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AHSTW pitcher Haley Constable in regional action.
 TREYNOR (July 5) -- AHSTW fought gamely but ultimately came up short in last Wednesday’s Class 2-A regional quarterfinal softball game at Treynor, losing 6-4 in nine innings when Sydni Huisman delivered a two-out, two-run single for the Cardinals. The Lady Vikes trailed by two in the seventh and...
Wolves’ third baseman Kate Crawford puts the ball in play.
 IRWIN (July 5) -- Two different times the IKM-Manning softball team rallied back to tie Missouri Valley here Wednesday night, but the Wolves were unable to get the big hit they needed to take a lead. In the end, 12 stranded IKM-M base runners proved to be the biggest difference as the Lady Reds...
 GLIDDEN (July 5) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team is back in familiar territory, posting tournament wins and poised to reach its fifth regional final in six years with just one more victory. The Spartans (16-10 overall) handled their business again Wednesday with an 8-4 win over...
 Exira-EHK’s five seniors were recognized following Monday’s regional win over CAM. Left-right: Maggie Rasmussen, Katie Kunik, Mara Burmeister, Rachel Walker and Alex Petersen.
 KIMBALLTON (July 3) -- When last week’s Senior Night game was rained out, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team rescheduled the recognition ceremony to follow Monday’s Class 1-A regional opener vs. CAM. Fortunately for this year’s five seniors, the only tears shed after the game were happy...
 AHSTW freshman Sydney Zimmerman swings for a two-run single during Monday’s eight-run sixth inning as the Lady Vikes beat Southwest Valley 13-7.
 AVOCA -- For the second straight season, the AHSTW softball team opened Class 2-A regional play in Avoca with a mid-game rally and ultimately a comfortable win over Southwest Valley. Last year, the Lady Vikes trailed 5-3 after three innings before rallying to beat the Timberwolves 9-5. On Monday...
 HARLAN -- Playing its first full game in nearly a week, Harlan Community scored four first-inning runs and held off Dallas Center-Grimes 5-3 here Wednesday night (July 5) in non-conference baseball action. The No. 2-ranked (3-A) Cyclones improved to 25-2 overall going into Thursday’s makeup game...
 HARLAN -- Eleven Harlan Community boys and girls soccer players were recognized on the 2017 Hawkeye Ten All-Conference Soccer teams released in June. The list includes eight players from the Cyclone boys team which set a school record for wins this past season, going 15-3 overall, and tied Lewis...
 IKM-Manning’s Kate Crawford lays down a second-inning sacrifice bunt that helped set up the Wolves’ first run during Friday’s 8-2 WIC Tournament championship game win over Missouri Valley.
 NEOLA -- The most important meeting is still to come between the IKM-Manning and Missouri Valley softball teams, but Friday’s regular-season rubber match should certainly give the Wolves a confidence boost going into Class 2-A regional play. Showcasing an impressive mix of small ball and timely...
   IKM-Manning coach Joy Gross is informed by the umpires that play will be suspended due to approaching storms following three innings of the Wolves' WIC Tourney semifinal vs. Treynor. IKM-M led 2-1 at the time and Treynor forfeited the contest.
 NEOLA -- The Western Iowa Conference Softball Tournament semifinal between IKM-Manning and Treynor ended via forfeit Thursday night (June 29) when strong thunderstorms suspended play after three innings. IKM-M led 2-1 when the game was stopped and Treynor opted to forfeit rather than returning to...
 Spartan senior Rachel Walker connects with the ball vs. Audubon. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Nelson, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 AUDUBON -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team finished the regular season on Saturday (July 1) with a 14-1, four-inning win at Audubon and took an overall record of 14-10 into Monday’s Class 1-A regional opener vs. CAM. With a win on Monday, the Spartans will face either Glidden-Ralston...

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