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South Fremont’s Speth to play two sports at Dawson CC

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

After growing up playing three sports every year since she was six, South Fremont’s Harlee Speth will continue playing two of them in college.

The senior signed to play volleyball and softball with Dawson Community College (Glendive, Mont.) on Monday at South Fremont High School. She was recruited as a catcher for softball and outside hitter for volleyball.

She will join a softball program that has won six Mon-Dak conference titles in eight seasons and a volleyball program that was revived last year after not having a coach.

“They just barely got a brand new program and they’re already exceling,” Speth said by phone Friday. “The softball coach being there, he was really cool and really nice. Just being there 45 minutes, he taught me things I didn’t know.”

Speth, who also played basketball for South Fremont, said she has known since fourth grade that she wanted to play college volleyball. She played for a club program coached by Madison head coach Meranda Maestas this spring, balancing that schedule with softball.

“With volleyball, it’s been a different connection than other sports,” Speth said. “The day that I can’t keep continuing is gonna be really hard I guess.”

Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., also recruited Speth specifically for volleyball. Speth said she knew by the time she returned to St. Anthony that she wanted to attend Dawson, even though the offers in two sports were a surprise.

“I was just going down there for volleyball but then (head softball coach Jim LeProwse) happened to be there,” Speth said. “Things just worked out. I’m glad that opportunity popped up.”

A 2017 Post Register All-Area Volleyball First Team selection, Speth contributed to back-to-back appearances at the 3A state volleyball tournament by South Fremont the last two seasons after a six-year postseason drought and the Cougars’ first district title since 2010 last fall. This past winter, South Fremont advanced to its first 3A girls basketball state tournament since 2006 and won its first state tournament game in program history. In softball, Speth was part of a South Fremont softball team which won its first district championship in four years and placed fourth at the 3A state tournament.

“Working all those hours and putting in all the time honestly was way more rewarding than winning anything,” Speth said. “I’m really glad I got to share it with all the girls I’ve grown up with.”

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