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The players on the bench always need to be ready to come in and make an impact.

The players on the bench always need to be ready to come in and make an impact.

There is not an official list of Christy Johnson-Lynch buzzwords or catchphrases, but there are words that you hear and it catches on that they are topics CJL likes talking about. “Passing” is always near the top of the list, “working on our block” has been popular the past couple of seasons and “she is amazing” has popped up a lot this year in relation to the athleticism of Alexis Conaway.

This season, the buzzword has been “depth”. While “depth” is a word that you will more or less hear every coach say at one time or another, if there is a sport where “depth” is a term not used as much it is volleyball.

The biggest factor for whether or not to take advantage of depth is whether what you are doing is working. If your team is in a groove and in control, the coaches will not touch the lineup. They will let the players play and keep riding the hot hand until it is not hot anymore. In a perfect world, the coaches will not have to make those decisions in a match. Last night in ISU’s five-set win over UNI, Christy Johnson-Lynch had to make that decision on multiple occasions. Fortunately, she had the resources on the bench that Iowa State would be able to execute a level of play to still succeed.

Christy Johnson-Lynch addresses her team after its win over UNI Wednesday night.

Christy Johnson-Lynch addresses her team after its win over UNI Wednesday night.

Take the hero of Wednesday evening’s win in Cedar Falls, Morgan Kuhrt. She was brought off the bench in the second set to take over for a hobbled Victoria Hurtt and was outstanding with her 14 kills, four in the fifth set, at a .355 hitting percentage. The average follower would probably be stunned to hear that she didn’t even play in Iowa State’s last match against Iowa. What makes that even more shocking is that the match before Iowa, at Minnesota, Kuhrt came off the bench for a struggling Ciara Capezio and got 10 kills. She has had two matches with at least 10 kills and a “DNP” in between.

That makes Kuhrt’s role challenging. The regular rotation knows the second they walk into Hilton Coliseum that they are going to be out there and will play. For those outside the regular rotation, that presents a conundrum. For the first option off the bench, like Kuhrt, that can mean anything from “I might not play tonight” to “I am going to play a primary role in the result of this match”.

That is not something you see in many other sports with, to use a basketball term, “the Sixth Man”. In football, DeVondrick Nealy is not Iowa State’s starting running back, but he knows he is going to play and he is going to get the ball. Same with Naz Long’s role last season for the men’s basketball team. He may not be in the starting five, but as one of the first options off the bench he knows he won’t be riding the bench for 40 minutes.

Kuhrt takes more of a role that Daniel Edozie did for the men’s basketball team, as addressed by Iowa State Volleyball SID Hall of Famer Matt Shoultz last season. She could not play, she could play a crucial role in the match. Regardless, the burden falls of Kuhrt to get in the proper physical and mental condition in case her number is called in a crunch situation (or for four sets like Kuhrt did last night).

Coming off the bench, Morgan Kuhrt played a crucial role in Iowa State's win over Kansas State last season.

Coming off the bench, Morgan Kuhrt played a crucial role in Iowa State’s win over Kansas State last season.

What makes Kuhrt impressive is that she has taken over this role many times. Last season against Kansas State, Kuhrt came into the match with 21 kills in the 13 matches she had played in her career. She came in and posted 10 kills against the Wildcats, leading ISU to a sweep of K-State. The next month-and-a-half, she had a combined 12 kills in nine matches before being called on to play outside at TCU, finishing the match with a career-high 15 kills. When Victoria Hurtt was ill for ISU’s NCAA Championship match against Colorado last season, Kuhrt came in and helped lead the Iowa State offense as an NCAA rookie.

Kuhrt is not the only Cyclone who plays this role every match. Natalie Vondrak has played this role at both middle blocker and right side (Editor’s note: read this from John Naughton of the Des Moines Register about Vondrak getting on scholarship). Branen Berta also didn’t play against Iowa, but was called on in last night’s match. While Tory Knuth’s situation is different due to her continued rehab from her off-season shoulder surgery, she had not played more than one set since the Florida State match and she was called on for extended time last night.

In conclusion, what is crucial for Iowa State is not just that there are these high-quality players that Johnson-Lynch can call upon. It is that these players are there, and Johnson-Lynch can count on them to be ready when they are called on, even if weeks pass without them getting significant playing time. Options like that off the bench can be the difference between going home with a loss, and going home victorious.

