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IKM-Manning seniors Aly Stadtlander (4), Kelli Grimm (11) and Kira Barry celebrate the final point of Thursday’s 3-0 conference match sweep over Audubon.
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team took a good first step toward contending for the top of the Western Iowa Conference here Thursday night, sweeping Audubon 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 in the WIC opener for both squads. Five days after losing to the Wheelers (20-22, 17-21) as part of a fourth-...
 Exira-EHK quarterback Kyle Petersen (7) fights for yardage as teammate Chris Paulsen (14) blocks Sidney’s Trevor Wolford.
 EXIRA -- Drew Buckholdt returned to Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s lineup with a vengeance Friday night, scoring five touchdowns as the Spartans routed Sidney 53-18 for their first win of the football season. Buckholdt, one of three Spartan starters to miss last week’s 40-6 non-district loss at...
HCHS quarterback Deren Schmitz drops back to pass as Nick Foss (33), Nick Tarney and Aaron Johannsen try to protect the pocket from the rush of Creston’s Mitchel Swank. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CRESTON -- If you like offense, and lots of it, then Friday night’s game between Harlan Community and Creston/O-M was the place to be. The two teams combined for 17 touchdowns, 119 points and 1,199 total yards from scrimmage as the 10th-ranked Panthers outscored the Cyclones 70-49 in the District...
HCHS junior Haley Leinen tries to tip the ball over the block attempt of Shenandoah’s Kealey Anderson (17) and McKaya O’Neil during Tuesday’s volleyball match. Leinen led the Cyclones with 12 kills and four blocks in a 3-0 victory.
 HARLAN -- After facing five of the state’s best volleyball teams last Saturday, opening Hawkeye Ten Conference play must have seemed like a breeze for Harlan Community on Tuesday night. Playing their first “center court” match of the season, the Cyclones trailed for just one point the whole way in...
 CRESTON -- The football schedule-makers wasted no time setting up early-season drama among the presumed playoff contenders from Class 3-A, District 7. With all due respect to the other four teams, most prognosticators would list Carroll, Glenwood, Creston/Orient-Macksburg and Harlan Community as...
 The local medalists (above) are as follows. Front row, L-R: Bailey Portwood (Gold), Karter Shults (Gold). Back row, L-R: Dave Greve (Silver), Stacy Rae Hanson (Silver), Eric Hanson (Gold). Not pictured: Cindy Pigeon (Gold) and Jim Evans (Silver).
 AMES -- More than 45 bowlers participated in the Iowa Games “Bowl for the Gold” qualifying tournament held earlier this year at Cyclone Lanes. A total of 28 advanced to the district levels and 16 qualified for the July state competition held in Ames. Among the state qualifiers, seven bowlers won...
 LAKE CITY -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team opened the season by placing fourth out of six teams at last Saturday’s South Central Calhoun Tournament. The Wolves finished 2-3 on the day, defeating Greene County and Glidden-Ralston in two sets each while losing competitive matches against South...
 HCHS senior Reagan Hansen earned his second top 10 finish in as many meets by placing seventh at Saturday’s Abraham Lincoln Invite. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Greichaly Kaster, Reagan Hansen and Drew Voge each secured individual medals Saturday morning as the Harlan Community girls placed seventh out of 10 teams and the boys finished eighth out of 11 at the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln Cross Country Invitational. Due to new...
 LAKE CITY -- South Central Calhoun scored three long touchdowns in the opening four minutes, 16 seconds and never looked back Friday night, rolling past IKM-Manning 50-8 in the second and final non-district game for both squads. The Wolves dropped to 1-1 going into Friday’s Class 1-A, District 7...
AHSTW quarterback R.J. Harris throws on the run during Friday’s 28-0 win over Lawton-Bronson. Harris had one touchdown pass and ran for two more. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA -- Joel Becerra’s 93-yard touchdown catch from R.J. Harris highlighted an impressive showing by the AHSTW football team Friday night as the Vikings improved to 2-0 with a 28-0 non-district win over Lawton-Bronson. Becerra’s long score put AHSTW ahead 21-0 in the third quarter and he added a...

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