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 HCHS tailback Brenden Bartley (36) scores a first-quarter touchdown during Friday’s Class 3A playoff game as teammate Joey Arkfeld wipes out a potential Oskaloosa tackler.
 OSKALOOSA (Oct. 26) -- Harlan Community quarterback Preston Mulligan is known much more for his throwing arm than his ability to run the football, but on Friday it was Mulligan’s “wheels” providing a big highlight during the Cyclones’ Class 3A first round playoff game at Oskaloosa. Calling his own...
 AHSTW head coach Davis Pattee celebrates Brayton Tuma’s game-winning PAT catch with his players at the conclusion of Friday's 30-28 three-overtime win vs. Alta-Aurelia.
 AVOCA (Oct. 26) -- In the same round of the playoffs two years ago, AHSTW lost a 21-14 overtime heartbreaker at Van Meter - stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line to end the game. For several of those same Viking players, redemption was earned last Friday night in Avoca. Trailing 14-0 at...
 Spartan senior Ian Leader (17) breaks up a pass intended for Stanton’s Thomas Bates.
 EXIRA (Oct. 26) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team started and finished the first half in strong fashion last Friday night, taking a commanding 44-8 lead to the locker room en route to a 51-14 win over Stanton in an Eight-Player first round playoff game. The 7th-ranked Spartans...
 Senior Greichaly Kaster (166) placed 29th to lead the Cyclone girls to an eighth-place team finish at the state cross country meet. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 27) -- Harlan Community senior Greichaly Kaster read in a newspaper story last week that Coach Doug Renkly believed she could place in the high 20s or low 30s of her fourth and final state meet. They were words that Kaster took directly to heart. Cutting 30 seconds off last year’s...
Julia Kock, AHSTW, so. (32nd Place)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 27) -- AHSTW sophomores Julia Kock and Chloe Falkena both finished in the top one-third of the Class 1A girls field on Saturday afternoon, placing 32nd and 39th, respectively, in the State Cross Country Championships at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. Kock finished the five-...
 HCHS senior Derec Weyer (62) leads the charge of Cyclone players through the hallway at Elm Crest.
 HARLAN -- Prior to Harlan Community’s final home football game October 12, the entire Cyclone varsity squad walked through the Elm Crest Senior Living building to greet residents of nursing and assisted living. The Cyclones went on to defeat Creston 48-0 later that evening.
 HCHS center Ethan Leinen (72) snaps the ball against Winterset in Week 9, flanked by Carter Bendorf (51) and Derec Weyer to his left. Leinen is a three-year starter for the Cyclones, who will take on 7th-ranked Oskaloosa in the first round of the 3A playoffs October 26.
 OSKALOOSA (Oct. 26) -- When the Harlan Community football team travels 163 miles to face Oskaloosa in Friday’s Class 3A playoff opener, it will meet an opponent with strikingly-similar offensive credentials. The 7th-ranked Indians (8-1) have totaled the sixth-most yards in 3A with 3,446 and scored...
HCHS senior Greichaly Kaster (left) and freshman Kaia Bieker following the 3A State Qualifying Meet.
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 27) -- The Harlan Community girls cross country team has already accomplished two major goals for 2018 by winning a Hawkeye Ten Conference championship as well as last week’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet title at Glenwood. But there’s still some unfinished business left as the...
 AHSTW senior Katie Anzalone (right) wins a battle at the net with Treynor’s Kayla Chapman during Monday’s regional match. Anzalone led her team with nine kills and two blocks but the Cardinals advanced with a 3-0 sweep. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 TREYNOR (Oct. 22) -- The season didn’t end quite how they wanted it to, but, oh, what a season it was for the AHSTW volleyball team. Just two years after losing 26 matches, the Lady Vikes finished 2018 with a school record 26 wins following Monday’s three-set loss to 8th-ranked Treynor (19-25, 11-...
 The Harlan Community girls cross country team, along with sophomore Trey Gross, qualified for the state meet on Thursday with their performances at the Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Glenwood. Left-right: HCHS head coach Doug Renkly, Raegen Wicks, Greichaly Kaster, Lucy Borkowski, Trey Gross, Brecken Van Baale, Olivia Anderson, Abi Baldwin, Abby Alberti, Liv Freund, Kaia Bieker, HCHS assistant coach Zach Klaassen.
 GLENWOOD (Oct. 18) -- For the first time in three years, Harlan Community cross country coach Doug Renkly will be taking a full squad of runners to the state meet in Fort Dodge. And they won’t be alone. Fully living up to expectations on a warm afternoon at Glenwood Lake Park, the HCHS girls...

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