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 CALLING IT A CAREER -- Harlan Community volleyball coach Angie Spangenberg watches the Cyclones play against Lewis Central in last month’s regional semifinal defeat. Spangenberg is stepping down from her coaching position to focus on family and her position as Dean of Students at the middle school. She coached HCHS for six seasons, leading the program to a 198-43 record, two state championships and one state runner-up finish. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- It was only six seasons, but oh, what an amazing six-year run it was. Harlan Community head volleyball coach Angie Spangenberg, who quickly took the program to new heights after moving to Harlan in 2011, has decided to hang up her whistle and put away the clipboard. Harlan Community...
Exira-EHK senior Seth Bradford (32) keeps his eyes on the football as he wraps up Fremont-Mills senior Carter Jennings during Friday night’s 8-Player quarterfinal playoff game in Tabor. The Spartans led 14-7 after one quarter but were defeated 63-20. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 TABOR -- When it was all said and done - the handshake line complete and the trophy presentation in the books - several Fremont-Mills players made their way back to the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton side of the 50-yard line. Following 48 minutes of hard-hitting playoff football, the rivals exchanged...
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will look to slow down an explosive Fremont-Mills offense Friday night when the Spartans travel to Tabor for an 8-Player quarterfinal playoff game against the 2nd-ranked and unbeaten Knights. Above, Spartan senior Drew Buckholdt (33) congratulates junior Cole Madsen (1) on a tackle during last week’s 56-12 playoff win at Bedford. (Photo courtesy of Nate Tenopir, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 TABOR -- The Spartans of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton know very well the challenge that awaits them in Friday night’s 8-Player quarterfinal playoff game at 2nd-ranked Fremont-Mills. The unbeaten Knights (10-0) rank fourth in the 8-Player class with 57.8 points per game and easily lead every class in...
Abby Bruck
 MARSHALLTOWN -- Harlan Community junior Abby Bruck, who is a member of the Lewis Central girls swim team, qualified for state in two relay events via last weekend’s district competition. Bruck will be competing on the Titans’ 200 and 400-meter freestyle relays this Saturday at the Girls State...
Flag football  (Photo contributed)
HARLAN -- A total of 98 area kids in grades 3-6 participated in Harlan Community’s 2016 Flag Football program. The season was held over five weeks this fall with games played each Sunday afternoon. The third and fourth grade division played at 1:00 p.m., followed by the fifth and sixth grade...
Harlan Community sophomore Greichaly Kaster (center) placed 64th out of 140 runners in Class 3-A at Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE -- It wasn’t quite the finish she was hoping for, but Harlan Community sophomore Greichaly Kaster still enjoyed her experience at the 2016 State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Placing in the top half of the Class 3-A field for the second straight year, Kaster crossed the...
IKM-Manning junior Payton Sporrer has now competed in a combined seven state cross country meets following Saturday’s performances at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. Sporrer finished 63rd out of 143 runners in Class 1-A.
 FORT DODGE -- Payton Sporrer and Emily Copic both finished about mid-pack in Class 1-A while representing the area at Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships. Competing on a mild and breezy day at Fort Dodge’s Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Sporrer, an IKM-Manning junior, placed 63rd out of...
AHSTW players and coaches prepare to watch the final play of Friday’s first-round playoff game at Van Meter. The Vikings were stopped on fourth-and-goal at the two-yard line in overtime and lost 21-14. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 VAN METER -- With 11:11 left in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Class 1-A first-round playoff game, it appeared that the stars might be aligning just right for the AHSTW football team. Viking junior Gage Clay had just returned an interception 82 yards for the team’s second defensive touchdown...
 Exira-EHK quarterback Connor Westergaard (2) rolls out to pass behind teammate Cole Madsen during Friday’s playoff win. Westergaard had a hand in eight touchdowns. (Photo courtesy of Nate Tenopir, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 BEDFORD -- Led by quarterback Connor Westergaard and a dominant effort defensively, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton exacted a healthy dose of revenge in Friday’s opening round of the 8-Player football playoffs, winning 56-12 at Bedford. Westergaard played a role in all eight Spartan touchdowns on the...
Harlan Community juniors Sidney Craig (3), Haley Leinen (6) and Whitney Warner (7) exit the playing floor following Tuesday’s regional semifinal loss at Lewis Central. The Cyclones finished the 2016 season with an overall record of 20-18. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- For the first time in six years under head coach Angie Spangenberg, Harlan Community won’t be finishing the volleyball season at the state tournament. HCHS was swept in three sets by seventh-ranked Lewis Central Tuesday night, falling 21-25, 21-25, 15-25 in a Class 4-A regional...

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