The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

March 19, 2014

For Rod

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — It was one of the longest days in NJCAA National Tournament history.

From a 10 a.m. tipoff between State Fair and No. 14 Shelton State to the final buzzer that sounded between No. 8 Trinity Valley and No. 6 Northeastern shortly after midnight. Six games of high-pressure junior college basketball wore on over 14-plus hours on Tuesday at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

The day took a physical toll on everyone involved. From all the fans that piled into the arena for a drama-soaked day to the tournament officials that tirelessly kept the tournament rolling along. There were also the players and coaches of all 12 teams that gave everything they had in pursuit of a national title.

No one, however, paid a bigger physical price than Indian Hills sophomore Roderick Bobbitt. With his team seconds away from elimination in Tuesday’s second-round battle with No. 18 New Mexico Junior College, Bobbitt joined fellow Warrior sophomore Lester Medford in crashing the glass to keep a basket that would keep IHCC alive.

Medford got the opportunity, getting fouled on a second-chance opportunity that led to a pair of game-tying free throws with 3.5 seconds left. Bobbitt got the brunt of the contact, leading to a broken arm and surgery that has ended the sophomore's two-season, three-year odyssey as an Indian Hills basketball player.

“Rod knew it as soon as it happened,” Indian Hills head coach Barret Peery said. “As soon as it happened, he told us ‘I’m in trouble.’”

So now what? What do the top-ranked Warrior do with one of their top stars and unquestioned leaders out of action for the remainder of the national tournament?

It’s a simple answer. One Peery’s squad has developed into a season-long motto.

“We’re ready to just keep on moving on and keep on playing,” sophomore Roosevelt Scott said. “We won’t stop.”

Text Only
Sports
  • On Tap Saturday Prep Baseball Class 1A State Finals Twin Cedars vs. Newman Catholic at Des Moines (Principal Park), Noon

    August 1, 2014

  • 0802 OTT Sports IHCC Soccer Coach Doug Seigle mug IHCC Soccer Training Camp date set OTTUMWA– Head coach Doug Seigle has announced the date for players on this year's roster, and those who hope to make the squad, to report for the start of preseason workouts. Seigle says all IHCC women’s and men's soccer players who have signed to pl

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports RAGBRAI photo Native Ottumwa cyclist sets powerful example VACAVILLE, Calif. — Scott Pettengill has a passion for life and an indomitable optimism that refuses to be dimmed. Pettengill, a native Ottumwan who now lives in northern California, just finished riding the [Des Moines] Register's Annual Great Bicyc

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports Bryon Peyton photo Former Pekin coaches reunite at state tournament DES MOINES — For 15 years, Bryon Peyton and Jeff Eeling shared the dream of coaching together at the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament. It certainly wasn’t the way they may have imagined it, but almost 30 years later, the dream came true. Pe

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Hunter Embray photo Top-ranked Sabers headed to first state baseball final DES MOINES — Hits figured to be a very precious commodity Thursday in the 1A state baseball semifinal matchup between Gehlen Catholic and Twin Cedars. As such, each swing taken by each hitter figured to be very important in collecting precious contac

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Andy Heintz column mug The White Bass that saved the day OTTUMWA — It was time for a break. It was a lovely, Sunday afternoon and I'd spent the past couple of hours tooling around town taking pictures for the newspaper. While it was nice to be outside, I yearned to make the not-so-subtle switch from work

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Baseball Tournament TuesdayClass 3A QuarterfinalsDallas Center-Grimes 3, No. 5 Fairfield 0 (9) ThursdayClass 1A SemifinalsNo. 1 Twin Cedars (34-0) vs. No. 5 Gehlen Catholic (30-3), 2 p.m. (104.9 FM KBOE)

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Kassidi Henderson mug Three Bulldogs make all-state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa softball team had three of its players named to a Class 5A All-State team by Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.Bulldog second baseman Ashlyn Thompson and Kassidi Henderson were voted to the all-state second team and Alexis W

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Prep Softball All-State Team Class 1A 1st Team All State Name School Grade Kayla Tindall Akron-Westfield 12 Dana Hedlund Akron-Westfield 12 Renee Maneman Newelll Fonda 12 Rachel Smith Exira/EHK

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Austin Gridley Fairfield baseball photo Oh So Close! DES MOINES — Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. In fact, taking the mound at Principal Park in Des Moines seemed to only help Hietpas as he made

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook