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Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK - First Team All-State
 DES MOINES -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton junior Sophia Peppers was named first-team All-State and eight other area softball players garnered second team, third team or honorable mention recogniton on the 2017 Iowa Girls Coaches’ Association All-State Softball list released July 31. Peppers, a three...
Harlan Community Swim Team’s Conference Meet Participants
 HARLAN -- Placing first in 33 out of 78 events and setting five school records on the day, Harlan Community’s summer swim team won its 11th consecutive Western Iowa Swim League conference meet championship on Saturday, July 8 at the Norman D. Stamp Aquatic Center. Harlan scored 701.5 total points...
 PORTSMOUTH -- Heath Stein homered twice and Justin Schaben added a home run and a double to lead Portsmouth over Walnut 5-1 in the championship game of the Iowa Western Amateur Baseball League Tournament on Sunday, July 30, in Portsmouth. Portsmouth outhit Walnut 7-6 and there was just one error...
 DES MOINES -- Harlan Community senior shortstop Dillon Sears has been selected to play in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series in the Des Moines metro area. Games will be held August 3-6 at Waukee, Johnston and Ankeny. Sears will play for the Small Schools West squad,...
 HCHS shortstop Dillon Sears throws on the run to record an out against Greene County in a 3-A district final game.
 DES MOINES -- Led by repeat first-team selection Dillon Sears, four players from Harlan Community and one from Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton have been named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2017 All-State Baseball teams released on Tuesday, August 1. A committee of INA writers selected first,...
 Harlan Community quarterback Deren Schmitz passes downfield during offense vs. defense drills under the watchful eye of coach Curt Bladt.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team’s annual Cyclone Camp of Champions is being held this week (July 31-August 4) at Merrill Field in preparation for the 2017 season. According to HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, the varsity camp for grades 10-12 included 65 players as of Tuesday’s session....
 Harlan Community senior Joshua Cheek holds the Cyclones’ Class 3-A state runner-up trophy following Saturday’s 10-1 loss to Davenport Assumption in the championship game at Principal Park. HCHS finished the season with a 36-3 overall record, breaking the previous school record of 32 wins set in 1996.
 DES MOINES (July 29) -- Sometimes the only thing left to do is simply tip your hat. Playing in its third consecutive state championship game on Saturday, the Harlan Community baseball team ran into a future Iowa Hawkeye pitcher and a deep lineup loaded with seven college signees. Davenport...
 Harlan Community’s Dillon Sears (1) and Brett Sears leap in celebration of the Cyclones’ 6-3 state semifinal win over Bishop Heelan at Principal Park. HCHS advanced to the state championship round for the third year in a row. Also celebrating the final out are Ryan Doran and Luke Schaben.
 DES MOINES (July 28) -- For all of the dominant performances and 10-run blowouts during the course of a 36-win season, perhaps the true hallmark of this 2017 Harlan Community baseball team is the manner in which they respond when the chips are down and a game is on the line. The Cyclones did it...
 HCHS winning pitcher Brett Sears puts his arm around catcher Jared Moser following Tuesday's 6-0 state tournament win over Oskaloosa. Also pictured are Kyle Schmitz (22) and Spencer Boardman.
 DES MOINES (July 27) -- Harlan Community and Sioux City Bishop Heelan won’t need a formal introduction when the two teams get together for Friday’s 11 a.m. Class 3-A semifinal at the 2017 State Baseball Tournament. The number two and three seeds in this year’s 3-A state bracket, the top-ranked...
 HCHS junior Ryan Doran watches his three-run double soar toward the right field fence during the second inning of Tuesday night’s Class 3-A state quarterfinal game vs. Oskaloosa at Principal Park.
 DES MOINES (July 25) -- With recent history as the guide, this one was vintage Harlan Community. A fast start with the bats, stingy pitching and game-changing defensive plays all added up to another victory Tuesday night as the top-ranked Cyclones defeated Oskaloosa 6-0 in a Class 3-A state...

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