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 CHAMPIONS -- Harlan Community seniors Derec Weyer (left) and Joey Arkfeld won individual titles at 285 and 220, respectively, on Saturday, both pinning all three of their opponents in the Cyclones’ first meet of the season.
 HARLAN (Dec. 1) -- A year ago, Harlan Community’s Joey Arkfeld and Derec Weyer placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the season-opening Dan Hill Wrestling Invitational. On Saturday - as seniors - they both walked away as tournament champions, leading HCHS to a second-place team finish behind...
 HCHS junior Johnathan Monson (left) looks to score inside during Friday night’s season-opening 71-40 victory over Shenandoah. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 SHENANDOAH (Nov. 30) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team pounded the ball inside early and was also effective in transition Friday night, building a 25-point first-half lead and opening the season with a 71-40 win at Shenandoah. Senior Brett Sears shot 9-of-12 from the field and led the...
 Shenandoah standout Logan Hughes (42) looks to score inside on Cyclones Ashley Hall (right) and Brecken Van Baale.
 SHENANDOAH (Nov. 30) -- For the second straight game, a poor start by the Harlan Community girls basketball team led to a lopsided loss against a ranked opponent. Unable to slow down Shenandoah’s impressive trio of Logan Hughes, Roxy Denton and Claire Campbell, the Cyclones also started off slow...
Exira-EHK senior Josh Pettepier (21) defends the Wildcats’ Grant Borkowski. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Nov. 30) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton stormed out to a 28-5 lead after one quarter and defeated Glidden-Ralston 81-31 Friday night in Rolling Valley Conference boys basketball action. Dakota Rold had a big game inside for the Spartans, shooting 11-of-15 from the field and finishing with...
 Cyclone senior Anna Ahrenholtz (53) scores a second-half basket over Treynor senior Noel James. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 TREYNOR (Nov. 26) -- For the third year in a row, the Harlan Community girls basketball season has begun with a double-digit loss to one of Class 2A’s state powers. Monday’s opener at Treynor was doomed early on as the second-ranked Cardinals answered Brecken Van Baale’s opening-minute three-...
 IKM-Manning’s Alexa Ahrenholtz (left) guards Audubon’s Leah Subbert during Tuesday’s Western Iowa Conference game.
 AUDUBON (Nov. 27) -- The IKM-Manning girls took control with an early 14-0 run and got 24 points from sophomore guard Alexa Ahrenholtz to open the season with a 68-44 conference win at Audubon Tuesday night. The Wolves’ 14 unanswered points put them up 18-3 late in the first quarter and they were...
 AHSTW’s Kailey Jones (2) looks toward the basket as she is guarded by Treynor’s Sydni Huisman.
 AVOCA (Nov. 27) -- With four and a half minutes left in the third quarter Tuesday night, the AHSTW girls basketball team trailed second-ranked (2A) Treynor by just six points. The Lady Vikes were outscored by 19 the rest of the way - struggling to get defensive stops and seeing their turnover...
 COON RAPIDS (Nov. 27) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team opened the season with a 61-43 victory at Coon Rapids-Bayard Tuesday night, getting 18 points from Dakota Rold and 15 from Josh Pettepier, who knocked down three 3-pointers. The Spartan scoring column was rounded out by...
 IKM-Manning’s Nathan Blankman (left) is guarded by Lane Lawson of Audubon. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AUDUBON (Nov. 27) -- Already up 32-25 at the half, Audubon opened the third quarter with a 14-2 run and led by at least seven points the rest of the way to beat the IKM-Manning boys 76-62 here Tuesday night. The Wheelers improved to 1-1 overall (1-0 in Western Iowa Conference play) while the...
 AHSTW junior Sam Porter (3) dishes off to a teammate against Treynor.
 AVOCA (Nov. 27) -- Treynor outscored the AHSTW boys 44-21 during the second and third quarters Tuesday night, handing the Vikings a 67-47 home loss in Western Iowa Conference action. Ethan Hoepner led AHSTW with 10 points, followed by Blake Osbahr with nine, Clayton Akers eight, Brody Langer six...

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