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EXIRA-EHK FOOTBALL TEAM
 EXIRA -- Going into Friday night’s season opener vs. Audubon, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton head coach Tom Petersen said of his football team, “Just a long way to go ... kind of a work in progress.” But it’s hard to ignore the talent and potential of this year’s Spartans, who begin 2016 ranked sixth...
 2016 CYCLONE SENIORS -- Front row, L-R: Marshall Tucker, Nick Tarney, Grant Smith, Michael Monson, Jacob Wingert, Austin Smith, Jeremy Flies. Back row, L-R: Noah Culp, Greg Sorensen, Dillon Sears, Caleb Rasmussen, Josh Cheek, Aaron Johannsen, Kyle Schmitz, Jonathon Schmitz, Richard Blackman.
COUNCIL BLUFFS -- When Harlan Community kicks off the 2016 football season at Lewis Central Friday night, Curt Bladt will begin his 39th year as head coach of the Cyclones and his 49th year with the program. For Coach Bladt, there’s still something special about that first Friday of the fall. “It’s...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community volleyball team will look to defend its four-year run of titles when it hosts the Cyclone Tournament here Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. HCHS, which is listed sixth in the Class 4-A preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, finished 37-6 last...
 GLENWOOD -- The Harlan Community cross country teams will open the season at the 42nd annual Glenwood Invitational on Saturday, set for a 9:00 a.m. start time at Glenwood Lake Park. The 10-team field of teams will include: Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Atlantic, East Mills, Glenwood, HCHS, Lewis...
AHSTW FOOTBALL TEAM
(Photos by Mike Oeffner)
AVOCA -- When you lose a senior class like AHSTW had last year, there’s bound to be a lot of new names and faces on the depth chart. And while that is certainly the case for the 2016 Viking football team, fifth-year head coach Davis Pattee is optimistic about the potential in his current 58-player...
Harlan Community Varsity Football Team
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team enters the 2016 season with a veteran-laden offense, a brand new defensive cast and high hopes to build on last year’s 8-2 campaign and return to the playoffs after a rare one-year absence in 2014. Armed with good team speed and adequate size, the...
IKM-MANNING FOOTBALL TEAM
 (Photo courtesy of Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin/Review)
 MANNING -- The goals of the IKM-Manning football team don’t change all that much from year to year, and that’s the mark of a good program. A: Improve each week. B: Make the playoffs. C: Advance as far as possible. Through the first eight years of their consolidation, IKM-Manning been remarkably...
 HARLAN -- HCHS junior Tanner Fink (right) pursues Cyclone receiver Dillon Sears during Thursday’s scrimmage.
 HARLAN -- The weapons are in place. A starting quarterback will be named any day now. With only a few preseason practices left, Harlan Community offensive coordinator Mark Kohorst is excited to unveil this year’s Cyclone ‘O.’ Kohorst’s goal in 2016 is to develop a balanced, diversified and...
John Murtaugh
HCHS defensive coordinator
 HARLAN -- From the first-year coordinator to the player personnel, Harlan Community’s defense has a brand new look in 2016. HCHS graduated its top 13 tacklers from a year ago and the top returnee - Josh Cheek with 16 stops - isn’t even listed on the current defensive two-deep by new coordinator...
Kendall Preston of HCHS makes a front row pass
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community and IKM-Manning volleyball teams, along with Treynor and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, prepped for the upcoming season on Tuesday by holding a scrimmage at the HCHS gymnasium. Each team scrimmaged against the other three for approximately 20 minutes. HCHS, last...

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