Harlan Community quarterback Deren Schmitz passes downfield during offense vs. defense drills under the watchful eye of coach Curt Bladt. First-year volunteer assistant coach Matt Hoch gives instructions to a Cyclone player. Joey Arkfeld (left) and Ty Frederick block on the offensive line. (Photos by Mike Oeffner) HCHS receiver Eli Boldan makes a reception over Thomas Fah.

Camp of Champions kicks off Cyclone football season

 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team’s annual Cyclone Camp of Champions is being held this week (July 31-August 4) at Merrill Field in preparation for the 2017 season.
 According to HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, the varsity camp for grades 10-12 included 65 players as of Tuesday’s session. Approximately 30 freshmen also attended and the middle school camp for grades 7-8 included nearly 50 players.
 High school practices will open across the state on Monday, August 7. HCHS will hold a public scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 17 - freshmen at 6:00 p.m., varsity at 7:30 - and the Cyclones’ 2017 season/home opener will be Friday, Aug. 25, vs. Lewis Central.
 Bladt enters his 40th year as the HCHS head coach needing just three wins to reach 400 for his career.

2017 HCHS Varsity Football Schedule
Aug. 25 - vs. Lewis Central, 7:30
Sept. 1 - at Greene County, 7:30
Sept. 8 - vs. Creston/O-M, 7:30
Sept. 15 - at Glenwood, 7:30
Sept. 22 - vs. ADM, 7:30
Sept. 29 - at Carroll, 7:30
Oct. 6 - at Winterset, 7:30
Oct. 13 - vs. Denison, 7:30
Oct. 20 - at Atlantic, 7:30

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