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HCHS junior Jacob Wingert rides Denison’s Parker Preul in a 160-pound semifinal at the Hawkeye Ten Tournament on Saturday. Wingert defeated Preul and placed second.
 HARLAN -- Led by the runner-up finish of Jacob Wingert at 160 pounds, Harlan Community secured 11 medals and placed fifth in the team standings as the host of Saturday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Wrestling Tournament. The Cyclones’ fifth-place finish was one spot higher than each of the last two...
Exira-EHK senior Brady Hansen (right) and freshman Cole Burmeister double-team Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Brody Schlepp (1) during last Tuesday’s Rolling Valley Conference game.
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton overcame a slow night on offense with some shut-down defense in the second half to beat the Coon Rapids-Bayard boys, 37-29, last Tuesday night. Trailing 21-13 at halftime, the Spartans made a few defensive adjustments and outscored CR-B 24-8 the rest of the...
Exira-EHK guard Kealey Nelson (30) pushes the tempo against Coon Rapids-Bayard last Tuesday.
 ELK HORN -- Outscoring Coon Rapids-Bayard 49-10 during the second and third quarters, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls cruised to 16-0 last Tuesday night with a 72-29 win over the Crusaders. The game was close for one quarter (15-13) before the 2nd-ranked (1-A) Spartans dominated the rest of...
 HALL OF FAMER -- Harlan Community baseball coach Steve Daeges, accompanied by his wife, Sue, holds his Iowa Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame statue after being honored at the organization’s 48th annual Awards Banquet on January 23 in West Des Moines. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 WEST DES MOINES -- Hired to direct the Harlan Community baseball program in 1994, Steve Daeges never imagined the type of success that would follow. Twenty-two seasons and 579 wins later, he’s a hall of famer. On Saturday night, January 23, at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Daeges was...
HCHS senior Clare Klein (center) tallied five points, five assists and four rebounds against Denison.
 HARLAN -- Taylor Frederick and Jordyn Moser combined to score 42 points Tuesday night as the Harlan Community girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start to beat Denison-Schleswig, 65-43, in Hawkeye Ten Conference play. The top-ranked (Class 4-A) Cyclones led by 30 points before D-S closed the...
HCHS senior Josh Kloewer (right) attempts to knock the ball away from Hunter Lilleholm as the Denison guard drives toward the basket for a fast break score on Tuesday.
 HARLAN -- It took nearly three quarters, but Harlan Community eventually delivered the knockout punch Tuesday night in a 74-43 boys basketball win over Denison-Schleswig. After the Monarchs pulled within 41-33 at the 2:30 mark of the third period, Cyclone coach Mitch Osborn called a timeout and...
 Prior to Tuesday night’s home double dual, HCHS wrestling coach John Murtaugh (center) received a plaque commemorating 300 career victories. Murtaugh surpassed the 300-win mark during a home meet on January 12.
 Pictured with Coach Murtaugh are Curt Bladt (left), longtime Cyclone assistant wrestling coach, and HCHS Principal John Connell.
 HARLAN -- Bonus points proved to be the difference maker Tuesday night as the Harlan Community wrestling team settled for a split of its Hawkeye Ten home double dual vs. Atlantic and Denison-Schleswig. Atlantic (64-13) and HCHS (61-6) both posted lopsided wins over the Monarchs to start and finish...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community girls and boys bowling teams both improved their records to 4-2 overall last Thursday (Jan. 21) with victories over OA-BCIG at Cyclone Lanes. The Cyclone girls won by 418 pins (2,324 to 1,906), led by Bailey Portwood’s individual series of 362. The Cyclone boys won...
 IKM-Manning junior Jon Brandt (3) drives around Tri-Center’s Marcus Mumm during Friday’s Western Iowa Conference game.
 TRI-CENTER -- Another game, another big second half by the IKM-Manning boys basketball team. Three nights after outscoring Audubon 45-19 in the final 13:30 of an 11-point home win, the Wolves erased a one-point halftime deficit on the road by outscoring Tri-Center 55-18 in the second half of an 82...
 RED OAK -- The 13th straight victory for the Harlan Community girls basketball team was its most lopsided yet as the top-ranked Cyclones built a 45-10 halftime lead and trounced Red Oak, 66-22, on Friday night. HCHS rolled to 7-0 in Hawkeye Ten Conference play (one game ahead of Lewis Central) and...

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