COVID-19 changes sports landscape

IF-A coach Brendon McNulty addressed his team prior to the first practice of the season. The Cadets opening game was postponed due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. The summer sports were the first to deal with the changes due to the virus.

The year that was 2020 has been a basket full of emotions – good and bad – and there were plenty of ups and downs for the greenbelt area in sports.

While some squads saw their seasons end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others had to put their hopes on hold. Several Hardin County teams ended long title droughts this year and there were plenty of individual accomplishments that will forever be remembered.

Cadet Wrestling

With a pin in the final match of the day, IF-A clinched it's first NCC title in 20 years. The Cadets had a season to remember on the mat - which included a trip to the Class 2A Regional Team Duals and five State qualifiers.

COVID-19 Protocols

During the fall, athletic departments across the state asked spectators to wear face-coverings at events. By the winter season, attendance was limited and social distancing was encouraged.

Karson Sharar

A strong senior season on the gridiron provided a Division I football opportunity for Karson Sharar. The all-state linebacker signed to play at the University of Iowa. Sharar was also tabbed first team all-state on the basketball court.

Beau Butler

The South Hardin boys' basketball team earned its first NICL-West title in 20 years. Post player, Beau Butler, led the league in rebounds and averaged double figures scoring and was named MVP of the conference.

SH volleyball at State

The Tiger volleyball team produced plenty of memorable moments during the fall - including a share of the conference title and the program's first State tournament since 1998.

Lisa Brinkmeyer

Hubbard-Radcliffe standout Lisa Brinkmeyer was inducted into the IGHSAU's Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Ellie Meyer

Cadet Ellie Meyer ended her high school cross country career with another State medal. The IFA/AGWSR senior was 10th overall in Class 3A this fall.

Tyson Springer

Tyson Springer comes to ECC after former wrestling coach, Cole Spree, left the program for a startup at Indian Hills Community College. The first year head coach has had a lot to deal with, including pushing back the start of his inaugural year to 2021.

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