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 RED OAK -- The Harlan Community girls defended their team title at Tuesday’s Red Oak Bowling Tournament while the Cyclone boys placed second to Lewis Central behind Max Langenfeld’s overall high series score of 459. Only eight pins separated the top two girls teams when all was said and done. HCHS...
Brody Sorensen, HCHS
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community girls and boys bowling teams both improved their dual record to 2-2 with wins over Creston on January 9 at Cyclone Lanes. HCHS won the girls dual, 2,218 to 2,184, led by Bailey Portwood’s two-game series of 347 and Elizabeth Stroud’s 331. The Creston girls’ record...
Harlan Community head coach John Murtaugh shouts instructions during Tuesday’s home meet vs. Abraham Lincoln, Underwood and Shenandoah. The Cyclones won all three duals handily, allowing Murtaugh to surpass the 300-win mark for his coaching career.
 HARLAN -- It’s possible that only a handful of people in the Harlan Community gymnasium knew the significance of the Cyclones’ three victories Tuesday night for head coach John Murtaugh. No announcements, no in-meet recogniton; and that was perfectly fine with Murtaugh, who was most pleased by his...
HCHS senior Kyle Juhl (33) blocks the shot attempt of a Kuemper Catholic player Monday night as Travis Crees (21) and Josh Kloewer (15) also defend.
 HARLAN -- When you’ve got 10 seniors on the roster, mixed with talented juniors and sophomores, five-on-five practice drills can get downright intense at times. Which is why Harlan Community senior Kyle Juhl points to practice time as a big factor in the Cyclones’ rapid improvement since Christmas...
HCHS senior Taylor Frederick splits two Kuemper Catholic defenders on a fast break drive to the hoop during Monday’s win over the Knights.
 HARLAN -- When the Kuemper Catholic girls cut Harlan Community’s lead to 21-18 with just three minutes left in the first half, few could have imagined that the final margin would escalate to a staggering 41 points. But that’s exactly what happened here Monday night as the 2nd-ranked (Class 4-A)...
AHSTW 160-pounder Dustin Engel (left) controls West Central Valley’s Carson Wadle during a technical fall win on Tuesday night.
 AVOCA -- Eight AHSTW wrestlers finished 3-0 here Tuesday night as the Vikings dominated a home quad meet with wins over West Central Valley (56-21), Southwest Valley (81-0) and Audubon (54-15). The Vikings improved their overall dual record to 20-6. Individual highlights for AHSTW included 170-...
IKM-Manning coach Gene Rasmussen yells encouragement to his players during the Treynor game.
 MANNING -- Down two starters and facing an undefeated rival, IKM-Manning gave 13th-ranked Treynor all it could handle last Friday night, but the Cardinal girls had just a little bit more down the stretch. Finishing the game on an 8-2 surge - all on free throws - after IKM-M knotted the score at 47...
Ridge Muhlbauer of IKM-Manning guards Treynor’s Matt Deitchler near the basket.
 MANNING -- The same perimeter shots that triggered IKM-Manning’s first-half rally refused to fall when the Wolves needed them again late versus Treynor. The untimely cold snap proved costly as IKM-M was outscored 13-7 in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s 63-55 home loss to the Cardinals. The...
 CHAMPION -- Harlan Community freshman 106-pounder Ronan Noeth pins West Monona’s Ian Pinkelman for the 106-pound championship at Saturday’s Tri-Center Tournament.
 TRI-CENTER -- Harlan Community freshman Ronan Noeth was the champion at 106 pounds and four other HCHS wrestlers finished as runners-up Saturday as the Cyclones placed second out of 11 teams at the Tri-Center Trojan Invitational. Missouri Valley led the field with five champions and 222 points,...
 GRISWOLD -- The AHSTW wrestlers improved their dual record to 17-6 on Thursday by sweeping a quad meet against Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (69-6), Guthrie Center (54-21) and host Griswold (42-18). Eight Viking individuals finished 3-0 on the day: Tim Barr (170), Spencer Symanowicz (285), Ben Ehlers...

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