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HCHS volleyball team celebrates after a three-set sweep of Pella (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) at the US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids.
CEDAR RAPIDS -- Harlan Community extended its stay at the 2015 State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday afternoon with a three-set sweep of Pella (25-16, 25-21, 25-22) at the US Cellular Center.The 2nd-ranked Cyclones (36-5) will now face No. 8 Bishop Heelan (31-13) in a Class 4-A state semifinal match...
 STATE TOURNEY BOUND -- The Harlan Community volleyball team clinched its fifth consecutive state tournament berth Tuesday night with a regional final sweep of Bondurant-Farrar. The Cyclones will face Pella in a Class 4-A state quarterfinal match Tuesday, November 10, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
GUTHRIE CENTER -- Saying goodbye to a senior class featuring five all-conference players, three all-staters and a third-team All-American would be devastating for most high school volleyball programs. For the Harlan Community Cyclones, it’s simply called the next challenge. On Tuesday night, the...
IKM-Manning junior Katarina Willenborg keeps a point alive for the Wolves during Friday’s regional semifinal match vs. Unity Christian. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ALTA -- IKM-Manning faced the complete package in last Friday’s Class 2-A regional semifinal volleyball match at Alta. Second-ranked Unity Christian (35-4) featured three six-footers at the net - including a 6-1 setter - along with talented back row players and quality, aggressive servers. The...
 AVOCA -- AHSTW’s Chase Jacobsen fights for yardage. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA -- Shut out for the second time in its last four games, AHSTW was ousted by Ridge View, 28-0, in a Class 1-A first-round playoff game last Wednesday night. The Vikings finished 6-4 overall, while Ridge View improved to 8-2. The Raptors lost to South Central Calhoun in the second round Monday...
Noah Pettepier (10) and Nelson Zach (52) of Exira-EHK combine to tackle an East Mills ball carrier. (Photo courtesy of Nate Tenopir, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 EXIRA -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team never recovered from a poor start last Wednesday night, losing to East Mills, 54-15, in an 8-Player first-round playoff game. The Spartans finished the season with an 8-2 record while East Mills (8-2) advanced and beat Lenox 58-34 in Monday’s...
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton sophomore Evan Wilson (1073) crosses the finish line in sixth place (Class 1-A) at Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Wilson garnered a medal in his first state meet appearance.
 FORT DODGE -- It didn’t take Evan Wilson long to get acclimated to the fast pace and unfamiliar terrain of the State Cross Country Meet. Making his state debut Saturday at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton sophomore worked his way into the top 10 early and secured a...
Payton Sporrer, IKM-M
11th Place, Class 1-A
 FORT DODGE -- In placing ninth at last year’s state meet as a freshman, IKM-Manning’s Payton Sporrer had just one regret: her twin sister, Shyanne, wasn’t competing alongside her. On Saturday, Payton’s second State Cross Country Meet was the complete package. Earning a state medal for the second...
Harlan Community junior Reagan Hansen (680) and senior Michael Sciranko (684) placed 34th and 42nd, respectively, to pace the Cyclone boys at Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet. HCHS placed 13th as a team.
 FORT DODGE -- On a cool, damp afternoon at the State Cross Country Meet, Harlan Community posted some favorable times on the board but was unable to make much noise against the best teams Class 3-A has to offer. Finishing in near-identical fashion as last year, the Cyclone boys placed 13th out of...
Cyclone players celebrate a point during Thursday’s regional sweep of Dallas Center-Grimes. Left-right: Taylor Frederick, Jess DuVal (12), Jordyn Moser, Haley Arkfeld (13), Lexie Holloway (8) and Haley Leinen. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
HARLAN -- When talking about her team’s success throughout much of the fall, Harlan Community volleyball coach Angie Spangenberg often mentioned the fact that her players are still young and inexperienced at the varsity level and continuing to learn the mental side of competition. Now just one win...
Creston/O-M running back Chase Shiltz (24) is gang-tackled by Harlan Community’s Travis Crees (2), Brett Croghan (45) and Will Lansman during Wednesday’s Class 3-A playoff game at Merrill Field.
 HARLAN -- It will go down in the books as one of the most remarkable regular season to postseason turnarounds - good or bad - in the storied history of Harlan Community football. Just 19 days after posting a 59-21 road win over Creston/Orient-Macksburg - a game in which HCHS racked up 607 total...

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