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 Exira-EHK junior Cole Burmeister steals third base during the third inning vs. Boyer Valley. Burmeister stole second moments earlier and scored two runs for the Spartans.
 ELK HORN (June 21) -- Cole Madsen went 3-for-3 and Tyler Petersen pitched six innings for the win Thursday as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak by topping Boyer Valley 9-4 in the rain. The Spartans (4-8 overall, 3-7 in the Rolling Valley Conference)...
 HCHS senior Nick Foss singles for one of the Cyclones’ seven hits during Monday’s 9-3 victory over Denison-Schleswig.
 HARLAN (June 18) -- Ryan Doran’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run first inning and Harlan Community pulled away with four runs in the fifth to beat Denison-Schleswig 9-3 in a midday Monday baseball game at Jim Goeser Field. The third-ranked (3A) Cyclones’ 12th straight victory completed a...
 HCHS left fielder Julia Schechinger makes a running catch near the foul line during Monday’s game.
 HARLAN (June 18) -- Denison-Schleswig ace pitcher Sarah Heilesen shut out the Harlan Community softball team on just one hit Monday and helped her own cause with a homer and three RBI as the 7th-ranked (4A) Monarchs blanked the Cyclones 6-0 to sweep the season series. Heilesen walked two and...
 MONTH OF MILESTONES -- During a 13-day stretch of June, IKM-Manning head coach Joy Gross (left) and daughter Peyton Gross have achieved three significant milestones. Joy Gross coached her 700th career win on June 7 while Peyton Gross reached 100 career pitching wins on June 14 and surpassed 1,000 strikeouts June 19 at Audubon. (Photo contributed)
 AUDUBON (June 19) -- It’s been fun, but individual milestone season is officially over for the Gross family and IKM-Manning softball. The only business at hand now is to keep winning games. IKM-M senior Peyton Gross, just five days after earning career pitching win number 100, surpassed 1,000...
 Exira-EHK senior Kealey Nelson reaches second base safely after Ar-We-Va shortstop Paige Lampman just missed on the tag attempt.
 VAIL (June 19) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team started fast with a four-run first inning and was able to hold off Ar-We-Va 7-4 here Tuesday to complete a Rolling Valley Conference sweep of the Rockets. Eighth-grade pitcher Macy Emgarten (6-7) worked all seven innings for the win,...
 IKM-Manning’s Chris Monson takes a cut during the seventh inning of Tuesday’s loss at Audubon. Monson had one of the Wolves’ five hits on the night.
 AUDUBON (June 19) -- The IKM-Manning baseball team took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but was held scoreless the rest of the way in a 6-2 loss at Audubon on Tuesday. The Wolves’ home games vs. Treynor Monday and Tri-Center Wednesday were both rained out. No make-up dates have been...
 LOGAN (June 19) -- AHSTW was held to just three singles by Logan-Magnolia’s Joel Richardson Tuesday night and finished on the short end of a 3-1 decision in Western Iowa Conference baseball action. The Panthers (9-11 overall, 7-8 WIC) scored two runs in the first and added one more in the third...
 IKM-Manning senior outfielder Taylor Croghan hugs first baseman Grace Youngren (13) after making an outstanding catch to end Friday’s come-from-behind 6-2 win at Logan-Magnolia.
 LOGAN (June 15) -- For six innings Friday night, IKM-Manning put runners all over the bases but couldn’t break through against Logan-Magnolia softball pitcher Reanna Rife. Down to their last three outs, the Wolves responded like a senior-laden, 2nd-ranked team is supposed to, scoring six runs in...
 AHSTW freshman Blake Holst throws out an Underwood runner at first base Thursday night, backed up by Joey Cunningham.
 GRISWOLD (June 15) -- AHSTW capped a 2-2 week on the baseball diamond Friday night by outscoring Griswold 13-6 in Western Iowa Conference play. The Vikings improved to 6-7 overall and 4-7 in the WIC, taking the lead for good with five runs in the top of the fourth and pulling away with two in the...
 AHSTW junior Katie Anzalone slides safely into home plate with the game-tying run in the fifth inning of Thursday night’s WIC game vs. Underwood. The Eagles rallied late to win 7-4. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (June 14) -- Just three outs away from victory, AHSTW surrendered five runs in the top of the seventh and lost to Underwood 7-4 in Western Iowa Conference softball action Thursday night. The Lady Vikes led 3-2 after six innings before the Eagles plated five runs on four hits in their final...

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