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Jarvis West Is A Playmaker

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The nation is finally observing what the Iowa State coaching staff has known all along. Jarvis West is a playmaker.

Now in his senior season, West has endured injuries throughout most of his Cyclone career which has hindered his productivity.

At just 5-7 and 171 pounds, West relies on his lightning-quick speed, quickness and maneuverability to counter for his lack of size. For most of his first three seasons as Cyclone, West wasn’t 100 percent health-wise.

Well, he is now, and he’s been a human highlight reel in 2014.

West, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., introduced himself to the nation on Sept. 6 when had a TD catch, TD pass and a punt return for a TD against No. 20 Kansas State, all in the first half. He ended the game with a career-high eight catches for 75 yards.

“I am trying to become more of a leader this year as a senior,” West said. “We have a lot of young talent at receiver and I need to be there for them.”

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads isn’t shocked with what he’s seen out of West. He’s finally getting a chance to showcase his talents.

“Jarvis would have done all of this sooner if he would not of blown his hamstring as a freshman,” Rhoads said. “He’s had some soft tissue injuries and he injured his knee last season. I don’t think he has had an opportunity to compete like he is right now in the full extent of his career because of injuries.”

Rhoads will never forget what he saw out of West during his recruitment.

“His high school tape he was so stop-and-go quick, maybe as quick as anybody I have seen in the recruiting efforts,” said Rhoads. “He’s doing what we thought he could do now.”

West has been ISU’s leader on offense through the first three games. He leads the team in catches (15), ranks second in receiving yards (137) and leads the nation in punt return yardage per game (29.3).

His performance vs. Kansas State earned him numerous honors, including Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, Hornung Award National Performer of the Week and College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Punt Returner of the Week.

The nation’s leader in punt returns gives us a hint what goes through his mind before fielding the punt.

“The most important part is catching it first,” West said. “Then you have to read your blocks and trust your teammates. Our punt return unit has a lot of pride in what they do. You can’t do it by yourself and my teammates have been a big factor in helping me.”

West’s unique trifecta (TD pass, TD catch, TD punt return) vs. Kansas State put him in rarified air as one of only two players in FBS or FCS to achieve that feat in a game since 1998.

With five TD catches in his career and a 95-yard kickoff return for a TD vs. Texas Tech last year, West is currently the only player in the nation with a TD catch, TD pass, TD rush, TD punt return and TD kickoff return in a career. He’s also just one of four players in ISU history to tally a kickoff return and punt return for a TD.

West has been added to the Hornung Award Watch List, an award given annually to college football’s most versatile and high-level performer.

Despite battling injuries in his career, West has had many memorable moments. As a sophomore in 2012, West caught three TD passes vs. Baylor to become one of just eight players in school history to record three or more TD receptions in a game.

He also has an opportunity end his Cyclone career as the best kickoff and punt returner in school history. His career 25.7 kickoff return average ranks second in ISU history and his 17.6 career punt return average is on pace to be the best clip in the annals of Cyclone history. He needs five punt returns to reach the 20-punt return minimum to be included.

It’s safe to say the secret is out on Jarvis West.

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Hoop Bits (9-23-2014)

On Monday we were doing interviews for the media day special that will be televised by Cyclones.tv on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. (Set your DVR!). As I do from time-to-time, I stuck around to watch the NCAA allowed two-hour practice. Watching has me fired up for basketball season, so I figured I would put together a notebook with some random tidbits you’ll hopefully find interesting.

It’s Not About The Shots
Many of you probably saw Naz Long’s tweet yesterday, but in case you haven’t here it is:

I asked Naz how many shots he gets up a day. He replied “Oh, it isn’t about the shots. 500 makes a day. That’s what I’m doing.”

He went on to say that 500 makes a day is on the machine. That is on top of the workout he usually gets in, which he guessed included 250 makes, and the workouts he might do with his team. Bottom line? He sees the ball go in the hoop a lot, which is probably why he doesn’t shy away from the big shots.

Duo Chasing 1,000
Georges Niang enters his junior season needing 11 points to reach 1,000 in his career. He would be the 31st player in school history to reach the milestone.

Bryce Dejean-Jones sits 82 points shy of 1,000 in his collegiate career.

