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 HARLAN -- Through the first two weeks of the baseball season, Harlan Community trailed exactly one time - by one run, for one half-inning - in rolling to a 6-0 start. So after losing to Lewis Central Monday night and trailing Atlantic 7-4 in the sixth inning on Tuesday, it was finally time to see...
Exira-EHK second baseman Cole Burmeister (right) chases down a West Harrison base runner after a pickoff play during Wednesday’s Rolling Valley Conference baseball game. The Spartans won 5-0.
 ELK HORN -- Senior Brady Hansen pitched a three-hit shutout with four walks and 13 strikeouts Wednesday night and also drove in two runs, leading the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team to a 5-0 home win over West Harrison. The victory improved the Spartans to 4-1 in the Rolling Valley...
 HARLAN -- Lewis Central pounded out 19 hits and drew nine walks at H. Jack Field Monday night, using a seven-run fourth inning and a six-run seventh to rout the Harlan Community softball team, 18-6. The Titans, ranked 15th in Class 4-A, improved to 13-1 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Hawkeye Ten...
 LOGAN -- The IKM-Manning baseball team improved to 4-4 overall on Tuesday night with an 11-5 win at Logan-Magnolia. A six-run top of the third keyed the victory for the Wolves, who totaled 13 hits and walked seven times.
HCHS junior Dillon Sears connects for a first-inning single during Monday’s home game vs. Lewis Central.
 HARLAN -- It might not happen again this season - a team holding the high-scoring Harlan Community Cyclones to zero extra-base hits, walks or stolen bases in a game - but it was an effective formula for Lewis Central pitcher Caleb Shudak Monday night. Shudak overcame a shaky start and a rocky...
Cyclone sophomore Nick Foss throws to first after forcing out Creston’s Dustin Merritt at second base. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CRESTON -- Harlan Community finally played a pair of full seven-inning baseball games Thursday night and still won both by 10 runs, sweeping a Hawkeye Ten doubleheader at Creston, 13-3 and 12-2. Facing the best pitching they’ve seen during the first two weeks of the season, the 2nd-ranked (3-A)...
Cyclone shortstop Logan Schaben looks to throw out a runner at first base. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CRESTON -- The Harlan Community softball team continues to showcase a mix of promising potential and youthful inconsistency while playing .500 ball through the first two weeks of the season. On Thursday, the Cyclones committed 12 total errors in a doubleheader split at Creston, but used a four-run...
AHSTW sophomore Grace Nagengast (6) makes a sliding attempt to take the ball away from a Tri-Center player during Friday’s regional semifinal. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 NEOLA -- If the AHSTW girls soccer program is able to get to a higher level over the next few years, they may look back at the 2016 season as a key turning point. Featuring a lineup heavily reliant on freshmen and sophomores, the Lady Vikes took some small historic steps this spring as they posted...
Exira-EHK’s Kealey Nelson (left) slides safely into third base ahead of the tag by Woodbine’s Hope Sherer.
 KIMBALLTON -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton chipped away offensively with at least one run in five of its six at-bats Friday night to beat Woodbine 8-1 in Rolling Valley Conference softball action. Junior Maggie Rasmussen pitched a two-hitter with three walks and five strikeouts for the Spartans, who...
Coach Daeges Hall of Fame reception draws large turnout
COUNTY -- An estimated crowd of at least 250 people were present at the Rosman-Glendale Shelby County Golf Course Saturday night to attend a celebratory reception for Harlan Community baseball coach Steve Daeges, who was inducted into the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. 

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