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 The HCHS baseball team qualified for its seventh consecutive state tournament Wednesday with a 10-2 substate win over Denison. Front row: Jon Owens, Luke Schaben, Jared Moser. Back row: Coach Eric Croghan, Matt Gubbels, Logan Klaassen, Dillon Sears, Ryan Doran, Spencer Boardman, Connor Bruck, Joshua Cheek, Jacob Bartley, Jacob Croghan, Brett Sears, Kyle Schmitz, Coach Heath Stein, Nick Foss, Head Coach Steve Daeges, Coach Mark Vande Berg, Coach Joe Heese.
 HARLAN -- For the Harlan Community baseball team, the pressure of getting back to the state tournament reached a nerve-wracking crescendo at the halfway point of Wednesday’s Class 3-A, Substate 8 final against Denison-Schleswig. Facing a team they had soundly defeated by scores of 11-1 and 12-0...
 HCHS senior Joshua Cheek pitched a no-hitter against Greene County in Monday night’s Class 3-A district final at Jim Goeser Field. Cheek allowed two unearned runs in the seventh inning as the Cyclones beat the Rams 4-2.
 HARLAN -- Steve Daeges is in his 24th year as Harlan Community’s head baseball coach, during which time the Cyclones have qualified for state 15 times and won three state titles. To his best recollection, Daeges had never witnessed a postseason no-hitter by one of his pitchers until Joshua Cheek...
 Front row, L-R: Ben Alberti, Sam Schmitz, Brad Curren, Stephen Leinen, Drew Bladt, Cael Goshorn. Back row, L-R: Teagon Kasperbauer, Evan Leinen, Chase Dimmitt, Aidan Hall, Parker Dimmitt, Austin Schumacher, Gunner Schmitz. The Cyclones were coached by Darren Goshorn, Todd Alberti and Toshia Kasperbauer. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN -- The 12U Little Cyclones baseball team from Harlan finished 19-10 this season, capped by a 6-0 state championship performance at the 12U Division II State Tournament the weekend of June 30-July 2. The team played in five tournaments overall in Omaha, Lincoln and Des Moines, also winning...
 HCHS senior Jacob Croghan pitched the final two innings in relief of Brett Sears as the Cyclones blanked Carroll in five innings, 10-0, in Friday's Class 3-A district semifinal.
 HARLAN (July 14) -- The performance wasn’t overly impressive, nor an underachievement. The final result is all that matters. Opening its postseason defense of last year’s Class 3-A state title, the top-ranked Harlan Community baseball team simply took care of business here Friday night, beating...
   Coon Rapids-Bayard's Brandon Riley scores on a passed ball in the fifth inning after beating the tag of Exira-EHK pitcher Tyson Partridge. Riley's run tied the game and the Crusaders added two more runs to beat the Spartans 5-3 in a Class 1-A district semifinal game.
 COON RAPIDS -- The baseball field in Coon Rapids is a beautiful, fan-friendly venue and a yearly host site for Class 1-A district and substate games. But for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, it’s become a long-standing house of horrors. The curse continued for the fifth-ranked Spartans Thursday night...
 Front row, L-R: the winning team of Judy Schomers, Pat Hemminger and Stacy Davis. Not pictured is Linda Quinn.
 Back row, L-R: the second-place team of Deb Calhoun, Lorie Espeseth, Cindy Constable and Wendy Jorgensen. (Photo contributed)
 AVOCA -- Four golfers from Harlan took first-place honors in the Championship Flight of the Avoca Ladies Invitational Golf Tournament on June 21 by shooting a 67. Taking second-place honors was a team from Avoca which also shot a 67. The tie was broken using handicap holes. First Flight: 1st place...
 HCHS senior Kyle Schmitz improved to 8-0 on Tuesday night, pitching five innings of relief in the Cyclones’ 6-1 win over Des Moines Roosevelt.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community baseball team wrapped up a highly-successful regular season Wednesday night with a 15-3, five-inning win at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. Now the real season begins as the top-ranked Cyclones get set to defend their Class 3-A state championship. Winners of...
 Harlan Community junior Logan Klaassen puts down a successful sacrifice bunt during Tuesday’s home game against Des Moines Roosevelt.
 HARLAN -- Ryan Doran went 3-for-3 at the plate and Kyle Schmitz pitched five scoreless innings of relief for his eighth win Tuesday night as Harlan Community downed Des Moines Roosevelt 6-1 in non-conference baseball action. Putting together quality at-bats during the late innings, HCHS scored one...
 Exira-EHK senior Alex Amaral picked up his fifth win of the season Tuesday as the Spartans prevailed over Woodbine 16-0 in four innings.
 AUDUBON -- With a potential gauntlet of tough games looming, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s district baseball opener vs. Woodbine Tuesday was essentially the calm before the storm. Taking nothing for granted, the 5th-ranked Spartans handled their business with ease in a Class 1-A, District 15...
 IKM-Manning’s Grant Stracke starts a dive toward third base before being forced out by Tri-Center’s Dan Kenealy during Tuesday’s Class 2-A district semifinal game.
 NEOLA -- Tri-Center broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth inning and added two in the sixth here Tuesday night, ending IKM-Manning’s season, 8-0, in a Class 2-A, District 15 semifinal baseball game. The Trojans’ fourth win of the year over the Wolves improved their record to 20-4 and...

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