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Area roundup: Area athletes to be inducted into IHSAA Hall of Fame

Area roundup: Area athletes to be inducted into IHSAA Hall of Fame


The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced its 2020 Football Hall of Fame Inductees on Monday afternoon. Of the five honorees, two are former North Iowa standouts.

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Ryan Hannam from St. Ansgar and Kevin Sanger from Britt (West Hancock) will be inducted at halftime of the Class 4A state championship game on Friday.

Hannam was a four-year starter at St. Ansgar in the mid to late 1990s. He still holds the career receiving yards record and was the first rusher in program history to surpass 1,000 yards in a season. He went on to become a four-year letterwinner at tight end for the University of Northern Iowa and played five years in the National Football League.

Sanger helped lead two teams to runner-up finishes in 1986 and 1987 under his father Bob's coaching. He earned first team all-state in both his junior and senior seasons. He went on to become and all-conference player for Central College.

NEIC update

Northeast Iowa Conference mandates masks at sporting events

The Northeast Iowa Conference, home to Charles City, voted unanimously to require face coverings at all indoor sporting events this winter. Superintendents, athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes are putting out the message to wear masks.

"This procedure helps keep our students and spectators safe while allowing them the best opportunities to support their student athletes in person," a press release stated. "Limiting access to games is another solution if fans are not able to properly wear face coverings."

The new rule applies to both middle school and high school events. Face coverings should be worn the entire time fans are in the building, according to the release. It must cover the mouth and nose. If fans do not adhere to the rule, they may be asked to leave.

Gunnar Davis covers education and sports. Reach him via email at or by phone 641-421-0598.


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