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Sophia Peppers (right) digs the ball as teammate Bailey Robertson looks on.
Exira-EHK swept Woodbine in three games Monday, Sept. 12.  The host Spartans won 25-9, 25-3 and 25-17 to push their record to 3-4 on the year.
HCHS junior Lexie Holloway played in her first match of the season at Kuemper Tuesday night.
 CARROLL -- Kuemper Catholic demonstrated early and often why it should be considered a serious state title contender in 3-A volleyball Tuesday night, starting fast and showing late grit in a 25-9, 25-22, 25-19 sweep of Harlan Community. The 2nd-ranked Knights dominated the opening set with...
HARLAN -- Time will tell how key Friday night’s game at Merrill Field is in determining this year’s two automatic playoff qualifiers from Class 3-A, District 7. It’s only Week 4, and this is just the second of seven district games on the schedule, but Glenwood (2-1, 0-1) and Harlan Community (1-2,...
HCHS sophomore Greichaly Kaster runs up one of the many hills at the Red Oak Country Club as she leads Atlantic’s Ashley Wendt during Monday’s Red Oak Invite. Kaster eventually placed second to Wendt.
 RED OAK -- While many of her teammates have battled illness or injury during the first few weeks of the cross country season, Greichaly Kaster remains a solid mark of consistency for Harlan Community. Kaster placed second to fellow sophomore Ashley Wendt of Atlantic at Monday’s Red Oak Tiger...
HCHS tight end Josh Cheek (25) reaches out to snare a diving 13-yard touchdown catch during Friday night’s first half at Creston.
 CRESTON -- At some point in time Friday night, football’s inventor of the form tackle stopped rolling over in his grave, curled up in the fetal position and covered his eyes. It was that much of a full-fledged offensive showcase at Panther Field as 10th-ranked Creston/Orient-Macksburg outscored...
Asia Williamson, HCHS
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Harlan Community sophomore Greichaly Kaster stepped up her game at Iowa Western Community College on Saturday, posting a season-best second-place performance to pace a group of four Cyclone medalists at the Lewis Central Cross Country Invitational. Both HCHS squads placed sixth...
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...

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