What should of been a exciting day was not.
GREENE --- North Butler High School students expected to gather for a pep rally this morning. They intended to cheer the girls basketball team before its first game at the state tournament.
It's doubtful spirits were high, however. Two teenage students were killed in a one-car rollover Saturday afternoon on County Road C45 south of Shell Rock. Anna Souhrada, 16, of Allison, and Lindsey Harms, 15, of Clarksville, died as a result of their injuries.
Souhrada was reportedly driving east near the Willow Avenue intersection when she lost control on a curve, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The Pontiac Grand Am entered a ditch and rolled. Harms was ejected.
The accident was reported at 1:15 p.m. and remains under investigation.
Both girls when younger attended schools in Allison and were members of the Trinity Reformed Church on Cherry Street in Allison. Greene and Allison schools began sharing high school and middle school students for the first time this fall.
"They were very positive and outgoing ... very caring," middle school Principal Dan Huff said. "Great smiles. We're really going to miss them."
Souhrada, a sophomore, was active in chorus and was a wrestling cheerleader. Harms, a freshman, played for the freshman basketball team and was known for making other people laugh.
"They were typical high school teenagers. They enjoyed life and had lots of friends. They always had smiles on their faces," North Butler High School Principal Tom Hamrick said.
The girls basketball team plans to honor Souhrada and Harms during its game in Des Moines. Coaches and team members will wear baby blue and pink ribbons on their jackets, the girls' favorite colors. They also wrote Souhrada's and Harms' names on their shoes. Basketball girls will also wear an armband in Harms' honor since she was a basketball player as well.
"Lindsey was one of our number one fans at the games," assistant coach Beth Endelman said.
And when Souhrada could make it, she cheered on the team as much as she could.
Endelman taught both girls for four years at Allison.
"They were never in a bad mood. They were always smiling," Endelman said. "They were full of life."
School officials were reformulating plans for the North Butler pep rally this morning.
"It's going to be much more subdued," Hamrick said.
The girls represent the Allison community's fourth unexpected death in one week. Paul Koenen, 61, of Bristow, died in a snowmobile accident Feb. 28 in Wisconsin, and Dennis Rewerts, 53, of Allison, died Friday, because of medical problems. All were members of Trinity Reformed Church.
A memorial service is planned for the girls at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Allison-Bristow gymnasium in Allison.
Call Jessica Miller at (319) 291-1581 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Dan Haugen contributed to this report.
Anna was wearing her seatbelt, but was badly injured, so they intented to fly her by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospital but instead diverted to Waterloo where she died. Lindsey died almost instantly as she was ejected and the car rolled on top of her. Very, Very sad. My thoughts go out to the families, as one of the police officers who responded saw her own daughter dieing.