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 HARLAN (Sept. 11) -- Another week, another tough test for the 2-0 Harlan Community football team. The Cyclones have more than answered the bell thus far, opening the 2020 season with non-district wins over highly-regarded Class 3A opponents Grinnell (40-28) and Pella (21-18). Sophomore quarterback...
 Mike Nichols of Harlan moved to the top of the IMCA’s all-time wins list with his 558th career IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win on September 3 at Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus, Neb. Above, Nichols enjoys the record-setting victory with his wife Anita. (Photo courtesy of Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway)
(Story contributed by Bill Martin, IMCA Director of Public Relations) COLUMBUS, NEB. – Mike Nichols couldn’t recall many of the details of his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win. He’ll remember everything about his latest. Nichols won for the 558th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career at...
 Harlan Community wide receiver Aidan Hall catches a long pass in stride and sprints away from Pella’s Aidan Pollock for a 65-yard touchdown reception from Teagon Kasperbauer in Friday night’s 21-18 Cyclone victory. Hall also caught TD passes of 89 yards (school record) and eight yards and had two interceptions on defense. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 PELLA (Sept. 4) -- It was a wild, entertaining and sometimes sloppy game between two of Iowa’s top Class 3A football programs. There were four long touchdown passes, big plays on defense, 20 penalties, 785 yards and seven turnovers. In the end, it was only fitting that Aidan Hall made the last...
 HCHS junior Kaia Bieker (center) and seniors Brecken Van Baale (right) and Liv Freund (background) run with Southeast Polk’s Mattison Plummer and Jenna Francois at the Lynx Invite. Bieker finished fourth, Van Baale was sixth and Freund took seventh to lead the Cyclone girls to third place as a team. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 5) -- Led by fourth-place finishes from Kaia Bieker and Trey Gross, the Harlan Community cross country girls placed third and the boys took fourth at Saturday’s 51st annual Lynx Invite hosted by Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. The meet was held on the sprawling grounds of...
 Exira-EHK running back Dane Paulsen finds some open space to run vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard.
 EXIRA (Sept. 4) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton took an early 7-0 lead on Trey Petersen’s 65-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Kingery, but Coon Rapids-Bayard gradually took control behind a powerful rushing attack and beat the Spartans 66-19 here Friday night. Exira-EHK dropped to 0-2 overall (0-2 in 8-...
 MISSOURI VALLEY (Sept. 4) -- AHSTW quarterback Blake Holst fired three touchdown passes and ran in two more scores Friday night as the Viking football team topped Missouri Valley 39-6 to even their non-district record at 1-1. Leading 12-6 after one quarter, AHSTW’s defense pitched a shutout the...
 GOWRIE (Sept. 4) -- Southeast Valley answered both of IKM-Manning’s second-half touchdowns Friday night to hold off the Wolves 32-22 in non-district football action. Kyler Rasmussen rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns and Drew Doyel had 42 yards and one score for the Wolves (0-2), who were held...
 HCHS senior Lauren Andersen (15) hits over the block attempt of Denison’s Kennedy Marten (2) and Paige Andersen during Tuesday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference volleyball match.
 HARLAN (Sept. 1) -- After letting one slip away in the opening set, the Harlan Community volleyball team used fast starts and quality serving to finish off Denison-Schleswig in four here Tuesday night, winning 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 in the Hawkeye Ten opener for both teams. HCHS improved to 6-...
 PELLA (Sept. 4) -- For as well as the Harlan Community football team played a week ago in beating Grinnell 40-28, the goal this Friday night - maybe the requirement - is an even better performance at Pella. The Cyclones (1-0) trailed four separate times in last week’s season opener but rolled up...
 SHENANDOAH (Sept. 1) -- The Harlan Community cross country teams both placed first and also claimed the two individual champions at Tuesday’s Shenandoah Early Bird Invite. The Cyclone girls dominated a five-team field, placing seven runners in the top nine and posting a winning score of 18. Kaia...

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