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 HCHS senior Greichaly Kaster (center) and juniors Lucy Borkowski (left) and Abby Alberti (right) reach the top of a hill during Saturday’s Lewis Central Invite on the campus of Iowa Western Community College. Kaster, Borkowski and Alberti placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, to lead the Cyclone girls to a team title. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 8) -- Harlan Community cross country coach Doug Renkly knew that his girls squad had the potential to be pretty darn special this year. But this good, this soon? Perhaps. Despite having a two-week layoff since their season opener - two meets were cancelled - the Cyclone girls...
 ROCKWELL CITY (Sept. 8) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team placed fourth out of seven teams in Saturday’s round-robin South Central Calhoun “Master Blaster” Tournament, finishing 3-3. HCHS scored decisive wins over Kingsley-Pierson, River Valley and East Sac County while losing to South...
 IKM-Manning senior Mya Irlmeier (5) hits over Treynor’s Kennedy Elwood as Emily Kerkhoff looks on.
 MANNING (Sept. 6) -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team opened conference play with a 3-1 loss to 11th-ranked (2A) Treynor on Thursday night as the first set proved pivotal in the final outcome. The Wolves led 22-18 in set one but were outscored 8-2 down the stretch and lost 26-24. The momentum...
 Harlan Community linebacker Jon Owens makes one of the Cyclones’ three interceptions during Friday’s 35-6 win at Carroll as Tiger receiver Jace Pettitt reaches back for the underthrown pass.
 CARROLL (Sept. 7) -- Following a sluggish first half on offense, Harlan Community put together a dominant third quarter on both sides of the football Friday night, scoring three touchdowns in a six-minute span to pull away from Carroll 35-6. The host Tigers took a 6-0 lead on the first play of the...
 Exira-EHK senior Cole Burmeister (2) makes a running catch as Jackson Jensen defends for Audubon.
 EXIRA (Sept. 7) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton stayed unbeaten and won its district opener Friday night, making a goal line stand in the final moments to hold off Audubon 34-28. The Spartans are now 3-0 overall. Audubon (1-2) drove down the field and got to the 2-yard line late in the game before an...
 IKM-M quarterback Kyler Rasmussen eludes the pass rush of a Titan lineman. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING (Sept. 7) -- South Central Calhoun scored 19 first-quarter points and continued to pull away in the second half last Friday night, defeating the IKM-Manning football team 38-0 in non-district action. The Wolves (2-1) were outgained 448-165 in total offense. Chase McAlister opened the...
 Harlan Community players celebrate the final point of Tuesday’s hard-fought 3-1 home win over Shenandoah. Left-right: Ashley Hall, Kara Weis, Hayley Hopkins, Lindsey Andersen, Lauren Andersen and Anna Ahrenholtz.
 HARLAN (Sept. 4) -- Aggression and efficiency proved to be a winning combination for the Harlan Community volleyball team Tuesday night as the Cyclones persevered through a grueling set-one loss to outlast Shenandoah 27-29, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 in an even Hawkeye Ten battle. HCHS served 96 percent...
 CARROLL (Sept. 7) -- The Harlan Community football team will look to bounce back quickly Friday night following last week’s frustrating 34-32 home loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton. HCHS led 20-0 in the first half but was unable to establish a running game or slow down the Warriors’ speed-oriented...
 LAKE CITY (Sept. 1) -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team finished with a 3-3 match record in its first tournament action of the season at last Saturday’s South Central Calhoun “Early Bird” invite. The Wolves scored 2-0 wins over Greene County (25-23, 21-14), Pocahontas Area (21-17, 21-18) and...
 MISSOURI VALLEY (Sept. 1) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton volleyball team opened the season by going 0-5 at Saturday’s Missouri Valley Lady Red Tournament. The Spartans won just one set on the day, falling to Mo. Valley (7-21, 10-21), Riverside (19-21, 13-21), Woodbine (14-21, 21-11, 13-15), East...

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