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 Longtime HCHS football coach Curt Bladt (left) watches from midfield along with senior Thomas Frederick during Tuesday’s session of the Cyclone Camp of Champions. This year’s camp (Aug. 5-9) - drew about 80 players in grades 9-12 and another 60 in grades 7-8.
 HARLAN (Aug. 7) -- If there was any doubt the past eight months whether Curt Bladt would still be coaching the Harlan Community football team this fall, the answer became more clear at this week’s annual Cyclone Camp of Champions. On a warm August morning at Merrill Field - made warmer by the sun...
Brett Sears, HCHS, sr. - First Team All-State Infielder
 DES MOINES (Aug. 6) -- Harlan Community’s potent one-two pitching punch earned all-state honors Tuesday as senior Brett Sears and junior Connor Bruck were recognized on the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association’s All-State baseball teams for 2019. Sears, who was named second-team all-state in 2017...
 Iowa State University junior Logan Schaben watches a fly ball leave her bat during the Cyclones’ home doubleheader vs. top-ranked Oklahoma on April 26. Schaben batted .220 for the Cyclones in 2019 and started 61 out of 62 games as ISU finished 37-25 overall for its first winning season since 1995. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AMES -- Starting all but one game and posting numerous career highs, Iowa State junior third baseman Logan Schaben helped the 2019 ISU softball team reach new heights this past spring as the Cyclones notched their first winning season since 1995. The daughter of Gary and Jackie Schaben, rural...
Dillon Sears, Western Illinois University, so.
 MACOMB, ILL. -- For the second straight year, Westphalia native Dillon Sears was part of a record-breaking season for the Western Illinois University baseball team. Sears played in 34 games and started 29 times - mostly at second base and shortstop - for the Fighting Leathernecks, who finished 22-...
 STATE -- Led by first team selection Morgan Schaben of Harlan Community, five area softball players have been recognized on the Iowa Girls Coaches Association 2019 All-State softball teams. A second-team selection last year, Schaben moved up to the Class 4A first team this summer following an...
  Morgan Schaben of HCHS puts the ball in play during the IGCA All-Star Softball Series in Waukee. (Photo courtesy of Larry Peterson, Creston News-Advertiser)
 WAUKEE -- Harlan Community senior pitcher Morgan Schaben competed in the 35th annual Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association All-Star Softball Series last Monday (July 29) at Waukee High School. Schaben was selected to play for the Red All-Star Team, which finished 1-1 against the Blue and the White. ...
 CARROLL -- Harlan Community senior Brett Sears has been selected to play for the Small Schools West squad in the 2019 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series, set for Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11. This year’s all-star games will be played at Merchants Park in Carroll. Sears...
 PORTSMOUTH -- Justin Schaben and Heath Stein both hit a home run and Stein also earned the win on the mound as Portsmouth defeated Persia 6-4 in the championship game of the Iowa Western League Baseball Tournament on Sunday, July 28. Portsmouth outhit Persia 13-8 in the game and both sides...
Connor Bruck, HCHS, jr. - First Team All-Hawkeye Ten Conference
Hawkeye Ten All-Conference Baseball FIRST TEAM*Brett Sears, HCHS, sr., P/SS*Connor Bruck, HCHS, jr., Pitcher*Ethan Bernard, St. Albert, sr., P/CF*Chase McLaren, Atlantic, sr., P/IFGavin Gillam, Creston, jr., CatcherJack Mendlik, Denison, jr., P/OFCade Van Ness, Glenwood, sr., P/CColton Schutte,...
 Kylie Powers of Irwin (right) placed third overall in the Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifier held June 30 at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha. (Photo contributed)
 REGIONAL -- Kylie Powers of Irwin competed well in two rounds of qualifiers for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championships during the past month at Omaha and Fort Dodge. Powers, the daughter of Tom and Sherry Powers and an incoming freshman at IKM-Manning High School this fall, placed third overall...

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