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 WESTPHALIA - The Harvest Baseball Tournament returns after a five-year hiatus in 2016, according to event organizer Tom Wageman, and will be held on two weekends, August 27-28 and September 3-4, in Westphalia. Begun in 1964 under the leadership of Wageman’s late father, John, the annual tournament...
HCHS players Dillon Sears (1), Brett Sears, Jared Moser, catcher Nick Tarney and pitcher Brett Croghan patiently relax near the mound as they wait for the final decision on whether left fielder Josh Cheek made a catch for the final out of last week’s substate final win over Winterset. The umpires ruled “no catch,” but Croghan retired the next batter to finish the job.
 DES MOINES -- It’s been nearly two months to the day since Harlan Community beat Sioux City Bishop Heelan 12-0 to cap the first week of the high school baseball season. When the Cyclones and Crusaders meet again Tuesday morning (11 a.m.) in the first round of the Class 3-A state tournament, a much...
 DES MOINES -- Tri-Center was defeated by Don Bosco of Gilbertville 11-1 in six innings in a Class 1-A quarterfinal at the State Baseball Tournament Saturday night. The sixth-seeded Trojans, who finished 19-9 overall, were making their first trip to Principal Park and their first state tournament...
Daeges stands with assistant coaches Mark Vande Berg (left) and Joe Heese. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community head baseball coach Steve Daeges was recognized prior to the team’s July 11 home game vs. Abraham Lincoln and presented a commemorative plaque for reaching 600 career wins earlier this season. Now in his 23rd year at HCHS, Daeges enters this week’s state tournament with...
 HCHS will play Bishop Heelan on Tuesday, July 26, in a Class 3-A state quarterfinal game at Principal Park. Front row, L-R: Logan Klaassen, Nick Foss, Dillon Sears, Jacob Wingert, Connor Bruck, Brett Sears, Jared Moser, Matt Gubbels (statistician). Middle row, L-R: Head Coach Steve Daeges, Kyle Schmitz, Jacob Croghan, Brett Croghan, Josh Cheek, Jon Owens, Nick Tarney. Back row, L-R: Ryan Doran, Kyle Juhl, Nolan Heese, Coach Mark Vande Berg, Coach Joe Heese, Coach Heath Stein, Coach Eric Croghan.
 HARLAN -- Only three other baseball programs in the state have accomplished what Harlan Community just did Wednesday night. Bolstered by a six-run, first-inning outburst and the sturdy right arm of senior pitcher Brett Croghan, the Cyclones held off Winterset, 9-5, in a Class 3-A substate final at...
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 CEDAR FALLS -- Three area football players, one cheerleader, one coach and a manager are taking part in this week’s Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Classic, culminating with Saturday’s 44th annual Shrine Bowl game at the UNI-Dome. The game will start at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and will be...
HCHS head coach Steve Daeges (left) and assistant Joe Heese talk things over with Jared Moser during a break in the action Monday.
 HARLAN -- It was shades of early June at Jim Goeser Field Monday night - a welcome sight for the Harlan Community baseball team and its fans. Playing one of their best all-around games since a dominant 10-1 stretch to open the season, the 2nd-ranked Cyclones crushed Denison-Schleswig for the third...
Cyclone senior Brett Croghan pitched six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts as HCHS beat the Tigers 7-0 in Friday’s Class 3-A district semifinal. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- Senior Brett Croghan pitched six scoreless innings and sophomore Jared Moser provided an offensive spark from the bottom of the lineup Friday night as Harlan Community opened the postseason with a 7-0 win over Carroll in a Class 3-A district baseball semifinal. The 2nd-ranked Cyclones...
Surrounded by Exira-EHK players and assistant Tony Santisteban (40), Spartan head baseball coach Tony Petersen (33) huddles together with his team one last time following Thursday’s 3-2 district semifinal loss at Coon Rapids-Bayard. Petersen coached 32 seasons at Elk Horn-Kimballton and Exira-EHK, winning 513 games. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 COON RAPIDS -- When it was all said and done Thursday night - after seven innings of pressure-packed baseball, his final postgame huddle and media interviews - Tony Petersen received just the right medicine when he was mobbed by hugs from his young grandchildren. Perhaps this retirement gig won’t...
IKM-Manning junior Sam Gross pitches to a CAM batter.
 AUDUBON -- Early errors proved costly for the IKM-Manning baseball team last Tuesday as CAM grabbed an early four-run lead and beat the Wolves, 4-1, in a Class 1-A district quarterfinal game held at Audubon. The Cougars (23-5) scored two runs in the first and two in the third (all unearned) and...

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