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Harlan Community junior Jacob Wingert (left) goes for a takedown against Hunter Russell of Bedford/Lenox last Saturday in a sectional championship match at 160 pounds. Both wrestlers qualified for this week’s 2-A District Tournament in Atlantic.
 REGIONAL -- A combined 17 wrestlers from Harlan Community, AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will be vying for state tournament berths Saturday when they compete in separate district tournaments held at Atlantic and Underwood. The district participants qualified by placing first or second in...
HCHS senior Austin Knudson pins Clarinda’s Jason Kramer in a 126-pound semifinal match at Saturday’s 2-A sectional tournament. Knudson placed second, advancing to district competition.
 HARLAN -- For the seventh year in a row, Harlan Community advanced exactly five wrestlers from sectionals to districts on Saturday, also qualifying for regional duals as a team after placing second in the Class 2-A, Sectional 3 Tournament at Glenwood. HCHS freshman Ronan Noeth earned a sectional...
HCHS junior guard Allison Bruck races the ball downcourt as Glenwood’s Molly Dean chases during Friday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- In steady, business-like fashion, the Harlan Community girls just keep on winning basketball games. The top-ranked Cyclones wrapped up a third straight unblemished Hawkeye Ten Conference championship here Friday night, using a 21-5 second-quarter run to pull away from Glenwood for a 70-...
 HARLAN -- When two of the Hawkeye Ten’s top players combine for 56 points and 31 rebounds in a head-to-head showdown, it’s usually the story of the game. On Thursday night in Harlan, however, it was merely an intriguing sub-plot. Harlan Community point guard Caleb Rasmussen stole the show with a...
HCHS junior Caleb Rasmussen, who scored 41 points the night before, drives to the hoop for two of his 15 points against Glenwood on Friday. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- The deck was certainly not stacked in favor of Harlan Community Friday night, but the Cyclones didn’t seem to mind. Playing 24 hours after a hard-fought win over Atlantic and facing a rested Glenwood team that handed HCHS its only conference loss 20 days earlier, all the Cyclones did was...
AHSTW’s Cain Francois (left) wrestles against Josh Mansfield of Riverside. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Nelson, Audubon County Newspapers)
 OAKLAND -- Scoring 240 points and sending eight wrestlers to the next round, AHSTW earned its first sectional wrestling championship in school history Saturday with a dominant performance at the Class 1-A Sectional Tournament in Oakland. With the team victory, the Vikings advance to Tuesday’s 1-A...
 FUTURE WILDCAT -- Harlan Community senior Ethan Knudson, seated next to his parents, Rodney and Rhonda Knudson, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to join the football team at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Standing behind Ethan is his younger brother Kyle and HCHS football coach Curt Bladt. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN – Throughout the decorated history of Harlan Community football, four-year varsity lettermen have been almost non-existent in the program. Two of the rare exceptions both inked national letters of intent to NCAA Division II programs Wednesday when Ethan Knudson signed with Wayne State...
Megan Owens, HCHS, sr.
 HARLAN -- The winning streak reached a combined nine duals for the Harlan Community boys and girls bowling teams last Thursday as the Cyclones easily swept a home meet against Nodaway Valley. The HCHS boys won their fifth straight dual, 2,756 to 1,907, improving to 5-2 on the season. The girls...
AHSTW freshman Kate Wise looks to score vs. Tri-Center.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW girls basketball team came out on the short end of two games last weekend, losing 55-40 at Tri-Center on Friday night and dropping a 52-31 home game vs. Logan-Magnolia on Saturday. The Lady Vikes dropped to 3-13 overall and 3-11 in the Western Iowa Conference.
Viking sophomore AJ Sieh (54) looks to make an outlet pass against Tri-Center.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW boys basketball team split a pair of WIC games last weekend, winning 62-58 at Tri-Center Friday night before losing a home game to Logan-Magnolia, 64-57, on Saturday. The Vikings, who were snowed out on Tuesday vs. Griswold, took a 7-8 overall record and 6-8 league mark into...

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