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 HCHS senior Kara Rueschenberg improved her time by about 30 seconds at Saturday’s Lewis Central Invite compared to the Abraham Lincoln Invite held on the same course one week earlier. Rueschenberg placed 19th.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 9) -- The Harlan Community girls earned a strong second-place team finish and AHSTW’s top runners continued an early-season trend of top-five efforts Saturday morning at the Lewis Central Cross Country Invite at Iowa Western Community College. The HCHS girls, led by Greichaly...
 MANNING (Sept. 8) -- The IKM-Manning football team improved to 2-1 on Friday night with a 21-13 win over OA-BCIG to open district play.    The Wolves trailed 13-7 midway through the second quarter, but the deficit lasted just 13 seconds as Carter Irlmeier returned a Falcon kickoff 89 yards for a...
 AHSTW’s Jake Martin (17) hauls in a 33-yard reception in front of Tri-Center’s Bryson Freeberg.
 AVOCA (Sept. 8) -- The AHSTW football team finally played a home game Friday night and wasted little time taking control against Tri-Center. Following non-district wins at Shenandoah and Lawton-Bronson in Weeks 1 and 2, the 8th-ranked Vikings rolled to a 36-0 halftime lead in their Class, 1-A,...
 Lady Vike players celebrate their 3-1 victory against Underwood.
 AVOCA -- All in all, it was a great opening night for AHSTW’s sparkling, newly-remodeled gymnasium. The Lady Vike volleyball team made sure the “new” gym’s maiden voyage was a memorable one Thursday, turning the match around with an incredible 18-0 run and defeating Underwood for the first time...
 HARLAN (Sept. 8) -- The battle for playoff positioning begins Friday night at Merrill Field when Harlan Community opens district play against Creston/Orient-Macksburg in a matchup of 1-1 teams. With each of District 7’s heavyweights awaiting the Cyclones over the next five weeks, they will look to...
 HCHS setter Kara Weis in action at Denison last week.
 SHENANDOAH (Sept. 5) -- When the week began, Harlan Community was one of five Hawkeye Ten Conference volleyball teams ranked in the top 15 of Class 4A, 3A or 2-A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Four of those teams, led by top-ranked (3A) Kuemper Catholic, were rated seventh or higher...
 Exira-EHK senior Grace Greving (left) goes on the attack against Paton-Churdan during Tuesday’s Rolling Valley Conference volleyball match. Greving finished with six kills as the Spartans won in three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Sept. 5) -- Solid passing, balanced hitting and the ability to respond out of timeouts were all critical for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton here Tuesday night as the Spartan volleyball team opened Rolling Valley Conference play with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-17 sweep of Paton-Churdan. Three days...
 TREYNOR (Sept. 5) -- AHSTW’s Dalton Fischer and Heidi Hall both placed in the top five and IKM-Manning boasted four total medalists as part of Tuesday’s Treynor Cross Country Invite. Fischer placed third in a boys field of 120 runners for the Vikings, clocking a five-kilometer time of 17:41 at the...
 HCHS linebacker Jacob Bartley (28) pulls down Greene County receiver Lance Hughes for an open field tackle as Cyclones Caleb Bieker (38) and Tanner Fink also converge on the ball carrier.
 JEFFERSON (Sept. 1) -- The only real eyesore for Harlan Community in Friday night’s 41-7 win at Greene County was the number of yellow flags flying in the Cyclones’ direction. Outside of being penalized 11 times for 118 yards - a few of them highly questionable - HCHS took care of its Week 2...
 IKM-Manning quarterback Jared Johnson searches for an open receiver during Friday’s game vs. South Central Calhoun.
 MANNING (Sept. 1) -- The IKM-Manning football team fell behind 14-0 after a quarter and spent the rest of the night playing catch up in Friday’s 42-28 home loss to South Central Calhoun. The Titans (1-1) led 21-7 at halftime and made it 28-7 early in the third quarter before trading scores with...

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