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T/C Joe Stracke wins fOotball contest toe Stracke of Omaha, NE, ootball games cot- to claim first place in this Harlan Newspapers' Foot- Stracke missed only over Clarinda and Atlantic Carroll Kuemper. Stracke were five missed three games. Of Kelley of Harlan and of Harlan came second and third place money. They had tie-breaker d 56 points respec- The actual high score was win over Winterset. three entries with just wrong were Lois Clark of James Linnenburger of and Jeanette Lin- Iowa vs Northwestern was thrown out due to an Constable is Penn player A - Jill Con- a 1986 Shelby-Tennant was one of the assets William Penn College as on October 23 for their season Maryville, MO, on No- averaged 4.4 points eight rebounds for Statesmen in 1988-89. finished with a 19-7 10-6 in conference play. in NCAA Divi- Women's basketball. fishing on at Prairie Rose are coming on strong Rose Lake, " says Jerry ', fisheries biologist with the t of Natural Re- But aside from this spe- were numerous other taken dur- population survey early s indicated crappie well with several Year classes showing up in According to Hudson, averaging seven to 10 th and could reach 10- next fall." Black crap- sport fish in Prai- I contribute sig- s ice fishing trials produced year classes of bass five inches to one Specimen. measuring 20 th and weighing two ounces. Large- have traditionally in Prairie Rose, which as a lake for This species is fish that must be length to be harvested. were the most nu- Pecies sampled. Most in length, up years. Typi- are slow-growing gaining about an each year. However, Provide most of the fish- needs two FB contest SD South hgside Weekend but it took two was suspended on of lightning. 13-6 when the fourth quar- Sunday. Kline, a defen- nine tackles in the ling five solos and For the season, tackles, 24 solos and That ranks seventh a five-game losing that win. They are 4-5 Play at Northern Colo- (Saturday). football, soccer be published Newspapers will section featuring Ool flag football and in one of next The football pro- by the Harlan while the soccer Sponsored by the Kiwa- hOD LUCK CYCLONES! Cohen Johnson equals scoring record - v. ,, . . . .,, Harlan, IA, News-Advertiser Fri. morn., Nov. 3, 1989 Cyclones rush to win over Chargers knocks. At the beginning of the season, I was thinking two losses wouldn't be outof the realm of possibility. Little did I know. Little did anyone know just how well this group of seniors would develop after going 3-5 their freshman season. People that were hammering on them four years And the beat goes on. Since the opening game against Carroll Kuemper, the Harlan Community Cy- clones have continued to surprise every- one, including themselves at times, with the ease with which they have beaten opponents. It was no different Monday evening as HCHS dismantled Chariton 45- 13 in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A playoffs. Only one team (Glenwood) has played within three touchdowns of HCHS all year. "This year is so much easier than I expected," said Coach Curt Bladt. "That doesn't mean that the other teams haven't come to play football. We've taken our ago are now feeling the weight of the hammer. The next opponent hoping to deliver rather than take the punishment is Spencer. The two meet this Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at Merrill Field in the playoff semifi- nals (see related story below). Chariton posed an interesting problem for the Cyclones No team has presented the strange offensive look that the Charg- ers put on the field. Unbalanced offensive alignments meant that HCHS would al- ways be wondering what was coming next. They were scratching their heads even more with three minutes gone in the game. HCHS did what they do best on the first play of the contest. Jason Pauley fell on a Chariton fumble on the opening kickoff. Three plays later, Cohen Johnson crashed into the endzone on an 18-yard run and Hogzett kicked a PAT for a 7-0 Cyclone lead. It looked like a repeat of Denison might be at hand. Then the Chargers did a little razzle- dazzle of their own. A three-play drive ended in the endzone with 9:24 still re- maining in the first quarter. That drive included a spectacular pass catch by tight ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::  : ::::.:.::.::  ::!::'.!!!.,:'@.,,! ,:' SECONDARY WORK- Cyclones Dale Schmitz (34) and Brian Schneider (24) prepare to tackle Chariton's Pete Milledge after he catches a pass in Monday's Class 3A quarterfinal game. HCHS rolled to a 45-13 win. GOING DOWN - HCHS safety Ryan Lowe (88) tackles Charger Perry Lane during action last Friday. Coming in on the play is Brian Schneider. The Cyclones