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 Harlan Community junior Greichaly Kaster (right) and freshman Brecken Van Baale compete at Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships. Van Baale finished 66th and Kaster was 68th out of 138 girls runners in Class 3A. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE -- The Harlan Community tandem of Greichaly Kaster and Brecken Van Baale had two big goals for Saturday’s state cross country meet: stick together and finish strong. The Cyclone harriers did just that on a cool, sunny afternoon at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, both placing in the top...
 MEDALIST -- AHSTW’s Heidi Hall (left) placed 15th in Class 1A at the state cross country meet on Saturday. Also pictured is Riverside's Alexis Post (14th).
 FORT DODGE -- Most kids throw a party and open gifts on their birthday. AHSTW senior Heidi Hall ran a five-kilometer race in 40-degree weather and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Hall celebrated her 18th birthday by accomplishing a season-long goal Saturday afternoon, earning a 15th-place...
Evan Wilson, Exira-EHK, sr.
 FORT DODGE -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior Evan Wilson finished 45th out of 149 competitors in the Class 1A boys division of Saturday’s state cross country meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. Wilson, who entered the state meet ranked 2nd in 1A by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches,...
Payton Sporrer, IKM-Manning, sr.
 FORT DODGE -- Competing in her fourth and final state cross country meet, IKM-Manning senior Payton Sporrer placed 74th out of 143 runners in the Class 1A girls race at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course Saturday afternoon. Sporrer clocked a five-kilometer time of 21:44.2.     A two-time state...
 HARLAN (Oct. 27) -- For the seventh time since 2007, Harlan Community and Sioux City Bishop Heelan will meet in the Class 3A football playoffs Friday night when the 7-2 Crusaders visit Merrill Field to take on the sixth-ranked Cyclones (8-1). Right on cue, here come the cold temperatures, gusty...
 A disappointed group of Harlan Community volleyball players, including seniors Haley Leinen (6) and Delaney Kelly (1) shake hands with Sergeant Bluff-Luton following the Cyclones’ five-set regional semifinal defeat on Tuesday night.
 SERGEANT BLUFF (Oct. 24) -- If there was any lingering doubt about the talent, ability and heart of this year’s Harlan Community volleyball team, it was officially laid to rest following Tuesday’s Class 4A regional semifinal match at Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The Cyclones ultimately fell two points...
 IKM-M juniors Sydney Wegner (13) and Caitlin Muhlbauer (6) block a St. Edmond kill attempt. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MANNING (Oct. 23) -- Leading the fifth set 13-11 and just two points away from victory, IKM-Manning was unable to finish off Fort Dodge St. Edmond in Monday night’s Class 2A, Region 3 volleyball quarterfinal. The visiting Gaels rallied to score the final four points of the match, capped by an Erin...
 Exira-EHK senior Sophia Peppers (10) hits over a Coon Rapids-Bayard blocker during Monday’s regional match. Peppers finished with eight kills.
 COON RAPIDS (Oct. 23) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton was unable to recover from a hard-fought loss in the opening set Monday night, falling to Coon Rapids-Bayard 23-25, 16-25, 19-25 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal on the Crusaders’ home floor. The Spartans finished the season with a match record...
 Exira-EHK senior Evan Wilson enters Saturday’s state cross country meet ranked No. 2 in Class 1A.
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 28) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior Evan Wilson will lead an area contingent of 11 runners set to compete at Saturday’s coed State Cross Country Championships at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course north of Fort Dodge. Wilson is ranked 2nd among Class 1A boys by the Iowa...
HCHS junior Kyle Knudson booted a 24-yard field goal during the Cyclones' Week 9 win over Atlantic.
 REGIONAL -- The football teams from Harlan Community, AHSTW and IKM-Manning will take a combined record of 23-4 into their respective first-round playoff games Friday night, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. HCHS and AHSTW, which both won district titles this fall, will open the playoffs at home. The...

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