Hawks sweep away Cyclone three-peat hopes
CEDAR RAPIDS -- For the last two years, Harlan Community’s volleyball and girls basketball teams have established a minor monopoly on Class 4-A state championships, showing incredible will to win while claiming back-to-back titles in both sports.
The Cyclone dynasty hit a speed bump on Friday, but many of the same players who have won so often with dignity and class exhibited similar levels of grace and character in defeat.
HCHS simply lost to a better team in Friday’s 4-A state volleyball championship match at the US Cellular Center, falling to West Delaware 16-25, 15-25, 19-25 to snap a string of 14 straight victories on the state tournament stage.
The 2nd-ranked Cyclones finished 37-5 overall, making the program 178-24 during its current run of five consecutive state appearances under head coach Angie Spangenberg.
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