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 HCHS senior Luke Musich carries the football during last week’s intrasquad scrimmage as a convoy of Cyclone blockers and linemen follow along. Musich is in the mix for playing time at tailback this season. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Aug. 27) -- No matter who is lining up across the field, Week 1 of the high school football season never lacks for excitement and adrenaline. When you’re facing one of your top rivals from recent years, the incentive to start out strong ramps up even more. Harlan Community and Lewis...
 AREA -- Harlan Community and AHSTW will both host their annual volleyball tournaments on Saturday (Aug. 28) starting at 8:00 a.m. The 11-team Cyclone Tournament includes three preseason state-ranked teams in Glenwood (Class 4A, No. 4), Indianola (4A, No. 10) and St. Albert (1A, No. 8). The AHSTW...
 SHENANDOAH -- For the second straight year, Harlan Community’s cross country season opener at Shenandoah was postponed due to high heat and humidity on Tuesday. The Shenandoah Early Bird Invite was rescheduled for Tuesday, August 31, at 5:00 p.m. and the Cyclones do plan to attend. The HCHS...
Austin Ahrenholtz
 HARLAN -- Austin Ahrenholtz, a 2018 graduate of IKM-Manning, scored a hole-in-one while golfing in the Harlan Community Schools Booster Club Tournament on Sunday, August 15. Ahrenholtz used a 9 iron to ace hole number five - a par-3 - at the Harlan Golf and Country Club. He was golfing with Robbie...
Harlan Community Varsity Football Team --- HCHS will enter the 2021 season with a varsity roster of 53 players, including 18 seniors and 23 returning letter winners. (Photo by Bob Bjoin)
 HARLAN -- Simply put, expectations are sky high for the 2021 Harlan Community football team. Last year’s Cyclones won their first 11 games - seven in come-from-behind fashion - before falling to North Scott, 30-6, in the Class 3A state championship game. It was Harlan’s first appearance in the...
2021 Harlan Community Softball Team (JV-Varsity) -- Photo courtesy of Leah Marie Photography
 HARLAN -- The Cyclone softball team notched a third consecutive winning season this summer, finishing 26-12 overall and tying for second place in the Hawkeye Ten Conference at 16-4. They are 69-25 over the last three seasons and have reached the Class 4A regional final round the last two years. ...
2021 Harlan Community Baseball Team (JV-Varsity) -- Photo courtesy of Perception Signature Photography
 HARLAN -- Playing a mix of veterans and first-year varsity players, the Cyclones opened the season by losing eight of their first 12 games and fought the rest of the way to get back to .500 in Heath Stein’s first year as head coach. In the end, HCHS finished right at that .500 mark, going 16-16...
 Elle Crees, a 2015 Harlan Community graduate, was hired as the school’s new head volleyball coach in early June.
 HARLAN (Aug. 20) -- In six days, Harlan Community will open the 2021 volleyball season in Adel with a coaching staff that is both new and familiar to the program. First-year head coach Elle Crees, an assistant last season, played a key role on back-to-back state champion volleyball and basketball...
 Portsmouth native Ross Martens holds the first-place trophy after winning this year’s Championship Division of the Tournament of Champions August 13-15 at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club. (Photo contributed)
 ATLANTIC (Aug. 15) -- Portsmouth native Ross Martens finished strong on Sunday afternoon to win the Championship Division of the 63rd Annual Tournament of Champions at Atlantic Golf and Country Club. Martens, representing the River Valley Golf Course in Adel, finished with a 54-hole score of 204 (...
 Iowa State University’s Logan Schaben (6) waits for her turn at-bat during a Cyclone home game against Baylor in late April. ISU finished the season 34-23 overall and made school history by playing in the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament Regional Final. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AMES, IA -- When Iowa State’s 2020 softball season was shortened to just 24 games due to COVID-19, senior Logan Schaben and her teammates were devastated. When the NCAA allowed seniors an extra year of eligibility if they wanted it, Schaben didn’t have to think twice. The Portsmouth native and...

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