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   AHSTW freshman Raydden Grobe (11) hugs senior Zach Stanton following the Vikings' substate final loss. Also pictured is Lucas Young (99).
 OAKLAND (May 25) -- AHSTW rallied twice in the first half to tie up Greene County during Saturday’s Class 1A, Substate 8 boys soccer final. A third comeback was not in the cards, however, as the fourth-ranked Vikings lost to the ninth-ranked Rams 5-2 at Riverside High School. Greene County’s...
 Harlan Community freshman Ashton Lyon (3) puts his arm around senior Aaron Wollaston as they walk off the field with senior Lucas Brace (23) following the Cyclones’ 4-0 substate final loss at Lewis Central Saturday. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (May 25) -- When it comes to Class 2A boys soccer in southwest Iowa, perhaps the only team playing better than Harlan Community of late was the one the Cyclones met in Saturday’s Substate 8 final. Scoring twice in a 54-second span of the first half and adding two more goals late,...
  Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Boys Golf Team -- Front row, L-R: Jack LaCanne and Dane Paulsen. Middle row, L-R: Ethan Marxen, Ev Carroll, Will Carroll, Cade Bruns, Cole Burmeister. Back row, L-R: Ethan Andersen, Trey Nelson, Jayden Jensen, Tyler Petersen, Carson Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Beth Hansen)
 NEWTON (May 23) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys never got their second chance after some opening-day struggles at the Class 1A Boys State Golf Tournament. The Spartans posted a team score of 364 at the Westwood Golf Course Thursday, finishing last out of eight teams when Friday’s second day...
 Harlan Community junior Connor Bruck pitched five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win against Sioux City Heelan on Friday. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (May 24) -- Connor Bruck pitched five scoreless innings of relief and Brenden Bartley drove in four runs from the eight hole Friday night as Harlan Community erased an early 6-3 deficit and beat Sioux City Bishop Heelan 9-6 in an early-season matchup of Class 3A state baseball powers. Bruck...
 WINTERSET (May 25) -- Harlan Community finished 1-1 at the rain-shortened Winterset Softball Tournament on Saturday, beating ninth-ranked (2A) Van Meter 3-1 in five innings and losing to Interstate 35 (Truro) 5-3 in six. The tournament was originally scheduled to include three games over two days...
 UNDERWOOD (May 20) -- Morgan Schaben pitched six hitless innings and drove in five runs at the plate to lead the Harlan Community softball team past Underwood 15-3 in last Monday’s season opener. The Cyclones scored three runs each in the first three innings and blew the game open with a six-run...
 HCHS goalie Lexi Musich swats a Panorama corner kick away from the net during Thursday’s game at Merrill Field.
 HARLAN (May 24) -- The Harlan Community girls soccer team finished the regular season by winning three out of four home games last week, beating AHSTW, WCV/Nodaway Valley/ACGC and Creston while losing to Panorama. The four-game set included a sudden-death, double PK shootout win over WCV/NV/ACGC...
 AHSTW goalie Lucas Young makes one of his three saves during Wednesday night’s penalty kick shootout vs. Underwood.
 OAKLAND (May 22) -- AHSTW goalie Lucas Young will be the first to tell you that stopping penalty kicks isn’t nearly as easy as he made it look here Wednesday night. Locked in a PK shootout vs. Underwood, Young made three lunging saves and one other Eagle attempt sailed wide left. Meanwhile, Kyle...
 DENISON (May 22) -- Avenging a 3-0 loss from the regular season, the Harlan Community boys soccer team went to Denison Wednesday night and beat the 12th-ranked Monarchs 2-1 in a Class 2A, Substate 8 semifinal. Michael Heithoff’s first-half penalty kick and Levi Culp’s second-half goal put the...
 Cyclone junior Michael Heithoff (center) celebrates with Joe Devine (far right) and Jordan Fink after scoring the go-ahead goal in Harlan’s 2-1 substate quarterfinal victory over Glenwood. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (May 20) -- Nearing the midway point of the second half Monday night, Harlan Community was outplaying Glenwood but still trailed 1-0 as time started to become a factor. Barely two minutes later, the entire complexion of the soccer match had changed. Getting back-to-back goals from...

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