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HCHS cornerback Josh Kloewer (42) tackles A-D-M’s Blake Crannell on the first play from scrimmage during Friday’s 49-7 Cyclone victory.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team is back at the top of the mountain in Class 3-A, District 8. One year after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 34 seasons, the sixth-ranked Cyclones are co-district champions and a number-one playoff seed after crushing Adel-DeSoto-Minburn...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Cyclones won’t have to look far for a scouting report in preparation for their first-round opponent in the Class 3-A football playoffs. The video from their Week 7 game at Creston/Orient-Macksburg is just two and a half weeks old. The 6th-ranked Cyclones (8-1) will...
Viking senior Adam Kiesel (74) chases down West Monona/Whiting’s John Rahilly.
 AREA -- The AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football teams will host first-round playoff games Wednesday night while IKM-Manning will open its playoff journey on the road following the release of the Iowa high school playoff pairings late Friday night. AHSTW (6-3) finished the regular season...
HCHS senior Taylor Frederick (15) and junior Brenda Hopkins (2) try to block an attack by Denison-Schleswig’s Haley Gehlsen (9) as Monarch senior Mariah Krohnke looks on during Monday night’s Hawkeye Ten match. (Photo courtesy of Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin)
 DENISON -- With an assist or two from Glenwood, the Harlan Community volleyball team is just one win removed from a third consecutive outright championship in the Hawkeye Ten Conference. HCHS improved to 8-1 in league play (32-5 overall) with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-13 sweep at Denison-Schleswig Monday...
IKM-Manning junior Kelli Grimm (11) sends a kill shot past South Central Calhoun’s Hannah Seil
 LAKE CITY -- The IKM-Manning Wolves played some of their best volleyball of the year in Tuesday night’s Class 2-A regional opener at South Central Calhoun, then nearly let it all slip away. With their backs squarely up against the wall, however, the Wolves responded in a big way, scoring 15 of the...
 MISSOURI VALLEY -- Less than two minutes into the game last Friday, IKM-Manning’s Jared Vollstedt returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against Missouri Valley. He was only getting started. Before the night was over, Vollstedt added two rushing touchdowns, a 94-yard kickoff return TD and a 100-...
Members of Harlan Community’s conference championship boys cross country team include, left-right: Logan Klaassen, Caleb Brace, Reagan Hansen, Michael Sciranko, Drew Voge, Jacob Henry and Ben Heileson. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC -- Harlan Community finished just a few places places shy of a championship sweep at Thursday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Cross Country Meet. The Cyclone boys defended their team title by 54 points over Lewis Central while the girls finished just two points behind champion Denison-Schleswig...
HCHS kicker Ethan Knudson follows through on his ninth field goal of the season Friday, breaking the single-season school record shared by Gary Petersen, Billy Cundiff and Zach Kaufman. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD -- Harlan Community used a big-play offense, a bend-but-don’t-break defense and a strong finish Friday night to take down unbeaten Glenwood, 38-14, in a game that was much more competitive than the final score. Leading just 21-14 with 9:30 remaining, the seventh-ranked Cyclones responded...
Boyer Valley’s Walter Schaben (40) is tackled by Spartan senior Austin Malloy with help from junior Cole Bruns. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton bounced back from its first loss of the year in a big way Friday night, routing Boyer Valley 61-6 to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in District 1. The Spartans built a 48-6 lead by halftime, riding the three-pronged rushing attack of quarterback Brady Hansen and...
IKM-Manning setter Aly Stadtlander (4) runs a fast attack with Kelli Grimm during WIC Tournament volleyball play last week. (Photo contributed)
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning outlasted Underwood in five highly-competitive sets, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 26-28, 15-7, on Thursday night to earn third place in the 2015 Western Iowa Conference Volleyball Tournament. Tri-Center beat Treynor in another five-setter for the championship, 25-23, 20-25, 20-25, 25-...

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