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 COUNCIL BLUFFS (July 14) -- St. Albert followed up a five-run third inning with nine runs in the fourth and finished off Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 16-2 in a five-inning Class 1A district baseball semifinal last Tuesday night. The third-ranked Falcons (19-1) advanced to Saturday’s District 14 final...
 Spartan senior Lexi Madsen leaps into the arms of Tatum Grubbs after scoring the winning run in the team’s 5-4 regional win over Griswold. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 KIMBALLTON (July 15) -- You can throw out the records at tournament time. It’s no doubt an old sports cliché, but the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team nearly experienced the harsh reality of that phrase Wednesday night before making a dramatic rally to save their unbeaten season. Trailing...
 AHSTW’s Grace Porter connects for one of her two hits during Monday’s Class 2A regional game at IKM-Manning.
 IRWIN (July 13) -- Down 3-0 after three innings Monday night, the AHSTW softball team refused to bow to the pressures of tournament time in its Class 2A regional opener at IKM-Manning. Both teams put the ball in play consistently all night with 18 total hits and just two strikeouts, but it was the...
 HCHS junior Brenden Bartley hits a three-run double during the Cyclones’ 11-3 home win against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday.
 HARLAN (July 15) -- The Harlan Community baseball team will ride a six-game winning streak into postseason play following a pair of non-conference home wins earlier this week. HCHS defeated Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 11-3 on Tuesday night and held off Thomas Jefferson 9-7 on Wednesday,...
 HARLAN (July 13) -- The Harlan Community softball team completed its regular season on a good note here Monday night, bashing 13 hits and using two big innings to win 9-2 over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. Listed 14th in the final Class 4A rankings of the year, the Cyclones (14-4) will now have...
 HCHS senior Connor Bruck pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts Friday at Denison. (Photo courtesy of Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin/Review)
 DENISON (July 10) -- Connor Bruck outdueled Evan Turin with a one-hitter Friday afternoon as Harlan Community blanked Denison-Schleswig 1-0 in non-conference baseball action. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday night but was postponed due to wet grounds. HCHS, which beat the Monarchs 2-...
 Harlan Community catcher Madison Schumacher makes a sliding foul ball catch in the first inning of Thursday’s 11-3 Cyclone victory at Denison-Schleswig.
 DENISON (July 9) -- The Harlan Community softball team endured another rough start on Thursday night, but this time recovered nicely to post an 11-3 win at Denison-Schleswig. Madison Schumacher’s three-run homer blew the game open during a five-run fourth inning and the pitching combo of Tianna...
 DALLAS CENTER (July 7) -- Fifth-ranked (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes erupted for 10 runs on 10 hits in the third inning last Tuesday night to hand the Harlan Community softball team an 11-0, five-inning loss. The Fillies (14-7 overall) capped their 10-run outburst with two-run homers by Elle Nelsen...
 Exira-EHK junior Tyler Petersen delivers a pitch during his 12-strikeout performance against Fremont Mills on Saturday.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (July 11) -- The wins have been hard to come by this summer for an Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team with just one senior, so Saturday’s postseason victory over Fremont-Mills was plenty satisfying for the young Spartans. Junior ace Tyler Petersen struck out 12 in a complete...
 CLARINDA (July 11) -- AHSTW’s baseball season ended in disappointing fashion Saturday afternoon with a 15-0, four-inning loss to Treynor in the first round of Class 2A district tournament play. The Cardinals led 3-0 after two innings, then turned the game into a rout by scoring five runs in the...

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