It could be a hiatus. Or the permanent end of a long tradition.
This year’s championship matches at the state volleyball tournament will not be televised. Not live. And not on tape-delay.
“It’s just a situation in which Ken Krogman (with the Iowa High School Sports Network) couldn’t sell any advertising,” said Mike Dick, executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. “It’s got to be profitable for them to make it worthwhile.”
The tournament finals had been televised on a consistent basis for decades. Sometimes live, sometimes taped. Sometimes on Iowa Public Television, sometimes on Mediacom.
“I don’t remember the tournament even not being televised,” Dick said. “We’ll look at this on a year-to-year basis.”
This year, fans have two options.
They can follow the finals on their computer — a live stream is available at http://www.ihssn.com/ for $4.99 — or they can buy a ticket. They’ll also be able to follow live coverage of the finals via a live blog on www.IowaPrepSports.com
“I don’t mean to sound callous, but I’d like more people to come and watch for themselves,” Dick said.
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Kelly Biermann suffered a broken fibula in her left leg in Wednesday’s Class 4A quarterfinal win over Waukee.
“She had gone up for a block and turned in transition to find the ball,” said Xavier Coach Barb Brunow. “It had fallen short so as she turned to find it, one of the other girls was actually passing the ball.
“I think Kelly stepped on her foot.”
Brunow said that Biermann — one of two junior starters on a senior-dominated team — will not need a cast, but will be in a boot for six weeks.
Sarah Otting will take Biermann’s spot in the lineup when the sixth-ranked Saints (30-11) face No. 1 Ankeny (34-3) in a semifinal at noon Friday.
Three Class 1A teams were making their first state appearances, and all of them had a storyline.
* Alta is in its final year on its own before entering a whole-grade sharing agreement with Aurelia.
* Janesville is making its first state trip in any major girls’ sport.
* Stanton is a tiny 1A school, but the Viqueens aren’t hurting for able bodies. More than half of the school’s female student population is in the volleyball program.