Believe in self and teammates to be successful

Sports

September 22, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Sports and life are similar.
If you believe in yourself and those who work with you, the odds are success will follow. You have to trust yourself and teammates to complete a task.
Iola High’s Fillies and Mustangs are struggling on the football field and volleyball court right now.
To these young people and all others, I say:
“Look at yourself in the mirror and say I will give my best to myself and my team. I will work hard in practices which will prepare me to do all I can for my team in games.
Then look your teammates in the eyes. Trust them to do their best for you and the team. Trust your coaches to give you the tools you need to succeed.
Win for yourself. Win for your teammates.
Play hard for each other and leave it all on the field or court.”

THE FILLIES  are home today, starting at 5 o’clock, for their final time this season. They begin their final run through Southeast Kansas League volleyball play. The IHS seniors will be honored tonight.
Right now, every team in SEK volleyball action is 0-0. Playing at home should pump up the Fillies as they take on Independence and Pittsburg tonight.
The Fillies are 6-12 overall and coming off two non-league wins Tuesday. Independence comes in with a 5-7 mark and Pittsburg is 12-6.
Come out tonight to the IHS gym and pack the stands with Blue and Gold. Cheer on the Fillies for a strong start in SEK action.

THE MUSTANGS travel to Columbus Friday night. Iola and Columbus are both 0-3 in SEK play and overall. They both lost to Parsons — Columbus 20-12 and Iola 57-32. The Titans also lost to Pittsburg and Chanute.
On paper, the teams are similar. They both like a spread offense and start younger athletes on both sides of the football.
“We want to be a power running team but we aren’t right now. So we’ve gone back to spreading people out, using the zone offense with wider splits for our offensive linemen. We’re looking for this to help us establish more of a running game,” said Rick Horton, Mustang head coach.
The Mustangs have a good opportunity to pick up a win Friday night. It’s never easy to play at Columbus but Iola can win there.
Iola’s defense needs to contain the Titans. Big plays have hurt the Mustang defense this season. It’s a simple game of block, run, catch, tackle.

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