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 Southwest Valley’s Brendan Knapp (6) is tackled by AHSTW’s Brayden Lund (44) and Blake Tuma during Friday night’s game as Viking freshman Henry Lund (right) also pursues on defense. AHSTW fell short in a defensive battle, 14-12. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Sept. 10) -- The AHSTW football team dropped to 0-2 in Class A, District 7 (1-2 overall) following Friday’s hard-fought 14-12 home loss to Southwest Valley. Both teams scored two touchdowns on the night but the Vikings were unable to convert their PAT attempts, missing an extra point in the...
 HCHS junior Aidan Hall caps a four-touchdown night by leaping over Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Noah Keokenchanh (26) just in front of the goal line. Hall rushed for 125 yards on 13 carries in his first career start at tailback. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Sept. 10) -- It was a tale of two halves at Merrill Field Friday night. Following a wildly entertaining first half that featured eight touchdowns, diving and juggling catches all over the field, and even a sequence of three turnovers in two plays, top-ranked (3A) Harlan Community went to...
 Harlan Community center Jeremiah Davis (55) and left guard Austin Schumacher (right) are part of an improving Cyclone offensive line entering Friday’s Week 3 matchup against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
 HARLAN (Sept. 10) -- For the second time in three weeks, Merrill Field is the host site for a tantalizing matchup of highly-ranked football teams. Harlan Community, voted No. 1 in the first Associated Press Class 3A poll of the season, will take on No. 4 Sergeant Bluff-Luton Friday night with...
 HCHS libero Madison Kjergaard receives a serve during the Cyclone Invitational on August 28 as teammate Zophi Hendricks looks on.
 SHENANDOAH (Sept. 7) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team picked up its second 3-0 sweep in as many Hawkeye Ten matches Tuesday night, overpowering Shenandoah at the net for a 25-12, 25-19, 25-10 victory. HCHS improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play going into Saturday’s South...
AHSTW Varsity Football Team -- (Photo courtesy of Fischer Photography)
 AVOCA (Sept. 9) -- Two games into the 2021 football season, AHSTW has experienced the thrill of a last-minute 20-16 win at IKM-Manning and the disappointment of a 40-7 loss at Earlham. Armed with a roster of 51 players that includes some of last year’s top performers, Viking head coach G.G. Harris...
 With a helpful block from fullback William Kenkel (46) on Grinnell linebacker Josh Osborne (21), Harlan Community running back Will McLaughlin runs for first-half yardage during the Cyclones’ 56-7 win over the Tigers Friday night. Also pictured for HCHS are linemen Gunner Schmitz (71) and Jeremiah Davis (55).
 GRINNELL (Sept. 3) -- Two weeks into the high school football season, Harlan Community has enjoyed two wins on opposite ends of the anxiety spectrum. The 2nd-ranked (3A) Cyclones opened the season August 27 with a thrilling 36-29 victory over Lewis Central, erasing a 15-point fourth-quarter...
 Derrek Kommes of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (14) celebrates teammate Tyler Kingery’s fumble recovery touchdown during the first quarter of Friday’s game against West Harrison. The Spartans scored with :01.9 remaining to beat the Hawkeyes 40-34. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 EXIRA (Sept. 3) -- Trey Petersen’s 55-yard touchdown pass to Aiden Flathers with just 1.9 seconds remaining lifted the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team to a thrilling 40-34 home win over West Harrison Friday night in the district opener for both teams. The Eight-Player dog fight featured...
 IKM-Manning quarterback Nolan Ramsey looks for an open receiver against Westwood Friday night. The Wolves prevailed 28-20. (Photo courtesy of Brandi Perdew)
 SLOAN (Sept. 3) -- Amos Rasmussen rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and also kicked four PATs Friday night to lead IKM-Manning past Westwood 28-20 in a Class A, District 8 opener. The Wolves (1-1 overall) led 14-0 at halftime and answered two of the Rebels’ three second-half scores with...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Sept. 4) -- Harlan Community freshman Lindsey Sonderman claimed her first individual meet title in impressive fashion Saturday morning, winning the girls varsity race by 41 seconds at the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln Lynx Cross Country Invite. Sonderman, who placed second and...
 Harlan Community senior Tyler Shelton nears the finish line Tuesday en route to winning the boys individual title at the Shenandoah Early Bird Cross Country Invite. The HCHS boys placed third as a team. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 SHENANDOAH (Aug. 31) -- It was a great meet for team newcomers Tuesday as the Harlan Community girls placed first and the boys took third at the Shenandoah Early Bird Cross Country Invite. The Cyclone girls placed five runners in the top 10 (seven in the top 14) for a winning score of 32, followed...

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