tackle Spencer next in playoff competition. Cyclone Jeff Sonderman - Catching football isn't always easy by Lonnie Guinn .. sports editor Tight end Jeff Sonderman has sur- prised a lot of his peers this season. Oh, it' s no big surprise that he's a starter for t.he Cyclones. And it's little surprise that he's able to block because of his 6'2", 195-1b. body. The surprise is that he learned to catch the football. Sonderman isn't afraid to admit that, either. He chuckled when he remembered, "I had a hard time catch- ing the ball until this year. I don't know why. Scott (Arkfeld) and I played a lot of catch this summer. It's not some- thing you can be taught. Hopefully you just have the hands to do it." Although, according to Coach Curt Biadt, Sonderman still struggled to catch the football in early practices, he seemed to find the right glue for the Cyclones' games. Nothing was a big- ger boost to his confidence than the season opener against Carroll Kuem- per. One of his first pass receptions was a low throw that Sonderman went down to grab at his shoe tops. That seemed to set the tone for the entire season. Overlooked in all the school record performances by Scott Arkfeld and Cohen Johnson is the fact that Sonder- man is just 158 yards from the school record in receiving. With two games remaining, it wouldn't be impossible to reach the 750 yards that Gary Lans- man had in 1969. After all, Sonderman's had four games with 74 yards or more in receptions already and he had 124 in one game alone. "That was one of my goals when the season started," said Sonderman. "I didn't know if it was possible. Monday's game hurt." The senior receiver had just one catch for seven yards as HCHS con- centrated more on the running attack against Chariton. He also had just 19 yards against Denison as opponents are obviously aware of Sonderman's numbers. Sonderman is not one of the speedi- est receivers that HCHS has had in recent seasons but he has an uncanny ability to get open. He could only ex- pain it by saying, "I just try to fake the defensive guy out." The tight end is called upon for more than pass receiving duties though. Blocking is an equally impor- tant part of his job and Sonderman has steadily improved in that department, too. But the senior knows what he'd rather do. "You don't get all the glory from blocking." From his first day in Cyclone foot- ball, Sonderman has found himself as a tight end. The only exception in the past six years was a brief flirt at defen- sive end as a frosh. The competition has always been fierce for that spot however and it wasn' t easy at tight end either. As a freshman, he found himself rotating at tight end with Jim Lapke, no longer out for football. Then came a string of others, including Troy Schulte, Steve Wegner and Tim Miller. In Sonderman's junior year, Duane Brus stepped into that role when Sonderman broke an ankle be- fore the season started. It wasn't a pleasant memory for him. "I broke my ankle playing nerf football at a friend's house," said Sonderman. "The coaches weren't real happy about that. I missed half the season because of that. I probably missed my chance to start but Duane (Brus) did a good job. I'm not sure I would have beat him out even if I had been healthy" The coaches might consider caging Sonder- man between , ........  games. The in- deffSonderman jury that side- lined him as a junior was the second off-the-field incident that forced him to miss part of a season. As an eighth-grader, he broke a toe in a motorcycle incident and missed most of the campaign. It's ironic that Sonderman has de- veloped into one of the key offensive players on the football team and is expected to be a starter for the basket- ball campaign this winter. Neither of his parents were athletes in high school. But he doesn't take long in a search for a hereditary connection. The Schulte family that brought 1989 graduate Curt Schuhe to the HCHS scene are immediate relatives. "I probably get a lot of my things from my cousin, Curt," said Sonder- man. "At all of our family reunions, sports is the big thing." As for the current season, Sonder- man explained,"A lot of people didn't think we were going to do as well as we are. We've pulled together as a team. Everyone worked really hard last summer. After going to the dome last year, all of us wanted to get back ." Nothing stands out better about this season than the Shenandoah game however. In addition to beating the unbeaten Mustangs 39-6, Sonderman found himself on the r0;eiving end of a 7 l-yard specialty play when Arkfeid pitched to wingback Jason Caimey who then threw to Sonderman down the sidelines. That game and touch- down play have been the highlights of his career - to this