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Schaben (right) is pictured along with the sportsmanship award recipient from Marion. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Ron Schaben of Defiance was Harlan Community’s recipient of the Iowa Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award at the 2016 Girls State Basketball Tournament held last week at Wells Fargo Arena. Schaben (right) is pictured along with the sportsmanship award recipient from Marion. Also...
Left-right: IKM-Manning players Jon Brandt, Noah Harlow, Austin Dahlgren and Trevor Cast celebrate a big play during the Wolves’ 65-60 substate final win over Nodaway Valley on February 27. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team played its first state tournament game since 2010 on Monday morning, facing West Hancock in a 10:30 a.m. Class 1-A quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena. A victory Monday would put the 7th-ranked, fifth-seeded Wolves (22-2) in Thursday’s 1-A semifinal...
HCS Booster Club Hall of Fame
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Athletic Booster Club Board of Directors inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame this year, honoring Todd Langenfeld and Mitch and Nancy Osborn during a pre-game ceremony on Friday, February 5, at the HCHS gymnasium. Above, Langenfeld and the Osborns hold...
 Left-right: Drayke Eshelman (manager), Josh Mulligan (manager), Michael Rueschenberg, Sam McLaughlin, Josh Kloewer, Ethan Knudson, Kyle Juhl, Coach Kelly Juhl, Nolan Heese, Thomas Fink, Will Lansman, Travis Crees, Logan Peters.
 HARLAN -- Longtime Harlan Community assistant boys basketball coach Kelly Juhl was honored prior to the Cyclones’ Senior Night game vs. Carroll on February 18 and was presented a plaque recognizing his commitment to the program and this year’s senior class. Juhl recently completed his 19th season...
HCHS junior Bailey Hansen walks off the court at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday as Marion players celebrate their 46-38 state tournament quarterfinal win over the Cyclones.
 DES MOINES -- Only time will tell if Wednesday’s Girls State Basketball quarterfinal marked a symbolic passing of the 4-A torch from Harlan Community to Marion. HCHS has become a Class 4-A dynasty, of sorts, during Zach Klaassen’s four years as head coach, winning 95 games, playing in four state...
HCHS coach Zach Klaassen comforts senior Jordyn Moser after the loss
 DES MOINES -- The Harlan Community and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball teams were both defeated in the first round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament this week, the Cyclones losing to Marion Wednesday and the Spartans falling to Newell-Fonda on Monday.
 DES MOINES -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton players, coaches and managers are photographed with their 1-A State Tournament quarterfinalist trophy following Monday’s loss to Newell-Fonda. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Lundquist, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 DES MOINES -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls attempted 37 fewer shots than Newell-Fonda in Monday’s Class 1-A state tournament quarterfinal, turning the ball over 29 times and allowing 22 offensive rebounds. Yet there the Spartans were, leading the defending state champs by a point with three...
 DES MOINES -- IKM-Manning’s first-round opponent at the Boys State Basketball Tournament features two 20-point scorers and plays a fast, pressuring style. How well the Wolves can slow tempo and play under control will go a long way in determining their success in Monday’s Class 1-A quarterfinal vs...
Jon Brandt, Ben Wegner and Vollstedt continue the postgame celebration. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC -- No one could blame IKM-Manning’s players and coaches for being a bit jubilant Saturday night. This post-game celebration, after all, had been a full year in the making. Twelve months after losing a substate final heartbreaker vs. Treynor - the eventual Class 2-A champion - the Wolves...
 DES MOINES -- If Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton defeated Newell-Fonda on Monday, the Spartans will play in Thursday’s Class 1-A semifinals at the Girls State Basketball Tournament. The 2nd-ranked Spartans (23-0) faced the No. 7 Mustangs (18-6) in Monday’s quarterfinal round at Wells Fargo Arena. The...

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