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John Murtaugh
HCHS defensive coordinator
 HARLAN -- From the first-year coordinator to the player personnel, Harlan Community’s defense has a brand new look in 2016. HCHS graduated its top 13 tacklers from a year ago and the top returnee - Josh Cheek with 16 stops - isn’t even listed on the current defensive two-deep by new coordinator...
Kendall Preston of HCHS makes a front row pass
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community and IKM-Manning volleyball teams, along with Treynor and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, prepped for the upcoming season on Tuesday by holding a scrimmage at the HCHS gymnasium. Each team scrimmaged against the other three for approximately 20 minutes. HCHS, last...
 OMAHA, NEB. -- The Iowa Western Baseball League season will come to a close on Saturday when the IWL All-Star team faces the Dodge County All-Stars in a 1:00 p.m. game at Omaha’s Brown Field (15th & Q). The IWL roster includes 17 players, with Josh Weis of Persia serving as the head coach and...
 PORTSMOUTH -- The National League pulled away in the late innings to defeat the American League, 10-1, in the Iowa Western Baseball League All-Star Game held Wednesday, August 10, in Portsmouth. The NL led 2-1 after five and a half innings before scoring three runs in the sixth and five in the...
2016 Harlan Community Softball Team (Varsity & JV)
 Front row, L-R: R. Blum, A. Bruck, L. Schaben, J. Sorfonden, E. Juhl, M. Gubbels, A. Sotelo. Middle row, L-R: M. Kenkel, E. Hilario, A. Nelson, B. Schechinger, S. Davis, H. Manz, M. Allmon, Asst. Coach Jeff Hastert. Back row, L-R: D. Kelly, A. Dominguez, B. Hopkins, K. Gubbels, S. Smith, A. Ahrenholtz, L. Larsen, H. Hopkins, K. Weis, M. Schaben, Head Coach Brooke Schaben. Not pictured: Asst, Coach Jenna Clayton. (Photo courtesy of Jacobs Photographic)
 HARLAN -- Returning to the program for which she was a four-time all-stater from 2007 to 2011, Brooke Schaben experienced an eventful first season as head coach of the Harlan Community softball team. It was a summer marred by injuries and inconsistency at times, but there were also positives as...
Members of the Cyclone Pride 13U softball team include, left-right: Coach Toshia Kasperbauer, Jordan Heese (OF), Miranda Goetz (OF), Kate Heithoff (2B), Madison Parman (C), Tianna Kasperbauer (P/3B), Madison Schumacher (C/3B), Kaylie Briggs (SS), Kennadi Carey (OF), Julia Schechinger (OF), Maci Schmitz (OF), Brooke Goshorn (1B), Emily Brouse (P/1B), Coach Ann Heithoff. (Photo contributed)
TOPEKA, KAN. -- The Cyclone Pride 13U C Division traveling softball team put together an overall record of 25-11 this season, capped by a ‘Top 8’ finish at the USSSA National Tournament (Midwest Region) in Topeka, Kansas, July 20-23. As they did all season, Cyclone Pride played up an age level at...
Front row, L-R: Hunter Manz, Brody Frederick, Jake Dotzler, Michael Gaul, Darren Stein, Colton Barnes. Middle row, L-R: Ronan Noeth, Jacob Bruck, Ethan Arkfeld, Brenden Willcoxon, Wyatt Larson, Niall Mahoney, Allen Fries, Carter Bendorf. Back row, L-R: Jonathan Cheek, Sam Andersen, Nathan Schiltz, Alex Schechinger, Ethan Leinen, Tyler Schaben, Riley Kohles, Coach Brian James.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community freshmen baseball team finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 12-13 under the direction of Coach Brian James.
Front row, L-R: T. O’Neill, J. Cheek, A. Keane, C. Bruck, L. Schaben, J. Moser, A. Schechinger, H. Manz, J. Bartley. Middle row, L-R: J. Wingert, N. Tarney, D. Sears, N. Foss, B. Sears, B. Croghan, K. Schmitz, B. Rowedder. Back row, L-R: Head Coach Steve Daeges, Coach Eric Croghan, J. Owens, R. Doran, Josh Cheek, D. Hoffmann, K. Juhl, W. Hoffmann, N. Heese, J. Croghan, L. Klaassen, Coaches Heath Stein and Mark Vande Berg. Not pictured: Coach Joe Heese, Matt Gubbels (stats).
 HARLAN -- It was a season to remember for the 2016 Harlan Community baseball team. One year after falling just one win short of a state title, the Cyclones made their sixth consecutive trip to Principal Park in late July and left as Class 3-A state champions following a decisive 12-4 win over...
HCHS senior Haley Arkfeld blocks an attack by senior Brenda Hopkins as assistant coach Chad Swanson looks on during Tuesday’s practice session.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community volleyball team opened practices for the 2016 season on Monday morning, sporting a roster of 32 players in grades 9-12. HCHS graduated three all-state players off last year’s 37-6, Class 4-A state runner-up squad in Taylor Frederick (Elite First Team), Jordyn Moser (...
Cyclone Cross Country Camp draws 61 runners
 HARLAN -- A total of 61 runners in grades 7-12 attended this week’s Harlan Community Cyclone Cross Country Camp, under the direction of HCHS head coach Doug Renkly. The Cyclone harriers took part in various workout drills throughout the five-day camp, which will end with Friday’s timed race at...

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