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 AHSTW senior Gabe Pauley jumps into the arms of assistant coach Austin Fink as head coach Evan McCarthy looks on following Pauley’s 5-3 sudden-victory decision over Don Bosco’s Thomas Even in Saturday’s Class 1A, 182-pound state title match.
 DES MOINES (Feb. 16) -- Gabe Pauley’s 2018 state title path was a smooth ride to perfection: 56 wins, zero losses and no takedowns allowed until the final period of a 6-5 championship match win at 170 pounds. By comparison, Pauley’s senior year has featured much more adversity along the way, which...
 HCHS senior heavyweight Derec Weyer stands on the medalist podium Saturday night after placing second at the State Wrestling Tournament in Class 2A.
 DES MOINES (Feb. 16) -- With a snow storm ramping up outside and Wells Fargo Arena nearing empty, Derec Weyer’s family, friends and teammates patiently waited their turn to give Harlan Community’s heavyweight wrestler a hug. He had earned every last one of them. Weyer’s dream of winning a state...
   The HCHS girls bowling team and coaches with their 2019 state qualifier banner. Front row, L-R: Sydney O'Neill, Ania Kaster. Back row, L-R: Assistant coach Jami Andersen, Olivia Petersen, Jayden Gessert, Abby Swank, Madison Horn, head coach David Tyrrel. (Photo contributed)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 12) -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team clinched an automatic berth in the state tournament Tuesday by placing first in the Class 1A State Qualifying Tournament at Thunderbowl. The Cyclone girls will compete in the 1A State Tournament at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo on...
 Cyclone senior Anna Ahrenholtz hugs head coach Zach Klaassen as she exits Wednesday's regional game at Glenwood for the final time.
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 13) -- No one ever doubted the hustle and grit of this year’s Harlan Community girls basketball team. And for two and a half quarters Wednesday night, those attributes allowed the Cyclones to hang around with 13th-ranked Glenwood in a Class 4A, Region 2 first-round game. In the end...
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 13) -- Longtime Harlan Community boys head basketball coach Mitch Osborn took on a new role Wednesday night, serving as an assistant coach for the Cyclone girls in their regional game at Glenwood. Osborn was filling in for Mark Kohorst, who missed the game due to a health matter....
 CARROLL -- A balanced, quality field awaits the Harlan Community boys basketball team as it prepares to compete as the number five seed in Class 3A, Substate 8. The Cyclones, 10-7 overall entering their final two regular season games, will open postseason play Monday night (Feb. 18) in Carroll,...
 IKM-Manning’s Emily Kerkhoff celebrates the Wolves’ 44-39 regional win over Logan-Magnolia Tuesday night. Kerkhoff had a prominent role in the victory, playing excellent defense on Panther standout Kylie Morrison down the stretch.
 MANNING (Feb. 12) -- On a night when the ball wasn’t always going in the basket, the IKM-Manning girls relied on strong defense to outlast a familiar rival. Combining a tweak of their full court press with Emily Kerkhoff’s tenacious lock-down ‘D’ on Logan-Magnolia standout Kylie Morrison, the...
 Exira-EHK guard Tatum Grubbs (right) is fouled by Glidden-Ralston’s Emma Hannasch during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Feb. 13) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team defeated Glidden-Ralston 61-51 in a Class 1A, Region 8 quarterfinal game Wednesday night in Elk Horn. The Spartans improved to 17-5 overall and will now play at 14th-ranked Westwood (18-4) in a 7:00 p.m. regional semifinal...
 HCHS senior Anna Ahrenholtz (53) shoots a jump shot against Atlantic on Thursday night. Ahrenholtz scored 13 points as the Cyclones won 56-51. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 8) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team wrapped up regular-season play with a Hawkeye Ten split late last week, beating Atlantic 56-51 in Harlan February 7 and losing at Lewis Central 55-39 on Friday, February 8. The games did not count in the conference standings. ...
 ELK HORN -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team opened postseason play Thursday night (Feb. 14) ranked seventh in Class 1A with a 19-2 overall record. The Spartans hosted Boyer Valley at 8:00 p.m. and with a win will play at home again Tuesday night in the district semifinals. AHSTW...

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