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 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...
 AHSTW players celebrate following Tuesday’s four-set regional win at Tri-Center. The Lady Vikes defeated the Trojans for the first time since 2001. Left-right: Kailey Jones, Claire Harris (3), Kinsey Scheffler (23) and Paige Osweiler. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 NEOLA (Oct. 22) -- Going into this week’s regional tournament, the AHSTW volleyball team hadn’t won a single set vs. Tri-Center during the 13-year era of Quik Stats Iowa. As for the Lady Vikes’ last match win over the Trojans, that came in the year 2001 - a four-set decision. The drought, at long...
 Exira-EHK’s Shay Burmeister (3) and Makaela Riley (4) attempt to stop an attack by Riverside’s Veronica Andrusyshyn.
 OAKLAND (Oct. 22) -- Riverside defeated Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton in three sets (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) Tuesday night in a Class 1A first round regional volleyball match. The Spartans finished the season 6-22 overall. Riverside (24-12) will host CAM in a regional quarterfinal on Oct. 28.    Stat...
 HARLAN (Oct. 25) -- For the Harlan Community football team, the playoff picture remains partly cloudy going into Friday’s Week 9 home game and regular season finale vs. Winterset. Following last week’s 40-0 romp at Creston, HCHS moved up three spots to No. 8 in the lastest Class 3A RPI rankings,...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Oct. 19) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team finished 0-4 at the Lewis Central Tournament October 19 and closed the regular season with an 11-26 overall record. HCHS went 0-3 in pool play, losing to fifth-ranked (Class 5A) Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln and Glenwood by 2-0...
 CRESTON (Oct. 17) -- Ten all-conference medalists, two individual runners-up, one team champion and nearly another. It was truly a good day to be a Cyclone at Thursday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Cross Country Meet in Creston. The Harlan Community girls harriers defended their team title with...
 HCHS senior Alex Schechinger (center) scores the first of his three touchdowns vs. Creston, slipping past the tackle attempts of the Panthers’ Brance Baker (83) and Kaden Bolton. (Photos courtesy of Larry Peterson, Creston News-Advertiser)
 CRESTON (Oct. 18) -- Losing a fumble on the third play from scrimmage was not a sign of bad things to come for the Harlan Community football team. One week after knocking off the top-ranked RPI team in Class 3A (Lewis Central), HCHS simply overmatched Creston/Orient-Macksburg on Friday night,...
 IKM-Manning sophomore Amos Rasmussen (left) stiff-arms a Sioux Central tackler during Friday’s game in Sioux Rapids. Rasmussen broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown run in the second half of the Wolves’ 35-12 victory.
 SIOUX RAPIDS (Oct. 18) -- From an 0-3 start to a district title clinched in Week 8, the IKM-Manning football team is simply getting better with each passing week. The Wolves made it five straight wins on Friday night, beating Sioux Central at its own game - power football - and dominating the...

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