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 HCHS senior Mason Griffith (5) powers through the tackle attempt of Glenwood’s Jayme Fritts (15) and Zander Hayes (1) to score the go-ahead touchdown with 4:58 left in the Cyclones’ come-from-behind 22-13 win over the Rams at a rainy Merrill Field. HCHS junior Joey Moser (3) encourages Griffith across the goal line. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 11) -- Neither heat nor rain... turnovers, early deficits or quality opponents have prevented the Harlan Community football team from achieving an impressive 3-0 start to the season. On Friday night at Merrill Field, the third-ranked (3A) Cyclones overcame plenty of adversity once...
 The Harlan Community girls cross country team starts the race at the Abraham Lincoln Lynx Invite on September 5 at Iowa Western Community College. The Cyclones returned to IWCC Saturday and won the Lewis Central Invite.
 Left-right: Olivia Anderson, Abi Albertsen, Ellie Gross, Brecken Van Baale, Liv Freund, Kennedy Kjergaard, Kaia Bieker. (File photo)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 12) -- The Harlan Community cross country girls placed five runners in the top nine to score a 31 and win the team crown at Saturday’s Lewis Central Invitational. Due to wet grounds at Iowa Western Community College, the meet was pushed back to 11 a.m. and only the varsity...
 ROCKWELL CITY (Sept. 12) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team finished 2-2 and placed third out of five teams at the South Central Calhoun Master Blaster Tournament held Saturday. HCHS defeated both South Central Calhoun and Ridge View in straight sets (2-0) but lost three-setters to seventh-...
 IKM-Manning linebacker Kyler Rasmussen (16) is able to trip up a Woodbury Central ball carrier as James Vega (43) and Tanner Crawford also pursue the tackle. The Wolves lost 14-0 to the Wildcats. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 MANNING (Sept. 11) -- The IKM-Manning football team put forth a strong defensive effort Friday night but was unable to put any points on the board in a 14-0 home loss to Woodbury Central. The Class A, District 10 opener saw the Wolves fall to 0-3 overall while the Wildcats improved to 2-1. ...
 Spartan sophomore quarterback Trey Petersen (3) eludes the Wildcats’ Carter Scott in the open field.
 EXIRA (Sept. 11) -- In a high-scoring 8-Player, District 8 matchup of 0-2 teams, Glidden-Ralston topped Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 57-34 here Friday night.    Sophomore Trey Petersen had a good night throwing the football for the Spartans, completing 16-of-28 passes for 314 yards and three...
 IKM-Manning senior Bre Muhlbauer (12) hits over the block of Missouri Valley’s Ella Myler during Thursday’s WIC match. Muhlbauer led the Wolves with six kills.
 MANNING (Sept. 10) -- First-year IKM-Manning volleyball coach McKaylie Croghan will exercise patience this fall as she guides a young Wolves’ squad looking to gain both confidence and skill level. Croghan’s team was poised for victory in two out of three sets here Thursday night, but ended up...
 HCHS senior Macie Leinen (6) led the way with six kills Tuesday night as the Cyclones swept Shenandoah in a Hawkeye Ten Conference volleyball match. Also pictured for HCHS are seniors Jocelyn Cheek (left) and Ashley Hall.
 HARLAN (Sept. 8) -- Harlan Community’s first match as a state-ranked volleyball team wasn’t a thing of beauty here Tuesday night, but a sweep is still a sweep. Perhaps playing down to the level of their competition at times, the Cyclones started slowly in all three sets but put together enough...
 HARLAN (Sept. 11) -- Another week, another tough test for the 2-0 Harlan Community football team. The Cyclones have more than answered the bell thus far, opening the 2020 season with non-district wins over highly-regarded Class 3A opponents Grinnell (40-28) and Pella (21-18). Sophomore quarterback...
 Mike Nichols of Harlan moved to the top of the IMCA’s all-time wins list with his 558th career IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win on September 3 at Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus, Neb. Above, Nichols enjoys the record-setting victory with his wife Anita. (Photo courtesy of Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway)
(Story contributed by Bill Martin, IMCA Director of Public Relations) COLUMBUS, NEB. – Mike Nichols couldn’t recall many of the details of his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win. He’ll remember everything about his latest. Nichols won for the 558th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career at...
 Harlan Community wide receiver Aidan Hall catches a long pass in stride and sprints away from Pella’s Aidan Pollock for a 65-yard touchdown reception from Teagon Kasperbauer in Friday night’s 21-18 Cyclone victory. Hall also caught TD passes of 89 yards (school record) and eight yards and had two interceptions on defense. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 PELLA (Sept. 4) -- It was a wild, entertaining and sometimes sloppy game between two of Iowa’s top Class 3A football programs. There were four long touchdown passes, big plays on defense, 20 penalties, 785 yards and seven turnovers. In the end, it was only fitting that Aidan Hall made the last...

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