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 HCHS players celebrate last Friday’s Class 3A quarterfinal playoff win over Nevada at Merrill Field. The Cyclones won 38-0 and advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round at the UNI-Dome against Humboldt. HCHS players in the foreground, left-right, include Will McLaughlin (23), Ashton Lyon (4), Joey Moser (3), Lucas Stanley (32) and Teagon Kasperbauer (11).
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 13) -- If the Harlan Community football team keeps on winning, eventually it will face a Class 3A playoff opponent from somewhere outside District 2. Tomorrow, though, is not yet that day. After shutting out third-place Ballard (45-0) and second-place Nevada (38-0) in the first...
 HCHS swimmers competing for Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln this fall included, left-right: Grace Albertsen, Elaina Vrchoticky, Aurora Miller and Emily Lee. Vrchoticky and Miller have both qualified for state in two events. (Photo by Bob Bjoin)
 MARSHALLTOWN (Nov. 12-13) -- Harlan Community juniors Elaina Vrchoticky and Aurora Miller have both qualified for this weekend’s Girls State Swimming Meet in one individual event and one relay. Vrchoticky and Miller will compete for Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln at the state meet on Friday and...
 DOME BOUND -- Harlan Community junior Wil Neuharth (24) and seniors Ashton Lyon (4) and Lucas Stanley (32) enjoy the postgame celebration following the Cyclones’ 38-0 quarterfinal playoff win over Nevada last Friday. HCHS will face Humboldt at the UNI-Dome on Saturday.
 HARLAN -- Unfinished business. The Harlan Community football team is headed back to the UNI-Dome needing two more wins to garner elusive state title number 13. The top-ranked (AP) Cyclones punched their ticket back to Cedar Falls with a 38-0 Class 3A playoff quarterfinal win over No. 8 Nevada...
Quarterfinal ScoresClass 5A: Friday, Nov. 5Southeast Polk 38, Dowling Catholic 28Iowa City High 32, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13Valley, WDM 40, Pleasant Valley 14Ankeny 37, Cedar Rapids Prairie 7Class 4A: Friday, Nov. 5Winterset 28, Decorah 19Cedar Rapids Xavier 24, Webster City 13Waverly-Shell Rock 36...
 Retiring Harlan Community cross country coach Doug Renkly (left) talks to the Cyclone girls team prior to this year’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Meet in Glenwood. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 29) -- Harlan Community cross country coach Doug Renkly has seen it all during 25 years coaching one of the state’s most grueling high school sports. He’s also been one of the most successful coaches in southwest Iowa during that two-and-a-half decade time frame. Renkly decided...
Single Game RecordsTeagon Kasperbauer: 432 passing yards (at ADM) - previous record 416 by Preston Mulligan vs. Glenwood (2018).Teagon Kasperbauer: 7 touchdown passes (at ADM) - previous record 6 by Joel Osborn vs. Red Oak & Creston (2003).Team: 432 passing yards, 7 TD passes (at ADM) -...
 IKM-Manning freshman Emily Albertsen (left) placed 34th out of 152 state meet girls in Class 1A. (Photos courtesy of Noah Rohlfing, Marshalltown Times-Republican)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 30) -- Local harriers Emily Albertsen, Caden Keller and Rylie Knop each competed at the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet last Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course near Fort Dodge. It was a successful state debut for the area trio, who all finished in the top half...
 HCHS players take a knee as Ballard receives its playoff participation trophy following last week’s 45-0 Cyclone win at Merrill Field. The top-ranked Cyclones will seek a second straight trip to the UNI-Dome when they host Nevada Friday night. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Nov. 5) -- It’s speed vs. size for a ticket to the UNI-Dome. Top-ranked Harlan Community will put its unblemished 10-0 record on the line Friday night, hosting No. 8 Nevada (9-1) in a Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game at 7:00 p.m. The winner advances to the state semifinals on Saturday,...
 Harlan Community freshman Lindsey Sonderman (left) and senior Kaia Bieker ran together for most of Friday’s Class 3A State Cross Country Meet. Bieker surged ahead late to place seventh while Sonderman finished 16th in her state debut. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 29) -- The voice wasn’t a familiar one, but the words struck a chord with Harlan Community senior Kaia Bieker. During the final mile of her high school cross country career Friday afternoon, Bieker was searching for the endurance to hold her top-10 position in the Class 3A girls...
 Harlan Community head coach Todd Bladt and several HCHS players applaud Ballard as the Bombers receive their Class 3A playoff participation trophy following Friday’s game at Merrill Field. The Cyclones advanced to the quarterfinal round with a resounding 45-0 victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Oct. 29) -- The Harlan Community football team’s playoff opener resembled many of the regular season games that preceded it this fall. A whole lot of highlights for HCHS, and very few for the opponent. The top-ranked Cyclones scored on their first seven possessions Friday night and stymied...

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