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 HCHS senior Kyle Schmitz improved to 8-0 on Tuesday night, pitching five innings of relief in the Cyclones’ 6-1 win over Des Moines Roosevelt.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community baseball team wrapped up a highly-successful regular season Wednesday night with a 15-3, five-inning win at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. Now the real season begins as the top-ranked Cyclones get set to defend their Class 3-A state championship. Winners of...
 Harlan Community junior Logan Klaassen puts down a successful sacrifice bunt during Tuesday’s home game against Des Moines Roosevelt.
 HARLAN -- Ryan Doran went 3-for-3 at the plate and Kyle Schmitz pitched five scoreless innings of relief for his eighth win Tuesday night as Harlan Community downed Des Moines Roosevelt 6-1 in non-conference baseball action. Putting together quality at-bats during the late innings, HCHS scored one...
 Exira-EHK senior Alex Amaral picked up his fifth win of the season Tuesday as the Spartans prevailed over Woodbine 16-0 in four innings.
 AUDUBON -- With a potential gauntlet of tough games looming, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s district baseball opener vs. Woodbine Tuesday was essentially the calm before the storm. Taking nothing for granted, the 5th-ranked Spartans handled their business with ease in a Class 1-A, District 15...
 IKM-Manning’s Grant Stracke starts a dive toward third base before being forced out by Tri-Center’s Dan Kenealy during Tuesday’s Class 2-A district semifinal game.
 NEOLA -- Tri-Center broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth inning and added two in the sixth here Tuesday night, ending IKM-Manning’s season, 8-0, in a Class 2-A, District 15 semifinal baseball game. The Trojans’ fourth win of the year over the Wolves improved their record to 20-4 and...
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community swept Le Mars in a baseball doubleheader last Friday (July 7), winning game one 9-0 and holding off the Bulldogs 4-3 in the night cap. HCHS committed just one error in the two games, outhit Le Mars 19-9 overall and got solid starting pitching from Brett Sears (6-0) and...
HCHS junior Nick Foss is greeted by Cyclone head coach Steve Daeges after hitting a home run vs. Glenwood.
 HARLAN (July 6) -- The Harlan Community baseball team put the finishing touches on its first Hawkeye Ten title since 2014 last Thursday, beating Glenwood 13-0 in five innings to finish with a sparkling 19-1 conference record. The Cyclones and Rams were finishing game two of a June 15 doubleheader...
 AHSTW senior Anthony Cordes pitched nine scoreless innings of one-hit ball against Shenandoah last Saturday night but the Vikings came up short, 1-0, in an 11-inning district quarterfinal.
 AVOCA (July 8) -- It was a frustrating end to a frustrating game for the AHSTW baseball team. Held scoreless for 11 innings in Saturday night’s Class 2-A district quarterfinal vs. Shenandoah, the Vikings had the potential tying run gunned down at home plate for the final out of a 1-0, extra-...
 IKM-Manning’s Nick Halbur collides with the Panorama catcher as teammate Alex Heiman gives the safe sign during Saturday’s district game. Halbur was ruled out on the play.
 MANILLA (July 8) -- IKM-Manning senior Sam Gross escaped bases-loaded jams in both the sixth and seventh innings Saturday night, helping the Wolves preserve an 8-6 win over Panorama in the opening round of the Class 2-A, District 15 baseball tournament. IKM-Manning led 7-0 after two innings but...
 Exira-EHK softball coach Jodee Dixon talks with the team following Friday night’s 9-2 regional loss vs. Fort Dodge St. Edmond at Fonda. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FONDA (July 7) -- Talk about peaking at the right time. The St. Edmond softball team entered postseason play last week with a record of 9-17 and defeats in six of its last seven games. Five nights and three wins later, the Gaels are one step away from the state tournament. Exira-Elk Horn-...
 HCHS sophomore Morgan Schaben leads her teammates through the handshake line following Thursday’s eight-inning 3-2 loss to Nevada in Class 4-A regional play.
 HARLAN (July 6) -- In a season marked by inexperience and growing pains, the 2017 Harlan Community softball team mixed flashes of potential with youthful mistakes in a constant battle to get over the hump. The same could be said about Thursday’s Class 4-A regional quarterfinal game vs. Nevada. ...

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