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IKM-Manning shortstop Paige Gaskill catches a pop-up.
 TREYNOR -- The final score was a bit misleading, but there is no questioning the champion of the Western Iowa Conference Softball Tournament. Top-ranked (2-A) Logan-Magnolia was its typical sound and steady self during Thursday night’s WIC Tourney title game at Treynor, producing key two-out hits...
IKM-Manning sophomore Peyton Gross pitched a five-inning four-hitter in the Wolves’ WIC Tournament semifinal win over Treynor before taking the loss against Logan-Magnolia in the championship game Thursday night. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 TREYNOR -- Led by Abbey Youngren’s six-RBI game, the top third of IKM-Manning’s lineup put together a monster performance Thursday as the Wolves handled Treynor 12-2 in a Western Iowa Conference Softball Tournament semifinal shortened to five innings. IKM-M scored five runs in the second inning...
 HCHS freshman Morgan Schaben pitches during a recent home game. Schaben sports a 2-5 record since returning from a leg injury suffered during the preseason. (File photo)
 CARROLL -- Harlan Community finished seventh in the final Hawkeye Ten Conference softball standings following Friday night’s 4-2 loss at Kuemper Catholic. The Cyclones didn’t crack the scoreboard until a two-run seventh-inning rally brought them only halfway back. Logan Schaben, Allison Bruck and...
 AREA -- AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will host regional games Tuesday and IKM-Manning will open its postseason at home Wednesday night as softball tournament play swings into full gear this week across the state. Pairings for the Lady Vikes, Spartans and Wolves are listed below. Class 1-A...
AHSTW senior Cain Francois takes a cut during Friday’s consolation game vs. Audubon.
 MANILLA -- A late-game rally fell four runs short for AHSTW Friday night as Audubon held off the Vikings 14-10 in the third-place final of the Western Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament at Manilla. Missouri Valley repeated as WIC Tourney champion later in the evening, taking down top-seeded...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community baseball team clinched second place in the Hawkeye Ten Conference standings Thursday night with a doubleheader sweep of Red Oak at Jim Goeser Field, winning 16-6 in six innings and 17-2 in four. The third-ranked (3-A) Cyclones improved to 19-4 overall and 16-3 in the...
Alex Amaral keeps his eyes on the ball as he waits for a pitch from Kraus.
 ELK HORN -- Ar-We-Va’s Zack Kraus outdueled Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s Alex Amaral Friday night as the Rockets edged the Spartans 2-1 to complete a season sweep.
 IKM-M’s Kyle Wagner at the plate in recent action.
 MISSOURI VALLEY -- Connor Lange’s squeeze bunt scored Justin Miller with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth last Monday as Missouri Valley edged IKM-Manning 2-1 in a Western Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament quarterfinal game. The Big Reds went on to claim the tournament title for the...
HCHS senior Ethan Knudson (8) kicks the ball away from Creston’s Ben Irr during substate action.
 AREA -- Ethan Knudson was named first-team All-Hawkeye Ten and four Harlan Community teammates were also recognized on the all-conference boys soccer teams announced in June. Hawkeye Ten co-champs Denison-Schleswig and Glenwood, along with Class 1-A state runner-up Kuemper Catholic, paced the all-...
HCHS junior Haley Arkfeld advances the ball upfield during her four-goal game against AHSTW.
 AREA -- Harlan Community junior Haley Arkfeld was named first-team All-Hawkeye Ten while senior teammates Mercedee Mayberry and Lexi Hoffmann both received honorable mention on the all-conference girls soccer teams released last month. Class 2-A state champion Lewis Central led the eight-team...

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