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Tonight’s game could make history

Volleyball team has the chance to go to state for the first time ever
Seniors Grace Dehmer (left) and Ava Johnson chase the ball on Thursday, Oct. 19. Tonight the Norwalk Volleyball Team will play at North Polk for a chance to go to state for the first time in program history.
Keegan Johnson
Seniors Grace Dehmer (left) and Ava Johnson chase the ball on Thursday, Oct. 19. Tonight the Norwalk Volleyball Team will play at North Polk for a chance to go to state for the first time in program history.

The Norwalk Volleyball Team is competing tonight in the regional final at 7 p.m. at North Polk High School in Alleman. If they win this game, they will compete at state for the first time in program history. 


Norwalk is ranked 8th in 4A competition and second in the Little Hawkeye Conference with a record of 25-15. 


Noelle Sutcliffe has broken multiple school records this season. One of those records is a school record in most kills.


“We are pretty confident, but I don’t think the teams are gonna give us the wins,” said Sutcliffe, who is one of the captains the Norwalk Volleyball Team. ”We work hard at practice to try to find which rotation works best for us and hopefully beat teams like North Polk and Carlisle.” 


Ava Johnson is a senior on the team who has had multiple 3+ kill games and has been a big factor of the team since day one due to her leadership role.  

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“Definitely getting older going from freshman to senior year has helped improve my leadership role,” Johnson said. “Also, keeping the younger girls’ attitudes in check to keep them doing what they need to do to help the team and not to just think of themselves.” 


Head coach John Fulton led his team to the playoffs last year and now is coaching his second year on the team. He said recently that the team is going to focus on its strengths heading into the postseason.


“ We’ve played the hardest schedule in 4A,” Fulton said. ”That competition is going to help us in the last 3 weeks and in postseason play. At this point it’s time to figure out what our strengths are and keep working on those because everybody in the postseason is gonna be good. So we have to execute our strengths better than they execute theirs.”


The Iowa Girls High School State Tournament will take place  Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at Xtream Arena in Coralville.


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Kyle Erickson
Kyle Erickson, Staff Writer
Kyle Erickson is a senior at NHS and a staff writer for The Spear. This is Kyle’s first year in journalism and joined because quote, “I really have a passion for hockey and I feel like if I take journalism class I can get closer to that sport and share my ideas about it more.” Some other passions Kyle enjoys are marching band, show choir, and concert choir. Kyle is a big hockey fan and supports North Dakota for college and the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the professional level. Kyle also enjoys action and comedy movies and his favorite movie is “Die Hard.” An interesting fact about Kyle is that he is afraid of some waterslides. Another hobby Kyle likes is going on walks with himself and with his dog Mavrick.
Keegan Johnson
Keegan Johnson, Staff Writer
Keegan Johnson is a junior at Norwalk High School and Staff Writer for The Spear. This is Keegan's first semester in journalism class, and he joined because of a friend's recommendation who had good experiences in the class the year prior. Keegan says he enjoys playing video games, and participates in jazz band, marching band, and rugby. “Something interesting about me is that the rugby team I play for was started by my brother in his sophomore year of highschool," he said. "It is also a unique and fun experience having my dad as the coach of the team even though it can be challenging at times," he said. Johnson said he is also entertaining the idea of playing in college.
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