The Aberdeen and Groton areas have strong ties to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association banquet next week in Grand Rapids, Mich.
In one of those It's a small world moments Mitchell volleyball coach Deb Thill will present finalist awards to the national volleyball coaches of the year nominees. Thill, a Groton graduate, is a member of the NHSACA board of directors.
One of the finalists is Sandy (Schuring) Jebens, another Groton graduate and a sister of Brian Schuring, coach and athletic director at Groton. The Schurings are originally from Andover.
Jebens retired from Rawlins, Wyo., after the 2009-10 season. She coached 30 years, and had more than 550 wins and four state titles.
Also attending the awards banquet is Aberdeen Central girls' cross country coach Bill Martens who is also a nominee for national coach of the year. His Central girls' team won an Eastern South Dakota Conference title last season and finished third at state.
Look for more on Martens in Saturday's edition.
Katie Couric and I
Former CBS evening news anchor Katie Couric and I have something in common.
No, I did not lose my job. I don't think so? The first solo female news anchor quickly found a new job hosting an upcoming new daytime talk show for Disney/ABC.
No, I am not hosting a TV show. I have a face for radio. No, I am not perky.
The answer is we have both had colonoscopies although there are no video pictures available of mine much to the relief of all. After the death of Couric's husband from colon cancer, she had a live colonoscopy on air in March of 2000. I did not see it but heard about it.
Well, last month it was my turn. It wasn't fun but it wasn't as bad as I thought. The day before was the tough part. No food but tons of fluid. I bought all kinds of flavored water drinks (not red or blue) and fortified drinks, but actually the easiest thing to drink was plain water. You lose sleep because you have to drink fluids so often.
The hours spent in the bathroom were not pleasant but now I can see why people put magazines in their bathrooms. Not books but magazines.
The day of the procedure wasn't bad. I remember lying on my side on the table waiting for the doctor and my hand was starting to fall asleep. I looked around and I was alone. Right away a nurse came in and I asked her how much longer before the test.
She told me it was all over.
Simple. The results were all fine.
I will have the test again if need be. Just not right away.
Deb Smith is an American News Sports Writer who can be reached at (605) 622-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.