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   Former HCHS pitcher Danny Schiltz (left) and current Cyclone senior Brett Sears pose for a recent photo as the two winningest pitchers in program history. Sears beat Denison Monday night to break Schiltz’s school record of 33 wins established from 1994-1996. (Photo contributed)
 DENISON (July 8) -- The way it all played out was vintage Brett Sears. In line for his record-breaking 34th career pitching win if the game ended early, the Harlan Community senior took matters into his own hands with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning Monday, giving HCHS a 12...
 HCHS catcher Julia Schechinger (right) tags out Denison pinch runner Kira Langenfeld at the plate to complete a third-inning double play in game two of Monday’s doubleheader. Madison Schumacher caught a fly ball in right field and made a strong throw to Schechinger to gun down Langenfeld. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DENISON (July 8) -- The Harlan Community softball team put the finishing touches on the regular season and a Hawkeye Ten championship Monday night with a doubleheader split at Denison-Schleswig. HCHS scored six runs in the top of the seventh to win game one 7-3 before Denison squeaked out a 7-6...
 Lady Vike sophomore Kailey Jones pitched a three-hitter against Missouri Valley in Wednesday night’s 3-2 regional tournament victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (July 10) -- AHSTW pitcher Kailey Jones retired the side in order five times in seven innings and leadoff batter Katie Anzalone scored two runs Wednesday night to lead the Lady Vikes past Missouri Valley 3-2 in a Class 2A regional softball quarterfinal in Avoca. AHSTW had beaten Mo. Valley...
 Exira-EHK players celebrate Monday’s first round regional win over Audubon as pitcher Macy Emgarten (left) high-fives Shay Burmeister.
 OAKLAND (July 10) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team advanced to the regional semifinals earlier this week following Class 1A, Region 2 victories over Audubon and Riverside. The Spartans defeated Audubon 8-2 in a first round game in Kimballton Monday and also won at Riverside 7-3 on...
 IKM-Manning third baseman Sammy Halbur (right) prepares to tag out a Tri-Center runner during Monday’s first round regional game. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 IRWIN (July 10) -- IKM-Manning finished the softball season 10-16 overall following a 12-2 home win vs. Tri-Center Monday night and a 10-0 loss at fourth-ranked West Monona Wednesday in Class 2A regional play. Both games lasted five innings. The Wolves took full control of Monday’s first round...
 HCHS assistant coach Ann Heithoff congratulates Aurora Miller on her fifth-inning base hit against Treynor.
 HARLAN (July 5) -- In a battle of future Central College softball teammates, Morgan Schaben outdueled Sydni Huisman Friday afternoon as Harlan Community beat sixth-ranked (3A) Treynor 2-1 at H. Jack Field. Julia Schechinger’s two-out, two-run double to the center field fence put the Cyclones up 2-...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community softball team will be looking for its first regional win since 2015 when its hosts Perry in a Class 4A, Region 2 first round game Thursday (July 11) at 5:00 p.m. The contest was originally slated for a 7:00 p.m. start but was moved up two hours so as not to conflict...
 HCHS freshman Lucas Musich slides head first into home plate to score a sixth-inning run ahead of the tag by Des Moines Roosevelt catcher Mason Kochel. Musich’s run pulled the Cyclones within 7-6 and they added two more in the seventh to win 8-7.
 HARLAN (July 5) -- Just one out away from defeat - then one strike away from going to extra innings - the Harlan Community baseball team found a way to notch a quality non-conference win here Friday night with the help of a little good fortune. Trailing 7-5 after five, the Cyclones scored a run in...
  HCHS courtesy runner Tyann Viereck prepares to get a lead off second base.
 HARLAN (July 3) -- The Harlan Community baseball and softball games vs. Tri-Center were suspended by heavy rain during the middle innings Wednesday afternoon and have been cancelled. HCHS led the baseball game 8-0 in the top of the fourth when play was halted. Senior Brett Sears was in line to...
 Spartan first baseman Anthony Kingery tags out Drew Taylor of Panorama.
 ELK HORN (July 5) -- Tyler Petersen hit three doubles, drove in two runs and also picked up the save with two perfect innings of relief on Friday night, leading the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team to a 5-4 non-conference win over Panorama. The Spartans (9-10) led 2-1 after one inning and...

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