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2016 Harlan Community Softball Team (Varsity & JV)
 Front row, L-R: R. Blum, A. Bruck, L. Schaben, J. Sorfonden, E. Juhl, M. Gubbels, A. Sotelo. Middle row, L-R: M. Kenkel, E. Hilario, A. Nelson, B. Schechinger, S. Davis, H. Manz, M. Allmon, Asst. Coach Jeff Hastert. Back row, L-R: D. Kelly, A. Dominguez, B. Hopkins, K. Gubbels, S. Smith, A. Ahrenholtz, L. Larsen, H. Hopkins, K. Weis, M. Schaben, Head Coach Brooke Schaben. Not pictured: Asst, Coach Jenna Clayton. (Photo courtesy of Jacobs Photographic)
 HARLAN -- Returning to the program for which she was a four-time all-stater from 2007 to 2011, Brooke Schaben experienced an eventful first season as head coach of the Harlan Community softball team. It was a summer marred by injuries and inconsistency at times, but there were also positives as...
Members of the Cyclone Pride 13U softball team include, left-right: Coach Toshia Kasperbauer, Jordan Heese (OF), Miranda Goetz (OF), Kate Heithoff (2B), Madison Parman (C), Tianna Kasperbauer (P/3B), Madison Schumacher (C/3B), Kaylie Briggs (SS), Kennadi Carey (OF), Julia Schechinger (OF), Maci Schmitz (OF), Brooke Goshorn (1B), Emily Brouse (P/1B), Coach Ann Heithoff. (Photo contributed)
TOPEKA, KAN. -- The Cyclone Pride 13U C Division traveling softball team put together an overall record of 25-11 this season, capped by a ‘Top 8’ finish at the USSSA National Tournament (Midwest Region) in Topeka, Kansas, July 20-23. As they did all season, Cyclone Pride played up an age level at...
Front row, L-R: Hunter Manz, Brody Frederick, Jake Dotzler, Michael Gaul, Darren Stein, Colton Barnes. Middle row, L-R: Ronan Noeth, Jacob Bruck, Ethan Arkfeld, Brenden Willcoxon, Wyatt Larson, Niall Mahoney, Allen Fries, Carter Bendorf. Back row, L-R: Jonathan Cheek, Sam Andersen, Nathan Schiltz, Alex Schechinger, Ethan Leinen, Tyler Schaben, Riley Kohles, Coach Brian James.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community freshmen baseball team finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 12-13 under the direction of Coach Brian James.
Front row, L-R: T. O’Neill, J. Cheek, A. Keane, C. Bruck, L. Schaben, J. Moser, A. Schechinger, H. Manz, J. Bartley. Middle row, L-R: J. Wingert, N. Tarney, D. Sears, N. Foss, B. Sears, B. Croghan, K. Schmitz, B. Rowedder. Back row, L-R: Head Coach Steve Daeges, Coach Eric Croghan, J. Owens, R. Doran, Josh Cheek, D. Hoffmann, K. Juhl, W. Hoffmann, N. Heese, J. Croghan, L. Klaassen, Coaches Heath Stein and Mark Vande Berg. Not pictured: Coach Joe Heese, Matt Gubbels (stats).
 HARLAN -- It was a season to remember for the 2016 Harlan Community baseball team. One year after falling just one win short of a state title, the Cyclones made their sixth consecutive trip to Principal Park in late July and left as Class 3-A state champions following a decisive 12-4 win over...
HCHS senior Haley Arkfeld blocks an attack by senior Brenda Hopkins as assistant coach Chad Swanson looks on during Tuesday’s practice session.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community volleyball team opened practices for the 2016 season on Monday morning, sporting a roster of 32 players in grades 9-12. HCHS graduated three all-state players off last year’s 37-6, Class 4-A state runner-up squad in Taylor Frederick (Elite First Team), Jordyn Moser (...
Cyclone Cross Country Camp draws 61 runners
 HARLAN -- A total of 61 runners in grades 7-12 attended this week’s Harlan Community Cyclone Cross Country Camp, under the direction of HCHS head coach Doug Renkly. The Cyclone harriers took part in various workout drills throughout the five-day camp, which will end with Friday’s timed race at...
 AREA -- A Hunter Safety Education Online Field Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Nishna Bend Recreation Area south of Corley. Prospective hunters must register for this field day online at iowadnr.gov/huntered and complete the online class before attending. Bring...
 PORTSMOUTH -- Persia outlasted Portsmouth in an old-fashioned slugfest, 14-13, in the championship game of the Iowa Western Baseball League Tournament held July 31 at the Portsmouth diamond. Only five half-innings did not feature at least one run scored as the teams combined for 27 runs, 38 hits,...
 AREA -- The 2016 Hawkeye Ten, Western Iowa and Rolling Valley all-conference baseball and softball teams include 15 first-teamers and 45 total players from the Harlan Newspapers’ four-school coverage area. This year’s local squads combined for a total record of 133-87 (.605), led by the Harlan...
Harlan Community head football coach Curt Bladt talks with the team following Thursday’s high school session of the Cyclone Camp of Champions at Merrill Field
 HARLAN -- Setting the stage for the first day of high school football practice on Monday, August 8, Harlan Community held its annual Cyclone Camp of Champions last week (Aug. 1-5) at Merrill Field. According to HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, 85-90 players attended this year’s high school camp,...

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