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Teagon Kasperbauer, HCHS, jr.
First Team All-State
(Photos courtesy of Leah Marie Photography; Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin-Review; and AHSTW Schools)
 DES MOINES (Nov. 23) -- The Harlan Community football team capped a phenomenal season last Friday by winning the program’s 13th state title at the UNI-Dome. Two days later, the Cyclones also fared quite well in the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association’s all-state meeting in Des Moines. For the...
Front row: M. Schwieso, S. Alberti, A. Daniels, J. Ahrenholtz, M. Wilwerding, A. Gross, K. Klaassen, J. Hansen. Middle row: S. Scott, M. Schumacher, K. Schofield, L. Boeck, CJ Brandon, J. Wendt, A. Cuevas-Reyes. Back row: T. Sparandeo, J. Byers, TJ Fields, M. Scott, L. Pucelik, Z. Garside, S. Cibic, R. Brandon, D. Riley, N. Spahn. (Photos contributed)
 REGIONAL -- Special Olympics athletes from all over the state participated in bowling events during the month of October. As Special Olympics Iowa is just now resuming activities after a long break due to COVID-19, bowlers were not placed in brackets or awarded placements, but each athlete was...
   HCHS senior Connor Frame shows off the Cyclones’ state championship banner and senior Nick Blum (9) carries the trophy as the team celebrates Friday’s 42-28 win over Boyden-Hull/RV in the Class 3A title game at the UNI-Dome. Also prominently pictured, left-right, are Bret Van Baale (26), Dylan Goede (64), Kade Brouillard, Garrett Assmann (21) and assistant coach John Murtaugh (far right).
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 19) -- When the post-game trophy presentation and celebrating were all over, Harlan Community football coach Todd Bladt huddled his team together one last time on the UNI-Dome turf. “One more thing, gentleman,” he announced. “Business is finished!” Exactly one year removed from a...
 READY TO ROLL -- Harlan Community football coach Todd Bladt leads the Cyclones through the UNI-Dome garage door and on to the field for the second half of Friday’s state championship game against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.
LUCKY 13HCHS State Title Game Victories Since 19721972    HCHS 14, CR Regis 121982    HCHS 15, CR Regis 141983    HCHS 26, Oskaloosa 01984    HCHS 14, Columbus 131993    HCHS 34, W. Delaware 201995    HCHS 27, W. Delaware 71997    HCHS 14, Decorah 71998    HCHS 49, Grinnell 72003    HCHS 38, Mount...
 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley receiver Caleb Kats is tackled by Cyclone juniors Garrett Assmann (21) and Aidan Hall as Matthew Sorfonden looks on.
Harlan Community 42, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 28HCHS    21    14    0    7 --- 42   B-H/RV    7    14    7    0 --- 28    HCHS: Connor Frame 25-yd. pass from Teagon Kasperbauer (Stephen Leinen kick) - 1st qt., 9:40. B-H/RV: Vance Katzfey 30-yd. pass from Tanner Te Slaa (Gael Enciso kick) - 1st qt.,...
2021 Iowa High School Football PlayoffsChampionship Game Results Thursday, November 18Eight-PlayerCAM, Anita 42, Easton Valley 40 -- First state title for Cougars (13-0)Class AWest Hancock 19, Grundy Center 14 -- Third state title for Eagles (13-0)Class 1AVan Meter 17, West Sioux 14 -- Second state...
 Harlan Community senior Will McLaughlin (23) leads the Cyclone football team through the UNI-Dome garage door and on the field for last Saturday’s Class 3A semifinal vs. Humboldt. HCHS won 45-19 and will take on Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Friday at 1:00 p.m. in a championship game battle of unbeatens. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 19) -- There’s an interesting progression to the all-time series between the Harlan Community and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football teams. The Cyclones and Nighthawks have met four previous times - all in the playoffs - since the turn of the century. HCHS won a first-round road...
 Dr. Don Klitgaard stands on the Merrill Field sideline with his son, Jack, during a 2014 HCHS football game.
 HARLAN -- It’s championship week in the Iowa high school football playoffs, which always stirs up memories of past state titles won by Harlan Community. Very few of the Cyclones’ 12 state championships were as memorable as the 1984 final against Waterloo Columbus. HCHS trailed 13-7 with time...
 HCHS cornerback Connor Frame (right) gets a fingertip on a pass intended for Humboldt’s Jacob Heier in the end zone. The first-quarter pass fell incomplete, allowing the Cyclones to preserve a slim 7-6 lead. They pulled away in the second half to win 45-19. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 13) -- In the end, Harlan Community’s big-game, big-play ability compensated for a shaky night of self-inflicted errors. For the second straight year and the 22nd time in school history, the top-ranked (3A) Cyclones will be playing for a state football championship. HCHS trailed...
Semifinal ScoresWednesday, November 10Eight-PlayerCAM, Anita 66, Audubon 29Easton Valley 42, Remsen St. Mary’s 36 Thursday, November 11Class AWest Hancock 37, East Buchanan 0Grundy Center 28, Woodbury Central 7Class 4ALewis Central 35, Waverly-Shell Rock 10Cedar Rapids Xavier 40, Winterset 14...

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