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 HCHS senior Lexi Larsen battles a Glenwood player for control of the ball during Friday’s home win.
 HARLAN (Feb. 2) -- It wasn’t always pretty, but the Harlan Community girls basketball team wrapped up conference play with a 48-44 home win over Glenwood Friday night, improving to 9-9 overall and finishing 6-4 in the Hawkeye Ten for a share of fifth place. Overcoming shaky free throw shooting,...
 HCHS senior Nick Foss bowls over Atlantic’s Marcus Duranceau during a 19-4 semifinal victory at the Cyclones' 2A sectional meet.
 ATLANTIC (Feb. 3) -- Four out of 11 Harlan Community wrestlers kept their season alive on Saturday by winning their bracket in the Class 2A, Sectional 8 Tournament held in Atlantic. The Cyclones’ four sectional champions included sophomore Ethan Lemon at 120 pounds, sophomore Wyatt Obrecht (138),...
 AHSTW’s Jaedan Rasmussen picks up Riverside’s Ethan Becker in their 126-pound semifinal before pinning him in 3:15.
 UNDERWOOD (Feb. 3) -- The AHSTW wrestling team put forth a dominant performance at Saturday’s Class 1A Sectional Tournament in Underwood, winning the six-team meet with 232.5 points and qualifying 10 out of 12 individuals for district competition. The Vikings and Treynor (186) were the top two...
 Exira-EHK’s Dawson Carey (top) battles Logan-Magnolia’s Dalton Reisz in a 160-pound wrestleback match for second place at Saturday’s sectional meet. Carey held on for the 5-4 win and qualified for this week’s 1A district meet at Guthrie Center. (Photo courtesy of Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times.
 MISSOURI VALLEY (Feb. 3) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton junior Dawson Carey placed second at Saturday’s Class 1A Sectional Wrestling Tournament in Missouri Valley and advanced to this Saturday’s district meet at Guthrie Center. Carey (32-11) finished 2-1 on the day at 160 pounds, beating Logan-...
 HCHS junior Brett Sears comes up with a loose ball rebound against Atlantic’s Grant Podhajsky (left) as Cyclone teammates Logan Klaassen and Hunter Manz (25) look on during Tuesday’s game.
 HARLAN (Jan. 30) -- Fresh off one of its best halves of the season at Kuemper Catholic last Friday night, the Harlan Community boys basketball team entered the week needing perhaps one more signature win to clinch a top-two seed in Class 3A, Substate 8 and home court advantage for two postseason...
 ATLANTIC (Jan. 30) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team earned a much-needed win on Tuesday night, but may have also suffered a tough loss in the process. Pulling away behind an 18-2 second-quarter spurt, the Cyclones held Atlantic below 20 points for much of the first three quarters and...
 The Iowa High School Athletic Association recently released its district and substate assignments for boys basketball. District and substate pairings will be announced during the first week of February for classes 1A and 2A and the second week of February for 3A and 4A following the coaches...
 REGIONAL (Feb. 3) -- Area wrestlers from Harlan Community, AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will open their bids for a state tournament berth on Saturday afternoon when sectional tournaments are held across Iowa. All meets will begin at 12:00 p.m. HCHS will compete in the six-team Class 2A,...
 IKM-Manning’s Nathan Blankman (12) tries to deflect a pass by a Tri-Center player during Tuesday’s 51-41 Wolves victory.
 MANNING (Jan. 30) -- Stopping a two-game slide with one of its top wins of the season, the IKM-Manning boys basketball team used a strong first quarter to outlast Tri-Center 51-41 in Western Iowa Conference action Tuesday. The Wolves, now 10-8 overall and 9-7 in the WIC, established a 15-6 lead...
 Three AHSTW players - Blake Osbahr (left), Kevin Jorgensen (center) and Dalton Fischer (right) - defend the lane against a Griswold drive. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA (Jan. 30) -- The AHSTW boys knocked down 9-of-16 threes and shot 61 percent overall here Tuesday night, beating Griswold 79-24 for its fourth consecutive win. The Vikings exploded out of the gate with a 27-4 lead after one quarter and pulled ahead 48-13 by halftime. Eleven Viking players...

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