Hogue Wants To Make History
I asked Dustin Hogue how many rebounds he hopes to average this year and he didn’t miss a beat. Double figures. If he does so he’d be the first Cyclone since Dean Uthoff in 1979 to average double figures on the glass.

It is certainly not easy to do, but if Hogue can find a way to do so it would bode well for the Cyclones. ISU was 6-1 when Hogue recorded a double-double last season.

Greek George
Want to know how to pronounce our new 7-footer’s name? While Georgios tells me he is okay with people calling him George, the English version of his name, I always want to make sure people know how to pronounce our player’s names correctly. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t.

John Walters explained Georgios as former ESPN anchor Craig Kilborn would when he said to me, “He’s not my “ghos”, he’s not our “ghos”, he’s “YOUR-ghos”. That makes good sense. His last name is pronounced sal-BORE-us.

Speaking of pronunciations, have you been to Cyclones.com and checked out our handy new pronunciation tool? On all team rosters, you’ll find a little ear icon next to the student-athlete names. Click on that icon and Walters will read you their names in the proper pronunciation. Very handy.

Georgios measured at a legit 7’1” when he arrived on campus. You never know if players are truly as tall as they say they are, but he measured right at what he said. I’m told that he has already added a little weight to his frame since arriving at ISU on Aug. 26.

The Ames Tribune recently wrote about Tsalmpouris’ adjustment to life in the United States. Check it out.

McKay’s Wing Span
Jameel McKay’s wing span is an impressive 7’4”, giving him the longest wing span on the team.

L.A. To Vegas To Ames?
The Des Moines Register talked to Cyclone newcomer Bryce Dejean-Jones recently and posed that question to the UNLV transfer.

His answer?

“Why not? Who wouldn’t want to play for Fred Hoiberg?”

Read that article here.

Hilton Madness

Hilton Madness
We announced today that we’ll be holding Hilton Madness on Saturday, Oct. 18. It should be a terrific showcase of two great programs. Fans will get a look at Tsalmpouris and Dejean-Jones for the first time.

So who is your pick to win the three-point contest for the men? What about the dunk contest?

Enjoy the show!

That is it for now, but during the season I will try to bring you notes like this to keep you updated on the happenings around the team.

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Womack Making The Most Of Her Senior Year

Hayley Womack

AMES, Iowa- Senior forward Hayley Womack came within inches of scoring her first goal of her senior season on multiple occasions in Iowa State’s first four games. Womack’s shots just always seemed to sail a bit wide or high. That all changed on a chilly September night.

In the 57th minute, the Cyclones were trailing rival Iowa 1-0 when junior Haley Albert headed a perfect pass to a streaking Womack towards the Hawkeye goal. Womack wasted no time floating a shot towards the left post of the goal, though instead of sailing wide or high, this time the ball ricocheted off the post and into the back of the net. Womack scored her first goal of the year and perhaps signaled a new era in Cyclone soccer. The senior had just tied up the game 1-1 and gave Iowa State new life.

“It felt pretty great,” Womack said. “The first shot that I had went barely wide of the post and I was just like are you kidding me? After getting that second shot and getting the goal it felt amazing. I was so excited and ran to my teammates. It kind of was something I needed to help me. That win was huge. Being here the last three years we hadn’t beat them and had lost some of them pretty badly. It was so hard to take. Once we got that win, not only was it huge for us as a team it was also huge for our program. It showed that with Tony being here now everything is going to move forward. I think that it was huge for our program.”

With new found confidence, Iowa State was able to get another goal from fellow senior Alyssa Williamson and defeat the Hawkeyes 2-1 for the first time in nine years, snapping Iowa’s 30-game streak of non-conference games without a loss. It was just the kind of win the Cyclones needed to prove they were a program to be dealt with and it all started with a much needed goal from Womack.

For Womack, it was just the start she had hoped for in the beginning part of her senior year. Her previous three seasons had been successful, but each had highs and lows as Womack never started more than four games in a season. She wanted to make sure this year, her senior year, meant something more.

“I wanted this to be an outstanding senior year and to help put our mark on the program,” Womack said. “This summer I put in a lot of extra work. My goal was to come in fit and be ready to play. With this being my senior year I don’t want to regret anything after I’m done, I try and make sure that every game and practice I put everything I have out there. I will do whatever I can to help the team.”

