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 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 8) -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team fell just two pins shy of a Hawkeye Ten championship last Friday, placing second to Denison-Schleswig in the conference tournament at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs. HCHS led the Monarchs by 48 pins following the two-game individual...
 HCHS senior Derec Weyer celebrates his district semifinal pin of Creston’s Andy Weis on Saturday. Weyer later pinned Clarinda’s Storm Howard to win the 285-pound championship and earn his first trip to the state tournament. Weyer has earned the number three seed in his Class 2A state bracket. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES (Feb. 14) -- Four Harlan Community wrestlers and three from AHSTW have qualified for the 2019 State Wrestling Tournament February 14-16 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. In a change this year, the state has used a formula to seed the top eight wrestlers in each state tourney bracket....
 HCHS senior 220-pounder Joey Arkfeld raises his arms after pinning Atlantic’s Cale Roller in a district championship match on Saturday. Arkfeld had lost to Roller three times this season and trailed 5-1 in the third period before turning the tide. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 9) -- Just as the season began at the Dan Hill Invite 10 weeks ago, Harlan Community seniors Joey Arkfeld and Derec Weyer were crowned champions on Saturday. And just like 10 weeks ago, junior Ethan Lemon and senior Oscar Olmos placed second. All four Cyclones will now be competing at...
 AHSTW’s three state qualifiers include, left-right: Gabe Pauley (182), Hayden Fischer (106) and Joel Sampson (132). Fischer was the Vikings’ lone district champion Saturday and Pauley will be the top seed in his state tournament bracket. (Photo courtesy of Sue Fischer Photography)
 TRURO (Feb. 9) -- Three AHSTW wrestlers qualified for state and four others fell a win or two short on Saturday at the Class 1A, District 2 Tournament held in Truro. Freshman 106-pounder Hayden Fischer claimed a district title for the Vikings while junior 132-pounder Joel Sampson and senior 182-...
 AHSTW sophomore Claire Denning pushes the ball up the floor against Tri-Center. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Feb. 9) -- The AHSTW girls basketball team seems to be peaking at just the right time. The Lady Vikes opened Class 2A regional play here Saturday night with an impressive 67-41 win over Tri-Center, scoring the first 11 points and never looking back. The two regular season games between...
 HCHS coach Mitch Osborn motions toward the student section after the final buzzer as the Cyclones celebrate a 51-49 win over Lewis Central. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 8) -- If the Harlan Community boys basketball team makes a memorable postseason run later this month, it might look back on Friday night as the turning point. Trailing 45-37 early in the fourth quarter, the Cyclones held Lewis Central to four points the rest of the way and hit two...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 5) -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team set three school records at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs last Tuesday, defeating Lewis Central and St. Albert to improve to 9-2 on the season. The Cyclone girls posted a school record total score of 2,650 - 330 pins ahead of LC -...
 HCHS 170-pounder Carter Bendorf (left) needed just 56 seconds to pin Kaeden Van Soelen of PCM during Tuesday’s regional dual semifinal.
 ATLANTIC (Feb. 5) -- Despite a valiant effort Tuesday night, the Harlan Community wrestling team fell one win shy of knocking off Prairie City-Monroe and setting up a chance to reach next week’s state duals. PCM, listed 12th in the Class 2A dual rankings and No. 1 in the state tournament team...
 Top-ranked Gabe Pauley of AHSTW pins Panorama’s Cooper Andersen to win a 182-pound sectional championship on February 2. Pauley is one of seven Viking wrestlers who will be competing in the district meet at Truro.
 MISSOURI VALLEY (Feb. 5) -- For the second straight year, Missouri Valley ended a successful dual season by the AHSTW wrestlers. The Vikings never got any momentum going against the 11th-ranked Big Reds on Tuesday night, falling behind 30-3 after six weights and losing 52-21 in a Class 1A regional...
 Exira-EHK girls basketball coach Tom Petersen sits next to his son Thomas during the Spartans’ 71-33 win over Woodbine Monday night. Petersen earned his 400th career coaching win, improving his record to 400-96 in 21 seasons. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Feb. 4) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls wrapped up regular season play with a victory and a milestone for their coach Monday night, beating Woodbine 71-33. Sophomore guard Tatum Grubbs scored 17 of her game-high 26 points in the first half as the Spartans raced out to a 40-18 lead...

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