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 Exira-EHK’s Tyler Petersen makes a throw across the diamond during conference play last season.
 ELK HORN -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton baseball team will feature some new faces in 2020 as just four full-time starters return from last year’s 10-12 campaign. The Spartans, who placed sixth in the Rolling Valley Conference at 4-9, graduated five seniors off the 2019 squad, including a trio of...
Paige Osweiler (sr.)
Second Team All-WIC in 2019
 AVOCA -- Deep, versatile and competitive. That is the type of team AHSTW softball coach G.G. Harris envisions as the Lady Vikes prepare for this year’s three-and-a-half week sprint to the postseason. AHSTW finished 12-11 overall in 2019 and went 9-6 (fourth place) in the Western Iowa Conference....
Sam Porter (sr.)
First Team All-WIC in 2019
 AVOCA -- A veteran cast of eight seniors has AHSTW poised for a fun 2020 season on the baseball diamond. The Vikings return seven letter winners - six seniors, one junior - from last year’s 12-12 campaign, and nearly all seven will be playing at least their third season of varsity ball. AHSTW will...
 HARLAN -- While all swim meets have tentatively been cancelled for 2020, the Harlan Summer Swim Team will hold a practice season starting Monday, June 15, at the Norman D. Stamp Aquatic Center. A total of 83 youth swimmers have signed up for the season, which runs through Friday, July 17. On May...
Lexi Branning (sr.)
First Team All-WIC in 2019; Honorable Mention All-State
 IRWIN -- With preseason softball practices limited to two weeks this year due to COVID-19 and the season starting three weeks later than scheduled, some have speculated that the players will be less prepared than normal for the first game. IKM-Manning head coach Joy Gross disagrees. Since spring...
Nolan Ramsey (so.)
Honorable Mention All-WIC in 2019
 MANILLA -- It won’t be easy in a rugged Western Iowa Conference, but the IKM-Manning baseball team is hoping to sneak up on some teams this summer and improve on last year’s 7-17 overall record. Despite graduating seven senior contributors from last season’s eighth-place WIC squad, the Wolves...
Kate Heithoff (so.) - First Team All-Conference in 2019
 HARLAN (June 4) -- Toshia Kasperbauer last coached the Harlan Community High School softball team in 2012, but she’s no stranger to the personnel of the 2020 Cyclones. The five juniors and three sophomores on this year’s HCHS roster, including her daugher Tianna, all played travel ball for...
Connor Bruck (sr.) - 2nd Team All-State in 2019
 HARLAN (June 4) -- The goal for the Harlan Community baseball team - finish the season in Des Moines - is a constant from year to year. And for eight consecutive seasons prior to last July, it was a reality. Longtime Cyclone head coach Steve Daeges and his staff have a proven system in place of...
Abby Alberti
 HARLAN -- Seniors Abby Alberti and Lucy Borkowski of Harlan Community have been named to the 2020 Iowa Association of Track Coaches’ Academic All-State Team for track and field. The list includes 47 girls and 36 boys from across the state. Academic All-State requirements include being a senior...
 HARLAN -- It’s official. The Shelby County Speedway will open its 2020 racing season Saturday night (June 6) following five weeks of cancellations due to COVID-19. The track season includes 10 Saturdays this summer with the exception of July 4 and July 25, concluding with the season championships...

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