Womack originally committed to Northwestern out of high school, but before leaving for Evanston, Ill.  she found out that her scholarship was no longer available and she would have to find a new team. After a few phone calls, Womack was ready to begin her collegiate career in Ames, Iowa. It all seemed to work itself out and for the better.

Womack has enjoyed her Iowa State career and was a part of last year’s Big 12 tournament qualifying team. But before her senior year had started she found out that she would have to face another road block. The Cyclones would be under the direction of a new coach her last season in Ames and she wasn’t sure who the new coach would be or if the new coach would be a good fit for her. Iowa State hired then assistant coach Tony Minatta and Womack couldn’t be happier to play her last season under Minatta’s direction.

“Practices have a lot of focus and a purpose now,” Womack said. “Just after the preseason you could see that the team was so much more ready for that first game then we have been in years past. Tony’s knowledge for soccer is amazing. All of the practice drills we do he gets from other areas like Italy and a lot of other places. It’s very helpful to work on our technique. Just to be able to play together, we do a lot of stuff that helps us get used to each other as players.

So far this season Womack has started every game for the Cyclones and been one of the team’s key offensive weapons. The speedy senior has led Iowa State to one of the most exciting starts in school history. Womack knows that this is just the beginning for herself and for the team. The Cyclones are here to stay and Womack is ready to take the next step.

“As a team and what I want for my senior year is to go back to the Big 12 tournament and to finish better than we did last year,” Womack said. “Also the huge goal for me is to make it to the NCAA tournament my senior year.”

With the confidence she gained from one goal, Womack knows that anything is possible for herself and the Cyclones.

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From Flint To Ames

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Flint, Michigan and Ames, Iowa. The two cities seem worlds apart. Flint with over 100,000 people. Ames with around 60,000. One in the heart of Iowa. One just an hour from Detroit.

But on the basketball court, the two fit together perfectly. They’ve celebrated some of the same great athletes. They both proudly consider these guys one of their own.

Flint has produced the top two scorers in Iowa State history in Jeff Grayer and Barry Stevens. No. 9 on that list is Justus Thigpen, also a Flint native.

In 2013, Monté Morris became the next great player from Flint. All he did was break the NCAA record for assist-to-turnover ratio as a freshman.

So what is it about guys from Flint having success in Ames?

Both cities are immensely passionate about their hoops according to Morris. And both are there for you.

“Here in Ames, the fans stick with you through the ups and downs and that’s just like Flint,” Morris said. “Flint sticks with you just like Ames does. When I got here it just felt like home and I was able to feed off the energy because I knew what it was like.”

In Flint, there are obstacles. A lot of times, it is basketball that keeps youngsters on the right track. Morris used the game he loves to stay on the straight-and-narrow.

“It’s so easy to get strung out in the wrong lane,” Morris said. “That could be dealing drugs or gangs or anything really. You could get into fights. But the other lane, that is just going to school and being around the right people, with that basketball or football in your hand.

“People knew that because of basketball I had a chance to go somewhere,” Morris adds. “They look out for you and keep you on the right track. Basketball is that important to people.”

That focus on basketball in Flint has benefited Iowa State to the tune of more than 6,400 points from Grayer, Stevens and Thigpen. Morris took the first step toward continuing the legacy with his better-than-solid freshman season.

“I knew of those guys, knew what they did here,” Morris said. “When I finally got here I started looking into it. Now I am getting older, more experienced. I’ve seen the tradition going on and the legacy the Flint guys left and it’s pushing me to leave one also. If they can do it, why can’t I? I want to be a part of that.”

Morris realized he had a chance to make a name for himself in basketball after talking to another Flint guy, one that played a role breaking the hearts of Cyclone fans in 2000. That guy was Mateen Cleaves.

“After my sophomore year, we were playing at Michigan State and lost in the semifinal game,” Morris said. “We lost in OT and after the game he brought me to the back of the Breslin Center and told me he knew I could play at a high level. He asked me to give him the chance and let him show me things and work me out. I spent time with him and he got me ready. It’s a tradition now, I go home, call him up and we go from there.”

It isn’t about a Michigan State guy helping an Iowa State guy. It’s about a Flint guy helping a Flint guy. That’s the pride of Flint basketball.

