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 MISSOURI VALLEY -- Less than two minutes into the game last Friday, IKM-Manning’s Jared Vollstedt returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against Missouri Valley. He was only getting started. Before the night was over, Vollstedt added two rushing touchdowns, a 94-yard kickoff return TD and a 100-...
Members of Harlan Community’s conference championship boys cross country team include, left-right: Logan Klaassen, Caleb Brace, Reagan Hansen, Michael Sciranko, Drew Voge, Jacob Henry and Ben Heileson. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC -- Harlan Community finished just a few places places shy of a championship sweep at Thursday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Cross Country Meet. The Cyclone boys defended their team title by 54 points over Lewis Central while the girls finished just two points behind champion Denison-Schleswig...
HCHS kicker Ethan Knudson follows through on his ninth field goal of the season Friday, breaking the single-season school record shared by Gary Petersen, Billy Cundiff and Zach Kaufman. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD -- Harlan Community used a big-play offense, a bend-but-don’t-break defense and a strong finish Friday night to take down unbeaten Glenwood, 38-14, in a game that was much more competitive than the final score. Leading just 21-14 with 9:30 remaining, the seventh-ranked Cyclones responded...
Boyer Valley’s Walter Schaben (40) is tackled by Spartan senior Austin Malloy with help from junior Cole Bruns. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton bounced back from its first loss of the year in a big way Friday night, routing Boyer Valley 61-6 to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in District 1. The Spartans built a 48-6 lead by halftime, riding the three-pronged rushing attack of quarterback Brady Hansen and...
IKM-Manning setter Aly Stadtlander (4) runs a fast attack with Kelli Grimm during WIC Tournament volleyball play last week. (Photo contributed)
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning outlasted Underwood in five highly-competitive sets, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 26-28, 15-7, on Thursday night to earn third place in the 2015 Western Iowa Conference Volleyball Tournament. Tri-Center beat Treynor in another five-setter for the championship, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 25-...
HCHS head coach Angie Spangenberg talks to her team during Tuesday’s Senior Night sweep of Creston. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- Fighting off some mid-match bouts of sluggishness, the Harlan Community volleyball team was still able to finish off a Senior Night sweep of Creston here Tuesday, winning 25-16, 25-22, 25-17, to maintain its share of first place in the Hawkeye Ten Conference. The 2nd-ranked (Class 4-A)...
GLENWOOD -- What a difference a year can make. Last season at this time, the Harlan Community and Glenwood football teams had won four out of 14 games en route to a combined overall record of 5-13 and a 2-10 mark in district play. The Cyclones shut out the Rams 19-0 in Week 8, but both programs...
IKM-Manning senior Jared Vollsted (center) blocks Reid Steinberg of Manson Northwest Webster as teammate Jacob Thraen returns an interception for the Wolves last Friday.
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning defense forced six turnovers, including Noah Harlow’s 58-yard fumble return touchdown, in last Friday’s 30-6, non-district home win over Manson Northwest Webster. The Wolves trailed 6-0 after the first quarter - ironically due to a 58-yard fumble return score by the...
 UNDERWOOD -- Nick Pedersen passed for 146 yards and three touchdowns and the Underwood defense held AHSTW to just 73 total yards last Friday night as the fifth-ranked (1-A) Eagles beat the 10th-ranked Vikings, 40-0, to stay undefeated on the year. The game was marred by a season-ending knee injury...
 NEWELL -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton did everything but win the game in last Friday’s battle of 8-Player unbeatens at Newell-Fonda. Tied at 35 with the top-ranked and defending state champion Mustangs, the 6th-ranked Spartans were driving for the possible game-winning score when disaster struck...

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