Readers Respond

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Coach must sit this one out

From Sracey VanDerSloot / Storm Lake

I would like to take a minute to let you all know that I am unable to coach the basketball season due to my car accident this summer. Rehabilitation has been a long, slow process. My doctors recommend that I do not coach this season in order to progress and get healthy. It is very frustrating for me. I say it has already been four months, and my doctors say, "It has only been four months". I have just returned to teaching full time this week. This is going to be all I am physically able to handle for a while. I am trying to keep a positive attitude and am learning to take one day at a time. My faith in God will get me through this very difficult time in my life. It s definitely going to be hard for me to sit back and just watch. This would have been my tenth year as head coach. We have all worked very hard to develop the upcoming team. They will have a great season ahead of them. I believe they will be very competitive in all games. We have the ability to be in the top three throughout the season.

Coach Mike Wabeke, my varsity assistant, will step in and assume head coaching responsibilities. Former player Mel Fisher will be our junior varsity coach this season. They will make a great coaching team. They both know what I expect and will carry out my philosophy for the program. Other coaches have already volunteered to help out in any way also. We have such a great coaching staff at Storm Lake High School. I feel very fotunate to have such great co-workers.

I still plan on being active with the kids whenever possible. I announced it to them on Tuesday. I told them I will still show up at practice once in a while and blow my whistle to put them on the line! We will also still have movie nights and team suppers at my house. I will still help out the coaching staff with scouting reports and other duties.

I wish the best to the teams and the coaching staff this season. They will see me in the stands cheering them on. Go Tornadoes!!

Sweet memories

From Sandy Millikan / Storm Lake

A few weeks ago I read how some people from out of town were treated very well from the people at Fitzpatricks. Well I would like to give Pages Bakery a big thank you for being here as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl my dad worked there. My mom and I would stop in to see him in the summer time and I would always get a delicious glazed doughnut before heading down to the camera shop so mom could help her sister. It's the only place in town for the best baked goods. Please don't ever close. I wish I had a cup of coffee and one of those delicious glazed doughnuts right now!