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 TOUCHDOWN -- Cyclone tight end Will Lansman catches a 25-yard TD pass that was first deflected by a Winterset defensive back.
HARLAN -- Blame it on the distractions of Homecoming or the after-effects of winning by 62 the week before - Harlan Community simply didn’t look ready for prime time at the start of Friday night’s game vs. Winterset. Fortunately for HCHS, the final two and a half quarters resembled much more...
 MEDALIST -- Harlan Community senior Ben Heileson placed 19th out of 111 varsity runners at Tuesday’s Denison-Schleswig Invite, helping the Cyclone boys secure their fourth team title of the season.
 DENISON -- Led by a pair of seniors who placed in the top four individually, the Harlan Community boys and girls cross country teams placed first and second, respectively, at Tuesday’s Denison-Schleswig Invite at Denison High School. Senior Michael Sciranko placed third to lead the Cyclone boys to...
 HARLAN -- Another Friday night, another shot at redemption for the Harlan Community football team. On Homecoming week it’s the Winterset Huskies who venture to Merrill Field for just the second HCHS home game of the season. Varsity kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The Cyclones (4-1 overall, 1-1 in...
 RED OAK -- Playing in its first five-set match in nearly two years, the Harlan Community volleyball team stepped up at crunch time and won a tightly-contested 3-2 decision at Red Oak Tuesday night, prevailing 23-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22, 15-12. HCHS let a late lead slip away in the third set to...
Exira-EHK sophomore Sydnee Young (7) blocks the attack of Ar-We-Va’s Emilee Danner with help from Sophia Peppers (10) during Tuesday night’s Rolling Valley Conference match. The Spartans defeated the Rockets in five sets.
 ELK HORN -- With the fifth set deadlocked at 10, Mara Burmeister rotated to the front row for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and played like a girl on a mission. Four Burmeister kills later, the Spartans celebrated a 15-11 set victory and an up-and-down 3-2 decision over Ar-We-Va here Tuesday night,...
 MONDAMIN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton improved to 5-0 on the gridiron last Friday night with a resounding 62-14 win at West Harrison. The Spartans are 3-0 in District 1 (8-Player) going into this week’s Homecoming game vs. Woodbine (1-4, 1-2). Exira-EHK led the Hawkeyes 33-2 at halftime and played...
 AVOCA -- AHSTW quarterback Nathan Herbst eludes an IKM-Manning tackler before breaking free for a 47-yard, fourth quarter touchdown run on Friday night.
 AVOCA -- Facing last year’s district champion on Homecoming night wasn’t ideal, admits AHSTW head football coach Davis Pattee. Distractions aside, however, the Vikings took advantage of an opportunity in front of them Friday night, avenging last season’s only district loss with an impressive 34-21...
 ATLANTIC -- HCHS sophomore Deren Schmitz fights for yardage during Friday’s win over Atlantic.
 ATLANTIC -- In a football rivalry dating back to 1901, Harlan Community had never before scored more than 49 points vs. Atlantic in 106 all-time meetings. Until Friday, that is, when the Cyclones already broke 40 by the end of the first quarter. Bolstered by two ‘pick 6’ touchdowns, a kickoff...
 TEAM CHAMPS -- The Harlan Community boys cross country team defended its team title by winning the Cyclone Invite by 10 points over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson on Saturday.
 Front row, L-R: Ben Heileson, Drew Voge, Reagan Hansen. Back row, L-R: Caleb Brace, Michael Sciranko, Ben Renkly, Jacob Henry.
 HARLAN -- A year after winning its first-ever Cyclone Invite championship, the Harlan Community boys cross country team defended the home crown Saturday morning by outlasting Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. Placing five runners in the top 15 and stealing key...
 TREYNOR -- IKM-Manning junior Rylie Muhlbauer (18) receives a Treynor serve Thursday night as Kinze Brandt looks on. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 TREYNOR -- Adjusting to some mid-season lineup changes, the IKM-Manning volleyball team ran into an opponent Thursday night that appears to be rounding into late-season form. And despite rallying to make things close in game one, the Wolves couldn’t match the overall firepower of Treynor in...

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