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Exira-EHK junior Noah Pettepier drives toward the lane on Ar-We-Va’s Derek Schurke during Friday’s Rolling Valley Conference game.
ELK HORN -- With one decisive two-minute burst, the Ar-We-Va boys basketball team showed there’s a reason they’ve won 50 consecutive regular season games. Answering Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s 13-2 first-half finish that put the Spartans up 29-25 at the half, Ar-We-Va’s Derek and Drew Schurke...
HCHS senior Ethan Knudson (right) clamps down on Lewis Central’s Mitchell Brinkman Friday night.
 HARLAN -- A change in defensive strategy produced the same winning result for Harlan Community Friday night as the Cyclone boys beat Lewis Central, 55-39, to move to 5-0 on the season. Facing a big and physical Titan lineup that includes two Division I football recruits in JB Baker (6-8, 260) and...
HCHS senior Jordyn Moser (left) battles a Sioux City West player for possession of the basketball as Bailey Hansen (24) looks on.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- It wasn’t easy, but then again it wasn’t supposed to be. In a span of less than 24 hours this past weekend, the Harlan Community girls basketball team beat a pair of state-ranked unbeatens while making two separate bus rides to Council Bluffs. One night after outlasting sixth-...
 CLARINDA -- Harlan Community improved its Hawkeye Ten dual record to 4-0 Thursday night with a double dual sweep, beating Clarinda, 42-30, and St. Albert, 66-18. The host Cardinals beat St. Albert, 78-6. Eight out of 12 Cyclone wrestlers finished 2-0 for the meet, led by two pins each from Elias...
HCHS 220-pounder Aaron Johannsen (top) - wrestling at the Dan Hill Invite December 5 - finished 5-0 with four pins Saturday to make the All-Tournament Team at the Al Garrison Memorial Duals in Waukee.
 WAUKEE -- The Harlan Community wrestling team salvaged a 45-29 win over Chariton in its final dual to finish with a 1-4 record at Saturday’s Al Garrison Memorial Duals in Waukee. The Cyclones went 0-3 in Pool C before splitting a pair of duals in the consolation round, dropping their overall...
Harlan Community senior Travis Crees (21) drives to the basket against Creston during Tuesday’s 80-47 Cyclone victory. Crees finished the night with seven assists.
 HARLAN -- With the outcome long since decided, Tuesday night’s second half between Harlan Community and Creston resembled a below-the-rim version of the NBA All-Star Game. There were no slam dunks, but three-pointers - 32 of them in all - rained from the sky as the third-ranked (Class 3-A)...
HCHS senior Lexi Hoffmann looks to score inside as Creston’s Jenna Taylor defends.
 HARLAN -- The ball movement was crisper, the shooting was better and the dry spells were shorter Tuesday night as the Harlan Community girls basketball team showed marked improvement in a 58-35 win over Creston. Taylor Frederick led a balanced Cyclone attack with 18 points and eight rebounds,...
HCHS senior Bailey Portwood  bowls during Tuesday’s home meet against Abraham Lincoln. Portwood rolled a two-game series of 260 to help the Cyclone girls post a win. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- Kenzie Jones rolled a two-game series of 307 to lead the Harlan Community girls bowling team past Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 1,954 to 1,710, on Tuesday afternoon at Cyclone Lanes. Jones bowled individual games of 170 and 137 for HCHS, which improved its record to 1-1 on the season. ...
 BOYS TOWN, NEB. -- Eight out of 11 Harlan Community wrestlers placed in the top six last weekend as the Cyclones finished seventh out of 15 teams at the 45th annual Boys Town Invitational, held Friday and Saturday. Skutt Catholic was the tournament champion with 268 points, followed by Bennington...
Rasmussen looks to drive around a T-C defender. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING -- Sophomore Kia Rasmussen led the IKM-Manning girls with 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals last Friday night at the Wolves outlasted Tri-Center, 57-55, in Western Iowa Conference play. The Wolves trailed 44-38 after three quarters before outscoring the Trojans 19-11...

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