The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

September 10, 2013

Steamers excited about volleyball season

FULTON — The sound of a volleyball hitting the gym floor at Stan Borgman Court echoed through the sizeable crowd in attendance for a scrimmage game.

Varsity was matched against the sophomores as the Fulton Steamers invited family and friends to watch a scrimmage game before the regular season began.

The energy was high for the scrimmage as a result of the energy, enthusiasm and intensity that the Steamers have on the court this year. That energy is fueled by a combination of underclassmen called up and returning players who have put in the work and want to improve on last year’s underwhelming season.

“They have energy, they have the love for the game and they have the want and the drive to be here, and that’s going to take them even farther.” Steamers coach Stacy Germann said.

The energy and drive on the court breeds teamwork and consistencies on the court that are heightened by returning setters Rachael Beiermann and Olivia Edfors. Setting was a weakness last season as both girls were learning the position, but now that they have the experience, the confidence is growing and becoming contagious.

“I’m a lot more comfortable because I’m a lot more used to it,” Edfors, a senior, said. “Last year it was a little more difficult just because it was my first year so I was always worried, but I’m a lot more comfortable now just it being my second year.”

Nowhere is the team’s energy more evident than in senior Marla Stoecker, who keeps things fun on the court for her teammates, going all out when the ball in play. Stoecker has a tenacity for the game that she spreads to her teammates during both games and practice.

“To play to the best of my ability and to dominate,” Stoecker said with a wry smile on her face about expectations of herself and the Steamers.

Text Only
Sports
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg What will happen in NFL draft? No one really knows

    Despite the hours spent interviewing coaches, watching film and developing well-reasoned mock draft lists, the truth about the 2014 NFL draft remains a mystery, well-guarded by teams that have nothing to gain by publicly sharing their innermost thoughts.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Evers: For love of the green CLINTON - Conner Evers calls The Oaks Golf Course his home. There isn't a day where Evers won't visit the golf course on the city's west side. "I spend a lot of time here," Evers said with a laugh. "This is my second home. I love golf, and there's no

    April 24, 2014

  • LumberKings score bizarre run CLINTON -- Rain was the only thing that could have saved the Clinton LumberKings from losing Wednesday to Quad Cities 7-1. The run that the LumberKings got, however, came on a bizarre play. In the bottom of the first inning, Tyler O'Neill singled o

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 1B-photo, Ladehoff signs CCC right for Ladehoff DEWITT - Joe Shovlain says Clinton Community College has a great selling point: opportunity. For Central DeWitt senior Ellie Ladehoff, there was another key factor in her decision to attend the school. Ladehoff, who joined 11 of her classmates on sta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Blackhawks even series CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen. What Kane got back on Wednesday night was his legs, and the result was a familiar one. Kane scored his s

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 1B-Photo, Drake story Youngsters take on oval

    CLINTON -- One of the biggest track meets in the nation begins today, and the youngsters will kick off the event at Drake University in Des Moines. The high school portion of the Drake Relays begins at 3 p.m. with the field events, and Clinton senior

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Semien hits a late slam DETROIT (AP) -- On the night he became the franchise's career leader in total bases, Paul Konerko liked what he saw from some of the younger Chicago White Sox. Marcus Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4

    April 24, 2014

  • Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D'backs CHICAGO (AP) -- Jason Hammel is certain the Chicago Cubs are better than their record so far. Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run home run and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-2 victory

    April 23, 2014

  • Schreiber wins dual; Coppess 2nd at tri BETTENDORF -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. Brittany Coppess came close to doing that Tuesday at Hidden Hills Golf Course in a triangular meet between North Scott, Clinton and Pleasant Valley. Coppess finished with a nine-hole 42, 5 over

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports