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 AHSTW senior Natalie Hagadon (13) spikes one of her 27 kills over Tayler Krueger of Underwood during Tuesday’s Western Iowa Conference match. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Sept. 28) -- The AHSTW volleyball team continues to search for that big signature win in the Western Iowa Conference. The Lady Vikes appeared to be on their way Tuesday night, taking two of the first three sets vs. Underwood and leading most of the fifth and deciding “Race to 15.” Senior...
 RED OAK (Sept. 28) -- Harlan Community suffered its fourth straight Hawkeye Ten Conference volleyball loss on Tuesday night, recording zero ace serves and no blocks in a 25-17, 25-9, 25-17 defeat at Red Oak. The Cyclones, who have now lost eight of their last 10 matches, fell to 12-14 overall and...
2021 EXIRA-ELK HORN-KIMBALLTON FOOTBALL TEAM
(Photo courtesy of Beth Hansen)
 EXIRA (Sept. 24) -- Junior quarterback Trey Petersen passed for 321 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 143 yards and a 50-yard score last Friday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team outlasted Bedford 37-30 in an 8-Player non-district game. The Spartans improved to 3-2...
 Left-right, Lindsey Sonderman of HCHS, Mayson Hartley (Clarinda), Kaia Bieker (HCHS) and Ava Rush (Atlantic) pace the field at the start of Saturday’s Cyclone Invitational at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. Sonderman pulled away from the pack to place first with a school record time and Bieker placed fourth, leading the Cyclone girls to their second team title of the year.
 HARLAN (Sept. 25) -- The Harlan Community cross country girls picked a great spot for their second team title of the season on Saturday morning, capping Homecoming week with an 11-point Cyclone Invite victory over rival Glenwood. Paced by freshman Lindsey Sonderman’s first-place, school-record...
 Harlan Community junior Aidan Hall (6) catches a 51-yard touchdown pass from Teagon Kasperbauer in stride to score the Cyclones’ second touchdown Friday night after getting behind Saydel defensive back AJ Ollin. HCHS scored on its first three offensive plays from scrimmage and rolled past the Eagles for a 64-0 Homecoming win.
 HARLAN (Sept. 24) -- While unofficial, it’s probably safe to say the Harlan Community football team tied a world record Friday on its first three plays from scrimmage. Three plays, three touchdowns. And a 22-0 lead just five minutes into a Homecoming mismatch vs. Saydel. The top-ranked (3A)...
 NEVADA (Sept. 25) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team finished with two wins and four losses at Saturday’s Nevada Tournament. HCHS scored 2-0 victories against Carlisle and Ballard while losing to Norwalk (0-2), West Marshall (1-2), Carroll (0-2) and Bondurant-Farrar (0-2). The Cyclones now...
 AHSTW running back Denver Pauley finds some running room against the Riverside defense. (Photos courtesy of Fischer Photography)
 AVOCA (Sept. 24) -- AHSTW handed Riverside its first loss of the season in impressive fashion Friday night, building a 33-12 halftime lead and putting away the 4th-ranked Bulldogs 47-12 to snap a three-game losing streak. The Vikings improved to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in Class A, District 7....
 IKM-Manning’s Max Nielsen (63) leads the defensive charge in tackling Tri-Center’s Jaxyn Valadez during Friday’s first half. The Wolves beat the Trojans 16-6. (Photo courtesy of Brandi Perdew)
 MANNING (Sept. 24) -- The IKM-Manning football team earned a key win toward possible playoff qualifying down the road here Friday night, scoring the final 10 points of its Homecoming game to defeat Tri-Center 16-6. The Wolves improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in Class A, District 8. The Trojans are...
 Joey and Jennifer Hansen are delegation managers for the newly-formed Shelby County Special Olympics. (Photos contributed)
 HARLAN -- Shelby County Special Olympics, the area’s adult athlete delegation, will hold its first-ever event at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, at Cyclone Lanes in Harlan.  The group has 34 athletes that will be bowling. This local delegation was started by a volunteer group of parents,...
 HCHS volleyball coach Elle Crees (center) talks with Cyclone players in a timeout during Tuesday night’s loss to Lewis Central. The team wore special Teal Out uniforms as part of the volleyball program’s annual fundraiser for ovarian cancer awareness. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 21) -- Prolonged stretches of mistake-filled volleyball - one in each set - led to the downfall of Harlan Community in Tuesday’s Hawkeye Ten home match against Lewis Central. The Cyclones fell behind 8-0 in set one and 7-1 to start set two, then allowed a critical 13-1 LC run in the...

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