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 HCHS senior Claire Schmitz (14) attempts to hit through the block of Kuemper Catholic’s Sophie Badding (10) and Kamryn Venner as Maci Schmitz (11) and Zophi Hendricks (4) look on during Tuesday’s Hawkeye Ten volleyball match. The Cyclones were competitive in each set but lost to the Knights 25-22, 25-21, 25-18. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 14) -- No matter how many times Harlan Community challenged with a run Tuesday night, Kuemper Catholic always seemed to keep the Cyclone volleyball team at arm’s length on the scoreboard. Ranked 12th in Class 2A, the Knights finished well in all three sets to sweep HCHS 25-22, 25-21...
 IKM-Manning senior Bianca Cadwell (right) bumps up a Tri-Center serve in front of sophomore libero Eryn Ramsey.
 MANNING (Sept. 14) -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team fought gamely but was unable to take a set from Tri-Center Tuesday night, falling 12-25, 17-25, 15-25 in Western Iowa Conference action. The Wolves dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-2 in the WIC. T-C improved to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in the WIC. IKM...
 IKM-Manning freshman Emily Albertsen earned a 12th-place medal at Tuesday’s AHSTW Cross Country Invite, helping the Wolves place third in the girls team standings. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Sept. 14) -- The IKM-Manning girls placed third and the boys were fourth to pace three area schools at Tuesday’s AHSTW Cross Country Invite at the Avoca Golf Course. The Wolves combined to earn five individual medals on the day. Logan-Magnolia won the girls team title with an excellent...
 GLENWOOD (Sept. 17) -- The Harlan Community football team has won 48 out of 51 all-time meetings vs. Glenwood with many lopsided scores along the way. But in the last decade - or since Cory Faust took over as Rams’ head coach in 2012 - a one-sided series has morphed into more of a true gridiron...
 LEADING THE PACK -- Harlan Community freshman Lindsey Sonderman (right) and senior Kaia Bieker charge uphill during the early stages of Saturday’s Lewis Central Cross Country Invite. Sonderman won the girls varsity race with a time of 20:15 and Bieker placed second, leading the Cyclone girls to a second-place team finish.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 11) -- Harlan Community cross country coach Doug Renkly may have said it best when describing the running style of freshman sensation Lindsey Sonderman. “Lindsey’s got basically one gear. She just goes and doesn’t look back,” Renkly stated following Saturday morning’s Lewis...
 ROCKWELL CITY (Sept. 11) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team finished with a 3-2 record at Saturday’s South Central Calhoun “Master Blaster” Tournament held at Rockwell City. HCHS (10-5 overall) opened the day with a 23-21, 21-18 win over Ridge View, which is ranked 13th in Class 2A. The...
 Southwest Valley’s Brendan Knapp (6) is tackled by AHSTW’s Brayden Lund (44) and Blake Tuma during Friday night’s game as Viking freshman Henry Lund (right) also pursues on defense. AHSTW fell short in a defensive battle, 14-12. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Sept. 10) -- The AHSTW football team dropped to 0-2 in Class A, District 7 (1-2 overall) following Friday’s hard-fought 14-12 home loss to Southwest Valley. Both teams scored two touchdowns on the night but the Vikings were unable to convert their PAT attempts, missing an extra point in the...
 HCHS junior Aidan Hall caps a four-touchdown night by leaping over Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Noah Keokenchanh (26) just in front of the goal line. Hall rushed for 125 yards on 13 carries in his first career start at tailback. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 10) -- It was a tale of two halves at Merrill Field Friday night. Following a wildly entertaining first half that featured eight touchdowns, diving and juggling catches all over the field, and even a sequence of three turnovers in two plays, top-ranked (3A) Harlan Community went to...
 Harlan Community center Jeremiah Davis (55) and left guard Austin Schumacher (right) are part of an improving Cyclone offensive line entering Friday’s Week 3 matchup against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
 HARLAN (Sept. 10) -- For the second time in three weeks, Merrill Field is the host site for a tantalizing matchup of highly-ranked football teams. Harlan Community, voted No. 1 in the first Associated Press Class 3A poll of the season, will take on No. 4 Sergeant Bluff-Luton Friday night with...
 HCHS libero Madison Kjergaard receives a serve during the Cyclone Invitational on August 28 as teammate Zophi Hendricks looks on.
 SHENANDOAH (Sept. 7) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team picked up its second 3-0 sweep in as many Hawkeye Ten matches Tuesday night, overpowering Shenandoah at the net for a 25-12, 25-19, 25-10 victory. HCHS improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play going into Saturday’s South...

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