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 HARLAN (May 28) -- The Shelby County Speedway is likely to open its 2020 racing season on Saturday, June 6, following Tuesday’s announcement from Governor Kim Reynolds that Iowa race tracks may operate with grandstands at 50 percent capacity. Shelby County Speedway announced on its Facebook page...
 Iowa State senior Logan Schaben takes a swing during Big 12 action last year against Oklahoma. Schaben was batting .266 through March 8 when the rest of the 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID-19. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
LOGAN SCHABEN (SR.)Iowa State University (Ames); NCAA Division I • Portsmouth, IA • 2016 HCHS graduate2020 Season - Schaben was hitting a career-best .266 (21-for-79) when her senior season ended abruptly in mid-March due to COVID-19. Iowa State was 11-13 overall following the USF (South Florida)...
 This guidance was created in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union as a resource for administrators to determine when and how districts and nonpublic schools may begin to engage in school sports...
 Dillon Sears was a junior infielder for Western Illinois this spring, starting eight of the team’s 13 games. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Ferguson - University of Tennessee Athletics)
DILLON SEARS (JR.)Western Illinois University (NCAA Division I) • Westphalia, IA • 2017 Harlan Community graduate2020 Season - Sears, a Physical Education major at WIU, started eight games for the Leathernecks before the season was cancelled. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound middle infielder was hitting ....
 AREA -- Play ball! There will be a high school baseball and softball season, after all, for eager athletes, coaches and fans across the state. On Wednesday morning, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that summer athletic seasons could be held at the high school level following a two-month...
 A class of Modifieds races past the grandstand on a green flag during a night of racing at the Shelby County Speedway. The Harlan race track is hopeful to open its 2020 season in the near future when the state will allow fans to attend. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN (May 18) -- It is still an unknown when the Shelby County Speedway might hold its first racing night of the 2020 season, or if fans will be able to watch from the grandstand. The SCS racing season was originally set to begin on April 17-18, but opening night was pushed back at least two...
 AREA -- The Iowa Western Baseball League is forging full speed ahead with its 74th season starting May 31. IWL Commissioner Jim Bruck released the amateur league’s 2020 schedule on Friday with five teams set to compete: Portsmouth, Persia, Walnut, Council Bluffs and Massena. Bruck said there will...
 REGIONAL -- The Hawkeye Ten Conference has recognized 211 seniors, including 24 from Harlan Community, on its 2020 H-10 Spring Sports All-Academic Team. Award recipients include all senior letter winners who have attained a cumulative 3.5 GPA during their high school career. The 24 HCHS members of...
Gage Clay: Iowa State track & field  (Photo courtesy of Luke Lu/Iowa State Athletics)
 REGIONAL -- Five area student-athletes competed for college track and field teams in 2020, including two at the NCAA Division I level and another in Division II. Unfortunately, all outdoor track seasons were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indoor seasons were nearly completed,...
 Former AHSTW girls basketball coach Steve Sauvain talks to his players in a timeout during the team’s regional quarterfinal win against Underwood in February. Sauvain recently resigned as the AHSTW high school principal and girls basketball coach. He guided the Lady Vikes to a 35-11 record in two years, including the program’s first WIC championship since 2001.
 AVOCA -- Steve Sauvain has stepped down as the high school principal and girls head basketball coach at AHSTW. Sauvain has accepted the position of Field Director with the Green Hills Area Education Agency in southwest Iowa, calling it a professional opportunity that was too good to pass up. He...

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