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Harlan Community junior Reagan Hansen (680) and senior Michael Sciranko (684) placed 34th and 42nd, respectively, to pace the Cyclone boys at Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet. HCHS placed 13th as a team.
 FORT DODGE -- On a cool, damp afternoon at the State Cross Country Meet, Harlan Community posted some favorable times on the board but was unable to make much noise against the best teams Class 3-A has to offer. Finishing in near-identical fashion as last year, the Cyclone boys placed 13th out of...
Cyclone players celebrate a point during Thursday’s regional sweep of Dallas Center-Grimes. Left-right: Taylor Frederick, Jess DuVal (12), Jordyn Moser, Haley Arkfeld (13), Lexie Holloway (8) and Haley Leinen. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
HARLAN -- When talking about her team’s success throughout much of the fall, Harlan Community volleyball coach Angie Spangenberg often mentioned the fact that her players are still young and inexperienced at the varsity level and continuing to learn the mental side of competition. Now just one win...
Creston/O-M running back Chase Shiltz (24) is gang-tackled by Harlan Community’s Travis Crees (2), Brett Croghan (45) and Will Lansman during Wednesday’s Class 3-A playoff game at Merrill Field.
 HARLAN -- It will go down in the books as one of the most remarkable regular season to postseason turnarounds - good or bad - in the storied history of Harlan Community football. Just 19 days after posting a 59-21 road win over Creston/Orient-Macksburg - a game in which HCHS racked up 607 total...
Exira-EHK’s Emily Copic (left) and Rose Andersen placed seventh and 11th, respectively, in last week’s Class 1-A State Qualifying Meet at Treynor. Both will run at the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday afternoon. (Photos  courtesy of Caleb Nelson, Audubon County Advocate Journal)
 TREYNOR -- Five area cross country runners earned a state meet berth by placing in the top 15 of the Class 1-A State Qualifying Meet at Treynor, held October 22. The list includes four girls qualifiers and one boy who will now compete at the 2015 State Cross Country Meet this Saturday at Lakeside...
AHSTW senior Dustin Engel (20) runs behind the blocking of AJ Sieh (73) and Tameron McGurren-Leal. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 REGIONAL -- AHSTW, IKM-Manning and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton all saw their season come to an end in the first round of the Iowa high school football playoffs Wednesday night.
The Harlan Community girls and boys cross country teams show off their state qualifier banners. 
Front row, L-R: Emily Juhl, Alexis Irlbeck, Kara Rueschenberg, Mercedee Mayberry, Greichaly Kaster, Alyssa Wyman, Savannah Parman.
 Middle row, L-R: Logan Klaassen, Michael Sciranko, Reagan Hansen, Drew Voge, Jacob Henry, Caleb Brace, Ben Heileson. Back row, L-R: Coaches Zach Klaassen and Doug Renkly.
GLENWOOD -- For the second year in a row, the State Cross Country Meet will be a true co-ed affair for Harlan Community High School. Both Cyclone teams punched their ticket to Fort Dodge with top-three finishes in Thursday’s Class 3-A State Qualifying Meet at Glenwood Lake Park. The HCHS girls...
HCHS cornerback Josh Kloewer (42) tackles A-D-M’s Blake Crannell on the first play from scrimmage during Friday’s 49-7 Cyclone victory.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team is back at the top of the mountain in Class 3-A, District 8. One year after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 34 seasons, the sixth-ranked Cyclones are co-district champions and a number-one playoff seed after crushing Adel-DeSoto-Minburn...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Cyclones won’t have to look far for a scouting report in preparation for their first-round opponent in the Class 3-A football playoffs. The video from their Week 7 game at Creston/Orient-Macksburg is just two and a half weeks old. The 6th-ranked Cyclones (8-1) will...
Viking senior Adam Kiesel (74) chases down West Monona/Whiting’s John Rahilly.
 AREA -- The AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football teams will host first-round playoff games Wednesday night while IKM-Manning will open its playoff journey on the road following the release of the Iowa high school playoff pairings late Friday night. AHSTW (6-3) finished the regular season...
HCHS senior Taylor Frederick (15) and junior Brenda Hopkins (2) try to block an attack by Denison-Schleswig’s Haley Gehlsen (9) as Monarch senior Mariah Krohnke looks on during Monday night’s Hawkeye Ten match. (Photo courtesy of Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin)
 DENISON -- With an assist or two from Glenwood, the Harlan Community volleyball team is just one win removed from a third consecutive outright championship in the Hawkeye Ten Conference. HCHS improved to 8-1 in league play (32-5 overall) with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-13 sweep at Denison-Schleswig Monday...

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