Sports

 AREA (Aug. 19) -- All four local high school football teams will hold preseason scrimmages later this week in preparation for their Week 1 games on Friday, August 27. The Harlan Community football team’s annual intrasquad scrimmage, sponsored by the Lions Club, is set for Thursday night at Merrill...
 Left-right: Rodney and Connie Grubbs (Tatum’s parents), Tatum Grubbs, Exira-EHK girls head basketball coach Tom Petersen and Exira-EHK girls assistant basketball coach Cory Bartz. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN -- Tatum Grubbs, a 2021 graduate of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton High School, signed a letter of intent this past spring to continue her academics and basketball career at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Grubbs was a four-year starter for the Spartans, finishing her career with 947 points...
Summer Academic All-Conference honors from the Hawkeye Ten and Western Iowa Conference 2021 Hawkeye 10 Conference Summer Sports All-Academic Award WinnersRecognizes senior letter winners who have attained a cumulative 3.5 GPA during their high school career.SOFTBALL Atlantic: Alyssa Derby, Olivia...
 STATE -- The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2021 All-State Baseball teams on Tuesday, August 10, citing four Tri-Center players and 17 total players from southwest Iowa. This year’s All-State captains include: Seth Clausen of Pleasant Valley in Class 4A; Owen Puk of...
 Longtime Harlan Community football coach Curt Bladt (left) holds a copy of “Home Sweet Dome” alongside former Omaha World-Herald sports writer Kevin White, who penned a chapter on the legendary tradition of the Cyclone football program. (Photo contributed)
 HARLAN (Aug. 11) -- Fans of Harlan Community football showed up in large numbers Wednesday afternoon, purchasing 55 copies of “Home Sweet Dome” during a two-hour book signing at The Buck Snort Restaurant. “Home Sweet Dome,” co-authored by award-winning Iowa sports writers Craig Sesker and Doug...
Press release from the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union  BOONE -- Starting with the 2022-23 season, a 35-second shot clock will be required for all varsity basketball games in the state of Iowa. Announced on Tuesday, August 10, the move was one of...
 HCMS runners, left-right, Ava Bauman, Brinley Van Baale, Ava Freund, Sadie Alberti and Tobina Bachman start their time trial Tuesday morning at the 2021 Cyclone Cross Country Camp. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Aug. 10) -- The annual Harlan Community Cyclone Cross Country Camp is being held Tuesday-Friday this week for grades 7-12. More than 55 HCHS and HCMS harriers registered for this year’s camp, which opened with time trials on Tuesday and will conclude with a camp race at Prairie Rose State...
 HCHS senior Claire Schmitz works on her passing during a Tuesday morning practice drill.
 HARLAN (Aug. 10) -- The Harlan Community volleyball team held its first official practices  this week - starting Monday - in preparation for the 2021 season. HCHS graduated six seniors from last year’s 16-14 campaign, which included a 7-3 record in Hawkeye Ten Conference play. The Cyclones return...
Macy Emgarten, Exira-EHK, jr. - Class 1A First Team
 AREA -- Led by first-teamer Macy Emgarten, four players from three local schools have been named to the 2021 Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s All-State Softball teams. Emgarten, a junior from Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, made the Class 1A first team this summer after being selected for the second...
 PORTSMOUTH (Aug. 4) -- The American League built an 11-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning and held off the National League 16-11 in Wednesday’s Iowa Western League All-Star Game in Portsmouth. The NL got back in the game by scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth and pulled within 11-9...

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