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 IKM-Manning senior Jared Johnson puts the ball in play during Thursday’s district game vs. Audubon. Johnson led the Wolves with a .348 batting average this season.
 COON RAPIDS (July 12) -- For four innings on Thursday, pitcher Alex Lingle and IKM-Manning were able to stay away from the big inning defensively and hang with Audubon in a Class 1A district baseball semifinal. Unfortunately for the Wolves, when momentum started to swing the way of the Wheelers, a...
 HCHS junior Brett Sears is congratulated by teammates Ryan Doran (89) and Derec Weyer (10) after hitting the first of his two home runs during Wednesday’s 8-3 win over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson.
 HARLAN (July 11) -- The Harlan Community baseball team closed the books on another outstanding regular season here Wednesday night, beating Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 8-3 as Brett Sears homered twice and Logan Klaassen pitched a complete game. Now the fun part begins as the number one-ranked...
 Exira-EHK pitcher Cole Burmeister delivers to the plate during his strong district outing vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard Tuesday.
 ANITA (July 10) -- For six and one-third innings Tuesday, the tougher the situation was the better Cole Burmeister pitched for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. Locked in a district duel with Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Christian Cook, the Spartan junior scored his team’s only run in the third and blanked the...
 MADRID (July 10) -- Grant Stracke hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning to give IKM-Manning a 4-0 lead and Jared Johnson pitched a four-hitter Tuesday night as the eighth-seeded IKM-Manning baseball team knocked off top-seeded Madrid 4-3 in a Class 1A district quarterfinal. The Tigers scored...
 CLARINDA (July 7) -- The AHSTW baseball season ended in heartbreaking fashion last Saturday night when a two-out error in the bottom of the seventh allowed Shenandoah to score the winning run and beat the Vikings 3-2 in a Class 2A district quarterfinal held at Clarinda. AHSTW took a 2-0 lead in...
 IKM-M senior Payton Sporrer carries the second base bag off the field for the final time following Monday’s 9-3 regional final loss to Earlham, which huddles in shallow right field.
 IRWIN (July 9) -- With an inning to go in Monday’s Class 2A, Region 3 softball final, it appeared that IKM-Manning’s veteran squad might have the young Earlham Cardinals right where it wanted them. Still trailing by a run, 4-3, the 2nd-rated Wolves had the heart of their order due up in the bottom...
HCHS 4, Des Moines Roosevelt 1 DES MOINES (July 10) -- Senior Jacob Bartley pitched his third straight complete game and had arguably his best outing of the season Tuesday as the Cyclones won 4-1 at Des Moines Roosevelt (15-22). Bartley (6-0) tossed a seven-hitter, walked two and struck out five,...
 IKM-Manning catcher Shyanne Sporrer looks to tag out Panorama’s Kellie Prince at the plate during the fifth inning of Friday’s regional semifinal game. Assisted by shortstop Paige Gaskill, Sporrer applied the tag to keep the score at 4-1. The Wolves pulled away to win 8-1.
 IRWIN (July 6) -- Same round, same town, same teams. And just like two years ago, Panorama came to play for Friday night’s Class 2A regional semifinal at 2nd-ranked IKM-Manning. This time the Wolves were ready too, producing big two-out runs in the early innings, making timely defensive plays...
 HCHS seniors Lexi Larsen (12) and Molly Gubbels (3) are comforted by eighth-grader Loryn Bruck (15) and freshman Brooke Goshorn (right) following Thursday’s 2-0 regional loss at Glenwood. The Cyclones finished the season 15-17. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD (July 5) -- Harlan Community softball coach Brooke Schaben liked her team’s chances going into Thursday’s Class 4A first round regional game at Glenwood, and history was on her side. On June 14, the Cyclones split a Hawkeye Ten doubleheader against the Rams, totaling double-digit hits...
 LE MARS (July 6) -- Winning 4-0 and 14-9, Harlan Community swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader at Le Mars on Friday, improving to 25-3 with three games left in the regular season. The top-ranked (Class 3A) Cyclones got a combined four-hit shutout from Brett Sears and Riley Kohles in game...

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