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McKenna Mullen, IKM-Manning (36th)
 DENISON (Sept. 25) -- The Harlan Community girls won their sixth consecutive team title and the Cyclone boys (second) earned their best finish of the year at last Tuesday’s Monarch Cross Country Invite in Denison. Five Cyclone girls placed between fifth and 10th with a spread time of just 38...
 Head coach Willie Baughman talks to the Harlan Community volleyball team in a timeout during Tuesday’s Teal Out match against Red Oak. The Cyclones were competitive but lost in three sets, 24-26, 14-25, 27-29.
 HARLAN (Sept. 25) -- Five times on Tuesday night, the Harlan Community volleyball team had a set point to win either the first or third game vs. Red Oak. And all five times, the visiting Tigers made a play at the net - usually by Chloe Johnson or Sophie Walker - to prevent a Cyclone victory. The...
 HARLAN (Sept. 28) -- With a showdown at 2nd-ranked Lewis Central looming just seven days away, the task for the Harlan Community coaching staff this Homecoming week is keeping all sights set on Glenwood. Two years ago, the Rams won a 49-41 shootout in Harlan before the Cyclones escaped Glenwood...
 NEOLA (Sept. 25) -- Tri-Center served 15 aces and stayed unbeaten in Western Iowa Conference play Tuesday night with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-9 sweep of the IKM-Manning volleyball team. The seventh-ranked (2A) Trojans improved to 19-6 overall and 6-0 in the WIC. The Wolves dropped to 12-9 overall and 3-...
  Spartan senior Aaron Allen (72) blocks Ethan Fast of CAM.
 ANITA (Sept. 21) -- It was another banner night for senior Josh Pettepier and the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton offense. The Spartan quarterback had a hand in all seven of the team’s touchdowns and also kicked a field goal last Friday as Exira-EHK outscored CAM 52-34 to improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0...
AHSTW quarterback Blake Osbahr eludes the Bulldog defense.
 AVOCA (Sept. 21) -- Blake Osbahr threw four touchdown passes and Gabe Pauley ran for three scores last Friday night to lead the second-ranked AHSTW football team past Riverside 48-3 in the Class A, District 9 opener for both squads. The Vikings (5-0) scored all of their points in the first half on...
 FORT DODGE (Sept. 21) -- Kyler and Amos Rasmussen both ran for a pair of touchdowns and IKM-Manning’s defense took a shutout into the final two minutes last Friday as the Wolves opened district play with a 41-8 win at Fort Dodge St. Edmond. IKM-Manning (3-2 overall) snapped a two-game losing skid...
 PACK ATTACK -- Nearly halfway through Saturday’s Cyclone Cross Country Invite, six Harlan Community girls maintain their pack at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. The HCHS girls placed first with a team score of 42. Left-right: Abi Baldwin, Kaia Bieker, Brecken Van Baale, Greichly Kaster, Raegen Wicks and Lucy Borkowski. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 22) -- As a three-time state qualifier, Harlan Community senior Greichaly Kaster has been the face of the girls cross country program for some time now. Kaster has competed at the state meet as part of a full squad, as an individual and as a dynamic duo with Brecken Van Baale last...
 GAME CLINCHER -- Harlan Community players Connor Bruck (9), Derec Weyer (62), Jake McLaughlin (83), Jacob Bruck (21) and Jon Owens (34) celebrate with Caleb Bieker in the endzone following Bieker’s fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown at ADM Friday night. The defensive score gave the Cyclones a 28-3 lead. They won 28-10. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ADEL (Sept. 21) -- The defense of Adel-DeSoto-Minburn was as good as advertised Friday night. Harlan Community’s was better. Recording five sacks and 14 total tackles for loss - many of them courtesy of Jake McLaughlin and Allen Fries - the Cyclones forced two turnovers and scored their first...
 Exira-EHK’s Lexi Madsen attempts a serve against CAM.
 ELK HORN (Sept. 20) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton volleyball team lost a pair of Rolling Valley Conference matches last week vs. CAM and at Coon Rapids-Bayard. The Cougars swept the Spartans 25-11, 25-9, 25-12 on Tuesday night (Sept. 18) in Elk Horn. Two nights later, Exira-EHK won a set but...

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