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 Harlan Community senior Madison Schumacher (right) puts her arm around junior Kate Heithoff as senior Kennedy Kjergaard also reacts following the Cyclones’ 10-0, five-inning loss to Winterset in Tuesday’s Class 4A regional final.
 WINTERSET (July 13) -- For the Harlan Community softball team, another successful season has ended with another one-sided regional defeat. On Tuesday night, it was an eight-run bottom of the first that dashed the Cyclones’ latest hopes for their first state tournament berth since 2010. Winterset...
 ELK HORN (July 13) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team advanced to the district finals Tuesday night with an 11-1 win over Sidney in a Class 1A, District 14 semifinal. The Spartans (11-13) will now play fourth-ranked St. Albert (30-8) in a the District 14 final Saturday, July 17, in...
 Exira-EHK junior Macy Emgarten allowed just one run in six innings pitched against Newell-Fonda.
 FONDA (July 12) -- The third time was nearly a charm for the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team. Loading the bases with one out in the top of the seventh inning, the Spartans were just a base hit away from tying the game or taking the lead against top-ranked Newell-Fonda. Instead, N-F...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (July 16) -- Harlan Community will take a record of 15-15 into the Class 3A substate baseball tournament after splitting its final two regular season games against a pair of Council Bluffs teams. HCHS lost at Abraham Lincoln 6-2 on Tuesday night before routing Thomas Jefferson 18-6...
 Cyclone assistant coach Ann Heithoff hugs her daughter, Kate, following the team’s dramatic 4-3 regional semifinal win over Denison. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (July 10) -- As Kate Heithoff stepped to the plate for one of the biggest at-bats of her life, she still had tears in her eyes. Not because she was nervous or scared for the moment, but because she was filled with pride for one of her teammates. With Saturday’s Class 4A, Region 2 semifinal...
 Exira-EHK junior Mollie Rasmussen (center) celebrates her game-winning RBI single with teammates Shay Burmeister (left) and Alisa Partridge after the Spartans rallied late to beat Woodbine 4-3 in a Class 1A regional semifinal on Friday. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 KIMBALLTON (July 9) -- Trailing 3-0 and down to its last four outs, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team needed a break. The Spartans caught one in the form of a dropped fly ball and never looked back, scoring two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to rally past Woodbine 4-3 in Friday...
 LE MARS (July 9) -- The Harlan Community baseball team finished last week with a pair of road wins to get back to the .500 mark, winning 11-2 at ADM Wednesday night and 5-2 at Le Mars on Friday. The Cyclones improved to 14-14 overall going into Tuesday’s game at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln and...
 Tri-Center’s Isah VanArsdol (12) is safe at the plate with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh Wednesday, scoring on a passed ball as AHSTW pitcher Kailey Jones (24) takes the throw from catcher Rylie Knop. The Trojans knocked off the Lady Vikes 3-1 in a Class 2A regional quarterfinal. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (July 7) -- The AHSTW softball team saw its season come to a jarring end last Wednesday as conference rival Tri-Center knocked off the Lady Vikes 3-1 in a Class 2A regional quarterfinal. AHSTW, which finished 15-13, had beaten T-C by scores of 19-1 and 4-3 during the regular season, but...
 IKM-Manning softball coach Joy Gross talks to her team on the field during last Tuesday’s 11-0 regional tournament loss at ACGC. The Wolves finished 0-21. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GUTHRIE CENTER (July 6) -- A frustrating softball season came to a close for IKM-Manning last Tuesday as the Wolves lost to ACGC 11-0 in a Class 2A regional first round game. The host Chargers scored six runs in the fourth and won by the 10-run rule in five, improving to 16-13 overall. ACGC was...
 Exira-EHK junior Macy Emgarten delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s Class 1A regional win over Audubon. Emgarten pitched a four-hit shutout as the Spartans prevailed 1-0.
 KIMBALLTON (July 7) -- What seemed innocent enough at the time was ultimately the play of the game. Sophomore Shay Burmeister hustled all the way home from second on Quinn Grubbs’ first-inning sacrifice bunt, sliding in safely on a bang-bang play to give Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton a 1-0 lead over...

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