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 HCHS senior Haley Leinen (6) led the Cyclones with 13 kills against Lewis Central while also adding six blocks at the net. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 19) -- For the first two sets on Tuesday night, Harlan Community battled the Lewis Central volleyball team to an even draw. Long, competitive rallies were common. One-sided scoring runs were scarce. The Cyclones nearly grabbed a two-set lead but settled for a split after finishing...
 HARLAN -- Oh, what a difference a year makes. With four football games in the books last season, Harlan Community stood at 1-3 overall (0-2 in District 7) and had already allowed 183 points, including 70 in one night at Creston. Fast forward to 2017 and the Cyclones are 3-1 overall (2-0 in...
 RED OAK (Sept. 16) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team lost two out of three games and did not make it past pool play last Saturday at the Red Oak Tournament. The Cyclone defeats came against a pair of state-rated Class 2-A opponents. Fifth-ranked Sidney beat HCHS 21-16, 21-16 and No. 15 Tri-...
 HARLAN -- Fourteen schools are scheduled to compete at the Harlan Golf and Country Club Saturday morning (Sept. 23) as part of this year’s Harlan Community Cyclone Boys and Girls Cross Country Invitational. The meet will get underway at 9:30 a.m. with the boys and girls middle school races. The JV...
 A FAMILY AFFAIR -- Harlan Community football coach Curt Bladt (holding ball) is joined by family members following Friday night’s 17-14 victory at Glenwood. Bladt became just the third coach in Iowa prep history to reach 400 career wins.
 Left-right: HCHS assistant coach Todd Bladt (holding daughter Carson), Drew Bladt, Jeff Bladt, Curt Bladt and wife Jill Bladt, Greg Bladt (in back), Connor Bladt, Hannah Bladt, Angela Bladt, Sam Bladt, Shilo Bladt and Alex Bladt.
 GLENWOOD -- Perhaps it was only fitting that Curt Bladt’s 400th career coaching win came in a low-scoring, old-fashioned slobberknocker of a game with a share of the district lead up for grabs. Harlan Community and Glenwood butted heads for 48 physical minutes here Friday night, and when it was...
Curt Bladt
 Nearly midway through his 40th season as Harlan Community’s head football coach, Curt Bladt joined exclusive company Friday night by picking up his 400th career win as the Cyclones defeated Glenwood 17-14. Only two other Iowa prep football coaches, according to the Iowa High School Athletic...
 Harlan Community junior Olivia Petersen (10) led the Cyclones with 11 kills and four blocks during Thursday night’s 3-0 Hawkeye Ten sweep against Atlantic. (Photo courtesy of Nate Tenopir, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 ATLANTIC -- The losing “streak” was only two games, but a 16-day gap between wins left the Harlan Community volleyball team feeling hungry Thursday night. The Cyclones responded with a road victory they needed to have, sweeping Atlantic 25-21, 25-15, 25-17 to even their Hawkeye Ten Conference...
 CARROLL -- Due to heavy rain and lightning, Saturday morning’s Kuemper Catholic Cross Country Invite was cancelled and has not been rescheduled. Area teams planning to attend the meet were Harlan Community, IKM-Manning and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton.
 IKM-Manning center Chris Monson prepares to snap the football during Friday night’s 36-32 Wolves victory at Logan-Magnolia.
 LOGAN -- One year after losing a heartbreaker vs. Logan-Magnolia, the IKM-Manning football team finished strong at crunch time to beat the Panthers 36-32 in a back-and-forth affair Friday night at Logan. Trailing 17-15 at halftime, the Wolves took the lead on three separate occasions in the second...
 GUTHRIE CENTER -- Posting its third consecutive shutout on defense, AHSTW improved to 4-0 on the gridiron last Friday night with a 36-0 win at ACGC. Ranked seventh in Class 1A, the Vikings are tied for first place in District 7 with IKM-Manning - both teams standing 2-0 in district play. Senior...

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