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(Harlan) Harlan Cyclone Zach Osborn’s busy sports year will come full circle this week. The senior plans to play baseball on Tuesday and Wednesday before taking off for Ames to compete in the Class 3A State Golf Tournament this weekend.

Last year’s baseball season started a long stretch of success for many Cyclones, particularly Senior Zach Osborn who pitched and caught for Harlan in that improbable state baseball run. As a junior he posted a .318 batting average with a team leading three home runs. On the mound he was 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA.

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His junior baseball season was just a warm-up to what has been a senior year full of highlites. Osborn broke a school record for single season passing yardage while leading the Harlan football team to the state semi-finals this fall. In the winter, he helped guide the basketball team to sub-state where they lost to three time defending state champ Bishop Heelan Catholic. Osborn averaged 15.2 points and state best 5.6 assists per game.  He has been the Cyclones #1 golfer throughout the spring and helped the golf team advance to the state tournament, but before he gets to that, he’ll find himself back on the baseball diamond this week where he expects his team to repeat their late season success from a year ago.


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Osborn, who will be headed to Wayne State to play football shortly after his baseball season ends, says focus will be the key to repeating last year’s baseball success.


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As the youngest of three sons to play basketball for head coach Mitch Osborn at Harlan Community, Zach has long awaited his turn in the spotlight. While some of his accolades have surpassed those of his two older brothers, one thing that escapes the latest Osborn is a state championship. Fortunately for Zach one thing that southwest Iowa sports fans have come to expect from Harlan and its athletes over the past year is that the Cyclones tend to save their best for last.