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Exira-EHK sophomore Sophia Peppers (40) reaches out to block the shot of Sidney’s Lexy Larsen during Friday’s regional semifinal. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN -- One more victory was still required, but Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton looked like a team destined for a return trip to the Girls State Basketball Tournament here Friday night. If the 2nd-ranked Spartans play like they did against Sidney, it will certainly take a big-time performance to...
HCHS senior Travis Crees drives to the hoop against Carroll.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team finished the regular season Thursday night with a 65-49 win over Carroll Public, improving to 18-3 overall going into the start of postseason play Monday night. Kyle Juhl led the Cyclones with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Will Lansman had 17...
IKM-M senior Kyle Wagner (30) drives toward the basket against C-A-M. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AREA -- The IKM-Manning and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball teams both won Class 1-A district quarterfinal games Thursday night while AHSTW was defeated in 2-A district semifinal by Ridge View, 53-50.
     ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. – Harlan bowler David Tyrrel took second place in the PBA-50 Midwest Regional Pro Tournament here Saturday, January 31. The tourney was a part of the National Senior Tour.     Tyrrel, who has held a pro bowling “card” for some time, said it was the first time he could...
Harlan Community junior 160-pounder Jacob Wingert scores a near-fall against Cherokee’s Tyler Zeimen in first-round action at the State Wrestling Tournament on Thursday night. Wingert defeated Zeimen 7-2 and earned a top-12 finish in Class 2-A. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Jacob Wingert’s first-round victory proved to be the highlight for Harlan Community as the Cyclones scored just two points at the 2016 State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. Wingert, a junior at 160 pounds, and senior 132-pounder Elias Shaeffer were both making their first state...
 SETTING THE BARR HIGH -- AHSTW senior Tim Barr (fourth from left) placed second at 170 pounds (Class 1-A) in his first-ever trip to the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines this past weekend. Barr won three matches at Wells Fargo Arena before losing 8-0 to top-ranked Tanner Sloan of Alburnett in Saturday’s championship match. Barr was the Vikings’ first state finalist since Heath Lamp earned a state title in 2003. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Of the 84 Iowa wrestlers competing in Saturday night’s state championship finals, the vast majority got their start in the sport long before seventh grade. AHSTW senior Tim Barr, however, is one of those rare exceptions. And while Barr’s amazing season and three-day state meet run...
Exira-EHK senior Lane Ring tries to ward off a shot attempt by Western Christian’s Skylar Bonestroo during Friday’s second-round consolation match. Ring lost 5-2 and finished with a 1-2 record in his second state appearance.
 DES MOINES -- It wasn’t the exact ending he wanted, but Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior Lane Ring was happy to at least wrestle his final high school match inside Wells Fargo Arena. Making his second state meet appearance, Ring finished in the top 12 of the Class 1-A, 195-pound bracket Thursday...
Exira-EHK junior Mara Burmeister (left) and teammate Kealey Nelson (30) battle Griswold’s Payton Rush for a loose ball during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN -- The three-pointers weren’t falling for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Tuesday night, but Class 1-A’s second-ranked team did enough other things well to easily pass its first postseason test. Shooting 33.8 percent overall and just 4-of-23 from three-point range, the unbeaten Spartan girls...
 CRESTON -- Evidently, there’s more than one way to skin a Panther if you’re the Harlan Community boys basketball team. Back on December 15, HCHS drilled a school-record 19 three-pointers (in 35 attempts) to soundly defeat Creston, 80-47. In Tuesday night’s rematch, the Cyclones shot just 4-of-19...
Wolves’ sophomore Payton Sporrer fights for possession of the ball. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 ROCKWELL CITY -- A slow start to each half proved tough to overcome for the IKM-Manning girls basketball team Tuesday night. Crawling out of a 9-0 hole to start the game, IKM-M led 27-25 at halftime but South Central Calhoun controlled the third quarter (13-5) and held off the Wolves, 53-48, in a...

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