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 Harlan Community freshman Connor Bruck dives safely back to the bag as Kuemper Catholic first baseman Cole Halbur (14) takes the throw.
 CARROLL -- So far, so good, for the 2017 Harlan Community baseball team. Sophomore Brett Sears and freshman Connor Bruck combined on a four-hit shutout Tuesday night (May 23) and HCHS pulled away in its final two at-bats to shut out Kuemper Catholic, 8-0, in a battle of preseason state-ranked...
 CARROLL -- Harlan Community opened defense of its Class 3-A state baseball title with an 11-run first inning on Monday night (May 22), eventually finishing off a young Carroll team 14-0 in five innings. Connor Bruck went 3-for-3 at the plate for HCHS while Dillon Sears, Brett Sears and Kyle...
 HCHS junior Lexi Larsen connects for a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning Monday against Underwood. Larsen later ended the 13-12 Cyclone win with a two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
 HARLAN -- On a wild opening night featuring five lead changes, 25 runs and 24 hits, the Harlan Community softball team struck last to outslug Underwood 13-12 Monday (May 22) at H. Jack Field. Trailing 12-8 after the visiting Eagles plated five runs in the top of the sixth, HCHS responded with a...
 HCHS sophomore Levi Culp (13) attempts a shot on goal during Monday’s 5-1 Cyclone win over West Central Valley in the first round of Class 2-A substate play.
 HARLAN -- Perhaps it was only fitting that the Harlan Community boys soccer team’s 15th and final win of the season came on home turf. Improving to 9-0 at Merrill Field, the Cyclones handled an outmatched West Central Valley squad 5-1 Monday night (May 22) in the opening round of the Class 2-A,...
Spartan freshman Will Carroll chips on to the green during his district round.
 ANITA -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys golf team finished one spot shy of a state tournament berth last Friday (May 19) after placing third in the Class 1-A District Tournament at Anita’s Crestwood Hills Golf Course. The Spartans tallied a team score of 343 in cool and wet conditions,...
 VICTORY IN HAND -- Gillian Streit looks toward her HCHS coaches and teammates after recording a school-record throw of 137 feet, three inches on her first attempt of the 3-A girls discus competition. Streit finished with the top three throws to earn the Cyclones’ first individual state meet championship in 11 years.
 DES MOINES -- In the days leading up to last weekend’s co-ed state track meet, the practice workload lessened for Harlan Community senior Gillian Streit. The hay is in the barn, HCHS girls assistant coach Todd Bladt told his standout thrower. The only thing left to do is go out there and perform...
 STATE CHAMP -- AHSTW senior Gage Clay (center) nears the finish line of the 200-meter dash final (Class 2-A) in a dead heat with Madrid’s Michael Santi (right) and Albia’s Jacob Clouse. Clay edged Santi for the gold medal, 21.98 to 22.02, after placing second to Santi in the 100.
 DES MOINES -- As Gage Clay prepared to win a Class 2-A state championship on Saturday afternoon, AHSTW’s junior sprinter couldn’t help but think about one of his favorite people. Clay’s grandmother, Linda Best, was one of his biggest fans before she passed away in July of 2015. Clay describes Best...
 AHSTW senior Jaycie Schueman recorded a pair of ‘PR’ times in her final state meet, placing sixth in the 400-meter hurdles (above) and finishing 11th in the 100-meter hurdles. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Making her third career state track meet appearance on Friday (May 19), AHSTW senior Jaycie Schueman saved the best for last. Starting out of lane one in the third section of the Class 2-A 400-meter hurdles, Schueman gracefully handled the tight inside turns around Drake Stadium’s...
 Leaping 21 feet, 11.5 inches on his second attempt of the competition, HCHS junior Nick Foss secured a third-place medal in the 3-A boys long jump at state. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Nick Foss and Caleb Bieker combined for three personal bests and one state medal at the State Track and Field Championships last weekend as the Harlan Community boys scored six points to tie for 26th place in Class 3-A. Foss, competing in his first track season since the seventh...
 Harlan Community senior Allison Bruck (right) leans through the finish line for a sixth-place finish in the Class 3-A girls 100-meter hurdles final. Bruck clocked a time of 15.69.
 DES MOINES -- Shut out of the state medals for the first time in many years last May, the Harlan Community girls track team responded last weekend with a state champion thrower, a sixth-place hurdler and a top-20 team finish at the 2017 state meet. HCHS senior Gillian Streit set the tone Thursday...

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