Carpe diem. It is time.

District football games. Regional cross country meets. Substate volleyball tournaments.
There are here. This is when athletes need to “seize the day.”
“We’re not going to learn more about volleyball this week. This week is about having fun and going into a substate tournament with intensity and excitement. Especially for our team when we are hosting the substate,” said Jodi Grover, Iola High volleyball head coach.
Grover’s right. After a full regular season, the learning is done. It’s about doing for the Iola High Fillies. No coach is out on the court during a match. Players make plays and in volleyball that means serving, passing, setting and hitting.
“I want them to attack and swing. Tips are fine and there’s a good time for it but our girls have to swing to hit the volleyball hard at the net,” Grover said.
The Fillies have had an up-and-down season. Coach Grover even talked about “when we’re on, we’re pretty good and when we’re off, we’re bad.”
Fillies, it is time. Seize the day in front of your home fans. Go out swinging and don’t leave any what-ifs on the court.
Fans — Saturday, 2 p.m., Iola High gym — be there, be loud. Come cheer on the Fillies.
If you are fans of Uniontown, Humboldt, Yates Center, Marmaton Valley, Southern Coffey County or Crest, follow and cheer those volleyball teams on in their respective substate tournaments. Information on when and where is found in stories on this page.
On the course, Saturday will be a full Iola High boys’ cross country team and two Iola High girls. If you venture to El Dorado, help those young athletes seize the day.
Runners from Humboldt, Marmaton Valley, Yates Center and Crest are in respective cross country regionals. Where and when is found in a story on this page.
Go help these athletes do their best.

TONIGHT, the Iola High Mustangs have a challenge on the road. Chanute High’s Blue Comets are on a roll and look unbeatable. But that’s why we play the games.
“Anything can happen,” coaches tell me. They are right. If a team comes together, giving its full measure in a contest, anything is possible.
Seize the day, Mustangs. Your team has two games left to grab a playoff spot.
Support the other area football teams tonight. Bundle up and cheer.