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 Freshman Brecken Van Baale (13th place) and junior Greichaly Kaster (9th) both qualified for state as individuals for the Cyclone girls by placing in the top 15 at Thursday's Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Atlantic. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC (Oct. 19) -- Harlan Community junior Greichaly Kaster and freshman Brecken Van Baale have been the Cyclone girls’ top two placers at every meet but one during the 2017 cross country season. So it’s only fitting that the mentor and the protégé will finish the year together at the state...
 ON TO STATE -- The AHSTW girls cross country team shows off its state qualifier banner after placing third at Thursday’s Class 1A State Qualifying Meet in Mount Ayr. In addition, senior Heidi Hall qualified as an individual by placing sixth.
 Left-right: Coach Emily Krummel, Martha Pace, Claire Denning, Heidi Hall, Jade Draman, Julia Kock, Chloe Falkena, Claire Harris, Head Coach Jenny Hamilton. (Photo courtesy of Sue Fischer Photography)
 MOUNT AYR (Oct. 19) -- From the AHSTW girls clinching a team state berth to Evan Wilson’s dramatic first-place finish for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, it was a good day for area runners at Thursday’s Class 1A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet in Mount Ayr. Overall, nine harriers from AHSTW, Exira-...
 The Harlan Community blocking trio of Ethan Leinen (right), Ty Frederick (77) and Joey Arkfeld seal off the left side of Atlantic’s defensive front during Friday’s regular-season finale at the Trojan Bowl. HCHS prevailed 22-0. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC -- Perhaps a little adversity was just what Harlan Community needed Friday night as it wrapped up the regular season with one final tune-up for the 2017 Iowa high school football playoffs. Locked in a scoreless halftime tie with Atlantic and held to just 82 first-half yards, the sixth-...
TRI-CENTER -- IKM-Manning tuned up for the playoffs last Friday with a 40-14 win at Tri-Center, getting 121 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Stephen Grimm. Carter Irlmeier led the Wolves with 135 rushing yards and also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jared Johnson. The Wolves fell behind...
 AHSTW’s Korbin Martin (32) is tripped up by Mo. Valley’s Nick Haynes.
 MISSOURI VALLEY -- AHSTW’s undefeated run came to an end Friday night as Missouri Valley knocked off the Vikings 24-14 in the regular season finale for both teams. The Vikings (8-1) still won the District 7 (Class 1A) title with a mark of 6-1 and will host Western Christian in a first-round...
 Spartan senior Cole Madsen (1) pushes aside an East Mills tackler. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team finished the 2017 season on a good note Friday night, outscoring East Mills 61-24 to secure a winning record. The Spartans closed shop at 5-4 overall and 4-3 in 8-Player, District 7, tied with CAM for third place. Junior Cole Burmeister had a...
 ATLANTIC (Oct. 20) -- The Harlan Community football team already knows it will be hosting a first-round game at Merrill Field next Friday when the 2017 high school playoffs get underway across the state. The Cyclones will learn their first-round opponent sometime early Saturday morning when the...
 Cyclone players relax prior to the start of set two vs. Perry. Left-right: Sidney Craig, Lexi Larsen, Lexie Holloway, Kara Weis (9), Macie Leinen and Haley Leinen. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Oct. 18) -- The start and the finish could’ve been better, but Harlan Community dominated the rest of the match and took care of business here Wednesday night, sweeping Perry 25-14, 25-11, 25-16 in a Class 4-A regional volleyball opener. Taking their first lead at 10-9 in the opening set,...
 Exira-EHK seniors Sydnee Young (7) and Jolene Jensen (5) try to thwart the attack of an Audubon player during Tuesday’s Class 1-A regional match.
 AUDUBON (Oct. 17) -- Steady and consistent. The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton volleyball team was both of those things here Tuesday night, perhaps more so than in any of its big matches this season. The result was a 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 sweep of Audubon in a first round Class 1-A regional match that...
Senior Sidney Nelsen serves for AHSTW.
 AVOCA (Oct. 17) -- The AHSTW volleyball team finished the season at 14-14 overall Tuesday night following a five-set loss to Underwood in a Class 2-A regional contest. The Eagles alternated winning every other set, 25-11, 20-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-12 to avenge a pair of regular-season losses to the...

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