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 CHAMPIONSHIP STAFF -- Left-right, HCHS baseball coaches Heath Stein, Mark Vande Berg, Steve Daeges, Joe Heese and Eric Croghan show off the school’s latest championship trophy. Stein was a player in 2003 when the Cyclones claimed their last state baseball crown.
 DES MOINES -- Harlan Community couldn’t have picked a more perfect time to play its best baseball game of the season. Facing a red-hot Carlisle team renowned for its hitting prowess and gaudy statistics, the Cyclones stole the show with their own brand of balls-to-the-wall pressure offense in...
HCHS junior Josh Cheek pitched a three-hitter against Solon on Friday, allowing three earned runs in seven innings.
 DES MOINES -- Clinging to a two-run lead in Friday’s Class 3-A state semifinal vs. Solon, Harlan Community coach Steve Daeges had all the confidence in the world in junior pitcher Josh Cheek. With Brett Sears and Nick Tarney warmed up and ready to provide relief, Cheek didn’t disappoint in the top...
HCHS senior Kyle Juhl connects for one of his three hits during Tuesday’s state baseball quarterfinal against Bishop Heelan. Juhl also scored three runs as the 2nd-ranked Cyclones beat the Crusaders 8-6.
 DES MOINES -- It should be an interesting two days that determine the Class 3-A champion of the 2016 State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park. Friday’s 3-A semifinals will feature the top pitching team in the field (Pella) vs. the top hitting team (Carlisle), followed by the team with the best...
Harlan Community players exit the field after beating Sioux City Bishop Heelan, 8-6, in the first round of the Class 3-A state baseball tournament Tuesday at Principal Park. The Cyclones led 8-2 going into the seventh inning before Heelan scored four runs and had the tying run at the plate. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- There’s no such thing as an ugly ‘W’ at the state tournament. Harlan Community head baseball coach Steve Daeges probably had to tell himself that a few times on Tuesday afternoon, but left Principal Park in a good mood nonetheless after the Cyclones held off Sioux City Bishop Heelan...
Knudson (14) and Langenfeld (57) stand with HCHS football coach Curt Bladt following the game.
 CEDAR FALLS -- Ethan Knudson and Max Langenfeld of Harlan Community and Martin Olson of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton each participated in the 44th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Classic, held Saturday, July 23, at the UNI-Dome. The three area players - all 2016 graduates - played for the...
 WARRENSBURG, MO. -- Andrea Greve, a 2015 graduate of Harlan Community High School, was one of 86 student-athletes from the University of Central Missouri named to the Academic Honor Roll of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) for the first time. Andrea is the daughter of...
 WESTPHALIA - The Harvest Baseball Tournament returns after a five-year hiatus in 2016, according to event organizer Tom Wageman, and will be held on two weekends, August 27-28 and September 3-4, in Westphalia. Begun in 1964 under the leadership of Wageman’s late father, John, the annual tournament...
HCHS players Dillon Sears (1), Brett Sears, Jared Moser, catcher Nick Tarney and pitcher Brett Croghan patiently relax near the mound as they wait for the final decision on whether left fielder Josh Cheek made a catch for the final out of last week’s substate final win over Winterset. The umpires ruled “no catch,” but Croghan retired the next batter to finish the job.
 DES MOINES -- It’s been nearly two months to the day since Harlan Community beat Sioux City Bishop Heelan 12-0 to cap the first week of the high school baseball season. When the Cyclones and Crusaders meet again Tuesday morning (11 a.m.) in the first round of the Class 3-A state tournament, a much...
 DES MOINES -- Tri-Center was defeated by Don Bosco of Gilbertville 11-1 in six innings in a Class 1-A quarterfinal at the State Baseball Tournament Saturday night. The sixth-seeded Trojans, who finished 19-9 overall, were making their first trip to Principal Park and their first state tournament...
Daeges stands with assistant coaches Mark Vande Berg (left) and Joe Heese. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community head baseball coach Steve Daeges was recognized prior to the team’s July 11 home game vs. Abraham Lincoln and presented a commemorative plaque for reaching 600 career wins earlier this season. Now in his 23rd year at HCHS, Daeges enters this week’s state tournament with...

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