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 GRINNELL (Sept. 3) -- Both the Harlan Community football team and its Week 2 opponent opened the 2021 season with exhilarating victories last Friday night. The Cyclones, ranked second in Class 3A this week by Radio Iowa, defeated one of the state’s top 4A teams and a regional rival, erasing a 15-...
 AHSTW senior Liz Cordes (3) and a Lady Vike teammate battle a Nodaway Valley girl at the net during Tuesday’s triangular. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Aug. 31) -- The AHSTW volleyball team defeated both Nodaway Valley and Griswold in non-conference triangular action Tuesday night as head coach Kelsey Muxfeldt surpassed the 100-win mark for her career. The Lady Vikes, now 4-2 overall, outlasted Nodaway Valley in three sets to start the...
 DENISON (Aug. 31) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team won its conference opener in straight sets Tuesday night, sweeping an error-prone Denison-Schleswig team by scores of 25-16, 25-17, 25-19. HCHS improved to 6-4 overall and 1-0 inside the Hawkeye Ten while Denison dropped to 1-4 and 0-1. ...
 GRISWOLD (Aug. 27) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton opened the football season last Friday night with a dominating 59-8 non-district win at Griswold. The Spartans led just 16-8 after one quarter before outscoring the host Tigers 35-0 over the next two periods. Junior quarterback Trey Petersen had an...
 HCHS senior Shelby Sisson hits over the block of Sidney’s Harley Spurlock during Saturday’s Cyclone Volleyball Invitational. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Aug. 28) -- Harlan Community struggled to find the win column during Saturday’s 11-team Cyclone Volleyball Invitational, losing its first four matches before finishing with two lopsided wins and placing ninth overall. HCHS finished fifth in Pool A with a 1-4 record after sweeping Underwood...
 AHSTW running back Denver Pauley (left), who scored two touchdowns Friday, delivers a stiff-arm to IKM-Manning’s Nolan Ramsey during Week 1 action. The Vikings rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Wolves 20-16. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 MANNING (Aug. 27) -- Raydden Grobe’s leaping touchdown grab with 19 seconds left capped an impressive fourth quarter rally by AHSTW Friday night as the Vikings topped IKM-Manning 20-16 in the season opener for both area football teams. The Wolves led 16-7 after Trey Jasa’s three-yard TD run with 5...
 GLENWOOD (Aug. 28) -- Three Harlan Community runners placed in the top 10 Saturday morning as the Cyclone girls placed second and the boys took seventh at the season-opening Glenwood Cross Country Invite. Top HCHS runners were Lindsey Sonderman (2nd place), Kaia Bieker (3rd) and Tyler Shelton (9th...
 ADEL (Aug. 26) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team opened the season with a sweep of the ADM Quad on Thursday night, defeating Newton, ADM and Algona in straight sets. HCHS beat the Cardinals 21-3, 21-18, then swept the host Tigers 21-19, 21-8 and topped the Bulldogs 21-11, 21-10. Zophi...
 Harlan Community players Connor Frame (2), Teagon Kasperbauer (11), Jameson Bieker (34), Brad Curren (7) and Ashton Lyon (4) start the post-game celebration Friday night after Lewis Central’s last-second pass into the end zone was ruled incomplete, giving the Cyclones a thrilling 36-29 come-from-behind victory at Merrill Field.
 HARLAN (Aug. 27) -- It remains to be seen how a season of high hopes and unfinished business will end for the Harlan Community football team later this fall. But this much is certain: the start was unforgettable. Harlan Community and Lewis Central renewed their rivalry at Merrill Field Friday...
IKM-Manning Varsity Football Team -- (Photos courtesy of Kevin Lahndorf, IKM-Manning)
 MANNING (Aug. 27) -- One of the first big goals for the IKM-Manning football team this fall will be getting off to a better start. In 2019 the Wolves lost their first three games, then closed the regular season with six straight wins to make the playoffs. In 2020, they started 0-4 and finished 2-5...

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