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AHSTW senior Cain Francois takes a cut during Friday’s consolation game vs. Audubon.
 MANILLA -- A late-game rally fell four runs short for AHSTW Friday night as Audubon held off the Vikings 14-10 in the third-place final of the Western Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament at Manilla. Missouri Valley repeated as WIC Tourney champion later in the evening, taking down top-seeded...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community baseball team clinched second place in the Hawkeye Ten Conference standings Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep of Red Oak at Jim Goeser Field, winning 16-6 in six innings and 17-2 in four. The third-ranked (3-A) Cyclones improved to 19-4 overall and 16-3 in the...
Alex Amaral keeps his eyes on the ball as he waits for a pitch from Kraus.
 ELK HORN -- Ar-We-Va’s Zack Kraus outdueled Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s Alex Amaral Friday night as the Rockets edged the Spartans 2-1 to complete a season sweep.
 IKM-M’s Kyle Wagner at the plate in recent action.
 MISSOURI VALLEY -- Connor Lange’s squeeze bunt scored Justin Miller with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth last Monday as Missouri Valley edged IKM-Manning 2-1 in a Western Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament quarterfinal game. The Big Reds went on to claim the tournament title for the...
HCHS senior Ethan Knudson (8) kicks the ball away from Creston’s Ben Irr during substate action.
 AREA -- Ethan Knudson was named first-team All-Hawkeye Ten and four Harlan Community teammates were also recognized on the all-conference boys soccer teams announced in June. Hawkeye Ten co-champs Denison-Schleswig and Glenwood, along with Class 1-A state runner-up Kuemper Catholic, paced the all-...
HCHS junior Haley Arkfeld advances the ball upfield during her four-goal game against AHSTW.
 AREA -- Harlan Community junior Haley Arkfeld was named first-team All-Hawkeye Ten while senior teammates Mercedee Mayberry and Lexi Hoffmann both received honorable mention on the all-conference girls soccer teams released last month. Class 2-A state champion Lewis Central led the eight-team...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community softball team split a doubleheader with Red Oak at H. Jack Field Thursday night, bouncing back from an 8-4 loss in game one to win the night cap 5-2. Senior shortstop Logan Schaben had an outstanding overall night for HCHS, going 4-for-7 with her ninth and 10th home...
HCHS senior Brett Croghan pitched a four-hit shutout and recorded 10 strikeouts against St. Albert Tuesday night. The Cyclones prevailed, 2-0. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- Hitting in tough luck for nearly six innings, the Harlan Community baseball team mustered up just enough late offense to back a solid pitching performance from Brett Croghan Tuesday night and beat St. Albert, 2-0, at Jim Goeser Field. The Cyclones’ two-run sixth was more than enough...
Members of the Harlan Community baseball and softball teams joined together to send a message to Cyclone Activities Director Mitch Osborn
 HARLAN -- Members of the Harlan Community baseball and softball teams joined together to send a message to Cyclone Activities Director Mitch Osborn as part of this week’s “Green Out” for cancer awareness. Osborn, who continues his battle with cancer, was presented with a poster of the above photo...
Jaxon Rold (left) and Joel Osborn threw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to Tuesday night’s games.
 HARLAN -- Approximately $3,000 was raised for the Shelby County Relay for Life through the efforts of Harlan Community’s annual Green Out Night, held in conjunction with Tuesday’s HCHS vs. St. Albert baseball and softball games. The event was hosted by this year’s six senior players - Nolan Heese...

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