Sports

 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community baseball and softball teams will be sponsoring their annual Green Out Night on Monday, June 20, when the Cyclones host Denison-Schleswig at J.J. Jensen Park. JV-Varsity doubleheaders will get underway at 5:30 p.m. Green Out is an opportunity for the HCHS baseball and...
Exira-EHK’s Josh Pettepier takes a swing during Wednesday’s game vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard.
 ELK HORN -- If you told Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball coach Tony Petersen that his team would hold Coon Rapids-Bayard to just two hits on Wednesday, he would have liked his chances. But two singles were enough on this night as the Crusaders took advantage of seven walks, two hit batsmen and a...
Spartan pitcher Trent Partridge (12) shows the ball to the home plate umpire after tagging out a Bomber runner who attempted to score on a pitch to the backstop.
 ELK HORN -- Monday’s Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball game vs. Adair-Casey was suspended by rain at the halfway mark with the Spartans leading 5-1 after three and a half innings. The game will be resumed at Adair-Casey as part of a doubleheader on June 30.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community baseball team held off a seventh-inning rally by St. Albert Monday night to beat the Falcons 4-2 in Hawkeye Ten Conference action. Cyclone senior Brett Croghan (3-1) took a shutout to the seventh inning and pitched a complete game for the win, allowing six...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Harlan Community stranded the tying run at third base in the top of the seventh inning Monday night, falling to St. Albert 4-3 in Hawkeye Ten softball action. The Cyclones fell behind 4-1 after two innings and never fully recovered, managing just four hits off Saintes pitcher...
Harlan Community senior Kyle Juhl (right) is greeted at home plate by teammates Dillon Sears (1), Jared Moser and Kyle Schmitz after hitting a fourth-inning grand slam during the Cyclones’ 14-4 win over Clarinda on Thursday night. Juhl homered in each of his first three at-bats and drove in seven runs in the game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- During the past few years or so, it really didn’t matter which direction or how hard the wind was blowing at Jim Goeser Field. If the ball was exiting the yard off a Harlan Community bat, it was usually just a foul ball in the parking lot. Only nine games into the 2016 season, however,...
HCHS second baseman Delaney Kelly makes the pivot on a Cyclone double play as Clarinda’s Addy Shane slides toward the bag during game one of Thursday’s doubleheader split.
 HARLAN -- The first 12 games of the season have certainly been a “Jekyll and Hyde” roller coaster ride for the Harlan Community softball team, perhaps summed up best by Thursday’s doubleheader split with Clarinda. After easily defeating the Cardinals in three innings, 12-0, in game one, HCHS took...
 EARLHAM -- Junior Alex Amaral pitched a three-hit gem on the mound and got plenty of run support Friday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team improved to 5-1 overall with a 9-1 non-conference win at Earlham. Amaral (3-0) allowed one run in seven innings, walked none and racked up 12...
IKM-Manning’s Jacob Thraen hits an RBI single to drive in a late insurance run during the Wolves’ 5-3 win at AHSTW Friday night.
 AVOCA -- Jared Johnson pitched a complete game two-hitter and the IKM-Manning baseball team rallied for three runs in the final two innings Friday night to post a 5-3 road win over AHSTW. The Wolves capped a 2-2 week on the diamond and improved their record to 5-5 overall and 5-3 in the Western...
 IKM-Manning shortstop Paige Gaskill throws out an AHSTW base runner
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning sophomore Peyton Gross and AHSTW junior Haley Constable both pitched a three-hitter Friday night, but it was Gross and the Wolves who came out on top, 3-1, in Western Iowa Conference softball action. IKM-M, which blew out the Lady Vikes 11-0 in both teams’ league opener May 24...

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