasing some of the worry and fear,
Going to church almost every Sunday,
Learning that God is the way,
Living life as if tomorrow is the last day,
Celebrating his birthday every 20th of May,
Going to every basketball game,
Complaining if a call was lame,
Sitting through softball games in the summer sun,
Celebrating a win and having fun,
Getting his first truck,
Watching him drive hoping he will have good luck,
Summer came and left.
Helping dad in the field,
Carrying corn with a good yield,
Going to the church supper like always,
Walking through the hallways,
Eating the best meal ever,
He could have eaten that forever,
Spending his last moments with his best friend,
Who was with him in the end,
He really went home that night,
To the place where everything is right,
No more problems with his heart,
He got a brand new start,
It rained,
And we cried like we never had before,
While he was in heaven we all remained,
He went through the door,
He's with god now,
Watching over everyone he ever loved,
We make ask ourselves why and how?,
But all we need to know is he is above,
He loves you.
He lived like he was dyin',
~While we were cryin'~
Someday I will see you again,
But until then,
I will always wonder when.
~~Thank you Chase, you're the best brother in the world~~~
Chase Andrew Martin
May 20th, 1988-October 5th, 2005

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Another poem:
wakin up........the day after the worst night in your entire
life............
its like nothin you will ever experience..and if you do
i just want you to kno that im always here for you and love you
you'll wake up hopin it was all just a bad dream...
or a very cruel scheme....
but its far from what u want it to be....
its what i call the worst reality....
u wake up and go to your parents in tears....
hopin they will help erase your fears.....
but they sit there crying as hopeless as you....
not knowing what to do.....
u hate seeing the sadness in every eye.....
even though you know they see the same when you cry.....
that day i couldnt remeber the last time i saw my dad with tears running
down his face...
i thought id never see him cry again....but this was a different
case....
my mom sittin on the couch in disbelief......
as we all suffer in grief....
having to plan ceremonies the day after....
when you rather be back in the good days of laughter...
you still sit tears seeming as if they will never stop....
feeling as if you could just drop......
sorting through millions of pictures....
as you try to think of good scriptures....
preparing yourself for the last goodbyes....
as i remember the last look i saw in his eyes....
i love you chase....
and when i ran over to you to see if you were ok, i sure hope you saw my
face....
it was our last goodbye on earth....
i cant even desrcribe how much you are worth...
id give anything to have you right hear....
but in my heart...u are very near................
by-carly martin Dedicated to my brother -Chase Andrew Martin-
5/20/88-10/5/05

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last thing: 
"every minute of every game i'm going to do it all for you- every drop
of sweat, every bruise, and every mistake- i will pick myself back up
and push myself like there is no limit- you are the one who gives me all
the desire to dedicate it all to you- your in my heart and i'm going to
keep you safe there- and you will watch my ups and downs in the best
seats out there- and when i feel like i can't hold on much longer- i'll
keep on moving and say to myself...i've got nothing to lose but all the
more to gain- and when I myself make my touchdown into heaven, I'll
smile knowing that i did it all for you"

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ADDED OCT. 5th. 2006 
A year ago today, I woke up and got ready for school.
A year ago today, I heard Chase fighting with Mom and Dad bout driving
his truck to school.
A year ago today, I walked through the halls seeing my brother.
A year ago today, I got dressed for our Church Supper.
A year ago today, Chase got dressed up and told me how if he could play
basketball, he would wear those clothes on game days.
A year ago today, we helped at the Church Supper.
A year ago today, Chase laughed with his cousins.
A year ago today, we ate a very good meal.
A year ago today, we played a little football.
A year ago today, we decided to go home to do our homework.
A year ago today, we waited for Chase as he ran out to meet us in the
truck.
A year ago today, I ran over to my brother to see what was wrong when he
fell.
A year ago today, my brother passed away.

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"IT'S THE DASH BETWEEN THE DATES THAT COUNTS" - will your dash be filled
the way you want it to be?

