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 Exira-EHK senior Cole Burmeister (right) led the Spartans with 24 points against Woodbine Monday night and passed 1,000 points for his career. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Feb. 4) -- It was a good night for offense here Monday as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys nearly hit the century mark and point guard Cole Burmeister became the second Spartan senior this season to reach 1,000 career points. When it was all said and done, four Exira-EHK players scored...
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW girls basketball team will host Tri-Center in a Class 2A, Region 8 first round game Saturday (Feb. 9) at 7:00 p.m. The Lady Vikes (14-6) beat the Trojans twice during the regular season in a pair of competitive games. Saturday’s winner will play at Sidney Tuesday at 7:00 p.m....
 DUNLAP (Feb. 5) -- The IKM-Manning girls improved to 16-4 Tuesday night with a 64-36 non-conference win at Boyer Valley. The Wolves drained eight 3-pointers in the game, including six by Alexa Ahrenholtz in 12 attempts. Ahrenholtz led the team with 21 points, Gabby Cadwell had 13 points, eight...
 HCHS sophomore Ashley Hall pressures a Sioux City East ball handler during Monday’s game.
 HARLAN (Feb. 5) -- Continuing a busy final stretch to the regular season - six games in nine days - the Harlan Community girls basketball team lost three in a row vs. Glenwood, Sioux City East and St. Albert since last Friday, falling to 4-15 overall and 2-8 in the Hawkeye Ten. HCHS hosted...
   AHSTW’s Matt Sauvain (40) celebrated Senior Night with a team-high 13 points last Friday against Riverside.
 AVOCA (Feb. 1) -- Making his first career start on Senior Night, AHSTW’s Matt Sauvain hit 3-of-4 three-pointers and scored a team-high 13 points last Friday as the Vikings defeated Riverside 61-46. Sauvain and fellow senior Matthew Herrera (7 points) were both inserted into the starting lineup and...
 Lady Vike sophomore Claire Harris knocks the ball away from Riverside guard Ashlynn Amdor. Harris had five of the team’s 25 steals. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Feb. 1) -- Feeding off 25 steals on defense, AHSTW put up 51 first-half points and hammered the Riverside girls 76-36 last Friday night. The Lady Vikes raced out to a 25-4 lead after a quarter and extended the margin to 51-19 at halftime and 70-28 after three with a running clock in play...
 HCHS senior Joey Arkfeld (right) is congratulated by head coach John Murtaugh and assistant coach Matt Hoch after pinning Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Dustin Stowe in a 220-pound wrestle-back match for second place at Saturday’s 2A Sectional Tournament. Arkfeld’s pin not only secured a district qualifier spot for himself, but also lifted the Cyclones to second place in the team standings to earn a berth in the regional duals.
 IDA GROVE (Feb. 2) -- Joey Arkfeld knew what had to be done... or at least he thought he did. As the action drew to a close in Saturday’s Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament, Harlan Community’s senior 220-pounder was told he needed at least a major decision in his second-place wrestle-back...
 AHSTW freshman Hayden Fischer (right) defeated Ogden’s Dominic Degeneffe 9-4 in Saturday’s sectional semifinals at 106 to help secure a district qualifier spot.
 GUTHRIE CENTER (Feb. 2) -- The AHSTW wrestling team put together another outstanding sectional meet performance on Saturday afternoon, claiming seven district qualifiers and placing first with 217.5 points at the Class 1A, Sectional 3 tournament in Guthrie Center. Seth Kiesel (160 pounds), top-...
 HCHS senior Brett Sears saves a ball from going out of bounds vs. Glenwood. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 1) -- Spotting Glenwood an 11-0 lead in the opening two minutes forced an uphill battle for the Harlan Community boys basketball team Friday night. Allowing a late 17-1 run proved to be the final dagger as the Cyclones lost to the Rams 62-46 in a Hawkeye 10 matchup that did not...
 HCHS freshman Claire Schmitz (11) battles for rebounding position with Nodaway Valley’s McKynna Newbury (45) and Alyssa Davis. Schmitz led the Cyclones with nine rebounds in Thursday’s 47-36 victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Jan. 31) -- The Harlan Community girls established an 11-2 lead early in the second quarter Thursday night and were able to hold off Nodaway Valley for a 47-36 non-conference win, improving to 4-12 overall. The scrappy Wolverines (10-8) closed the gap to 22-21 early in the second half but...

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