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 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Harlan Community stranded the tying run at third base in the top of the seventh inning Monday night, falling to St. Albert 4-3 in Hawkeye Ten softball action. The Cyclones fell behind 4-1 after two innings and never fully recovered, managing just four hits off Saintes pitcher...
Harlan Community senior Kyle Juhl (right) is greeted at home plate by teammates Dillon Sears (1), Jared Moser and Kyle Schmitz after hitting a fourth-inning grand slam during the Cyclones’ 14-4 win over Clarinda on Thursday night. Juhl homered in each of his first three at-bats and drove in seven runs in the game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- During the past few years or so, it really didn’t matter which direction or how hard the wind was blowing at Jim Goeser Field. If the ball was exiting the yard off a Harlan Community bat, it was usually just a foul ball in the parking lot. Only nine games into the 2016 season, however,...
HCHS second baseman Delaney Kelly makes the pivot on a Cyclone double play as Clarinda’s Addy Shane slides toward the bag during game one of Thursday’s doubleheader split.
 HARLAN -- The first 12 games of the season have certainly been a “Jekyll and Hyde” roller coaster ride for the Harlan Community softball team, perhaps summed up best by Thursday’s doubleheader split with Clarinda. After easily defeating the Cardinals in three innings, 12-0, in game one, HCHS took...
 EARLHAM -- Junior Alex Amaral pitched a three-hit gem on the mound and got plenty of run support Friday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team improved to 5-1 overall with a 9-1 non-conference win at Earlham. Amaral (3-0) allowed one run in seven innings, walked none and racked up 12...
IKM-Manning’s Jacob Thraen hits an RBI single to drive in a late insurance run during the Wolves’ 5-3 win at AHSTW Friday night.
 AVOCA -- Jared Johnson pitched a complete game two-hitter and the IKM-Manning baseball team rallied for three runs in the final two innings Friday night to post a 5-3 road win over AHSTW. The Wolves capped a 2-2 week on the diamond and improved their record to 5-5 overall and 5-3 in the Western...
 IKM-Manning shortstop Paige Gaskill throws out an AHSTW base runner
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning sophomore Peyton Gross and AHSTW junior Haley Constable both pitched a three-hitter Friday night, but it was Gross and the Wolves who came out on top, 3-1, in Western Iowa Conference softball action. IKM-M, which blew out the Lady Vikes 11-0 in both teams’ league opener May 24...
Moser is seated next to her parents, Jeff and Jenny Moser, Harlan. Back row, L-R: HCHS girls assistant coach Mark Kohorst, Jared Moser (brother), Morningside women’s head coach Jamie Sale, HCHS girls head coach Zach Klaassen, Joey Moser (brother).
  (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community 2016 graduate Jordyn Moser signed a letter of intent earlier this spring to join the women’s basketball program at Morningside College in Sioux City. Moser will be joining one of the top NAIA Division II programs in the nation as the Mustang women have made 14 straight...
HCHS catcher Julia Sorfonden tags out Atlantic’s Baylee Newell (5) at home plate to keep Tuesday’s game scoreless in the top of the first inning.
 HARLAN -- Head coach Brooke Schaben didn’t even hesitate when asked if the Harlan Community softball team had just played its best game of the season. “Easily ... by far,” Schaben said after the up-and-down Cyclones handled unbeaten and 15th-rated (3-A) Atlantic, 8-2, at H. Jack Field Tuesday...
 HARLAN -- Through the first two weeks of the baseball season, Harlan Community trailed exactly one time - by one run, for one half-inning - in rolling to a 6-0 start. So after losing to Lewis Central Monday night and trailing Atlantic 7-4 in the sixth inning on Tuesday, it was finally time to see...
Exira-EHK second baseman Cole Burmeister (right) chases down a West Harrison base runner after a pickoff play during Wednesday’s Rolling Valley Conference baseball game. The Spartans won 5-0.
 ELK HORN -- Senior Brady Hansen pitched a three-hit shutout with four walks and 13 strikeouts Wednesday night and also drove in two runs, leading the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team to a 5-0 home win over West Harrison. The victory improved the Spartans to 4-1 in the Rolling Valley...

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