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Harlan Community head football coach Curt Bladt talks with the team following Thursday’s high school session of the Cyclone Camp of Champions at Merrill Field
 HARLAN -- Setting the stage for the first day of high school football practice on Monday, August 8, Harlan Community held its annual Cyclone Camp of Champions last week (Aug. 1-5) at Merrill Field. According to HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, 85-90 players attended this year’s high school camp,...
 HARLAN -- Five Harlan Community boys soccer players were recognized earlier this summer on the 2016 Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association Academic All-State teams. The list includes three first-teamers on the Class 2-A boys squad - Ethan Knudson, Drew Voge and Alan Holloway - and two...
 WEST DES MOINES -- Harlan Community’s Ethan Knudson, a 2016 graduate, scored a header goal for the winning team as the West defeated the East 4-1 in Iowa’s East-West All-Star Cup soccer match, held June 18 at Valley Stadium. Knudson’s goal was assisted by Atlantic’s Ryan Hawkins on a throw-in....
Schaben (4) makes the turn on a double play during one of the games.
 WAUKEE -- Harlan Community’s Logan Schaben officially capped her high school softball career on Monday, July 25, participating in the 31st annual Iowa Girls Coaches Association Senior All-Star games at Waukee. Schaben played for the Blue Team, which lost its two games vs. the Red and White squads...
Dillon Sears, Harlan Community • First Team All-State
 DES MOINES -- With team success comes individual plaudits. On Tuesday, four players from the state champion Harlan Community Cyclones were recognized on the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2016 All-State Baseball teams. HCHS junior Dillon Sears (infield) and senior Kyle Juhl (utility) were both...
Abbey Youngren, IKM-Manning • First Team All-State
 STATE -- Highlighted by a pair of first-team selections, six area softball players have been recognized on the 2016 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State Softball teams, released July 28. Harlan Community senior Logan Schaben (Class 4-A) and IKM-Manning senior Abbey Youngren (Class 2-A) were...
HCHS senior Kyle Juhl falls on top of senior Brett Croghan as the championship celebration begins following Saturday’s win over Carlisle.
 DES MOINES -- It’s time for one last tip of the hat to the 2016 Harlan Community baseball team - Class 3-A champions at last week’s state tournament. One year after losing to Waverly-Shell Rock, 11-1, in the state title game, this year’s Cyclones charged back to Principal Park and saved their best...
 CHAMPIONSHIP STAFF -- Left-right, HCHS baseball coaches Heath Stein, Mark Vande Berg, Steve Daeges, Joe Heese and Eric Croghan show off the school’s latest championship trophy. Stein was a player in 2003 when the Cyclones claimed their last state baseball crown.
 DES MOINES -- Harlan Community couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to play its best baseball game of the season. Facing a red-hot Carlisle team renowned for its hitting prowess and gaudy statistics, the Cyclones stole the show with their own brand of balls-to-the-wall pressure offense in...
HCHS junior Josh Cheek pitched a three-hitter against Solon on Friday, allowing three earned runs in seven innings.
 DES MOINES -- Clinging to a two-run lead in Friday’s Class 3-A state semifinal vs. Solon, Harlan Community coach Steve Daeges had all the confidence in the world in junior pitcher Josh Cheek. With Brett Sears and Nick Tarney warmed up and ready to provide relief, Cheek didn’t disappoint in the top...
HCHS senior Kyle Juhl connects for one of his three hits during Tuesday’s state baseball quarterfinal against Bishop Heelan. Juhl also scored three runs as the 2nd-ranked Cyclones beat the Crusaders 8-6.
 DES MOINES -- It should be an interesting two days that determine the Class 3-A champion of the 2016 State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park. Friday’s 3-A semifinals will feature the top pitching team in the field (Pella) vs. the top hitting team (Carlisle), followed by the team with the best...

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