point. Sonderman is the son of Leo and Lois Sonderman of rural Defiance. His post-graduation plansare to study ag- ricultural business but he hasn't picked a college yet. It was a surprise season for Spencer - Spencer Tigers are smaller, quicker SPENCER - The Spencer Tiger foot- ball program has arrived - almost. According to Tiger Coach Gary Swen- son, the program needs one more shot in the arm to get to the level he would like. They have to beat a team like Harlan Community. He commented, "We've won three straight Lakes Conference champion- ships. We've beaten Emmetsburg the last three years. And we've been in the playo ffs three straight times Our program has come a long way in the past six years. We're at the level Harlan was probably at 10 or 11 years ago. It's a case where we're building the tradition like Harlan has here, too. Now we need to beat a team like Harlan's." It's a task that hasn't been met with much success in 10 previous games this season, In fact, Coach Dave Wiebers of Denison and Chariton Coach Mike Hoskins both called HCHS the best team they've faced this year- by far. That covers a wide range of teams. Swenson is already calling the Cyclones the best his team has faced this season and kickoff is at least 24 hours off (1:30 p.m. Saturday). "Harlan is definitely going to be the best team we've faced this year," said Swenson. "They do so many things so well. I'm not sure if this is the year that we finally break the ice but we'll give it our best shot." This is the second consecutive year that HCHS has met Spencer in the playoff semifinals. Last season, the Cyclones won a 19-10 thriller in miserable weather. The cast of characters will be much different this year though. Spencer returned only four players with much varsity experience and only two names will be familiar to HCHS fans - tailback Chad Rose and quar- terback Judd Sather. "We were a little apprehensive coming into the season like every coaching staff I guess," said Swenson. "We were thinking that,getting above .500 would be a legiti- mate goal. We've got a group of kids that wanted to prove they could win." The two big names returning are im- pressive athletes. Rose rushed for 44 yards against HCHS last season while Sather does all of the Tiger kicking. The latter is a legitimate all-stater in the defensive back- field, too, with se,cen interceptions in the Tigers' first nine games. Spencer makes no secret of what they like to do. With a wishbone offense, they will run.., and run.., and run. In their first nine games, the Tigers completed just 35 of 68 passes for 593 yards. They have rushed the ball for 2,165 yards. Rose has 547 while the team's other tailback, Steve Kelly has 802 yards, fullback Kevin Moore 427 and Sather 235 Defensively, the Tigers have a five- man front on paper but, in reality, they play a 4-4 defense. That has worked well in holding the opposition to 164 yards per game. They have intercepted 17 passes and forced 13 fumbles, too. Cyclone Coach Curt Bladt said, "Spencer isn't as big as they were a year ago but they're just as physical and a lot qu'k:ker. 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" u Possible Starting Lineups HARLAN COMMUNITY (lO-O} Scott Arkfeld, sr, 6-4, 185 Cohen Johnson, sr, 5-11,165 Kevin Musich, jr, 5-11,205 Jason Caimey, soph, 5-9, 160 Tim Miller, sr, 5-8, 165 John Larsen, sr, 6-3, 210 Scott Schiltz, sr, 5-10, 200 Troy Bruck, sr, 60, 190 Randy Zimmerman, sr, 6-1,180 Paul Kenkel, sr, 60, 235 Jeff Sonderman, sr, 6-2, 195 Chris Hogzett, soph, 5-10, 135 OFFENSE Quarterback Halfback Fullback Flanker- Halfback SplR End Left Tackle Left Guard Center RigM Guard Right Tackle Tight End Place-kicker DEFENSE Left End Left Tackle Nose Guard Right Tackle Right End Linebacker Linebacker Monsterback - Cornerback Cornerback Cornerback - Safety Safety Punter Shawn Erlbacher, jr, 5-8, 185 Jeff Bladt, sr, 6-1,225 Lance Grummert, sr, 5-10, 180 Jason Pauley, sr, 60, 190 Kevin Schechinger, sr, 5-10, 175 Chad Sonderman, sr, 5-8, 175 Troy Schulte, sr, 6-2, 180 Dale Schmitz, sr, 5-9, 152 Brian Schneider, jr, 5-6, 130 Ryan Lowe, sr, 5-10, 155 "Tim Miller, sr, 5-8, 165 Cory Brinker, soph, 6-1,175 NOTE: An (*) asterisk indicates two-way starters. SPENCER (10-0) Judd Sather, sr, 165 Steve Kelly, jr, 180 Kevin Moore, soph, 190 Chad Rose, sr, 170 Fred Scott, sr, 165 Gary Enderson, jr, 210 Corkey Roberts, sr, 185 Brook Nolin, sr, 185 Alex Hoover, sr, 210 Dave Borth, st, 200 Aaron Carpenter, jr, 170 Sather Rick Ferrel/, jr, 185 *Dave Berth, sr, 200 Justin Wurth, sr, 170 "Alex Hoover, sr, 210 Allan Schuster, jr, 180 *Steve Kelly, jr, 180 *Corkey Roberts, sr, 185 Aaron Feeley, soph, 165 *Judd Sather, sr, 165 Shawn Thomas, jr, 160 "Chad Rose, sr, 170 Sather