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 A fired-up Dillon Sears yells toward his Harlan Community teammates in the dugout after tying Tuesday’s game vs. Kuemper Catholic with an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Moments later, Sears scored the go-ahead run on an error and the Cyclones prevailed 5-4.
 HARLAN -- Win or lose, the Harlan Community baseball team needed a battle like the one it got from Kuemper Catholic Tuesday night at Jim Goeser Field. Falling behind three separate times during the first six innings, HCHS erased deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 against Knights ace Tyler Laing, then...
 HCHS junior Lexi Larsen (12) is congratulated by her teammates at home plate after hitting a solo home run during game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Kuemper Catholic.
 HARLAN -- Allowing runs in eight straight innings during one stretch, Harlan Community was swept by Kuemper Catholic 7-3 and 11-7 in a Hawkeye 10 Conference softball doubleheader Tuesday night (June 13) at windy H. Jack Field. The Knights took control of the first game with a three-run sixth...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community softball team scored nine runs in the first and cruised past St. Albert 14-2 Monday night (June 12) in a three-inning contest. Morgan Schaben ripped a pair of doubles in her only two official at-bats and drove in two runs for the Cyclones while Kennadi Carey went 2-...
 HARLAN -- Brett Sears hit his first varsity home run and pitched six strong innings on the mound here Monday night (June 12) as the Harlan Community baseball team defeated St. Albert 8-1. Sears finished 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBI - the home run coming against hard-...
 AHSTW sophomore Blake Osbahr slides home safely to score a Viking run as Audubon catcher Nolan Smith waits for the relay throw.
 AUDUBON -- Keyed by a seven-run fourth inning, the AHSTW baseball team earned a season split vs. Audubon Monday night with a 10-6, weather-shortened victory over the Wheelers. Play was halted due to lightning at the end of the sixth inning and the game was called less than an hour later. The...
 AHSTW sophomore Katie Anzalone takes a cut during Monday’s victory at Audubon. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AUDUBON -- Interrupted only by a one-hour lightning delay, the AHSTW softball team followed a seven-run first inning with eight runs in the top of the second and blitzed Audubon 15-1 in a three-inning Western Iowa Conference game Monday night (June 12). The Lady Vikes (8-6 overall, 5-6 in the...
 A Harlan boys freestyle relay team broke a 23-year-old facility record in the June 7 season opener at the Stamp Aquatic Center, placing first in the boys division for ages 15-18. Members of the relay, along with their coach, include, left-right: Chase Finken (so.), Jake McLaughlin (so.), Logan Maxwell (head coach), Malachi Purcell (fr.) and Levi Culp (so.). They broke the previous record, set in 1994, by four seconds. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Swim Team opened its 2017 season with a decisive win over Woodbine and Logan on June 7 at the Stamp Aquatic Center. Harlan scored 629 points on the night, followed by Woodbine (204) and Logan (97), and set nine facility or school records in the process. This year’s Harlan swim...
Justine Buman, HCMS
 ANKENY – Harlan Community Middle School’s Justine Buman brought home two medals from the Mike Henderson Junior High State Track Meet held May 6 at Ankeny Stadium. Justine was an eighth grader at HCMS during the 2016-17 school year and is the daughter of Jeff and Janet Buman, Harlan. Buman ran a...
 Spartan shortstop Alex Amaral tags out Alex Caskey of Earlham attempting to steal second base.
 ELK HORN -- Taking over for a local legend isn’t easy, but the process has certainly been a smooth one so far for new Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball coach Trevor Miller. Miller’s Spartans stayed undefeated Friday night with an 11-1, five-inning rout of Earlham, then improved to 10-0 Saturday...
 Harlan Community senior Dillon Sears swings away during Hawkeye Ten Conference action earlier this season. (File photo)
 CLARINDA -- The unbeaten streak reached 13 games for the Harlan Community baseball team Thursday night as the top-ranked Cyclones swept a doubleheader at Clarinda, 15-1 and 13-1, and have now outscored the opposition 150-27 on the season. HCHS, which has won nine straight games by the 10-run rule...

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