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 AVOCA -- R.J. Harris capped AHSTW’s overtime possession with a two-yard touchdown run, then intercepted a pass on Shenandoah’s first O.T. play to clinch a season-opening 13-6 Viking victory last Friday night. AHSTW outgained the Mustangs by a substantial 302-130 margin in total offense but was...
 AVOCA -- AHSTW placed second in Pool A and reached the championship bracket in last Saturday’s first annual Lady Vike Volleyball Classic, finishing with a match record of 2-2 that leaves them just one win shy of last year’s season total. Clarinda won the brand new tournament with wins over Denison...
 GUTHRIE CENTER -- Four area runners secured top-15 finishes at the ACGC Charger Cross Country Invitational on Thursday, August 25, at Guthrie Center. Emily Copic of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton placed seventh in the girls varsity race with a time of 22:49 while AHSTW’s Jaycie Schueman (23:17) and...
Lewis Central receiver Drew Sieleman is tackled by HCHS senior Grant Smith after catching a pass. Sieleman led the Titans with four catches for 71 yards. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Two big takeaways emerged from Friday night’s Week One football game between Harlan Community and Lewis Central. A) The Titans are a very good team and likely a force to be reckoned with in the Class 4-A playoffs later this fall. B) The Cyclones have a lot of work to do before...
HCHS senior Haley Arkfeld focuses on receiving a serve against Glenwood as teammates Sidney Craig (left) and Delaney Kelly look on during Saturday’s Cyclone Invitational Volleyball Tournament. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- Following six matches, 15 sets and nine and a half hours of volleyball on Saturday, Harlan Community emerged as the winner of the Silver Pool and essentially placed fourth in the season-opening Cyclone Invitational. HCHS finished with a 4-2 match record and went 10-5 in set play, coming...
 GLENWOOD -- Harlan Community claimed a pair of top-six individual finishes by Greichaly Kaster and Reagan Hansen, but both Cyclone squads finished sixth out of nine teams overall at Saturday’s season-opening Glenwood Invitational Cross Country Meet. Kaster, a sophomore, placed third for the HCHS...
IKM-Manning’s Jared Johnson (12) and Alex Heiman (23) break up a pass intended for an East Sac County receiver during Friday’s game.
 MANNING -- Jared Johnson’s 57-yard touchdown pass to Nick Halbur broke a fourth-quarter tie and proved to be the game-winning score Friday night as IKM-Manning opened the football season with a 20-14 non-district win over East Sac County. It was the second straight year that the Wolves and Raiders...
Exira-EHK sophomore Jayden Goodwin (9) gains yardage down the sideline. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA -- A second-half rally came up one touchdown short for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Friday night as the Spartans lost to Audubon 38-32 in the season opener for both teams. The Wheelers, who were playing their first-ever 8-Man game, got an outstanding performance from quarterback Tyler Riebhoff...
EXIRA-EHK FOOTBALL TEAM
 EXIRA -- Going into Friday night’s season opener vs. Audubon, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton head coach Tom Petersen said of his football team, “Just a long way to go ... kind of a work in progress.” But it’s hard to ignore the talent and potential of this year’s Spartans, who begin 2016 ranked sixth...
 2016 CYCLONE SENIORS -- Front row, L-R: Marshall Tucker, Nick Tarney, Grant Smith, Michael Monson, Jacob Wingert, Austin Smith, Jeremy Flies. Back row, L-R: Noah Culp, Greg Sorensen, Dillon Sears, Caleb Rasmussen, Josh Cheek, Aaron Johannsen, Kyle Schmitz, Jonathon Schmitz, Richard Blackman.
COUNCIL BLUFFS -- When Harlan Community kicks off the 2016 football season at Lewis Central Friday night, Curt Bladt will begin his 39th year as head coach of the Cyclones and his 49th year with the program. For Coach Bladt, there’s still something special about that first Friday of the fall. “It’s...

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