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HCHS senior Dillon Sears (3) runs through an A-D-M tackle attempt during his 98-yard kickoff return touchdown to start Friday’s second half.
 ADEL -- Another week, another high-scoring, three-hour marathon for the Harlan Community football team. Only this time, it was the Cyclones doing much of the second-half celebrating as Nick Foss gained 395 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in a 58-34 victory over Adel-DeSoto-Minburn...
HCHS runners (left-right) Greichaly Kaster, Savannah Parman and Kara Rueschenberg start Saturday’s Cyclone Invitational girls varsity race. The trio paced the team to a sixth-place finish overall.
 HARLAN -- For the first time in nine years, Harlan Community did not claim a varsity team or individual champion during Saturday’s Cyclone Invitational cross country meet at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. The Denison-Schleswig girls won their second straight team title in Harlan while the...
IKM-Manning’s Cody Chapman recovers a Missouri Valley fumble during Friday’s first half.
 MISSOURI VALLEY -- The IKM-Manning football team suffered another heartbreaking loss on Friday night, letting a 24-7 third-quarter lead turn into a 28-24 loss at unbeaten Missouri Valley. The Big Reds pulled within three points following a nine-play, 98-yard scoring drive, then recovered an onside...
Seth Bradford of Exira-EHK (right) returns a first-half interception for a touchdown, accompanied to the end zone by teammate Dalton Vanderwal (48). (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA -- Scoring 62 first-half points, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton rolled to 3-0 in district play Friday night with a 69-6 win over Clarinda Academy. The Spartans (3-2 overall) returned three interceptions for touchdowns in the game and handed the Eagles (3-2) their first district loss. Drew...
 IKM-Manning senior Kelli Grimm (11) attacks against the block of Treynor’s Abby Tiarks (14) and Kayla Chapman during Thursday’s match. Grimm finished with 20 kills but the Wolves were defeated in three sets. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team wasn’t really all that far away from sweeping the 12th-rated team in Class 2-A Thursday night, but instead finished on the short end of a 3-0 decision, falling 21-25, 24-26, 21-25 to Treynor in Western Iowa Conference action. All three sets were tightly...
Harlan Community junior Whitney Warner serves during a second-set Cyclone rally Tuesday night at Lewis Central. Warner finished 12-for-13 with an ace, but HCHS was swept 3-0 by the Titans.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Harlan Community and Lewis Central have waged some classic battles over the years in Hawkeye Ten volleyball action, and Tuesday’s latest match showed the potential, at times, to join that list. Too many unforced errors, however, prevented HCHS from ever seizing momentum as the...
 STATE -- Harlan Community volleyball coach Angie Spangenberg has been selected to receive the Golden Plaque Award from the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union for distinguished coaching in the sport of volleyball. She is just the sixth volleyball coach in the state to receive this honor. ...
 ADEL -- If the Harlan Community football team is going to work it’s way back into a playoff chase this fall, the climb up the District 7 ladder must begin Friday night at Adel. In need of a confidence-boosting win following back-to-back defeats vs. Creston and Glenwood, the Cyclones will face an...
 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football coach Tom Petersen talks with senior Chris Paulsen during a home game earlier this season. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ESSEX -- Five Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton players scored at least one touchdown last Friday as the Spartans blitzed Essex, 60-6, for their second straight victory. Exira-EHK improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in District 7 (8-Player football). Essex is now 0-4 and 0-2. The Spartans rushed for 290 yards...
Dalton Fischer
 AVOCA -- Five AHSTW runners earned top-10 finishes and the Lady Vikes placed second as a team at the AHSTW Cross Country Invite last Tuesday (September 13). Dalton Fischer secured the team’s highest medal of the day, placing second to Treynor’s Jerry Jorgensen with a time of 18:34. Miguel...

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