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Democrats Strike; Gehlen Girls Got Game!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Those fussy Republicans shouldn't insist on a "perfect" presidential candidate - Democrats didn't!

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On paper the number two rated team, Bedford, appeared an odds on favorite, but the Gehlen Catholic girls almost got it done last Wednesday night. After a very rough start to the second half, the Jays of Gehlen pulled to within a point with about two minutes to go, then Bedford took the air out of the ball and the free throw parade began. It was a much closer game than the nine point loss indicates.

Third or fourth at state, and fourth in their conference! With three starters back, next year looks good. I was impressed by Katelin Langel's play in both games.

Bedford, seven miles from Missouri, got to the State Tournament by beating the reigning champ, Martensdale-St. Marys, in the final regional. M-S-M is our school, as we live just three miles north of Martensdale. "Our" girls won it all last year, and our baseball team set a national record for 87 consecutive victories last year as they have been state champs the last two years. The M-S-M second base combination of the Walker brothers both won state wrestling championships this year.

Bedford had an edge on outside shooting, ball handling, height, and in most statistical categories. And, they had scouted the Jays in the previous game so Gehlen's girls couldn't sneak up on them as they had in crushing North Butler.

Gehlen held Caila Raymond, a 5' 11" McDonalds All-American nominee, to ten points but Bedford's outside shooters made the difference. Gehlen couldn't buy a perimeter shot and had trouble dribble penetrating. Their approach to perimeter shooting seemed to be, "no, no, not me," and the results, only one of eleven made three pointers, bore out that theory. Bedford sank five threes and one of them not only might have made the difference, it typified the "way the ball bounces." That shot hit the rim, bounced well above the backboard, looked like a miss, and dropped quietly through the net. Gehlen had earlier seen several shots teeter, then fall off.

Steph Rohe and Amber Timmins did a good job when Bedford put the full court press on but when the ball got to the front court, the Jays were content to send it back out to set up the offense, even with a two on one advantage.

Gee, it's easy to coach from the stands! You can see things that the coach, at floor level, is blocked from seeing. I started college intending to teach and coach and, of course, I am now an expert. (on everything, Heather might say)

I'd guess that Phyliss Muhlbauer of Manilla is the only woman who had granddaughters on two semifinal teams, Gehlen's Steph Rohe and IKM-Manning's Morgan Muhlbauer, the fourth leading scorer and just a freshman. I was pleased to renew Phyliss' acquaintance. She hasn't changed a bit since we sat next to each other in the Legislature in the 1980's. Lou, her late husband, was a Rep, as her son Dan is now.

Hey, can anyone tell me what St. Joseph's (Gehlen's predecessor) mascot/nickname was? And, that of Remsen Public?

I remember the (bad) old days of 6-on-6 ball when it was illegal for a defender to grab the ball if the offensive girl had control. When an underdog got an early lead the game could be quite a snoozer. I recall Lawton beating somebody that way, by a four to two score, and although unpopular, the tactic wasn't that unusual.

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When the Iowa House of Representatives announced plans to debate a bill, and a resolution dealing with guns freedom/control, last week, the Democrats pouted and pulled a Wisconsin -- they refused to work. They actually left the capitol en-masse. It isn't unusual for a miffed party to go into closed caucus for hours to discuss strategy and file amendments, but I believe this move is a first for Iowa. Hey, guys and gals how did "walking" work out for the Wisconsin and Ohio Democrats? (Not so pretty good)

Both the bill and the resolution were co-sponsored by Rep. Chuck Soderberg and both are now in the Senate.

I was involved in a similar episode in the 1980's, when we Repubs were the peeved party. The Democrat Speaker of the House accused us of, "Scurrying into your holes like scared ground squirrels," as I recall it. We went into our caucus room 50 feet from the House floor and for hours "perfected" our strategy, which was to stretch 40 some votes into beating 50 some. Didn't work then, didn't work last week. We demanded, and got, an apology of sorts.

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Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236 -30-

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That


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