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Date posted - March 8, 2013

Congrats to All of NW Iowa basketball teams. I think it is great that we had 3 of our schools from this area go. Kudos to all teams and coaches. It is great to see a lot people support sports. There is a lot of other extra activities that would be nice to see people come and support. The kids need support to do well.

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9 Responses to “Kudos!”

  1. Basketball Jones says:

    Pretty sad when a sporting event creates 45 responses to a 2cents worth with 95% crowing about how educational it is, and how we should close the school so we can all support the boys bouncing a ball on a court in Des Moines.

    If this was about a team of physics students getting the oppourtunity to show their skills at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago I bet it would illicit about 3 responses and no talk of closing the school.

    Have fun living vicariously through your children at state, and I look forward to hearing all the talk next week about how “We” did at state.

    • Sports Fan says:

      Dear Basketball Jones, I’m sorry you feel that way. Sports is a number of things including entertaining. From elementary school through the pro level sports teaches comradarie, competition, sportsmanship, and profitablility. Although physics is a vital element and requires great intelligence it unfortunately, is not entertaining. If you can figure out a way to get people to plunk down $50 to go to a physics bowl, you could be on to something. Until then, try and be happy for the kids, coaches, parents, and fans who enjoy a nice escape from the drudgery of everyday life. p.s. I also agree that there are very few students (good ones or bad ones) who don’t enjoy a day off from school.

    • JohnBoy says:

      Lets see.? A sport where the players have to maintain a passing GPA, taught team work,respect and have to be physical (instead of sitting on the couch) Yeah that’s a bad thing.To have such a negative attitude, basketball jones, would lead me to believe you were picked last to play kickball once and you have a bad attitude towards sports.

    • Jeff says:

      I agree with exactly one thing you said here. “I look forward to hearing all the talk next week about how “We” did at state.” “We” the parents of the athletes LOVE the support that “We” the Orab Nation have shown. “We” the Orabs, the Comets and the Dutchmen became “WE!” as “We” all cheered loudly for each other at the state tournament. The Orange and Black was worn proudly in Des Moines by several thousand people that I have never seen before in my life. That’s a whole lot of “We”. It turns out that “We” is a really big word. In fact, “We” is so big that the same people who tried to oust coach Struve a few years ago stood in line to shake his hand at the welcome home on Saturday night. And He shook their hands. Every Single One. If this simple example set by an old coach is any indicator, these boys have had the opportunity to learn a lot about “We”, starting and ending with “We” will always be better together than “We” will ever be separated from one another.

  2. Biker says:

    Always amazes me how a lot of nw Iowa teams make it to state. Volleyball, basketball, track, cross country. Good job!

  3. Lee Ann says:

    I agree. Just to get the chance to go to the state games is a great honor! All of the teams should be very proud of their accomplishments.

  4. rdw says:

    Maybe it is a shame that high school football and basketball get all the glory. But hey, im for anything that deters young people from getting involved with drugs and alcohol.

  5. MariB says:

    I moved my family from a large city 16 years ago. All three have been in Sheldon from kindergarten up. I am so glad I did. Events like this make me proud to say I have ORABS.
    Coming from such a large city of 500,000+ you do not see school spirit and community support like this. Every child should experience growing up in a smaller community.

    Congratulations Sheldon and Boyden Hull!

  6. Harriet Oleson says:

    Nellie and I and the whole gang from Walnut Grove are very happy for the Orabs….. Just a note on one of the comments from Julies column. High school sports have never paid for themselves at any level in any Iowa. If you were to add coaches salaries, equipment, uniforms, transportation, insurance and other incidentals there is absolutely no way that the receipts from ticket sales even comes to close to paying for the entire athletic program. And contrary to popular belief – high school football ticket sales do not even produce enough revenue to fund football – let alone fund every other sport. This may be true at some college levels – but not high school. Tax revenue does support high school athletics at the public schools – which Pa, half-pint and Doc Baker think is just fine because it is a vital part of education as long as it is kept in perspective and coaches realize they are educators first and foremost.

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