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 The Harlan Community Cyclones take the field for Thursday’s 3A semifinal vs. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 19) -- One team is seeking a 13th state championship and playing in its 21st title game all-time. The other is making its first-ever appearance in the state football finals. Don’t read too much into history and tradition, however. Thursday night’s Class 3A state championship game...
 Harlan Community seniors Tyler Mumm (33) and Jesse Schwery (67) celebrate the Cyclones’ 44-7 semifinal win over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley along with sophomore Teagon Kasperbauer (11), junior Joey Moser (3) and the rest of the Cyclone players and fans. HCHS will play North Scott in the 3A title game Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 12) -- The championship game drought has officially ended for Harlan Community football. For the first time since 2009, the Cyclones are back in the Class 3A state title game following Thursday night’s dominating 44-7 playoff semifinal win over Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley at the UNI-...
 Longtime Harlan Community football coach Curt Bladt hangs out with granddaughter Carson at a Cyclone wrestling meet last December. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN (Nov. 12) -- Win or lose in Thursday’s 3A semifinal vs. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, the 2020 football season has been an extremely fun ride for Harlan Community. One of the only things missing from it all has been the presence of Hall of Fame coach Curt Bladt on the sidelines. The Cyclone...
 Left-right: Claire Crilly, Elaina Vrchoticky, Aurora Miller and Aubri Smith of the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln swim team qualified for the state meet in the 400 freestyle relay at regionals. The Lynx quartet placed fourth, broke a 28-year-old school record and became the program’s first state qualifiers since 2006. Vrchoticky, Miller and Smith are from HCHS. (Photo contributed)
 JOHNSTON (Nov. 7) -- Three swimmers from Harlan Community were part of a history-making day for the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln girls swim team last Saturday at the regional meet in Johnston. HCHS senior Aubri Smith (leadoff leg) and sophomores Aurora Miller (third leg) and Elaina Vrchoticky (...
 HCHS senior Emily Brouse signed a letter of intent Nov. 2 to play softball at Iowa Western CC. Front row: Emily is seated next to her parents, Ryan and Jamie Brouse, and younger brother Jacob. Back row: Jeff Martinez (travel ball coach), HCHS coach Brandi Eckles, HCHS head coach Toshia Kasperbauer, HCHS coach Ann Heithoff, former HCHS coach Brooke Wilson.
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community seniors Emily Brouse and Julia Schechinger made their college decisions official on Monday, November 2, signing national letters of intent to play softball at the juco level starting next fall. Brouse signed with Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs while...
Quarterfinal Scores • Friday, November 6 CLASS 4APleasant Valley 38, Iowa City West 24Southeast Polk 48, CR Kennedy 0Ankeny 28, Waukee 7Dowling advances by forfeit/WDM ValleyCLASS 3ABoyden-Hull/RV 23, Webster City 14Harlan Community 21, Lewis Central 14Cedar Rapids Xavier 21, Grinnell 7North Scott...
 HCHS senior Reece Schwery (right) gets a hug and smiles at Chandler Leinen (54) during the Cyclones’ postgame celebration Friday night.
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 12) -- Harlan Community and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley have met three previous times in the football playoffs, but never this far down the road. That will change Thursday when the second-ranked and top-seeded Cyclones (10-0) face the surging Nighthawks (8-2) in a Class 3A semifinal...
   HCHS players celebrate following the team’s 21-14 playoff win over Lewis Central Friday night at Merrill Field. Left-right: Wes Muenchrath (8), Lucas Stanley (32), Matt Sorfonden (36), Joseph Fah (10) and Hugh Griffith (72). (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Nov. 6) -- For the first time in three years and just the second time since 2011, the Harlan Community football team is headed back to the friendly confines of the UNI-Dome. Much like they have done all season, the 2nd-ranked Cyclones earned every bit of Friday night’s 21-14, Class 3A...
 Carlisle quarterback Karson Dunn is tackled by a host of HCHS players last Friday, including Brenden Bartley (25), Will McLaughlin (82), Jameson Bieker (34) and Lucas Stanley (32).
 HARLAN (Nov. 6) -- Friday’s list of quarterfinal playoff football games across the state features a bevy of high-quality matchups in all six classes. Few of them may be more intriguing, however, than the one being played tonight at Merrill Field. For the second time in less than a month, Lewis...
 The AHSTW girls cross country team placed sixth out of 16 teams in Class 1A at Saturday’s state meet. Front row, L-R: Chloe Falkena, Jade Draman, Claire Denning, Julia Kock. Back row, L-R: Assistant Coach Jackson Renberg, Bella Canada (manager), Holly Hoepner, Jordan Blotzer, Kailey Jones, Head Coach Jenny Hamilton. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 31) -- For six AHSTW seniors, it was one last chance to represent the program on Iowa’s biggest high school stage. As usual, the Lady Vikes did not disappoint. Finishing five spots higher than its final state ranking, the AHSTW girls placed sixth out of 16 teams in Saturday’s...

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