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Harlan Community Varsity Boys Basketball Team
 Front row, L-R: Michael Rueschenberg, Alec Plagman, Thomas Fink, Travis Crees, Jacob Croghan, Josh Cheek, Logan Peters, Josh Kloewer, Caleb Rasmussen.
 Back row, L-R: Coach Chad Swanson, Coach Kelly Juhl, Shane Chamberlain, Jacob Hansen, Sam McLaughlin, Kyle Juhl, Ethan Knudson, Will Lansman, Nolan Heese, Coach Kevin Osborn, Coach Nic Christensen, Head Coach Mitch Osborn.
 Not pictured: Jared Moser, Logan Klaassen. (Photo courtesy of Leah Marie Photography)
 HARLAN -- On the heels of a successful turnaround season on the gridiron, the Harlan Community boys basketball team is seeking similar levels of improvement on the hardwood this winter. Not that last season was a dud by any means. The Cyclones went 16-7 overall, finished in a four-way tie for...
HCHS senior Taylor Frederick shoots for two of her 13 points during Friday’s win over Denison.
 DENISON -- The offense was still sporadic at times, but Harlan Community coach Zach Klaassen is doing his best not to complain about 28-point victories. On Friday night at Denison-Schleswig, defense remained a constant for the third-ranked (4-A) Cyclone girls, who swiped 18 steals using a mix of 1...
HCHS senior Ethan Knudson (left) defends Denison-Schleswig’s Hunter Lilleholm on the low block during Friday night’s Cyclone victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DENISON -- For the Harlan Community boys basketball team, the bridge between high potential and high performance is a little bit of patience. The Cyclones aren’t hitting on all cylinders just yet, but the tools are in place for a big season. On Friday night, HCHS finished the first half on a 13-2...
 RED OAK -- AHSTW, Harlan Community and Kuemper Catholic all finished with 2-1 records while host Red Oak was 0-3 in a quad wrestling meet held Thursday. Most of the duals came down to the final match, including AHSTW’s 37-34 win over HCHS in round one. The Vikings started and finished the dual...
IKM-Manning senior Jared Vollstedt slices between two Tri-Center players during Friday’s Western Iowa Conference game. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING -- Kyle Wagner led IKM-Manning with 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals as the Wolves improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 72-43 win over Tri-Center. Ben Wegner also had a big night for the Wolves with 18 points and eight rebounds, Jared Vollstedt added 10 points, 10 assists and three...
AHSTW’s Rhett Welsh positions himself for a shot attempt against Missouri Valley on Friday night.
AVOCA -- The AHSTW boys struggled for offense Friday night in a 42-35 home loss to Missouri Valley. The Vikings made just 13-of-58 field goal attempts (22.4 percent), including 1-of-9 from three-point range. Dawson Martin led the team with nine points, followed by Rhett Welsh and Preslyn Grobe with...
 SHENANDOAH -- The Harlan Community bowling teams were both defeated by Shenandoah in Monday’s first dual meet of the season. The Cyclone boys lost by 130 total pins (2,662-2,532) while the girls lost by 310 pins (2,532-2,222). The boys dual was tightly-contested following individual bowling - HCHS...
 HARLAN -- Showcasing the improvement you would expect between games one and two, Harlan Community put away a young Blair squad by halftime Tuesday night and cruised to 2-0 overall with a 65-35 win over the Bears. HCHS senior Kyle Juhl scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter, and...
AHSTW junior Preslyn Grobe drives to the basket during Friday’s game vs. Treynor. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA -- Defending state champion Treynor pulled away in the second half to win 66-47 at AHSTW last Friday in the Vikings’ season opener. AHSTW kept the Cardinals within striking distance for a half - trailing 29-21 - but couldn’t make up any ground in the final two quarters. Sophomore R.J. Harris...
IKM-Manning’s Jon Brandt (right) guards Tyler Riebhoff of Audubon during Tuesday night’s Western Iowa Conference matchup. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AUDUBON -- Kyle Wagner continued a torrid early-season scoring pace as IKM-Manning improved to 3-0 Tuesday night with a 63-46 win at Audubon. Wagner, who passed 1,000 career points vs. Panorama last Saturday, led the Wolves with 27 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots against the Wheelers and...

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