It’s a pride that, fortunately for Cyclone fans, has continued to grow in Ames.

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Jayme Olson: Forever a Cyclone

Jayme Olson

When Jayme Olson chose to come to Iowa State out of Bettendorf, Iowa she had a dream much like many student-athletes, to make an impact and a difference at Iowa State. At the time, it was 1994 and the Cyclones had just five winning seasons in the history of the program. They had never made the postseason, but Olson didn’t care.

Her freshman season the team went 8-19.

After that, she started to rethink whether she would be able to make an impact.
However, with the resignation of then-head coach Theresa Becker, Iowa State began its search for a new head coach. It wasn’t long before they decided on then-Toledo coach Bill Fennelly. Fennelly had revitalized the Mid-American Conference program into an NCAA tournament team year-in and year-out.

“Coach Fennelly came in and really brought a breath of fresh air and a whole new motivation level for us,” Olson said. “We started to get things turned around and started to believe that we could compete.”

Olson was one of the cornerstones of Fennelly’s team. Under Fennelly, she started every game she played, eventually finishing her career holding ISU records on 13 season and 15 career lists. Olson helped lead the Cyclones to their first two NCAA appearances, and the first NCAA Tournament win in school history her senior year against Kent. Olson’s 1,799 career points currently ranks fourth in school history.

Olson’s athletic accomplishments have not been forgotten by Iowa State. In 2004, Olson’s jersey was officially retired and hangs in the rafters in Hilton Coliseum and tonight she will be honored once again as she is inducted into the ISU Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Today, Olson proudly displays her Cyclone banner in her home in eastern Iowa and continues to share her memories of her time donning the Cardinal and Gold.
Of course, Olson can’t reflect back on her time at Iowa State without mentioning the Little Clone Club.

“The biggest thing I remember is the Little Clone Club,” she said. “We didn’t have a lot of people at our games [at first], but those kids and their families were so dedicated and they were cheering us on and those kids thought that we were great and wonderful even though we weren’t winning. When I look back, and think that I was a role model for those kids and I gave them something to cheer about that is something that stands out in my mind. There was such a family feel.”

After starting her career with an 8-19 season, it makes being inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend even more bittersweet.

“When I think of all the great athletes that have come out of Iowa State, and to feel that they wanted to honor me is just humbling,” she said. “I just feel grateful, and I am just glad I can be a part of this. I’m forever a Cyclone and proud to be one.”

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Shuey’s Passion Is Statistics

Shuey, Steve in press box

You probably perused the box scores in the paper when you were a kid. You likely go online to check the stats now. Knowing the stats of your favorite football players and teams have always been a part of the fan experience.

Compiling statistics in any sport is a tireless and thankless job that has to be done with the utmost accuracy. You can be sure if Iowa State is hosting the event, the final official statistic sheet will be one of the most important documents disseminated.

That’s because Steve Shuey is holding the binoculars from the second level of the press tower.

Shuey took his familiar spot in the press box on Saturday for the 36th season in a row as a member of the ISU stat crew, calling the plays in a prompt, accurate manner.

Since 1979, Shuey has calculated stats for Iowa State football and men’s basketball teams. His service in the ISU football press box spans five decades and ranks as the 22nd-longest current streak in FBS.

Shuey watches a different game than the casual fan. He can’t get caught up in the excitement or disappointment of events during a game. His concentration level must be at its peak.

But don’t underestimate Shuey’s love and passion for ISU athletics. It’s what brings him back every season.

“That is basically why I do this,” said Shuey. “I’m not in it for the money. I’m not in it for the glory. I want to do it because I love Iowa State University. I want to give back to the university. The people I’ve been involved with have just been great, second to none. The ISU Athletics Communications staff has always treated me very fair. I’ve just met a lot of great people in doing it.”

You can basically say Shuey has seen it all. He’s only missed five home football games in his long tenure on the crew. Do you remember Troy Davis’ school-record 378-yard rushing game vs. Missouri in 1996? Shuey was the guy tallying each yard and carry the All-American made that day.

Do you recall Chris Moore’s 27-tackle game vs. Oklahoma in 1986? Shuey does. He made sure Moore was credited with every stop that day.

He has a lot of fond memories calling games.

