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 MANNING -- Sparked by a big first quarter, the IKM-Manning girls basketball team cruised past Riverside 76-40 on Monday night, improving to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Western Iowa Conference. The Wolves outscored the visiting Bulldogs 21-6 in the opening stanza and continued to pull away...
Exira-EHK’s Cole Bruns, pictured with his father Matt Bruns, was one of four Spartan seniors recognized on Senior Night Monday. He later earned his 100th career win.
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior Cole Bruns notched career win number 100 in the final dual Monday night as the Spartans finished 0-3 in a home quad vs. Missouri Valley, Treynor and West Monona. Bruns was pinned by top-ranked 160-pounder Nathan Haynes of Missouri Valley in his first...
AHSTW sophomore Katie Anzalone battles a Griswold player for control of the basketball.
 GRISWOLD -- When talking about his basketball team Tuesday night, AHSTW girls head coach Tyler Morris referenced “2017” about four times during the process of answering four questions. And why not? Since flipping the calendar less than two weeks ago, the Lady Vikes are 3-0 in the new year...
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning boys pulled away during the second and third quarters Monday night, routing Riverside 85-42 for its third straight January win. Leading 14-11 after the opening period, the Wolves outscored the Bulldogs 28-11 in the second and 24-10 in the third. They improved to 5-4...
 CRESTON -- All six Harlan Community varsity bowlers averaged at least 150 during the individual round as the Cyclone boys improved to 3-1 last Saturday with a 2,455-2,118 dual win at Creston. The Cyclone girls, meanwhile, tallied their best team score of the season but dropped to 1-3 overall with...
Viking senior Preslyn Grobe (5) blocks the shot of Griswold’s David Thompson as Blaine Lees (15) also defends. Grobe was called for a foul.
 GRISWOLD -- The AHSTW boys basketball team simply continues to roll along as the sole leader of the Western Iowa Conference. With nine regular-season games still remaining, the Vikings surpassed last year’s win total Tuesday night with a one-sided 75-27 victory at Griswold, improving to 11-1...
HCHS junior Logan Klaassen battles for a loose ball with St. Albert’s Blake Rallis and Joe Liston
 HARLAN -- A strong fourth quarter erased a somewhat forgettable first three Friday night as the Harlan Community boys basketball team rallied for a 54-45 home win over St. Albert. Outscored 10-2 in the second period, HCHS trailed 33-29 before outscoring the Falcons 25-12 in the fourth for its...
 NEOLA -- Ethan Lemon and Brandon Trevino each won individual championships on Saturday, leading the Harlan Community wrestling team to second place out of 14 schools at the Tri-Center Invitational. Eleven out of 13 HCHS wrestlers placed in the top six as the Cyclones scored 191 points and came in...
 HCHS junior Lexi Larsen attempts a shot as Kalyn Wettengel defends for St. Albert during Friday’s Hawkeye Ten matchup. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Down one starter and facing the Hawkeye Ten front runner, Harlan Community hung around for a half Friday night before St. Albert’s three-point shooting and pressure defense proved to be too much. Trailing 32-24 at the break, the Cyclone girls were outscored 31-5 during the first...
Cyclone heavyweight Daniel Soll pins Brayden Hudnut of Logan-Magnolia. Soll also finished 2-1 with a pair of wins by fall. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DENISON -- The Harlan Community wrestlers finished with a 1-2 record in Thursday’s quad at Denison, losing decisively to a pair of highly-ranked foes before soundly defeating Denison-Schleswig in the final dual of the night. Atlantic, listed third in the Class 2-A dual rankings by The Predicament...

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