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Posted November 13, 2009
Friday notes: Keating’s still involved

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s been six years since Tom Keating coached his last volleyball match at Dubuque Wahlert.

He’s still in the game, though.

Keating will serve as color commentator for Mediacom Communications’ telecasts of the championship matches at the state tournament today.

“It’s another way for me to stay involved,” said Keating, who left Wahlert in the summer of 2004 to become the principal at Cedar Rapids Xavier. “It wasn’t a hard decision for me to say yes.”

Keating won 11 state titles at Wahlert. He continues to work a number of coaches’ clinics.

As he was as a coach, he’ll be prepared today. He spent much of the last three days scouting teams before leaving for the UNI-Dome on Friday to watch Xavier play Iowa City High in a 4A semifinal football game.

“This gives me an opportunity to reconnect with coaches, and for that, I’m very grateful,” he said. “Plus, I get to talk about something I enjoy and can give some insight.”

Swan song for Slight

Win or lose, Lori Slight’s tenure as Sioux City Heelan coach will end after today’s 3A championship match.

Slight’s husband, Jay, was hired in July as the principal at Creston. Lori stayed behind with their 18-month son, Jack, and will accompany the rest of the family after the first semester ends at Heelan.

“My husband’s an amazing guy to let me stay here this season,” Slight said. “He knew how bad I wanted to coach these kids.”

Slight coached the Crusaders to the 2007 title. They lost to Marion in the semifinals last year, then avenged that defeat Friday.

Heelan has been at state 14 times in the last 16 years, with six different coaches.

Call to the Hall

Kim Edwards (Sioux City Heelan), Katie Kohnen (Dubuque Wahlert) and Megan Wittenburg (Tripoli) will be inducted into the Iowa High School Volleyball Hall of Fame today.

The ceremony will take place after the 3A championship match.

One Response to Friday notes: Keating’s still involved

  1. It’s a shame that large areas of the state (the large majority of households in the state) will NOT be able to see the VB championship matches on television.

    A few years ago, the IGHSAU was paid off by a video production company for all of the team sports. In return for the $$$, no other companies or broadcasters are allowed to web stream ANY of the matches (audio or video). Not even those that the video production company does not cover at all!

    Unfortunately, the company that paid off the IGHSAU has decided to NOT do any coverage of the state volleyball tournament, until the championship matches. Because of that, you get no live coverage for 24 of 28 matches, even if you are willing to pay for a webcast.

    Also, in large portions of the state, there isn’t any broadcast of even the championship games. The video production company sold the VB championship match rights to a cable company that does not provide service for a large portions of the state.

    Brilliant, huh? If it weren’t for occasional score updates from this site (iowaprepsports.com), there wouldn’t be any info about any match until the match is over.

    Don’t like that? Call the number at the bottom of http://www.ighsau.org

    -RS

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