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 Exira-EHK senior Maggie Rasmussen struck out eight batters and walked none in Friday’s 10-2 win over Charter Oak-Ute.
 KIMBALLTON -- For a softball program that’s been to the regional finals four out of the last five years, starting the season with a 2-8 record was unfamiliar territory for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. But after a rough two-week stretch, the Spartans appear to be on the rebound following Friday’s 10-...
 Harlan Community sophomore Morgan Schaben pitched three innings for the game-one win and also had a big day at the plate during the Cyclones’ doubleheader sweep at Clarinda on Thursday. (File photo)
 CLARINDA -- The Harlan Community softball team finished the week on a high note Thursday, crushing 29 total hits in a doubleheader sweep at Clarinda with wins of 19-1 in three innings and 14-1 in five. HCHS outhit the winless Cardinals 29-3 overall as four players - Kaylie Briggs, Molly Gubbels,...
 IKM-Manning junior Peyton Gross delivers a pitch during a recent game.
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning scored seven runs in its final two at-bats to pull away from AHSTW for a 13-5 softball win Friday night, improving to 9-1 in the Western Iowa Conference (11-3 overall). The Lady Vikes matched the Wolves early on, answering IKM-M’s three-run top of the first with three in the...
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW baseball team plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past IKM-Manning 4-3 in Western Iowa Conference action Friday night. Trailing by a run in the sixth, Gabe Pauley and Preslyn Grobe reached base for the Vikings and a throwing error allowed courtesy runner Brody...
 HCHS sophomore Brett Sears pitched a six-inning no-hitter against the Lewis Central Titans Monday night at Jim Goeser Field, striking out eight and surrendering just one run for his third win of the year.
 HARLAN -- The player affectionately known as “Rook” by his coaches and teammates is starting to pitch like a seasoned veteran for the Harlan Community baseball team. Improving to 3-0 on the mound, sophomore Brett Sears fired a six-inning no-hitter against the sixth-ranked team in Class 4-A Monday...
 ATLANTIC -- Eleven wins, no losses and eight instances of the 10-run mercy rule. Victory won’t come this easy all summer long for the Harlan Community baseball team, but the top-ranked Cyclones are certainly enjoying their current ride to start the 2017 season. HCHS improved to 8-0 in the Hawkeye...
 HARLAN -- A third Hawkeye Ten loss in as many nights dropped the Harlan Community softball team to 1-4 in conference play and 4-8 overall on Wednesday, but the Cyclones are truly not far away from sporting the inverse of those win-loss records. In Monday’s home game vs. Lewis Central, the score...
 IKM-Manning pitcher Peyton Gross (27) tags out Logan-Magnolia’s Reanna Rife at home plate for the third out of the fifth inning with the Wolves clinging to a 4-3 lead. Rife attempted to score on a pitch that got past catcher Zoey Melton, but Melton was able to get the ball to Gross for the tag. The Wolves won the game 8-7. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 LOGAN -- It wasn’t easy, but the IKM-Manning softball team snapped Logan-Magnolia’s 13-game winning streak Tuesday night with an 8-7 road victory over the 9th-ranked (2-A) Panthers. Trailing 3-2 after three, the Wolves scored two runs each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings before holding...
 IKM-Manning shortstop Sam Gross (25) catches the final out of Tuesday’s win at Logan-Magnolia as center fielder Alex Heiman looks on.
 LOGAN -- Cody Chapman allowed two unearned runs in the first inning before putting up zeros the rest of the way Tuesday night as the IKM-Manning baseball team rallied past Logan-Magnolia for a 4-2 win. Chapman (1-0) finished with a two-hitter, walking four and striking out six in a complete game...
 MONDAMIN -- Alex Amaral, Cole Burmeister and Drew Buckholdt combined on a solid pitching performance Wednesday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team improved to 7-0 on the season with 4-1 win at West Harrison. Amaral pitched the first four innings of the contest, Burmeister pitched...

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