No WMT at girls’ tournament

February 27, 2009

There will be a big media hole at the girls’ state basketball tournament next week.

WMT-AM apparently will not be doing radio play-by-play.

That’s not good news for folks from places like Springville, Tipton and Cascade, who would be listening to their teams play at 600. KGYM (1600) will cover the Metro schools.

I will be conducting a live chat from Wells Fargo Arena at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please feel welcome to follow along.

MVC all-conference girls basketball

February 25, 2009

MISSISSIPPI DIVISION

First Team

Emma Krieger-Kittle, sr., Iowa City West; Jade Rogers, jr., C.R. Kennedy; Virginia Johnson, soph., Iowa City High; Colleen Bouchard, jr., C.R. Xavier; Jadyn Spencer, soph., Waterloo West; Shelbi Schmitz, sr., Dubuque Wahlert; Claire Till, fr., Dubuque Wahlert.

Player of the year – Johnson.

Coach of the year – Kris Spiegler, Dubuque Wahlert.

Second Team

Maddie Sadecky, sr., Iowa City West; Mariah Duke, jr., C.R. Kennedy; Majesty Tutson, sr., Iowa City High; Caitlin Kray, sr., C.R. Xavier; Tristan O’Brien, sr., Waterloo West; Shelby Smith, sr., Waterloo West; Lisa Kunde, sr., Dubuque Hempstead; Brooke Quigley, sr., Iowa City West.

VALLEY DIVISION

First Team

Jaime Printy, sr., Linn-Mar; Kiah Stokes, soph., Linn-Mar; Laura Johnson, jr., Cedar Falls; Camille Marie-Lidd, sr., C.R. Washington; Renesa Smith-Taylor, sr., C.R. Washington; Katelynn Jourdan, jr., C.R., Jefferson; Britteny Steffeny, soph., C.R. Jefferson; Kathryn Schilling, sr., Dubuque Senior.

Player of the year – Printy.

Coach of the year – Mike Brandt, Linn-Mar.

Second Team

Candis Kertson, jr., Dubuque Senior; Tia Dawson, soph., C.R. Washington; Amanda Burger, sr., C.R. Jefferson; Lindsey Leas, sr., C.R. Prairie; Jordyn Smedley, sr., Waterloo East; Kayla Klopfenstein, jr., Linn-Mar; D.J. Norman, jr., Linn-Mar.

Regional finals at USCC

February 25, 2009

Periodic updates:

6:15 p.m. – Rebounding after one quarter: Linn-Mar 12, Jefferson 0. Score is 18-7.

6:27 p.m. – Linn-Mar 30-19 at halftime. Stokes 16 points, 9 rebounds; Printy 5 points, 6 assists; Norman 3-3 3 FG; Burger leads Jefferson with 11 points.

6:40 p.m. – Linn-Mar scores first 7 pts of second half. It’s 37-19. Stokes: 21 points, 16 boards.

6:49 p.m. – Linn-Mar 42-22 after 3 quarters.

7:00 p.m. – It’s a final. Linn-Mar 53-30. Fast game.

7:43 p.m. – Xavier leads Washington, 12-5, 1:06 in 1st.

7:45 p.m. – Caitlin Kray is down and in a lot of pain.

7:50 p.m. – Six straight points by Washington. 12-11, Xavier, 6:22 2nd.

8:00 p.m. – Xavier on a 12-0 run and leads 26-15. 1:19 2nd.

8:02 p.m. – Xavier 26-17. Half.

8:32 p.m. – Xavier 41-31. 6:59 4th.

8:37 p.m. – Xavier 43-37, 4:37 left. Brian O’Donnell texted me for Kennedy score. I hear they’re in OT. That’s all I know.

8:45 p.m. – Two buckets by Smith-Taylor get Warriors within 45-43. 1:26 to go.

Xavier 53, Washington 45. Final.

