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 HALL OF FAMER -- Harlan Community baseball coach Steve Daeges, accompanied by his wife, Sue, holds his Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame statue after being honored at the organization’s 48th annual Awards Banquet on January 23 in West Des Moines. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 WEST DES MOINES -- Hired to direct the Harlan Community baseball program in 1994, Steve Daeges never imagined the type of success that would follow. Twenty-two seasons and 579 wins later, he’s a hall of famer. On Saturday night, January 23, at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Daeges was...
HCHS senior Clare Klein (center) tallied five points, five assists and four rebounds against Denison.
 HARLAN -- Taylor Frederick and Jordyn Moser combined to score 42 points Tuesday night as the Harlan Community girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start to beat Denison-Schleswig, 65-43, in Hawkeye Ten Conference play. The top-ranked (Class 4-A) Cyclones led by 30 points before D-S closed the...
HCHS senior Josh Kloewer (right) attempts to knock the ball away from Hunter Lilleholm as the Denison guard drives toward the basket for a fast break score on Tuesday.
 HARLAN -- It took nearly three quarters, but Harlan Community eventually delivered the knockout punch Tuesday night in a 74-43 boys basketball win over Denison-Schleswig. After the Monarchs pulled within 41-33 at the 2:30 mark of the third period, Cyclone coach Mitch Osborn called a timeout and...
 Prior to Tuesday night’s home double dual, HCHS wrestling coach John Murtaugh (center) received a plaque commemorating 300 career victories. Murtaugh surpassed the 300-win mark during a home meet on January 12.
 Pictured with Coach Murtaugh are Curt Bladt (left), longtime Cyclone assistant wrestling coach, and HCHS Principal John Connell.
 HARLAN -- Bonus points proved to be the difference maker Tuesday night as the Harlan Community wrestling team settled for a split of its Hawkeye Ten home double dual vs. Atlantic and Denison-Schleswig. Atlantic (64-13) and HCHS (61-6) both posted lopsided wins over the Monarchs to start and finish...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community girls and boys bowling teams both improved their records to 4-2 overall last Thursday (Jan. 21) with victories over OA-BCIG at Cyclone Lanes. The Cyclone girls won by 418 pins (2,324 to 1,906), led by Bailey Portwood’s individual series of 362. The Cyclone boys won...
 IKM-Manning junior Jon Brandt (3) drives around Tri-Center’s Marcus Mumm during Friday’s Western Iowa Conference game.
 TRI-CENTER -- Another game, another big second half by the IKM-Manning boys basketball team. Three nights after outscoring Audubon 45-19 in the final 13:30 of an 11-point home win, the Wolves erased a one-point halftime deficit on the road by outscoring Tri-Center 55-18 in the second half of an 82...
 RED OAK -- The 13th straight victory for the Harlan Community girls basketball team was its most lopsided yet as the top-ranked Cyclones built a 45-10 halftime lead and trounced Red Oak, 66-22, on Friday night. HCHS rolled to 7-0 in Hawkeye Ten Conference play (one game ahead of Lewis Central) and...
 RED OAK -- Ahead by just six points at halftime, the Harlan Community boys put together a 23-8 third-quarter run and continued to pull away in the fourth to post a 78-49 win at Red Oak Friday night. Senior Kyle Juhl led the 5th-ranked (3-A) Cyclones with 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists,...
 OMAHA, NEB. -- Jacob Wingert and Austin Knudson led the Harlan Community wrestling team for the second straight weekend as the Cyclones placed fourth out of six teams at Saturday’s Omaha Burke Invitational. Wingert and Knudson, who both finished 8-0 at Mount Ayr’s Ron Scott Memorial Dual...
 Lady Vike junior Jaycie Schueman takes a second-half shot attempt. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MISSOURI VALLEY -- Bolstered by four first-half 3-pointers and solid man-to-man defense, the AHSTW girls basketball team scored the first 10 points of the game en route to an 18-point lead and held off Missouri Valley, 46-40, Friday night to sweep the season series. Taking their biggest lead at 26...

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