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 ADM coach Jason Book (right), a Walnut native, is congratulated by HCHS coach Steve Daeges after the Tigers defeated the Cyclones 3-1 in Wednesday’s Class 3A, Substate 8 final. HCHS finished the season 26-8 overall.
 HARLAN (July 24) -- Longtime Harlan Community head coach Steve Daeges has often used the phrase, “That’s baseball,” to describe the subtle nuances of the sport, in particular the propensity for any team beating another on any given day. On Wednesday night at Jim Goeser Field, baseball happened to...
 HARLAN (July 24) - Harlan Community coaches were disappointed to see their season come to an end on Wednesday, but happy for ADM head coach Jason Book. Most members of the Cyclone coaching staff have known Book, a Walnut native, for quite some time, trading scouting reports over the years or...
 HCHS shortstop Brett Sears bends over backwards to catch a shallow pop fly against Winterset Monday night as left fielder Luke Musich looks on. Sears overran the ball near the foul line before adjusting at the last second to make the seventh-inning grab. The Cyclones won the 3A district final game 5-2. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (July 22) -- Connor Bruck couldn’t have picked a better spot to notch his third and final strikeout against Winterset. Facing the Huskies’ most dangerous hitter in the left-handed Casey Young, who represented the tying run with two on and two out in the top of the seventh, Bruck jumped...
 FORT DODGE -- Former IKM-Manning softball pitcher Peyton Gross was honored at the State Softball Tournament Thursday night (July 25) for being a 100-game winner during her prep career. Gross, the daughter of Paul and Joy Gross, Manilla, was recognized prior to the Class 2A championship game as a...
 HCHS senior Brett Sears threw 108 pitches in Friday’s four-hit shutout against Atlantic, striking out 13 Trojans and walking four as the Cyclones advanced in the Class 3A district tournament. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (July 19) -- On a hot, humid Friday night, Harlan Community’s Brett Sears and Atlantic’s Chase McLaren battled the elements and each other in a pitchers’ duel that lived up to the hype. Both seniors allowed just four singles and combined for 21 strikeouts, but only HCHS was able to scratch...
 HARLAN (July 22) -- Friday’s low-scoring district baseball opener - a 2-0 win over Atlantic - could be a prelude of what’s to come this postseason for fifth-ranked Harlan Community (25-7), which hosted Winterset (22-7) in Monday’s District 15 final. The Huskies held back their ace pitcher, Casey...
 COON RAPIDS (July 16) -- IKM-Manning finished the baseball season with a record of 7-17 following last Tuesday’s 10-1 loss at Coon Rapids-Bayard in a Class 1A, District 16 semifinal. The ninth-ranked Crusaders (27-4) broke the game open with a pair of early crooked numbers, scoring three runs in...
 ANITA -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team lost to CAM 7-2 in a Class 1A district quarterfinal game July 13 and finished the season 10-12 overall. The Spartans scored two runs in the top of the first but the host Cougars answered with four in the bottom of the inning and scored three...
 Harlan Community junior Connor Bruck throws a pitch at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln Monday night. Bruck is part of a formidable one-two punch with senior Brett Sears at the top of the Cyclone pitching rotation as postseason play begins Friday night.
 HARLAN (July 19) -- Three wins removed from a potential ninth straight trip to state, the Harlan Community baseball team opens district tournament play Friday night against an opponent that will have its full attention. Atlantic (7-17) takes on the fifth-ranked Cyclones (24-7) in the second of two...
 HCHS senior Derec Weyer connects for a first-inning grand slam against Abraham Lincoln on Monday. Weyer finished the game with three hits and five RBI.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (July 15) -- The Harlan Community baseball team let leads of 5-0 and 8-6 slip away on Monday night at Abraham Lincoln, falling to the Lynx 9-8 in a back-and-forth non-conference affair. The game ended in ugly fashion in the bottom of the seventh after AL’s Hunter Nice hit a leadoff...

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