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
  • Fillies one-hit Fulton Herald Staff Report Ackerman throws no-hitter for Erie/Prophetstown Fillies one-hit Fulton

    April 17, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Let the (real) games begin: It's NBA playoff time

    Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.

    It took the entire season to fill out those brackets.

    Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant, plus some good old-fashioned disinterest by Brooklyn ... all that, and more, on the final night of the season was needed before the eight conference-quarterfinal matchups in this season's NBA playoffs could be decided.

    April 17, 2014

  • Mankato.jpg Players protest rehiring of fired Minnesota coach

    The University of Minnesota-Mankato football team Wednesday boycotted the fired head coach who won his job back in an arbitrator's ruling last week, nearly two years after fighting accusations of child pornography and other misconduct.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-17-14 1B-Photo, Bulls reax Bulls finish with a loss CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson knows few people will give the Charlotte Bobcats a chance to upset the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. That doesn't matter to the veteran center. "They didn't give us a chance in O

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • White Sox fall in 14th CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox bullpen provided one opportunity after another. It just took a utility infielder on the mound for the Boston Red Sox to finally take full advantage. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double off infielder Leury Gar

    April 17, 2014

  • Kewanee rallies MORRISON, Ill. -- Kewanee scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday to defeat Morrison 10-8 in Three Rivers Conference baseball. Back-to-back three-run innings had given the Mustangs the lead. Justin Jensen had two hits, one a double

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17-14 1B-Photo marcucci-1 Marcucci not fazed by expectations GOOSE LAKE -- Despite her age, Northeast sophomore Aleenah Marcucci still has the moxie to get back to the state track meet. Marcucci placed in both hurdle events -- sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 400 -- in Des Moines as a freshman last season. N

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • LumberKings let one get away vs. Dayton DAYTON, Ohio -- For eight innings, the Clinton LumberKings were on their way to ending a three-game losing streak, as their pitchers mowed down Dayton's batters. But the Dragons finally struck in the ninth inning, tying the game, then they handed the

    April 17, 2014

  • Freshmen lead Irish DAVENPORT -- Seth Moeller recorded a hat trick and Andrey Drury added a pair of goals Tuesday to help Prince of Peace defeat Davenport West 6-1. The win was the third in a row for the Irish (3-3). Devin Bly also scored for Prince of Peace, which aven

    April 17, 2014

High School Sports