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Sec. A - Pg. 9A Hadan, IA, News-Advertiser Fri. morn., Nov. 10, 1989 are in title game The Harlan Community Cy- team will be the visi- state cham- UNI-Dome in Falls. Fans will sit on the side and can enter and buy west side of the facil- as well. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m. A home rally for the team in the HCHS gym at 2 y. resident wins ! contest t Neppel of Vail missed only in last week's Harlan Football Contest, ;the $11 first prize. Neppel 9verUCLAand ,'only contestant to miss just entries were off on two with second and third places by the tie-breaker. The tie-breaking score was by Texas A & M over secondplace with a ;Fuhsof She missed on Colorado Nebraska and Illinois State Third place went to Tim th a tie-breaker 68. He missed on Illinois five other contestants with two incorrect games were L. Johnson and Harry Wal- of Kimballton; George and Diane Rihner, both and David O'Neill of and BB meetings set BOONE _ The Iowa High Athletic Association has both wrestling tgs The meet- feature introduction of for this season, a re- and interpretation of previ- and a ques- and answer session. The meet- prmarily for officials but tpants and interested attend. at 7:30 p.m. will be held at Atlantic on 13. [or set - The Iowa High Athletic Association, in with the Iowa Cheer- Association, is ng cheerleader coaches/ rules meetings at various state this month. meetings will cover the of cheerleading, the for coaches and will of a cheerleading Demonstrations of kg tech- also be given. gs will be held e High School at 7:30 p.m. November 14. Burger for Drake 989 Harlan Community graduates are ex- contributors to the this winter. was named as top eight players by Coach Tom in a recent story pub- Des Moines Register. to the article, Murphy his play in pre- despite being early because of t3ff- knee surgery. their regular 24 at U. S. BUrger will make his ini- wrestler Burger will 177 pounds. football, soccer today's paper featuring the Harlan Football and Kiwa- News-Adver- tab is sponsored gs and Loan Newspapers. )OD LUCK CYCLONES! Area Volleyball Player of the Year - Jacobsen, Cards have come a long way accomplish. evening of June 14. Shelby-Tennant was Senior Andrea Jacobsen was one of by Lonnie Guinn ... sports editor During the summer of 1986, the Cardi- nals struggled through a 5-26 season in softball. Five of the top ten players were eighth graders. Fall brought volleyball. The results were even worse as Shelby- Tennant went 0-18 and the losing streak continued into the basketball season where they were 0-16. Both lineups were domi- nated by freshmen. Now we flash ahead to the summer of 1989 - in specific, a softball game on the playing Tri-Center, the pinnacle of athletic tradition in recent years in the Western Iowa Conference. The Cardinals won that game 7-1 and ended a five-year drought of victories in any girls' team sport against Tri-Center. The cast of characters for S-T and Coach Dan Schleisman was that same group of youngsters that had suffered through some very lean years. The jubila- tion continued when S-T knocked off Tri- Center 3-0 in a volleyball match this fall. ewspapes 1989 AREA VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Andrea Jacobsen of Shelby-Tennant-AvoHa ii 1989 HARLAN NEWSPAPERS ALL-AREA VOLLEYBALL (*Repeat choices from 1988) SHELBY - This year's Harlan Newspaper Volleyball Player of the Year is a very special selection indeed. To real- ize how special, we need to turn back the calendar to 1986 and take a look at the Shelby-Tennant girls' athletic programs. It may not be a pleasant memory for some of this year's Cardinal athletes but it shows what perseverence and hard work can RON PETHOUD/Harlan SECOND TEAMER- Amy Hodne of lrwtn-Kirkman-Manilla was a second team all-area selection as a setter. First Team Bobbi Anastasi, sr, Harlan Community Sarah Brich, jr, Tri-Center Lynda Chapman, sr, Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla *Dawn Hoegh, sr, Elk Horn-Kimballton *Andrea Jacobsen, sr, Shelby-Tennant-AvoHa Katie Leaders, sr, Tri-Center 1989 all-area volleyball teams - Second Team Traci Barrett, sr, Shelby-Tennant-AvoHa Amy Hodne, sr, Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla Michelle Jensen, sr, Elk Horn-Kimballton Brandi Jorgensen, jr, Shelby-Tennant-AvoHa Marcy Klein, sr, Harlan Community Michelle Spetman, so, Harlan Community t . * VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR 1989 - Andrea Jacobsen, Shelby-Tennant- AvoHa 1988 - Shannon Kite, Elk Horn-Kimballton 1987 - Sarah Masker, Tri-Center 1986 - Rachel Hall, Tri-Center 1985 - Kris Weis, Harlan Community 1984 - Deb Cooper, Harlan Community those players that stuck with athletics de- spite the years of struggle. Not only did the wait pay off in wins but Jacobsen is hon- ored today as the area's best volleyball player for 1989 by the Harlan Newspapers. Jacobsen vividly remembers those ear- lier seasons. "It was hard. We got down on ourselves a lot because we were so young. People kept telling us that some day we would be the oldest and it would be