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Published October 07 2010

Hotzler: It seems surreal to the coach, but it’s 300 wins

Amy Lyons is a coach who hates to be singled out. Sorry, Amy.

Lyons, who has led the Lisbon volleyball team for 11 seasons, recently reached a milestone worthy of more than a little recognition. She earned her 300th career victory with a Broncos win against Griggs County Central last Saturday during the semifinals of the Lisbon volleyball tournament.

“That’s a credit to the kids,” Lyons said. “It’s 300 wins, but the kids have done all the work. I just tally them up.”

With Lyons as the coach, the Broncos have earned four district titles (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009) and three region championships. Lisbon earned a spot at the Class B state tournament in three consecutive seasons from 2006-08.

Lyons, who began her coaching career 15 years ago in Enderlin, said she never could have expected to become a veteran coach with 300 wins. In fact, it’s still kind of surreal when she hears herself referred to as a veteran.

“If you asked me what my record was every year I really wouldn’t know,” she said. “I don’t want to downplay it. But I think the kids have more to do with it than anything.”

Let’s shine a spotlight on those kids, too.

The Broncos have been a perennial contender for the District 1 title thanks to a quality youth program and genuine excitement about volleyball in the community.

Lyons, who teaches 7th-and-8th graders, has made sure she keeps in touch with the next generation of Lisbon Broncos.

And the players just keep coming. Time-and-again, Lisbon seems to bring in a new crop of talented youngsters to replace the outgoing seniors.

Lisbon, with a population of about 2,100, typically has between 30-40 kids out for volleyball each season.

“So many other coaches have done great things,” said Lyons, whose team is 17-9 this year. “We have been lucky enough to be pretty successful. Again, it’s all on the kids. They choose to perform and they do it.”

Cichy Stadium extras come together quickly

Fargo Shanley’s Sid Cichy Stadium was significantly enhanced before the Deacons’ football game last week against Valley City.

The stadium now has a large fan section that seats about 1,400, a rod-iron gate at the entrance and a large press box with extra room for VIP seating.

“It’s pretty sweet,” Shanley coach Steve Laqua said. “It really cozies it up nicely.”

The Deacons (6-0) travel to Lisbon (5-1) on Friday. The next Shanley home game is scheduled for Oct. 14 against Fargo Oak Grove.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hotzler@forumcomm.com. Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com