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 HARD-FOUGHT TITLE -- Harlan Community senior Jacob Wingert celebrates with a flex after defeating Urbandale’s Austin Lamm 9-8 in the 170-pound championship match of the Dan Hill Invitational on Saturday. Wingert is the Cyclones' first Dan Hill champion in three years.
 HARLAN -- Jacob Wingert opened his senior season in strong fashion Saturday afternoon, winning three straight matches as Harlan Community’s lone champion in the Dan Hill Invitational. HCHS placed sixth out of 11 teams in its season-opening home tournament, scoring 118.5 points and claiming eight...
HCHS senior Caleb Rasmussen (left) drives past Shenandoah’s Steven Martin for a shot attempt.
 SHENANDOAH -- Shane Chamberlain tallied team-highs with 23 points and eight rebounds in his first career start and senior point guard Caleb Rasmussen added 17 points and seven boards as Harlan Community opened the boys basketball season with a 71-48 road win over Shenandoah Friday night. HCHS...
HCHS senior Allison Bruck (right) looks at the basket as Jessica Jackson defends for Shenandoah.
 SHENANDOAH -- For the Harlan Community girls basketball team, things can only go up from here. Hitting the 30-turnover mark for the second time in as many games, the Cyclones were handed a 77-48 defeat at Shenandoah Friday night in the Hawkeye Ten Conference opener for both teams. The 11th-rated (...
IKM-Manning senior Aly Stadtlander (21) pressures Treynor guard Kayla Chapman at the top of the key during Friday’s first half.
 TREYNOR -- With their top returning scorer held to just four shot attempts on the night, the IKM-Manning girls struggled for offense in Friday’s 49-34 Western Iowa Conference loss at Treynor. IKM-M junior guard Kia Rasmussen, who averaged 17.7 points per game a year ago, was limited to just five...
AHSTW’s Morgan Eckmann (left) and Katie Anzalone scramble for a loose ball. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 OAKLAND -- The AHSTW boys and girls basketball teams swept a varsity doubleheader at Riverside on Friday night in Western Iowa Conference action. The Viking boys (2-0) won 78-26, getting 14 points from Jake Martin and 13 from R.J. Harris, who also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Lady Vikes improved to 1-...
Central College receiver Sam Markham (5) makes a leaping reception against Wartburg.
 PELLA -- Former Atlantic standout Sam Markham was recently named first-team All-Iowa Conference following a record-breaking season for the Central College football team.  Markham, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver for the Dutch, is the grandson of Betty Markham, Harlan, and the son of Dr. Mark and...
HCHS senior Allison Bruck steals the ball away from Treynor’s Sydney Carman during Tuesday’s non-conference battle
TREYNOR -- Opening the season with a young and inexperienced varsity roster, the Harlan Community girls basketball team didn’t just stick their toe in the shallow end of the pool Tuesday night. Instead, they dove head first into shark-infested waters. Facing a talented Treynor squad that lost just...
Exira-EHK sophomore Josh Pettepier (24) guards a Paton-Churdan player during Tuesday’s 20-point Spartan win. Pettepier made 8-of-8 three-pointers in the first half and finished 10-of-11 from behind the arc, scoring a career-high 34 points. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN -- The three-point shooting numbers told the story in Tuesday night’s Rolling Valley Conference basketball opener between Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and Paton-Churdan. Exira-EHK sophomore Josh Pettepier knocked down eight straight treys in the first half alone and finished 10-of-11 from...
AHSTW senior Rhett Welsh (right) finished with seven points and six rebounds during Tuesday’s 99-20 Viking home win over Woodbine.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW boys basketball team finished just one point shy of the century mark in Tuesday night’s season opener vs. Woodbine, pounding the Tigers 99-20 in non-conference action. The Vikings, who shot 52.6 percent from the field while also grabbing 27 offensive rebounds, led 27-9 after one...
AHSTW junior Morgan Eckmann works in the lane between a pair of CAM defenders.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW girls basketball team dropped to 0-2 in non-conference play Monday night, losing a 52-38 home game against CAM, Anita. The Lady Vikes fell behind 30-22 at halftime and were unable to mount a second-half rally. They will open Western Iowa Conference play Friday night at Riverside.

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