Sports

 Above are a majority of the Harlan Community swim team members who competed at the conference meet, along with head coach Logan Maxwell (far right). (Photo contributed)
 LOGAN -- The Harlan Community Summer Swim Team capped an undefeated season here July 7 by winning its 12th consecutive Western Iowa Swim League conference meet title. Harlan placed first in 39 of 78 events on the day, set three school records and scored 740 points to win handily over second-place...
Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK, sr. - First Team All-State (1A)
 DES MOINES -- Seniors Sophia Peppers of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (Class 1A) and Peyton Gross of IKM-Manning (2A) are both first-team selections and five other area players have also been recognized on the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s 2018 All-State Softball teams. Peppers is a repeat first-...
 HCHS senior Caleb Bieker carries the football during Wednesday’s session of the Cyclone Camp of Champions as Allen Fries and Alex Schechinger (wearing shoulder harness) clog up Bieker’s running lane. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- With the 2018 season opener just three weeks away, the Harlan Community football team is holding its annual Cyclone Camp of Champions this week (July 30-August 3) at Merrill Field. According to HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, this year’s high school camp includes 80-85 players while the four...
Jake McLaughlin, HCHS, sr., DE
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community senior defensive end Jake McLaughlin recently made his verbal commitment to play football at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls starting in the fall of 2019. The UNI Panthers are an NCAA Division I football program at the Football Championship Subdivision...
 PORTSMOUTH (July 29) -- Top-seeded Council Bluffs plated three runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to an 11-1, seven-inning win over Portsmouth in Sunday’s championship game of the Iowa Western Baseball League Tournament. Council Bluffs outhit Portsmouth 13-6 and capped the scoring with a...
 IOWA CITY -- Harlan Community seniors Jared Moser and Ryan Doran will play for head coach Steve Daeges one last time this weekend as part of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City. Moser, a catcher, and Doran, a first baseman, have been...
Brett Sears, HCHS, jr. - First Team All-State (P)
(Photos courtesy of Leah Marie Photography)
 DES MOINES (July 31) -- Class 3A state runner-up Harlan Community had three players recognized on the 2018 All-State Baseball teams released Tuesday by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. HCHS junior pitcher Brett Sears and senior first baseman Ryan Doran were both named to the 3A first...
 Harlan Community seniors Logan Klaassen (right) and Ryan Doran hold up the Cyclones’ Class 3A state runner-up trophy and banner following Saturday’s 11-1 loss to Davenport Assumption at Principal Park. Among those looking on are Nick Foss (left), Kelby Lasher (6), Derec Weyer and Jacob Bartley.
 DES MOINES (July 28) -- With its top two pitchers unavailable, a lot of things had to go right for Harlan Community to have a shot in Saturday’s Class 3A state title game vs. Davenport Assumption. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, almost everything went wrong in a one-sided 11-1, six-inning loss to...
 Harlan Community’s five senior baseball players pose with the team’s state runner-up trophy following Saturday’s Class 3A title game loss to Assumption. The Cyclones finished the season 33-4 overall and played in their fourth state championship game in a row. Left-right: Ryan Doran, Jacob Bartley, Nick Foss, Jared Moser, Logan Klaassen.
 The 2018 Harlan Community baseball team added to a growing trophy case last week, making the program’s eighth consecutive state tournament appearance and reaching the championship game for the fourth year in a row, ending with an 11-1 loss to Davenport Assumption on Saturday. HCHS defeated Boone 5...
 HCHS senior Ryan Doran picks up eighth-grader Joey Moser following the final out of Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal vs. Waverly-Shell Rock. The Cyclones held off the Go-Hawks 7-6 when a base runner was called for an illegal slide into Moser at second, resulting in a game-ending double play. Also pictured are Cyclone shortstop Brett Sears and left fielder Luke Schaben. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES (July 27) -- Over the years, Harlan Community has dealt with its fair, or unfair, share of tough breaks while playing in the State Baseball Tournament at Principal Park. On Friday afternoon, the Cyclones may have got one back. Clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh - the...

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