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 SPENCER -- Members of the Harlan Community girls cross country team display their state qualifying banner and official state meet tickets after placing second at Wednesday’s Class 3A State Qualiyfing Meet. Left-right: Brecken Van Baale, Abi Albertsen, Kennedy Kjergaard, Olivia Anderson, Ellie Gross, Kaia Bieker, Liv Freund. (Photos courtesy of Amy Rueschenberg)
 SPENCER (Oct. 21) -- A senior-dominant team of Harlan Community cross country girls, along with one of the top boys in program history, took care of business Wednesday at the Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Spencer. The HCHS girls placed four runners in the top 15 and punched a third straight...
 HCHS junior Connor Frame (left) scores the last of his three touchdowns in the Cyclones’ 28-10 win over Lewis Central two weeks ago. Frame leads the team with 30 catches for 660 yards and 10 TDs going into the playoffs.
 HARLAN (Oct. 23) -- The wait is over. After watching from the sidelines last week courtesy of its first round playoff bye, the Harlan Community football team will join the postseason party Friday night at Merrill Field. The 2nd-ranked Cyclones (7-0) will host Bondurant-Farrar (5-3) in a Class 3A...
 Exira-EHK senior Makaela Riley serves against Riverside during Monday’s regional match. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 OAKLAND (Oct. 19) -- The effort and energy were there, but Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton lacked the execution to hang with Riverside in Monday’s Class 1A, Region 2 volleyball opener at Oakland. Led by a balanced attack at the net, the host Bulldogs swept the Spartans 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 to advance to...
 TABOR (Oct. 16) -- Tenth-ranked Fremont-Mills forced five turnovers in the game and raced out to a 45-0 halftime lead last Friday night en route to a 51-6 first-round playoff win over Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton in 8-Player football action. Fremont-Mills (4-1) was led offensively by Jake Malcom’s 86...
 Harlan Community senior Trey Gross runs in front of Atlantic’s Craig Alan Becker and Lewis Central's Ethan Eichhorn during the Hawkeye Ten Conference Cross Country Meet. Becker eventually outlasted Gross by seven seconds to win the H-10 individual title. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DENISON (Oct. 15) -- Atlantic’s Craig Alan Becker and Harlan Community’s Trey Gross put on another great show at Thursday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Cross Country Meet in Denison. And even though Gross was still unable to beat his top southwest Iowa rival, the Cyclone senior posted his best time of...
 IKM-Manning’s Kyler Rasmussen (right) stiff-arms Blake Thomas of Southwest Valley on a 35-yard run during the second quarter Friday night. Rasmussen rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves beat the Timberwolves 34-20 in a Class A first round playoff game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CORNING (Oct. 16) -- The IKM-Manning football team did not look, act or play like the underdog in Friday night’s opening round of the Class A playoffs.   IKM-M senior fullback Kyler Rasmussen scored rushing touchdowns of 3, 5, 20 and 5 yards to lead the Wolves past Southwest Valley 34-20 in...
 AHSTW’s Denver Pauley runs past Riverside’s Rhett Bentley (8) to score one of his two touchdowns in Friday’s playoff loss to the Bulldogs. At left is Viking offensive lineman Joey Brenneis (54).
 OAKLAND (Oct. 16) – The AHSTW Vikings ran into a Bulldog buzzsaw here Friday night, falling in the first round of the Class A playoffs to a talented Riverside team by a decisive 53-12 score. The Bulldogs utilized a balanced rushing and passing game, and some big plays, to strike early and often as...
 REGIONAL -- Area cross country teams will compete in state qualifying meets this week looking to advance teams and/or individuals to the 2020 State Cross Country Meet set for Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31, in Fort Dodge. On Wednesday (Oct. 21), the Harlan Community girls and boys squads will travel...
 HARLAN (Oct. 22) -- After receiving a first-round bye on Tuesday, the Harlan Community volleyball team will open Class 4A regional play Thursday at 7:00 p.m., hosting Lewis Central (17-6) or ADM (3-21) in a Region 2 semifinal. The Cyclones, who finished the regular season 16-13 overall, have...
 HARLAN (Oct. 16) -- The Harlan Community football team learned the identity of its second round playoff opponent on Friday night when Bondurant-Farrar defended its home field with a 14-7 first round win over ADM in Class 3A, Pod 15. HCHS, which earned a first-round bye, will host the Bluejays on...

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