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 AHSTW players celebrate Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over IKM-Manning, the Lady Vikes’ first volleyball win in the series since the Wolves joined the Western Iowa Conference in 2013. Left-right: Madison Simonsen (1), Kinsey Scheffler, Katie Anzalone, Kyley Nelsen, Baylee Meyers and Paige Osweiler. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Sept. 11) -- Since IKM-Manning joined the Western Iowa Conference in 2013, the Wolves were 7-0 overall and 5-0 in league play against the AHSTW volleyball team. Many of those matches were lopsided affairs, but the Lady Vikes finally took a set from IKM-M two years ago, then forced a five-...
 CARROLL (Sept. 11) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team got swept Tuesday night, but not without challenging top-ranked (3A) Kuemper Catholic in all three sets of a 20-25, 21-25, 18-25 Hawkeye Ten defeat. Just three days after losing to the Knights 11-21, 9-21 in the South Central Calhoun...
 STORM LAKE (Sept. 11) -- The Harlan Community girls cross country team moved up eight spots to No. 4 in this week’s 3A state rankings, then went out and backed it up with authority at Tuesday’s Storm Lake Invite. Placing all seven varsity runners between sixth and 21st, the Cyclones posted a...
 AHSTW sophomore Chloe Falkena placed 13th to help the Lady Vikes finish third as a team on Tuesday.
 AVOCA (Sept. 11) -- Sophomore Chloe Falkena earned a 13th-place medal and four of her teammates finished in the top half of the field here Tuesday as the AHSTW girls cross country team claimed third place in their annual home meet at the Avoca Golf and Country Club. Atlantic won the girls’ team...
 HARLAN (Sept. 14) -- The Harlan Community football team will close out its non-district schedule at Merrill Field on Friday, hosting Atlantic in a 7:00 p.m. matchup between 2-1 teams. HCHS is looking to build on its No. 14 RPI of .6343 in Class 3A - released for the first time this week by the...
 HCHS senior Greichaly Kaster (center) and juniors Lucy Borkowski (left) and Abby Alberti (right) reach the top of a hill during Saturday’s Lewis Central Invite on the campus of Iowa Western Community College. Kaster, Borkowski and Alberti placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, to lead the Cyclone girls to a team title. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 8) -- Harlan Community cross country coach Doug Renkly knew that his girls squad had the potential to be pretty darn special this year. But this good, this soon? Perhaps. Despite having a two-week layoff since their season opener - two meets were cancelled - the Cyclone girls...
 ROCKWELL CITY (Sept. 8) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team placed fourth out of seven teams in Saturday’s round-robin South Central Calhoun “Master Blaster” Tournament, finishing 3-3. HCHS scored decisive wins over Kingsley-Pierson, River Valley and East Sac County while losing to South...
 IKM-Manning senior Mya Irlmeier (5) hits over Treynor’s Kennedy Elwood as Emily Kerkhoff looks on.
 MANNING (Sept. 6) -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team opened conference play with a 3-1 loss to 11th-ranked (2A) Treynor on Thursday night as the first set proved pivotal in the final outcome. The Wolves led 22-18 in set one but were outscored 8-2 down the stretch and lost 26-24. The momentum...
 Harlan Community linebacker Jon Owens makes one of the Cyclones’ three interceptions during Friday’s 35-6 win at Carroll as Tiger receiver Jace Pettitt reaches back for the underthrown pass.
 CARROLL (Sept. 7) -- Following a sluggish first half on offense, Harlan Community put together a dominant third quarter on both sides of the football Friday night, scoring three touchdowns in a six-minute span to pull away from Carroll 35-6. The host Tigers took a 6-0 lead on the first play of the...
 Exira-EHK senior Cole Burmeister (2) makes a running catch as Jackson Jensen defends for Audubon.
 EXIRA (Sept. 7) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton stayed unbeaten and won its district opener Friday night, making a goal line stand in the final moments to hold off Audubon 34-28. The Spartans are now 3-0 overall. Audubon (1-2) drove down the field and got to the 2-yard line late in the game before an...

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