Sports

 HCHS senior Haley Manz keeps a point alive against Lewis Central as teammates Ashley Hall (left) and Zophi Hendricks look on.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Oct. 29) -- By the time Zophi Hendricks spiked Harlan Community’s first kill on Tuesday, the sixth-ranked Lewis Central volleyball team had already established a 10-3 advantage. It was that kind of night for the Cyclones, who never held the lead in a season-ending Class 4A, Region...
 GRIMES (Nov. 1) -- When it comes to the 2019 Dallas Center-Grimes football team, scores and statistics don’t jump off the page in bold type. One might argue that the same could be said for Harlan Community. What does appear in store for the first round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night is a...
 IKM-M senior Colten Brandt (left) carries the football as teammate Conner Halbur (74) blocks Ridge View’s Connor Naberhaus.
 MANNING (Oct. 25) -- Sophomore Amos Rasmussen scored three touchdowns and IKM-Manning racked up 456 yards of total offense last Friday night, handling Ridge View 41-8 to wrap up a district title and finish the regular season 6-3 overall. The Wolves (5-0 in Class A, District 2) have won six...
 Cade Bruns of Exira-EHK (34) attempts to tackle a Coon Rapids-Bayard ball carrier during Week 9 action. Also pictured for the Spartans is Jacob Rattenborg (66). (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA (Oct. 25) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team finished its season below the .500 mark  last Friday following a 42-7 Week 9 home loss to fifth-ranked Coon Rapids-Bayard. The Spartans tied for fourth place in 8-Player, District 8 with a record of 3-4 and finished 4-5 overall. CR-B (...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Oct. 25) -- St. Albert won the battle for second place in Class A, District 9 last Friday, starting fast and beating AHSTW 48-21. Both teams finished 5-4 overall and fell short of qualifying for the playoffs. The Falcons went 4-1 in district play while the Vikings ended up 3-2. ...
 CAREER NIGHT -- HCHS senior Alex Schechinger rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns as the Cyclones finished the regular season with a 39-18 win over Winterset.
 HARLAN (Oct. 25) -- The Harlan Community football team’s regular season finale saw plenty of good things mixed with some bad Friday night, but the bottom line is this: the Cyclones beat Winterset 39-18 at Merrill Field and clinched a playoff berth for the 36th time in the last 39 years. Led by...
 The AHSTW girls cross country team punched its ticket to the state meet by placing first at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet in Mount Ayr.
 Front row, L-R: Grace Luna, Ryann Portch, Jade Draman, Julia Kock. Back row, L-R: Assistant Coach Jackson Renberg, Chloe Falkena, Holly Hoepner, Jordan Blotzer, Claire Denning, Head Coach Jenny Hamilton. (Photo contributed)
 MOUNT AYR (Oct. 24) -- The AHSTW girls cross country team, along with IKM-Manning junior Quentin Dreyer, advanced to state last Thursday with their performances at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet in Mount Ayr. The eighth-ranked Lady Vikes will be making their second state meet trip in three...
 The HCHS cross country girls are all smiles after being presented their 2019 state qualifier banner and “ticket” to the state meet. The Cyclones clinched their second consecutive state appearance by placing first at Thursday’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Atlantic. Left-right: Lucy Borkowski, Abby Alberti, Kaia Bieker, Abi Albertsen, Olivia Anderson, Brecken Van Baale and Liv Freund.
 ATLANTIC (Oct. 24) -- For eight straight weeks, the Harlan Community girls cross country team has been ranked fourth in Class 3A by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. And for eight straight weeks, all the Cyclones have done is continue to win meet titles - eight out of nine to be exact. That...
 Harlan Community junior Trey Gross (left) advanced to state by placing fifth at Thursday’s 3A State Qualifying Meet in Atlantic. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC (Oct. 24) -- Thursday’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet was quite bittersweet for the Harlan Community boys cross country team. On the positive side, HCHS junior Trey Gross clinched his return to state with a fifth-place showing on the challenging terrain of Atlantic’s Nishna Hills Golf...
 HCHS players celebrate a point during Wednesday’s Class 4A regional win against ADM. Left-right: Elise Juhl, Ashley Hall, Macie Leinen, Haley Manz (13) and Claire Schmitz. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Oct. 23) -- “Survive and advance.” That was the reaction from Harlan Community volleyball coach Willie Baughman Wednesday night after the Cyclones rallied past Adel-DeSoto-Minburn for a five-set victory in the first round of Class 4A regional play. Fighting from behind the whole way, HCHS...

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