our turn to win. This year feels a lot better. I think we're more confident now. Since it's the last year we're trying our hardest." She also says that she never regrets having to go through those days and never thought much about giving it up. "All those years of playing as I was younger built me up to this year." Volleyball this year was a transition in more ways than one for Jacobsen. In addi- tion to sharing volleyball with AvoHa for the first time, she found herself making a dramatic role switch. Coach Schleisman decided she would be more valuable as a Cyclone Ryan Lowe - Newcomer fits in well with Cyclones by Lonnie Guinn ... sports editor Fear. That was the initial reaction when HCHS senior Ryan Lowe found out his family would be moving to Harlan from Colby, Kansas, last spring. After seven years of friendships, Lowe would have to spend his last year of high school developing new relation- ships. In addition, Lowe was certainly aware of the tradition of athletics at Harlan Community High School and that compounded the doubts he had about the move. "My first reaction was fear," said Lowe. "I didn't know anybody here (Harlan). It was just scary. My parents were anxious to make the move and they told me that it would all work out in the end. I wasn't so sure back then." Colby High School is a slighdy smaller school system than HCHS. As a junior there, Lowe started three games at defensive safety for a team that went 6-3. He also rotated at split end. He was the sixth man on the basketball team that finished around .500. And, he was the starting left fielder on an American Legion base- ball team. He knew there was going to be some major adjustments in his life when the family moved to Harlan and making his mark in athletics was only one of them. "1 knew what kind of tradition Harlan had and that didn't make it any easier," said Lowe. "I wasn't sure how I would fit in. The system here is a lot different. In Colby, you played both ways. Here it's just one way. There is more specialization, too. The coaches each have a certain area. At Colby everyone was worried about every- thing and it didn't work out the best." Because of the platoon system, Lowe decided that his best bet would be to concentrate on the defensive safety position. His decision was even easier when he saw who would be competing with him for one of the end positions. "I didn't want to have anything to do with (Jason) Cairney," said Lowe. "He has such great hands it's unbeliev- able. I decided to stick with one posi- tion and maybe I'd have a better chance." Lowe certainly made an impres- sion on the coaches because he is the team's starting safety. He also returns kickoffs. The transition in football was a litde easier because the family arrived to Harlan at the start of the baseball season. After just two games, he found himself positioned as the starting right fielder. He batted .278 and stole 16 bases for the Cyclones. But he soon discovered that the level of athletic competition was a little better than he was used to in Kansas. "I think athletics are a lot more competitive in Iowa," he commented. "Baseball is a lot tougher here. In Colby I stole a lot of bases but they were tough to get here. The catchers are a lot better." It isn't only the athletic competi- tion that is tougher in Iowa, according to Lowe. He says that the educational system is tougher, too. "Classes are a lot harder here," he said. "We didn't have anything like the (ITEDs)." One might expect the remarkable success of Cyclone football to have an intimidating effect on a newcomer. Although that was an initial reaction, Lowe says that there is less pressure here than in Colby, Kansas, where athletic traditions weren't as strong. "Actually, I think it's more laid back here," said Lowe. "It's a more positive atmosphere. For some reason it's just easier to play under the condi- Ryan Lowe tions (that exist) here ." Lowe could hardly contain his excitement overthe results of his first season at HCHS. As he said, he's never played football this late in the year and it's a great feeling. "Every time I start thinking about it I get excited. I can't wait to get to the dome. Everyone keeps telling me what it's like playing there. I really want to win this game bad," he said. The giddy feeling is simply a car- ryover from last Saturday's game, according to the senior safety. For the first time this season, he was on the field when the final buzzer sounded to end the game. "I still get shivers when I think about that," said Lowe. "That was such a great feeling to win a game like that." Although he said it took him until the playoffs to get totally comfortable playing for the Cyclones, he has cer- tainly made his mark. He is fifth on the team with 60 tackles. He also has an interception and has returned seven kickoffs for 200 yards and a touch- down. Not bad credentials for some- one who wasn't even sure he would get to play when pre-season practices started. "In camp last summer I really felt lost," he reminisced. "I didn't know anything that was going on. I really had my doubts about playing." Lowe also had this