“But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”
— Rocky Balboa from “Rocky Balboa”
Several area athletic teams have taken some big hits the past week or so. What’s your worth?
It’s time to get up and keep moving forward. Just like when we were little and we’d fall, our parents would pick us up and tell us to “go again.”
Iola High’s football and volleyball teams are up and down. Another team on the roller coaster is the Allen County Community College volleyball team.
The Mustangs, Fillies and Red Devils haven’t settled yet. They haven’t decided as a team what direction they are going to go.
For both the Fillies and the Red Devils on the volleyball courts, momentum switches so quickly in the game, especially now that points can be scored by either team on each serve. Iola and Allen County need to find that consistency.
Protecting the serve is still important in volleyball. Controlling the match with the serve is always better than trying to defend all the time. When on the defense, players have to pass the ball from the back row. That’s serve receive and digs.
Allen County is struggling with setting right now. The ball is getting to the setters but the sets aren’t where the hitters can deliver on attacks at the net.
ACCC head coach Jessica Peters was not pleased with the Red Devils’ play Wednesday. But as always, Peters put a positive spin on at the end saying her team has the capability of rebounding from the outing with success.
The Fillies come off a disappointing match Tuesday at Louisburg. Head coach Jodi Grover talked of the Fillies’ shortfalls but then said they’ll get in the gym and work hard to get better.
ON THE FOOTBALL field, the Mustangs are taking the hits. They go into their third game of the season, which is also their third Southeast Kansas League game, without a few starters. Injuries have taken their toll two weeks into the season.
Humboldt, Yates Center, Uniontown, Southern Coffey County are in the same boat as Iola. They all are winless in two tries this season.
What’s your worth — Cubs, Wildcats, Eagles and Titans? Give it the best you’ve got and keep going forward.
The Mustangs travel to Coffeyville tonight. They go up against an 0-2 team but the Golden Tornado team has bigger players and is senior-laden. Plus they have the numbers.
Iola has to find a way to run the football to keep the Nado offense off the field. Sure, the Mustangs have thrown for a lot of yardage in two games but they’ve become a one dimensional offensive team. Other teams know it.
Run the ball and stop the run. That’s what the Mustangs have to figure out this week and the rest of the season. Iola has given up an average of 300 yards on the ground in each its first two contests.
Sure, Iola only lost by 10 points to Independence but the game was not that close. When the games have been on the line early, the Mustangs break down. They fought back against the Bulldogs on opening night but it came too late.
It’s time, Mustangs, to move forward and show your worth to yourselves.