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 Lady Vike players celebrate their 3-1 victory against Underwood.
 AVOCA -- All in all, it was a great opening night for AHSTW’s sparkling, newly-remodeled gymnasium. The Lady Vike volleyball team made sure the “new” gym’s maiden voyage was a memorable one Thursday, turning the match around with an incredible 18-0 run and defeating Underwood for the first time...
 HARLAN (Sept. 8) -- The battle for playoff positioning begins Friday night at Merrill Field when Harlan Community opens district play against Creston/Orient-Macksburg in a matchup of 1-1 teams. With each of District 7’s heavyweights awaiting the Cyclones over the next five weeks, they will look to...
 HCHS setter Kara Weis in action at Denison last week.
 SHENANDOAH (Sept. 5) -- When the week began, Harlan Community was one of five Hawkeye Ten Conference volleyball teams ranked in the top 15 of Class 4A, 3A or 2-A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Four of those teams, led by top-ranked (3A) Kuemper Catholic, were rated seventh or higher...
 Exira-EHK senior Grace Greving (left) goes on the attack against Paton-Churdan during Tuesday’s Rolling Valley Conference volleyball match. Greving finished with six kills as the Spartans won in three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Sept. 5) -- Solid passing, balanced hitting and the ability to respond out of timeouts were all critical for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton here Tuesday night as the Spartan volleyball team opened Rolling Valley Conference play with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-17 sweep of Paton-Churdan. Three days...
 TREYNOR (Sept. 5) -- AHSTW’s Dalton Fischer and Heidi Hall both placed in the top five and IKM-Manning boasted four total medalists as part of Tuesday’s Treynor Cross Country Invite. Fischer placed third in a boys field of 120 runners for the Vikings, clocking a five-kilometer time of 17:41 at the...
 HCHS linebacker Jacob Bartley (28) pulls down Greene County receiver Lance Hughes for an open field tackle as Cyclones Caleb Bieker (38) and Tanner Fink also converge on the ball carrier.
 JEFFERSON (Sept. 1) -- The only real eyesore for Harlan Community in Friday night’s 41-7 win at Greene County was the number of yellow flags flying in the Cyclones’ direction. Outside of being penalized 11 times for 118 yards - a few of them highly questionable - HCHS took care of its Week 2...
 IKM-Manning quarterback Jared Johnson searches for an open receiver during Friday’s game vs. South Central Calhoun.
 MANNING (Sept. 1) -- The IKM-Manning football team fell behind 14-0 after a quarter and spent the rest of the night playing catch up in Friday’s 42-28 home loss to South Central Calhoun. The Titans (1-1) led 21-7 at halftime and made it 28-7 early in the third quarter before trading scores with...
 LAWTON (Sept. 1) -- Gage Clay caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from R.J. Harris and also scored on a 34-yard run Friday night, leading AHSTW to a 14-0 non-district win at Lawton-Bronson. The 9th-ranked (1-A) Vikings improved to 2-0 overall entering this week’s District 7 opener vs. Tri-Center (1-1...
Exira-EHK sophomore Cade Bruns (left) looks to elude Bedford's Alex Johnson during the Spartans' lopsided victory.
 EXIRA (Sept. 1) -- Josh Pettepier threw three touchdown passes and Cole Madsen scored four TDs overall Friday night as Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton evened its record at 1-1 with a dominating 57-14 non-district win over Bedford. Pettepier completed 7-of-10 passes for 190 yards on the night and Madsen...
 HCHS junior Chloe Hansen (center) begins a tough uphill climb during the early stages of Saturday’s Abraham Lincoln Cross Country Invite. Hansen finished 45th out of 81 varsity runners.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 2) -- Medalists Greichaly Kaster, Brecken Van Baale and Drew Voge all placed in the top 12 Saturday morning as the Harlan Community girls and boys cross country teams both finished fifth against a tough field at the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln Invitational. Competing on...

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