to offer about the expectations for today's game at the UNI-Dome. "I think everything is going good for Harlan Cyclone foot- ball. I really feel like we'll win this game." That's the kind of confidence one would expect from a life-long Cyclone and Lowe feels it after just one season. Ryan is the son of Don and Carla Lowe of Harlan. Ryan was born in Mt. Pleasant and lived there for seven years. While there, his father played softball with Cyclone Basketball Coach Dave Lansing who was a coach at the high school. After that the Lowe family moved to Oklahoma for three years and Colby, Kansas, for seven. Cards, Cyclonettes have half of elite Anyone who felt that the setter was an overlooked part of volleyball needn't be concerned about that situation this year. No less than six of the 12 honored players on the Harlan Newspapers All-Area Vol- leyball Teams were considered setters. That included two each from Shelby-Ten- nant-AvoHa and Elk Horn-Kimballton. Even the Player of the Year honor goes to a setter, the first time that has happened since 1984. Part of the dominance of setters is admittedly due to the absence of any over- powering hitters in the area this year, but it's also an indication of the direction vol- leyball went this season. Ballhandling was as important as power hitting in 1989. The talent was spread out this year as well. Tri-Center was the only team with more than one first team pick with five of the six area volleyball teams represented. Shelby-Tennant and Harlan Community each had two picks on the second unit. Except for Walnut, all of the teams covered by the Harlan Newspapers were repre- sented by at least two players on the first and second units. There were only two repeaters from 1988 - Dawn Hoegh of Elk Horn-Kimball- ton and Andrea Jacobsen of Shelby-Ten- nant-AvoHa. They were also the two con- sidered for Player of the Year honors. Hoegh was a first team pick as a junior setter in 1988 while Jacobsen was a second team hitter. The conversion to setter played abig part in the latter's selection as Player of the Year. Here's a glance at each member of the first and second all-area teams. FIRST TEAM ' Bobbi Anastasi, sr, HCltS- The Cyclonettes didn't have much height this season but Anastasi furnished much of the power that the team exhibited, especially early in the season before the development of teammate Michelle Spetman. Anastasi was a second team all-Hawkeye Eight player. Anastasi played well as HCHS advanced to the regional semifinals before losing to CB Lewis Central. Sarah Brich,jr, Tri-Center- Brich led the team in assists (sets for ace spikes) with 290, an average of five per game. She's the only underclassman on the first team and one of three setters represented. Lynda Chapman, sr, I-K-M - Chapman was oneof the few players in the Harlan Newspaper coverage area that had the major ingredient needed to be a great hitter - height. Even at that, she was only 5'10" but her 56 ace spikes let the Hawkettes in an 8-6-7 season. She also had 40 blocks and 23 ace serves. Dawn Hoegh, sr, EH-K - She may be better known for her basketball skills, but Hoegh is a solid volleyball player, too. She was a f'trst team all-area setter in 1988 and repeats this season. She led the area with 341 ace sets this fall as the Lady Danes finished with a 12-7-2 record. Andrea Jacobsen, sr, S-T-A - Jacobsen was listed as a setter for the Cardinals but she could do almost every- thing well. The switch from hitter to setter proved a great move by Coach Dan Sch- leisman. She was also the area's top server, making 396 of 401 attempts. Katie Leaders, sr, 2:ri-Center - When Leaders was on, she was probably the area's best hitter. She finished the sea- son with 179 ace spikes but she was valu- able defensively as well With 173 blocks and 214 saves, both team bests. Tri-Center finished 15-11-2 with Brich and Leaders leading. SECOND TEAM Traci Barrett, sr, Shelby.Tennant. AvoHa- Another of the top hitters in the area was Barrett. The senior Cardinal had 133 ace spikes and 76 bloeks as a front row player. Amy Hodne, sr, I-K-M - One of three setters on the second unit, Hodne also had 34 ace serves and 117 digs. She was a second team choice in the Boyer Valley Conference selections. Michelle Jensen, sr, EH-K - Al- though a seuer, Jensen was just as valuable as a floor player for the Lady Danes. She led the squad with 72 digs and had 289 assists as well. Brandi Jorgensen, jr, S-T-A- Jor- gensen is the third Cardinal represented on the all-area teams this year. The AvoHa student was a setter but she did more than just set. She led the Cardinals with 134 ace spikes. Marcy Klein, st, HCHS - A lot off- season work helped Klein in her senior season. She didn't do anything flashy but could fill in at almost any spot on the floor - from setter to hitter - and was one of the most consistent HCHS players. Micheile Spetman, soph, HCHS - Spetman showed off her potential this season as she became the team's chief offensive weapon by mid-season. She was the only true power hitter on a team that went 10-13-7. She'll be a good one to build a team around next season.