Pitts, Daberkow receive awards from IHSADA

 HARLAN -- Dr. Lonnie Pitts, Council Bluffs, and Richard Daberkow, Harlan, both received state awards recently from the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association for their service to the Harlan Community School District.
 Pitts and Daberkow were recognized on January 26 prior to the HCHS girls’ varsity basketball game against Glenwood. Pitts was named a 2019 Sports Medicine Person of the Year by the IHSADA and Daberkow received a 2019 Outstanding Service Award for Community Support.
 For the past 26 years, Dr. Pitts has provided event coverage and care for athletes ranging from youth club sports to professional and Olympic events. He has worked with several schools in western Iowa, most notably Harlan Community.
 Since beginning work with HCS in 2003, Dr. Pitts has provided game coverage for most sports, including state tournament coverage for football, boys and girls basketball, baseball and volleyball. Since 2003, he has also provided a free clinic at the school for any athlete or coach who needs or wants care. He has been a corporate member of the Harlan Community Athletic Booster Club since 2003.
 Daberkow taught and coached in Missouri Valley for nine years, then worked as an assistant administrator at Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan for 24 years. He retired from Myrtue in 2002, and in 2003 started as the Director of Operations for the Harlan Community Schools, retiring in June of 2017.
 Daberkow has been a member of the chain gang at HCHS football games for 40 years - running the down box - and has also worked track meets for more than 25 years as well as tabulating the basketball scorebook for five years.
 Daberkow was named Harlan Citizen of the Year in 2011 and he and his wife, Sharon, were inducted into the Harlan Community Schools Booster Club Hall of Fame in 2013. He was awarded the Spirit of Courage Award by Jennie Edmundson Hospital as a cancer survivor in 2015.

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