Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

February 13, 2014

Springer pays tribute to brother, Otis Roby hits 1,000 point mark

By Mike Helle
The Journal Express

---- — It was an emotional senior night for the Twin Cedars boys’ basketball team when they hosted Southeast Warren Saturday. The Twin Cedars School District had a “Pink” edge to almost everything as the community pulled together to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Before the game the school recognized Tish Embray who is in the process of winning her fight with cancer. Tish has two sons, Hunter and Trace, who play on the varsity boys’ team. Tish and the boys lost their husband/father Darrin Embray to cancer three and a half years ago.

Adding another twist of emotion to the pre-game was the announcement of the seniors. Those playing their last home game included Hunter Embray, Brent Parker, Coy Moore, Collin Still, Garret Pettyjohn, Lasse Jorgensen and Dylan Springer.

Springer decided to pay tribute to his twin brother Derek Springer, who was killed in a car accident last summer, by wearing his number 32. Derek would have been a starter on this year’s team.

The Sabers certainly highlighted number 32 as they fed Springer the ball several times in the first quarter. In all, Springer scored 13 first quarter points as the Sabers opened a 22-7 lead.

Junior Otis Roby started the game on the bench so that five of the six seniors could start. He entered the game halfway through the first quarter and continued his pursuit of the 1,000-point plateau. Roby scored 13 first half points and Twin Cedars held a commanding 38-14 lead at the half.

Roby nailed a three-pointer at the 1:44 mark of the third quarter to put the Sabers up 54-21. That basket also put Roby at 1,001 career points. Twin Cedars coach Alan Stewart took a timeout so that the partisan crowd could recognize Roby’s accomplishment. Twin Cedars finished the third quarter up 57-21.

With the running clock in play the fourth quarter raced by. Coach Stewart made sure he got his foreign exchange student, Lasse Jorgensen a chance to score in the closing minutes. Jorgensen nailed a 17-foot jump shot and he converted on a free throw attempt. The Sabers won 63-30.

Roby topped all scorers with 18 points. He also had four rebounds and four steals. Springer finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, an effort his twin brother surely would have been proud of.

Still and Trace Embray each scored six points. Moore and Pettyjohn added five points apiece. Hunter Embray had a pair of baskets for a total of four points. Jorgensen tallied three points. Parker had four assists and two points.

Twin Cedars improved to 13-6 on the season. The Sabers are 9-2 in Bluegrass Conference play.

Twin Cedars will open district play Thursday, Feb. 20. The Sabers will travel to Moulton-Udell for a first round game against Fairfield Maharishi with tipoff at 6:30 p.m.