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 DES MOINES -- Three wins away from a three-peat, Harlan Community is poised to make history in its fourth consecutive trip to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. Ranked third in Class 4-A, the two-time defending state champion Cyclones (20-2) will open defense of their titles on Wednesday...
HCHS senior Thomas Fink (right) and junior Caleb Rasmussen (3) watch Fink’s three-point attempt bounce off the rim at the end of regulation against Carroll on Thursday night.
 DENISON -- Thursday’s Class 3-A, District 1 final dealt a harsh case of déjà vu at the Harlan Community boys basketball team. For the second straight year, the Cyclones’ season ended abruptly in the district finals with an overtime loss to a sub-.500 team. And just like last year, HCHS let an...
Rhett Welsh added four points. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 CARROLL -- The AHSTW boys basketball team lost a hard-fought battle vs. Ridge View, 53-50, in a Class 2-A district semifinal game on Thursday, February 18, at Kuemper Catholic. The Vikings finished the season at 10-11 overall. R.J. Harris and Blaine Lees led AHSTW in defeat with 20 and 19 points,...
Exira-EHK senior Brady Hansen (3) makes a move toward the basket. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
MANNING -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s boys basketball season ended in the Class 1-A district semifinals last Tuesday following a one-point loss to Paton-Churdan, 38-37. The Rolling Valley Conference rivals had previously split two regular season games which were also closely-contested. The...
Wolves’ senior Austin Dahlgren (22) gets inside position on Audubon’s Andrew Blomme for a shot attempt.
REGIONAL -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team posted lopsided Class 1-A district wins over Audubon (Tuesday) and Paton-Churdan (Thursday) to set up its Substate 7 final win over Nodaway Valley Saturday night. IKM-M outscored Audubon 46-17 in Tuesday’s second half to pull away for a 76-43...
HCHS senior Kyle Juhl (left) blocks the shot of Denison’s Aaron Mumm during Monday’s district game. Juhl blocked seven shots in all as the Cyclones won 67-61. (Photo courtesy of Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin/Review)
 HARLAN -- In the win-or-go-home world of postseason basketball, sometimes rivalry trumps record. So while Monday night’s Class 3-A boys district semifinal looked like a mismatch on paper, Denison-Schleswig gave Harlan Community all it could handle on the court. The fifth-ranked Cyclones survived...
Harlan Community players, coaches and managers show off the program’s latest state qualifier banner after defeating Spencer in Tuesday night’s regional final. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- From a game-opening 15-1 run to its mild-mannered victory celebration, the Harlan Community girls basketball team was all business Tuesday night in a 55-32, Class 4-A regional final win over Spencer. But as the third-ranked Cyclones prepare to chase a championship three-peat in their...
Nodaway Valley’s Mercedes Harter (center) is pressured by Exira-EHK junior Mara Burmeister (left) and sophomore Kealey Nelson during Monday’s regional final. Burmeister and Nelson combined for six steals in the Spartans’ 41-35 victory. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 RED OAK -- Throughout another season-long journey to the Girls State Basketball Tournament, two constants have existed for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. Defense and winning. It’s only fitting that those two things went hand-in-hand again Monday night as the unbeaten, 2nd-ranked Spartans survived a...
 PLEASANT HILL -- The Harlan Community bowlers fell short of qualifying any teams or individuals for state this year after competing in the Class 1-A, District 2 State Qualifying Tournament held February 16 at Pleasant Hill’s Great Escape. The Cyclone boys placed second out of six teams with a...
Front row, L-R: Megan Owens, Elizabeth Stroud, Cassie Trader, Megan Reetz (manager), Bailey Portwood, Haley Butler. Back row, L-R: Ben Heileson, Mason Chamberlain, Brodrick Greer, Max Langenfeld, Josh Grote, Zach Besta-Thompson. (Photo contributed)
SENIOR NIGHT -- Twelve senior members of the Harlan Community bowling teams were recognized prior to the Cyclones’ Senior Night dual vs. Red Oak on February 11. Six of these seniors (Stroud, Trader, Portwood, Chamberlain, Grote and Besta-Thompson) have been with the program from its beginning four...

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