Sports

 CLARINDA -- The Harlan Community girls outscored Clarinda 22-3 in the second quarter Friday night en route to a 58-21 Hawkeye Ten road win. Playing its first game as the new number-one ranked team in Class 4-A, HCHS improved to 6-0 in conference games and 11-1 overall.
Exira-EHK sophomore Sophia Peppers (center) totaled 29 points and 10 rebounds Friday night as the Spartans downed Charter Oak-Ute, 64-40. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN -- Sophia Peppers dominated in the post for 29 points and 10 rebounds Friday night as the shorthanded Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls handled Charter Oak-Ute 64-40. The 2nd-ranked (1-A) Spartans also won at Glidden-Ralston 46-34 on Saturday afternoon, improving to 14-0 overall and 13-0 in...
Spartan junior Chris Paulsen shoots over Charter Oak-Ute’s Jesse Hupp.
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton finished the first half on a 12-2 run and never looked back Friday night, beating Charter Oak-Ute 70-51 in Rolling Valley Conference action. The Spartans led just 23-21 when Dakota Rold’s three-point play sparked the end-of-first-half surge. Exira-EHK also...
 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...

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