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 A pack of Harlan Community runners set the early pace at Saturday’s Atlantic Cross Country Invite. HCHS girls, left to right, include: Kaia Bieker, Lucy Borkowski, Liv Freund (behind Borkowski), Abby Alberti, Brecken Van Baale and Abi Albertsen. Borkowski and Bieker both placed in the top five to lead the Cyclone girls to their sixth team title. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC (Oct. 12) -- The conditions were chilly, windy, muddy and hilly, but it was a meet and that’s what Harlan Community needed after going two weeks without one. Postponed on Thursday due to heavy rain, Saturday’s Atlantic Cross Country Invite was also moved from Nishna Hills Golf Course to...
 IKM-M senior Will Jorgensen (right) pressures Alta-Aurelia quarterback Logan McCoy during Friday’s game. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 REGIONAL (Oct. 11) -- IKM-Manning stayed unbeaten in district play with a 21-7 win over Alta-Aurelia Friday night while AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton also picked up district victories. The Vikings prevailed 34-14 at Nodaway Valley to improve to 4-3 overall and Exira-EHK topped Woodbine 28-12...
 CLARINDA (Oct. 10) -- Macie Leinen spiked 17 kills with a .343 efficiency on Thursday night to lead the Harlan Community volleyball team to a 3-1 road win at Clarinda. The Cyclones prevailed 25-16, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, improving to 10-17 overall and 4-5 in the Hawkeye Ten. Clarinda dropped to 6-14...
 HCHS sophomores Claire Schmitz (14) and Zophi Hendricks (4) protect the net for a block against Glenwood’s Coryl Matheny. The Cyclones lost to the Rams 3-1 Tuesday night and were also defeated in three sets by St. Albert. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Oct. 8) -- Despite its recent struggles, the Harlan Community volleyball team continues to show enough promise in spurts to hint at a late-season surge. Tuesday was still not the night, however, for it all to come together. Despite holding a late lead or being in position to win four out...
 HARLAN (Oct. 11) -- One week after losing the 2019 season opener vs. Lewis Central 35-7, Sergeant Bluff-Luton football coach Justin Smith was asked to compare this year’s LC team to the 2018 state semifinalist version. Are they as good as last year? “Uh, they’re better,” Smith replied. “They’re...
 AHSTW senior Baylee Meyers makes a dig attempt during Tuesday’s Western Iowa Conference match against Audubon. Meyers finished with nine digs.
 AVOCA (Oct. 8) -- School record holders Kinsey Scheffler and Paige Osweiler added to their career marks with 21 kills and 24 digs, respectively, Tuesday night as the AHSTW volleyball team wrapped up regular season Western Iowa Conference play with a 3-1 home win over Audubon. The Lady Vikes...
 MONDAMIN (Oct. 4) -- Creighton Nelson rushed for 136 yards and four touchdowns and also caught a TD pass last Friday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team got back to .500 with a 50-14 victory at West Harrison. The Spartans improved to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in 8-Man, District 8, good...
 HCHS tailback Brenden Bartley skips past Glenwood’s Sully Woods (39) and Ryan Blum to score a 28-yard touchdown on the Cyclones’ first offensive play.
 GLENWOOD (Oct. 4) -- Harlan Community needed a win at Glenwood Friday night to stay tied for first in the Class 3A, District 9 standings and take momentum into this week’s showdown with unbeaten Lewis Central. And while the Cyclones played very well in spurts, untimely mistakes left them with a...
 AHSTW senior Joey Goins (21) carries the fooball as Earlham’s Chris Hipsley (55) and Grant Carter (54) look to make the tackle. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA (Oct. 4) -- Earlham senior Caleb Swalla rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries Friday night as Earlham won its fifth straight game with a commanding 47-10 victory at AHSTW. The Cardinals, whose only loss came in Week 1 against third-ranked (1A) Van Meter, improved to 5-1...
 MANSON (Oct. 4) -- The IKM-Manning football team ran its winning streak to three games on Friday night, scoring a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away from Manson Northwest Webster for a 35-16 road win. The Wolves evened their overall record at 3-3 and, more importantly, improved to 2-0...

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