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Surrounded by Exira-EHK players and assistant Tony Santisteban (40), Spartan head baseball coach Tony Petersen (33) huddles together with his team one last time following Thursday’s 3-2 district semifinal loss at Coon Rapids-Bayard. Petersen coached 32 seasons at Elk Horn-Kimballton and Exira-EHK, winning 513 games. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 COON RAPIDS -- When it was all said and done Thursday night - after seven innings of pressure-packed baseball, his final postgame huddle and media interviews - Tony Petersen received just the right medicine when he was mobbed by hugs from his young grandchildren. Perhaps this retirement gig won’t...
IKM-Manning junior Sam Gross pitches to a CAM batter.
 AUDUBON -- Early errors proved costly for the IKM-Manning baseball team last Tuesday as CAM grabbed an early four-run lead and beat the Wolves, 4-1, in a Class 1-A district quarterfinal game held at Audubon. The Cougars (23-5) scored two runs in the first and two in the third (all unearned) and...
Spartan players surround Sophia Peppers at home plate following her first-inning home run. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CHARTER OAK -- After scoring a combined 18 runs and splitting its two-game regular-season series with Charter Oak-Ute, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team liked its chances going into last Monday’s Class 1-A regional final. But the rubber match was simply not meant to be for the Spartans. ...
HCHS second baseman Brett Sears (left) appears to tag out Thomas Jefferson’s Cameron Baker attempting to steal a base on Wednesday night. Baker was called safe on the play and later scored a run during TJ’s 6-3 victory.
 HARLAN -- For the Harlan Community baseball team, it’s time to wipe the slate clean. The 2nd-ranked Cyclones saw their 10-game winning streak come to a close during Wednesday’s regular season finale at Jim Goeser Field, losing 6-3 to Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. But starting Friday, the Tee...
 HARLAN -- Highlighted by Brett Croghan’s second home run of the year, Harlan Community answered Abraham Lincoln’s three-run top of the sixth with a four-spot in the bottom half Monday and held on for a 5-4 home win over the Lynx. The game was tied 1-1 after five before both teams got the bats...
 Spartan center fielder Rachel Walker connects for a double on Monday night.
 CHARTER OAK -- For the fourth time in the last five years, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s softball season has ended in the Class 1-A regional finals. The Spartans lost to Charter Oak-Ute, 15-2, on Tuesday in a Region 7 final that started Monday night but was suspended by a heavy thunderstorm. CO-U...
 Exira-EHK courtesy runner Trey Nelson rounds third base to score a run on Tuesday.
 COON RAPIDS -- As the lone senior on Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s baseball team, Brady Hansen wasn’t quite ready for his final season to end, especially without longtime head coach Tony Petersen in the dugout. Hansen certainly did his part to keep the season alive, pitching a complete game with...
 IKM-M catcher Jacob Thraen looks to throw out a runner at first.
AUDUBON -- IKM-Manning was defeated by CAM, 4-1, in a Class 1-A district quarterfinal baseball game on Tuesday. The Wolves finished the season 11-13 overall.  See Tuesday’s Harlan Tribune for more details.
 Standing next to his wife Anita and her daughter, Maggie Dargy, Harlan driver Mike Nichols (second from left) holds the congratulatory banner he received from the U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus, Neb., after earning his 400th career race win in the IMCA Stock Car Division June 23. Members of Nichols’ pit crew include Josh Nielsen (far left), Stan Nichols (Mike’s father), Justin Gessert and Mike Dierks. (Photo courtesy of Dave Schraeder, Schraeder Photography)
 COLUMBUS, NEB. -- Another win, another milestone. Harlan driver Mike Nichols won his division-best 400th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature on June 23 at U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus, Neb. The victory was his 13th in a row and 26th in 29 starts this season. Better yet, it came with a $400 bonus and...
IKM-Manning’s Katelyn Crawford slides home safely with a second-inning run as Panorama catcher Lydia Knapp is unable to grab an errant throw to the plate.
 IRWIN -- When IKM-Manning scored four runs in the top of the second inning - aided by a crafy bunting game and three Panorama errors - the Wolves appeared well on their way to victory in last Friday’s Class 2-A, Region 2 softball semifinal. Undaunted by the situation, however, a youthful Panthers...

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