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HCHS junior Nick Foss has his arm raised in victory after beating Tanner Vermaas of Woodward-Granger for fifth place at 182 pounds in Class 2-A.
 DES MOINES -- The last time Harlan Community had a top-four medalist at the State Wrestling Tournament, current senior Jacob Wingert was in second grade. Wingert personally ended the drought Saturday with a fourth-place finish at 170 pounds in Class 2-A. Junior teammate Nick Foss was close behind...
AHSTW sophomore Gabe Pauley (left) defeated Wapello’s Rogan Pforts 6-2 in his first-round state tournament match on Thursday afternoon. Pauley placed third at 160 pounds (Class 1-A) with a 5-1 record and finished 49-2 on the season. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- A severe hamstring injury ended Gabe Pauley’s freshman season just shy of sectionals last winter, bringing an abrupt close to an otherwise successful 43-5 campaign. One year later, Pauley has certainly made up for lost time. AHSTW’s sophomore 160-pounder capped a sensational 49-2...
Exira-EHK senior Maggie Rasmussen drives past Boyer Valley’s Erin Weber for a basket during Friday night’s regional win.
 ELK HORN -- Sophia Peppers dominated in the paint to the tune of 37 points and 13 rebounds Friday night, leading the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls past Boyer Valley 72-39 in a Class 1-A regional semifinal played at Elk Horn. Leading by just two points (24-22) at the midway mark of the second...
Exira-EHK’s Drew Buckholdt shoots in traffic vs. Charter Oak-Ute.
 AREA -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, AHSTW and IKM-Manning all prevailed in boys basketball district action Thursday and will continue on the postseason trail Tuesday. The Spartans won 70-49 over Charter Oak-Ute in a Class 1-A district quarterfinal and will host Coon Rapids-Bayard on Tuesday night....
Cyclone senior Bailey Hansen pushes the ball upcourt against Ballard’s pressure defense.
 HUXLEY -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team saw its season come to end here Saturday night, falling behind 26-4 in the second quarter and losing at 12th-ranked Ballard, 53-34, in a Class 4-A regional semifinal. The Bombers (16-5) moved on to play at fourth-ranked Pella (18-4) in Tuesday’s...
Exira-EHK senior Cole Bruns (right) takes on eventual state champion Taylan Entriken of Hudson during a first-round match on Thursday. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Just like several other area athletes at the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament, it didn’t take long for Cole Bruns to run into a state title contender in his 170-pound, Class 1-A bracket. Making his first-ever state meet appearance, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior drew 2nd-ranked...
Harlan Community players Anna Ahrenholtz (53), Allison Bruck (13), Bailey Hansen (25) and Nicole Lange (11) exit the floor following Wednesday night’s 4-A regional quarterfinal win over A-D-M. HCHS will play at Ballard on Saturday. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ADEL -- At halftime of Wednesday night’s Class 4-A regional quarterfinal, the outlook wasn’t exactly glowing for the Harlan Community girls basketball team. Struggling offensively without injured point guard Lexi Larsen, the Cyclones were turning the ball over too often, shooting 2-of-10 at the...
HCHS senior Caleb Rasmussen pressures Creston’s Evan Jacobson during Tuesday’s game.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team moved into a tie for third place in the final Hawkeye 10 standings on Tuesday night, outlasting Creston 70-66 in a wild overtime home finale. It was the second time this season that the Cyclones and Panthers needed O.T. to reach a decision. On...
 ATLANTIC -- Parity is the name of the game this season in the Class 3-A, Substate 8 boys basketball bracket. While top seeds Atlantic and Glenwood both stood at 15-5 going into Thursday night’s final games of the regular season, four other squads - Harlan Community, A-D-M, Carroll and Creston -...
IKM-Manning junior Shauna Reitan knocked down four second-half 3-pointers during Tuesday’s overtime loss at Logan-Magnolia. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 LOGAN -- In a game that looked and felt much more like a regional final than the quarterfinal round that it was, IKM-Manning and Logan-Magnolia needed four extra minutes to decide Tuesday’s win-or-go-home rubber match between Western Iowa Conference rivals. In the end - following six ties, three...

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