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  Spartan senior Aaron Allen (72) blocks Ethan Fast of CAM.
 ANITA (Sept. 21) -- It was another banner night for senior Josh Pettepier and the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton offense. The Spartan quarterback had a hand in all seven of the team’s touchdowns and also kicked a field goal last Friday as Exira-EHK outscored CAM 52-34 to improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0...
AHSTW quarterback Blake Osbahr eludes the Bulldog defense.
 AVOCA (Sept. 21) -- Blake Osbahr threw four touchdown passes and Gabe Pauley ran for three scores last Friday night to lead the second-ranked AHSTW football team past Riverside 48-3 in the Class A, District 9 opener for both squads. The Vikings (5-0) scored all of their points in the first half on...
 FORT DODGE (Sept. 21) -- Kyler and Amos Rasmussen both ran for a pair of touchdowns and IKM-Manning’s defense took a shutout into the final two minutes last Friday as the Wolves opened district play with a 41-8 win at Fort Dodge St. Edmond. IKM-Manning (3-2 overall) snapped a two-game losing skid...
 PACK ATTACK -- Nearly halfway through Saturday’s Cyclone Cross Country Invite, six Harlan Community girls maintain their pack at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. The HCHS girls placed first with a team score of 42. Left-right: Abi Baldwin, Kaia Bieker, Brecken Van Baale, Greichly Kaster, Raegen Wicks and Lucy Borkowski. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 22) -- As a three-time state qualifier, Harlan Community senior Greichaly Kaster has been the face of the girls cross country program for some time now. Kaster has competed at the state meet as part of a full squad, as an individual and as a dynamic duo with Brecken Van Baale last...
 GAME CLINCHER -- Harlan Community players Connor Bruck (9), Derec Weyer (62), Jake McLaughlin (83), Jacob Bruck (21) and Jon Owens (34) celebrate with Caleb Bieker in the endzone following Bieker’s fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown at ADM Friday night. The defensive score gave the Cyclones a 28-3 lead. They won 28-10. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ADEL (Sept. 21) -- The defense of Adel-DeSoto-Minburn was as good as advertised Friday night. Harlan Community’s was better. Recording five sacks and 14 total tackles for loss - many of them courtesy of Jake McLaughlin and Allen Fries - the Cyclones forced two turnovers and scored their first...
 Exira-EHK’s Lexi Madsen attempts a serve against CAM.
 ELK HORN (Sept. 20) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton volleyball team lost a pair of Rolling Valley Conference matches last week vs. CAM and at Coon Rapids-Bayard. The Cougars swept the Spartans 25-11, 25-9, 25-12 on Tuesday night (Sept. 18) in Elk Horn. Two nights later, Exira-EHK won a set but...
 Harlan Community senior Olivia Petersen (left) tips the ball around the block of Lewis Central’s Madisyn Havermann (22) and Delaney Esterling during Tuesday’s Hawkeye Ten match.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 18) -- Every time Lewis Central made a pivotal run against the Harlan Community volleyball team Tuesday night, junior outside hitter Megan Witte was at the forefront. Witte, a 6-foot-1 high flyer, pounded 20 kills and added four blocks as the resurgent Titans swept the...
 HCHS sophomore Trey Gross earned his first career varsity win at Tuesday’s Creston Invite, running a five-kilometer time of 16:45.7 that now ranks fifth in school history. (Photo courtesy of Kaleb Carter, Creston News Advertiser)
 CRESTON (Sept. 18) -- Harlan Community sophomore Trey Gross claimed his first individual meet title and the Cyclone girls won a fourth straight team title Tuesday at the Creston Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Southwestern Community College. Gross held off regional rivals Aidan Booton...
 ADEL (Sept. 21) -- What a difference a year makes; or a month, for that matter. When glancing through Harlan Community’s 2018 football schedule in August, the Week 5 district opener at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn was not necessarily the attention grabber that it is today. The Tigers finished 1-8 last...
 WALL LAKE (Sept. 14) -- East Sac County scored two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions in the fourth quarter last Friday night to rally past IKM-Manning, 16-14, in the final non-district game for both teams. The Wolves and Raiders will both enter district play with a 2-2 overall record...

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