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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. 
HCHS sophomore Nick Foss slides into third with a stolen base during Wednesday’s 20-1 Cyclone win over Shenandoah. Foss went 3-for-3 and hit two home runs during the team’s 17-run second inning.
 HARLAN -- There are many Iowa prep baseball teams that would gladly take a plus-55 run differential at season’s end. Harlan Community just so happens to have reached that mark in only four games. Continuing to post video game-like numbers at the expense of all those in their path, the Cyclones...
 DENISON -- Taking control early with eight runs in the top of the second inning, Harlan Community recorded its third blowout victory in as many games Tuesday with a 15-3 five-inning baseball romp at Denison-Schleswig. The second-ranked (3-A) Cyclones (3-0 overall, 2-0 Hawkeye Ten) stole 12 bases...
HCHS junior Stephanie Smith makes solid contact during Wednesday’s game vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton. Smith was 1-for-3 with one RBI. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- On Tuesday night at Denison, the Harlan Community softball team was able to survive six errors and grind out a 13-12 win over the Monarchs. One night later in Harlan, however, five errors in the fourth inning alone were simply too much to overcome. Sergeant Bluff-Luton took full...
AHSTW senior Jayna Olesen attempts a shot on goal during Tuesday’s 10-0 regional win over Riverside. Olesen scored a school-record five goals in the match.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW girls soccer team had at least 10 reasons to feel good about Tuesday’s Class 1-A, Region 2 quarterfinal vs. Riverside. Beating the shorthanded Bulldogs, 10-0, for the second time in nine days, the Lady Vikes ended the match by the mercy rule with 26:27 left on the clock and in...
 WINTERSET -- The Harlan Community softball team finished 1-1 at the Winterset Softball Tournament last weekend, beating Nodaway Valley 8-5 in Friday’s first round game before losing to A-D-M 11-2 in the semifinal round Saturday. The third-place game was rained out.
 HCHS sophomore Megan Andersen (right) battles a Glenwood player for possession of the ball.
 GLENWOOD -- A season plagued by frustrating overtime losses as well as lopsided defeats came to an end for the Harlan Community girls soccer team Friday when Glenwood punched in five second-half goals to beat the Cyclones 5-0 in a Class 2-A, Region 2 quarterfinal. HCHS played with good energy and...
 SIOUX CITY -- Harlan Community played hard and hung close, but simply didn’t have enough possession time or shots to save its season in Wednesday’s Class 2-A substate semifinal boys soccer game at Sioux City Bishop Heelan. The third-ranked Crusaders scored off a free kick just 52 seconds into the...

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