Sports

 Spartan junior Makaela Riley bumps the ball to a teammate during the West Harrison match.
 ELK HORN (Oct. 3) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton volleyball team erased an 0-2 deficit in thrilling fashion Thursday night with a 19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-11 home win over West Harrison. The Spartans improved to 5-19 overall and 2-4 in the Rolling Valley Conference. Both RVC victories have...
 L-R: Diana Springman, Jane (Thielen) Klein, Lisa (Leinen) Wieduwilt, Brenda (Ernst) Arkfeld, Tracy Leinen, Diane (Kloewer) Sprick, Brenda (Zimmerman) Kyle, Coach Russ Gallinger, Linda (Hoogensen) Jennings, Diane (Christensen) Stewart, Laura (Grote) Longacre, Marcie (Allen) Cave, Coach Sue Fowler. Not pictured: Marcia (Jacobsen) Curry, Katy (Thielen) Moenkedick, Kim (Cooper) Arkfeld.
 HARLAN -- Members of the 1979 Harlan Community fall softball team - a state runner-up - were recognized at Merrill Field prior to the Cyclones’ September 27 Homecoming football game against ADM. The 1979 Cyclonettes, coached by Russ Gallinger and Sue Fowler, were the final fall softball team in...
 Harlan Community members of the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln swim team (a.k.a. CB Swim Team) include, left-right: Aubrey Smith (jr.), Aurora Miller (fr.) and Elaina Vrchoticky (fr.).
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Three student-athletes from Harlan Community High School are competing this fall for the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln girls swim team, also known as the CB Swim Team. HCHS participants include junior Aubrey Smith and freshmen Aurora Miller and Elaina Vrchoticky. The team is...
 HCHS senior Allen Fries makes one of his six tackles for loss against ADM September 27 as teammates Isaiah Ahrenholtz (18) and Will McLaughlin also pursue the Tiger ball carrier.
 GLENWOOD (Oct. 4) -- For the second straight week, the Harlan Community football team will face a Class 3A, District 9 foe with the exact same record and playoff aspirations as the Cyclones. Last week it was 3-1 Adel-DeSoto-Minburn. This Friday it’s Glenwood. The Cyclones and Rams - both 4-1...
 HCHS junior Macie Leinen serves during a recent home game.
 RED OAK (Oct. 1) - The Harlan Community volleyball team suffered its third Hawkeye Ten sweep of the season Tuesday night but did show signs of improvement in a 16-25, 18-25, 11-25 loss at 9th-ranked (3A) Red Oak. The host Tigers finished with an excellent kill efficiency of .300, led by 12 kills...
 AHSTW senior Saige Huss (21) and Underwood’s Brianna Justsen battle at the net.
 AVOCA (Oct. 1) -- For four full sets Tuesday night, the AHSTW volleyball team basically matched 10th-ranked (2A) Underwood spike for spike. Playing aggressively while also limiting errors, the Lady Vikes pulled off a stirring rally in game two but couldn’t get over the hump in the other three,...
 IKM-Manning players and Coach Kathy Lage break the huddle following last week’s Western Iowa Conference win over Audubon. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MANNING (Sept. 26) -- The IKM-Manning volleyball team picked up its first Western Iowa Conference win of the season last Thursday night with a sweep of Audubon, winning 25-19, 25-19, 25-22. The Wolves improved to 5-16 overall and 1-4 in the WIC. “Tonight we played well as a team. Each member...
 Harlan Community senior Lucy Borkowski takes over first place during Saturday’s Cyclone Invite at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. Borkowski pulled away from the field to earn her first individual meet title with a personal-best time of 19:43.
 HARLAN (Sept. 28) -- Always a top-four finisher, never a meet champion. Prior to Saturday morning’s Cyclone Cross Country Invitational, that was the 2019 summary - and a good one at that - for Harlan Community senior Lucy Borkowski. It also needs an update. On the heels of three straight runner-up...
 IKM-Manning senior Parker Behrens (18) finds nothing but green grass as he returns a first-quarter punt 66 yards for a touchdown to spark the Wolves in a 34-7 win over St. Edmond Friday night. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 MANNING (Sept. 27) -- Senior Parker Behrens set the tone with a 66-yard punt return touchdown Friday night as the IKM-Manning football team opened district play with a 34-7 home win over Fort Dodge St. Edmond. The Wolves, who have now won two straight games to improve to 2-3 overall, scored at...

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