Reminder: Live glog

February 25, 2009

Join Jacob Kopp as he “glogs” from the double-header at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Go to www.iowaprepsports.com

Tuesday regional-final scorelist

February 24, 2009

Here’s a link to the Union’s page for tonight’s 3A and 4A girls’ basketball regional finals:

http://www.ighsau.org/hoops/2009/0224rscores.htm

Tipton vs. Mediapolis

February 24, 2009

Alicia Goetz’s jump shot with 3 seconds left sent Tipton past Mediapolis, 55-53, in a Class 2A regional final and to the state tournament.

We didn’t get a report on the game, as we had hoped, from Solon High School. Here’s a boxscore:

MEDIAPOLIS (53)

Kasey Abel 3-7 4-8 10, Bryana Klenk 2-7 1-5 5, Nichelle Bergquist 1-2 0-0 2, Danielle Jackson 7-17 0-1 14, Amanda Kalina 3-5 2-2 8, Abby Darbyshire 6-8 0-0 14. Totals: 22-46 7-16 53.

TIPTON (55)

Nichole Royer 6-11 0-0 2, Alicia Goetz 6-13 4-4 18, Maggie Stueland 0-3 0-0 0, Jordi Schwitzer 0-0 0-0 0, Mattea Meixner 3-8 2-4 8, Carissa Chamney 0-3 4-6 4, Katelyn DeWulf 2-2 0-0 4, Vanessa Shipley 4-14 1-2 9. Totals: 21-54 11-16 55.

Score by quarters

Mediapolis 13 12 16 12 — 53

Tipton 14 14 13 14 — 55

Here’s a link to the story from The Hawk Eye in Burlington:

http://www.thehawkeye.com/Story/MepovTipton-022409

MFL MarMac vs. Cascade

February 24, 2009

6:58 p.m. – Starters for Cascade: Goedken, Reiter, Meyer, Molony, Hosch. Starters for MFL MarMac: Wagner, Lamker, Moon, Blietz, Wubbena. Regional finals, by the way, are my favorite stage of the tournament run, even more so than state. So much at stake. So much emotion.

7:00 p.m. – Intros. I’m guessing crowd is about 60-65 percent in favor of MFL.

7:14 p.m. – End of 1st: 11-11.

7:18 p.m. – Timout MFL. Cascade 16-11, 5:20 2nd. It’s a 10-0 Cougar run.

7:26 p.m. – Halftime. Cascade 22-13. MFL is shooting 24 percent from the field and hasn’t been to the line yet.

 7:42 p.m. – 4:35, 3rd. Cascade 24-13.

7:50 p.m. – MFL crowd trying to will its team back into it. 26-18, 0:39 3rd.

7:54 p.m. – Cascade 28-19, end of 3rd.

8:00 p.m. – Moon 3. Time Cascade. It’s 30-27, 3:46 left.

8:02 p.m. – 30-29, 2:54 left and Wagner’s shooting FTs.

8:06 p.m. – Wagner made them both, then Blietz did likewise. MFL 33-30, 1:07 left.

8:11 p.m. – Goedken banker ties it, Blietz misses at buzzer. 33-33. OT.

8:17 p.m. – 38-38, 1:05 left.

8:20 p.m. – Amber Meyer score, foul, miss FT. Time MFL 0:13 left. Cascade 40-38.

8:25 p.m. – It’s a final: Cascade 40-38 in OT.

A full house at Manchester

February 24, 2009

It’s 13 minutes until gametime for the Class 2A regional final girls’ basketball game between between MFL MarMac and Cascade.

The gym seats about 1,500, and it’s nearly full.

West Delaware AD Bob Murphy (one of the best in the business, by the way), said a new gym is well under construction here. It will seat about 2,100 and will have a 94-foot court.

Monday regional-final scorelist

February 23, 2009

Here’s a link to IGHSAU’s web site for a scorelist of tonight’s 1A and 2A regional finals:

http://www.ighsau.org/hoops/2009/0223rscores.htm


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