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 Harlan Community’s five senior baseball players pose with the team’s state runner-up trophy following Saturday’s Class 3A title game loss to Assumption. The Cyclones finished the season 33-4 overall and played in their fourth state championship game in a row. Left-right: Ryan Doran, Jacob Bartley, Nick Foss, Jared Moser, Logan Klaassen.
 The 2018 Harlan Community baseball team added to a growing trophy case last week, making the program’s eighth consecutive state tournament appearance and reaching the championship game for the fourth year in a row, ending with an 11-1 loss to Davenport Assumption on Saturday. HCHS defeated Boone 5...
 HCHS senior Ryan Doran picks up eighth-grader Joey Moser following the final out of Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal vs. Waverly-Shell Rock. The Cyclones held off the Go-Hawks 7-6 when a base runner was called for an illegal slide into Moser at second, resulting in a game-ending double play. Also pictured are Cyclone shortstop Brett Sears and left fielder Luke Schaben. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES (July 27) -- Over the years, Harlan Community has dealt with its fair, or unfair, share of tough breaks while playing in the State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park. On Friday afternoon, the Cyclones may have got one back. Clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh - the...
 Harlan Community’s Ryan Doran, Luke Schaben and Brett Sears are among the players to greet Logan Klaassen (25) at home plate after Klaassen scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 3A state quarterfinal game vs. Boone. The Cyclones fell behind again in the sixth before scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning to win 5-4 and advance to Friday’s semifinal round.
 DES MOINES (July 24) -- Some might argue that Harlan Community was darn lucky to win Tuesday night’s Class 3A state baseball tourney quarterfinal vs. Boone. Others would counter that the top-ranked Cyclones showed incredible resolve to overcome one unfortunate break after another. Both groups are...
 DES MOINES (July 27) -- The Class 3A state baseball semifinals will include three of the same teams from a year ago when action commences late Friday morning at Principal Park. At 11:00 a.m., top-ranked and second-seeded Harlan Community (32-3) will face this year’s newcomer, seventh-ranked and...
 The Harlan Community baseball team stands behind its eighth consecutive State Baseball Tournament qualifying banner following last Wednesday’s 6-0 substate final victory over Winterset at Jim Goeser Field. The top-ranked and number two-seeded Cyclones will face Boone in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game Tuesday night at Principal Park.
 DES MOINES (July 24) -- You know you’ve got a deep state tournament field when teams with the recent baseball tradition of Solon and Waverly-Shell Rock aren’t even seeded in the top four. That’s the type of competition Harlan Community will be up against this week when the Class 3A State Baseball...
Assumption, Davenport (31-10, #1 seed)State Appearance: 16th.State Tournament Record: 34-5.Last Appearance: 2017 (1st).State Titles: 10 (1982, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2004, ‘06, ‘08, ‘14, ‘17).State Runner-Up: 3 (2002, ‘07, ‘13).Final IBCA Ranking: 3rd.2018 Tourney Trail to Des Moines:-- Assumption...
 Harlan Community’s Nick Foss stands with his parents, Ernie and Stacie, after rushing for 179 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. (Photo contributed)
 CEDAR FALLS (July 21) -- It was a remarkable eight-day stretch for recent Harlan Community graduate Nick Foss. But then again, Foss has been a remarkable Cyclone student-athlete for some time now. Doing his best Bo Jackson impersonation, Foss split time between baseball and football - Harlan and...
 DES MOINES -- Harlan Community seniors Keaton Jones and Drew Voge were both named to at least one all-state boys soccer team in June after leading the Cyclones to a 16-3 season and an appearance in the Class 2A substate finals. Jones was named to the Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Boys Soccer Team...
 HCHS senior catcher Jared Moser (right) hugs junior pitcher Brett Sears following Wednesday’s 6-0 substate final win over Winterset. Sears fired a four-hitter for his ninth win of the season.
 HARLAN (July 18) -- Not so long ago, Brett Sears and the words pitch efficiency didn’t always belong in the same sentence. It’s hard to argue with Sears’ 27-3 career record for the Harlan Community baseball team, but sometimes striking out a lot of hitters requires throwing a lot of pitches. Not...
 Denison’s Dawson Dorhout (right) is tagged by HCHS third baseman Joey Moser for the third out of the sixth inning Monday just as the Monarchs had pulled within 7-5. The Cyclones got a three-run homer from Nick Foss in the bottom of the inning and won the game 10-5. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (July 16) -- On a night when Harlan Community committed three throwing errors and four all told, the biggest defensive play of the game involved two perfect relays that stifled Denison-Schleswig’s rapidly-gaining momentum. Three-run home runs by seniors Jared Moser and Nick Foss also proved...

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