“The Oklahoma State game (2011) ranks right up there,” Shuey said. “Everybody knows what a big win that was for us. Even though I’m watching and statting the game, I’m excited for Iowa State when they win those types of games. The Iowa game that same year was also pretty special. Those were great games. You have to maintain your focus on those types of games. Those are the type of games you really have to maintain and really dig deep inside of you to make sure you stay concentrated.”

Steve Shuey is in his 36th season compiling statistics for Iowa State football games.

Steve Shuey is in his 36th season compiling statistics for Iowa State football games.

Shuey cherished every moment covering the exploits of All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up running back Davis. With each record-breaking yard the Cyclone legend racked up, Shuey was the one recording it.

“I took a lot of pride in watching Troy,” Shuey said. “I would read in the paper the next day that he ran 20 times for X amount of yards. I called that. I called every yard. A lot of people don’t understand that Troy may have only have gained six inches on a carry, but if it moved to the other side of the line, he got credited for a yard. You think back over time – how many of those did he actually have? I know he did have some of those. Those are very crucial. He was a special talent.”

Shuey got his start in the stat racket when his father, Ken, asked him to join the crew when they were shorthanded one game. Ken Shuey began keeping stats for Cyclone football in the 1950s. Steve tagged along with his father for many of those early seasons and noticed he possessed the same passion.

Ken stepped down as the leader of the stat crew in 1998 and Steve took over.

Like in most professions, technology has changed the way people perform their tasks. When Shuey first started, stats were all calculated by hand and then added up on a final sheet of paper. Now it’s all done through a computer software program.

“Definitely with the computer, everything has gotten a lot easier for us,” said Shuey. “The computer has helped everything out.  When we did it manually we had a person keeping each team. We had one guy making chicken scratches and adding numbers. Everything had to be added up at the end of the game. What we can kick out now in about two minutes took us probably 45 minutes to an hour when we did it by hand.”

Shuey’s staff also used to have to compile averages postgame. Not anymore.

“Now when you enter plays into the computer it automatically tells you that number 10 had X amount of passes for X amount of yards,” Shuey said. “Back in the day, we had a tally sheet that we formed over the years where you put down the number of yards for a running total so we could keep track of it. Now, you enter it in the computer and it gives the average.”

Shuey will call each play how he sees it to his partner, Rich Pope, who types Shuey’s signals into the computer. Both have to be well-versed with the rules of college football. Sometimes coaching staffs won’t agree with the final box score, but Shuey is usually correct.

“I remember the Texas Tech game in 2002 when Kliff Kingsbury was breaking all of the passing records,” Shuey said. “Their offense ran a lot of short backward passes. According to the statistic manual, a backward pass is considered a rush and not a pass attempt. We had nine or 10 in question and Tech called us on it. We went back and looked at the film and we had made the correct calls.”

Shuey doesn’t have a lot rituals, but he likes to good night sleep before the game. His job his tense and needs much attention to detail.

He watches each play closely. Falling behind is not an option.

“You learn over the years that you do not cheer outside, you cheer inside your body,” Shuey said. “You have to stay and commit yourself to being focused 100 percent of the time. You just can’t take a down off and you can’t afford to fall behind, or you won’t be able to catch up.”

Shuey has perfected his craft through the years. Many box scores compiled after games are filled with errors. Though Shuey and his crew would be the first to tell you they aren’t perfect, they no doubt rank as one of the best stat crews in the business. There is no argument.

Shuey’s reputation is so impeccable his services are often requested by outside entities to serve as a statistician. He’s worked at numerous Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships as the lead statistician.

Joni Lehmann, the Big 12’s Associate Director of Communications, understands the importance of an excellent stat crew.

“Steve has been a valuable asset to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship for many years as a member of the Iowa State stat crew,” Lehmann said. “He is extremely efficient and takes pride in making sure everything is accurate. If there are ever any issues, I don’t hear about them as Steve and the rest of the crew take care of getting them corrected on their own.”

Shuey, who is employed at Munn Lumber for his day job, works the games strictly as a volunteer. His only compensation is season tickets for his family.

This is all fine with Shuey. He feels lucky to have the opportunity to serve the school he loves.

“I’m very honored to be a member of ISU’s stat crew,” said Shuey. “I just really love doing it.”

 

 

 

 

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