Nick Foss has the look. At 6-foot, 200 pounds with broad shoulders and bulging muscles, the recent Harlan graduate is an imposing presence.
They’re both outstanding all-around players, but when junior Brett Sears of Harlan Community held a ball in his hand and senior Garret Reisz of Council Bluffs St. Albert held a bat, bad things usually happened to their opponents.
Whatever kind of rain dance Harlan attempted, it failed miserably. And without their top two pitchers, the Cyclones’ championship meeting with Davenport Assumption resembled last year’s.
Top-rated Harlan survived a wild seventh inning to hold on for a 7-6 win in the Class 3-A semifinals over No. 7 Waverly-Shell Rock at Principal Park.
Senior Jared Moser delivered Harlan Community’s biggest hit, a two-run, fifth-inning single that gave his team a 3-2 lead.
Harlan is the top-rated team in Class 3-A, has reached the championship game the past three summers and is making its eighth straight state appearance.
The last time Harlan Community didn’t reach the state baseball tournament, junior ace Brett Sears had just completed the third grade.
In Don Lyons’ final game in the purple and gold, there was no Hollywood ending: Harlan eliminated Denison-Schleswig 10-5 Monday in a Class 3-A district final.
Sydney Biermann waited until she got into her car Wednesday morning before she pulled out the letter. Glenwood coach Kylee Stanton had typed up short letters to each of her 16 varsity players and handed them out after their final practice before the postseason.
In the biggest start of his high school career, Harlan Community junior Riley Kohles received some assistance from his cousin.
It was the year of the iPad, Angry Birds and Jersey Shore. And it was the last year the Harlan baseball program didn’t end its season at Principal Park in Des Moines for the state tournament.
Knowing they had a chance at state for the first time since 2006, the Harlan boys had an extra pep in their step Saturday.
Harlan senior Tanner Fink isn’t usually one to celebrate too much.
A week after substate assignments were announced, every boys soccer team in western Iowa officially has a roadmap to Des Moines’ Cownie Soccer Park.
Frustration was mounting, but the Harlan boys knew they were right there. All they needed was for everything to break right, just once. It didn’t happen until they were in danger of losing the upper hand.
Missing two key seniors from the back line on opening night, Harlan turned to a pair of players who came off the bench last year to step up.
No. 5 Glenwood beat Harlan 82-69 in the Class 3-A, Substate 8 final at Abraham Lincoln Fieldhouse on Monday night to reach Des Moines for the first time since 2015.
Klaassen made five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 26 points Friday night in the Cyclones’ 67-44 win over Creston in the Class 3-A, Substate 8 semifinal.
Glenwood junior Danielle Hardcastle turned in a gigantic fourth-quarter effort on Wednesday night to keep her team’s season alive.
Mitch Kahre had 17 points and Jacob Pickering 16 for Elkhorn (4-10), which has lost five in a row.
Leading by nine entering the fourth, the Cyclones (7-1, 5-1) responded to ten straight Council Bluffs St. Albert points at the start of the quarter by regaining the lead two possessions later. They did not fall behind again on their way to a 64-61 Hawkeye Ten victory.
Shane Chamberlain has taken over as the go-to leader of Class 3-A No. 7 Harlan and is averaging 18.2 points in his final season.
The Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln girls are gaining a level of confidence heading into Christmas break that could pay off in the back half of the season.
The lead looked safe, but it didn’t stay that way. Heading into the fourth quarter, Harlan had a 13-point advantage over Hawkeye Ten foe Council Bluffs Lewis Central, but sweated out a 52-49 win.
Pella (11-1), trying to get to its fourth consecutive Class 3-A title game, jumped to a 35-0 lead in the first half against Harlan. The Cyclones (10-2) outscored the Dutch 39-6 from that point on but came up a two-point conversion shy of completing the comeback.
After finishing 4-5 and allowing 38.6 points per game to rank 51st among 56 Class 3-A schools last season, Harlan Community is returning to the UNI-Dome for the 27th time.