Sports

 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team will hold its annual preseason “soap” scrimmage, hosted by the Harlan Lions Club, on Thursday, August 16, at Merrill Field. The freshmen team will scrimmage at 6:00 p.m., followed by the varsity scrimmage at approximately 7:30. The area’s other three...
 PORTSMOUTH (Aug. 8) -- The National League squad blew open a close game with 10 runs in the final two innings to defeat the American League 13-3 in Wednesday night’s Iowa Western Baseball League All-Star Game at Portsmouth. The NL team consisted of players from Portsmouth, Panama and Persia while...
 Harlan Community’s Chad Swanson (center) with wife Lisa Swanson and Harlan Community Activities Director Mitch Osborn at the NHSACA National Convention. (Photo contributed)
 SIOUX FALLS, SD -- Chad Swanson, a longtime Harlan Community teacher and coach, was honored at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 26 as a finalist for the National (Girls) Assistant Coach of the Year. Swanson was one of just eight finalists chosen from...
 HCHS freshman Zophi Hendricks digs up a ball as Anna Ahrenholtz (left) and Ashley Sonderman look on.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community volleyball team began practicing for the 2018 season Monday morning (Aug. 6) as it looks to build on last year’s 23-13 match record. Second-year head coach Willie Baughman expects to start the season with a roster of approximately 35 players in grades 9-12. The...
 Tuesday’s first-place obstacle course team at the Cyclone Cross Country Camp included, left-right: Lucy Borkowski, Lindsey Metzger, Kaiden Milliken, Micah Sorensen, Olivia Anderson and Abby Alberti. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- The annual Harlan Community Cyclone Cross Country Camp for grades 7-12 is being held this week (August 6-10) with 44 total runners in attendance. The five-day camp will conclude with a timed four-kilometer race Friday morning at Prairie Rose State Park. The athletes took part in various...
 Above are a majority of the Harlan Community swim team members who competed at the conference meet, along with head coach Logan Maxwell (far right). (Photo contributed)
 LOGAN -- The Harlan Community Summer Swim Team capped an undefeated season here July 7 by winning its 12th consecutive Western Iowa Swim League conference meet title. Harlan placed first in 39 of 78 events on the day, set three school records and scored 740 points to win handily over second-place...
Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK, sr. - First Team All-State (1A)
 DES MOINES -- Seniors Sophia Peppers of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (Class 1A) and Peyton Gross of IKM-Manning (2A) are both first-team selections and five other area players have also been recognized on the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s 2018 All-State Softball teams. Peppers is a repeat first-...
 HCHS senior Caleb Bieker carries the football during Wednesday’s session of the Cyclone Camp of Champions as Allen Fries and Alex Schechinger (wearing shoulder harness) clog up Bieker’s running lane. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- With the 2018 season opener just three weeks away, the Harlan Community football team is holding its annual Cyclone Camp of Champions this week (July 30-August 3) at Merrill Field. According to HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, this year’s high school camp includes 80-85 players while the four...
Jake McLaughlin, HCHS, sr., DE
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community senior defensive end Jake McLaughlin recently made his verbal commitment to play football at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls starting in the fall of 2019. The UNI Panthers are an NCAA Division I football program at the Football Championship Subdivision...
 PORTSMOUTH (July 29) -- Top-seeded Council Bluffs plated three runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to an 11-1, seven-inning win over Portsmouth in Sunday’s championship game of the Iowa Western Baseball League Tournament. Council Bluffs outhit Portsmouth 13-6 and capped the scoring with a...

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