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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...
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...

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