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 PORTSMOUTH -- Council Bluffs and Massena will play in the Iowa Western Baseball League Tournament title game on Sunday, July 27 (1:00 p.m.) in Portsmouth. The two teams punched their ticket to the final by winning semifinal games last week. Council Bluffs 9, Persia 1 - Alex Johnson had three hits...
 First-year Exira-EHK softball coach Andrea Nulle talks with her players, including Kate Hansen (7) and Alisa Partridge (8) during last week’s regional semifinal win over West Harrison. The Spartans finished the 2020 season with a record of 15-1. (File photo)
 FONDA (July 20) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s magical 2020 softball season fell one win shy of its ultimate goal on Monday night as the 9th-ranked Spartans lost to 2nd-ranked Newell-Fonda 10-0 in five innings in a Class 1A, Region 2 final. Exira-EHK found itself in a 6-0 hole after one inning and...
 HCHS catcher Madison Schumacher tags out Lewis Central’s Megan Elam at the plate to complete an F8-2 double play in the fourth inning of Saturday’s Class 4A regional semifinal.
 HARLAN (July 18) -- So often in high school softball, the final outcome is determined by one big (or bad) inning for one side or the other. On Saturday night that key inning was the bottom of the third for Harlan Community. Plating five runs on just one hit, the Cyclones gave Lewis Central fits...
 HCHS junior Brenden Bartley (right) is greeted by head coach Steve Daeges as he rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer during Friday’s district semifinal win over Creston. Bartley also doubled and went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the Cyclones’ 9-2 victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (July 17) -- In baseball - or any sport for that matter - it’s important to answer an opponent’s rally as quickly as possible to keep momentum on your side. Harlan Community was able to do that and then some Friday night, countering Creston’s two-run top of the fourth with four runs in the...
 Exira-EHK pitcher Macy Emgarten delivers a pitch against West Harrison Friday. Emgarten struck out 13 Hawkeyes.
 KIMBALLTON (July 17) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team earned another crack at Newell-Fonda here Friday, moving within one game of the state tournament with a 6-2, Class 1A regional semifinal win over West Harrison. The 9th-ranked Spartans took control with a five-run third inning and...
 ONAWA (July 15) -- For the second straight year, AHSTW’s softball season came to an end at the hands of West Monona. The fifth-ranked Spartans (19-1) got a three-hitter from senior pitcher Lexi Lander and used a four-run fourth inning to down the Lady Vikes 6-1 Wednesday night in a Class 2A...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (July 14) -- St. Albert followed up a five-run third inning with nine runs in the fourth and finished off Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 16-2 in a five-inning Class 1A district baseball semifinal last Tuesday night. The third-ranked Falcons (19-1) advanced to Saturday’s District 14 final...
 Spartan senior Lexi Madsen leaps into the arms of Tatum Grubbs after scoring the winning run in the team’s 5-4 regional win over Griswold. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 KIMBALLTON (July 15) -- You can throw out the records at tournament time. It’s no doubt an old sports cliché, but the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton softball team nearly experienced the harsh reality of that phrase Wednesday night before making a dramatic rally to save their unbeaten season. Trailing...
 AHSTW’s Grace Porter connects for one of her two hits during Monday’s Class 2A regional game at IKM-Manning.
 IRWIN (July 13) -- Down 3-0 after three innings Monday night, the AHSTW softball team refused to bow to the pressures of tournament time in its Class 2A regional opener at IKM-Manning. Both teams put the ball in play consistently all night with 18 total hits and just two strikeouts, but it was the...
 HCHS junior Brenden Bartley hits a three-run double during the Cyclones’ 11-3 home win against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln on Tuesday.
 HARLAN (July 15) -- The Harlan Community baseball team will ride a six-game winning streak into postseason play following a pair of non-conference home wins earlier this week. HCHS defeated Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 11-3 on Tuesday night and held off Thomas Jefferson 9-7 on Wednesday,...

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