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 OMAHA, NEB. (Jan. 20) -- Harlan Community pushed one of Nebraska’s top girls basketball teams to the limit last Saturday afternoon before coming up just short in the Nebraska Prep Classic at Ralston Arena. The Cyclones led Gretna 51-47 in the fourth quarter but committed crucial turnovers during...
 The AHSTW wrestling team accomplished a program first on January 20, winning the 14-team Louisville Invitational with 223 points.
 Front row, L-R: Rudy Herrera, Gabe Pauley, Brady Canada, Joe Kenkel, Gavyn Fischer, Carter Phippen. Back row, L-R: Adrian Herrera, Elliot Young, Leland Barr, Ben Ehlers, Jaedan Rasmussen, Caden Larson, Gabe Madsen, Seth Kiesel, Joel Sampson. (Photo courtesy of Sue Fischer)
 LOUISVILLE, NEB. (Jan. 20) -- Led by a trio of individual champions in Gabe Pauley, Gavyn Fischer and Brady Canada, AHSTW achieved a program first last Saturday by winning the team title of the Louisville (Nebraska) Wrestling Invitational. The Vikings scored in 13 of 14 weight classes and led the...
 Cyclone junior Hunter Manz (25) scores two of his six points in a 74-26 Harlan victory at Red Oak. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 RED OAK (Jan. 19) -- During a tough grind of January and February basketball games, sometimes you need a night like the Harlan Community boys had at Red Oak Friday. Breaking things open with a 23-2 first-half run, the 9th-ranked (3A) Cyclones put 12 players in the scoring column and played much of...
 Cyclone freshman Brecken Van Baale draws contact from Red Oak’s Ellie Rengstorf (20) as she scores a three-point play during Friday’s second half. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 RED OAK (Jan. 19) -- For the second straight season, Red Oak’s adept three-point shooting led to a lopsided win over the Harlan Community girls basketball team. One year after Sophie Walker and Hannah Vial combined to hit eight treys in a 55-35 win at Harlan, Vial knocked down a school-record...
 OMAHA, NEB.(Jan. 20) -- Harlan Community senior Nick Foss was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Omaha Burke Invitational on Saturday, beating the top-ranked kid in Nebraska (Class A) en route to winning the 195-pound championship. Ethan Lemon (120) and Oscar Olmos (145) also claimed individual...
 Exira-EHK sophomores Ellie Schultes (22) and Kamryn Waymire (44)  celebrate Saturday’s 57-52 home win over Kuemper Catholic.
 ELK HORN (Jan. 20) -- If Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton makes a fourth straight trip to the Girls State Basketball Tournament later this year, it might look back at Saturday as a key point in the season. After leading Kuemper Catholic by 17 points during the second quarter and 49-40 in the fourth, the...
 Exira-EHK junior Trever Schulz (13) finished with four points and seven rebounds during Friday’s win over West Harrison. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 19) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team put up 57 points in the first half alone Friday night, crushing West Harrison 94-42 for its sixth straight win and improving to 9-5 overall and 7-5 in the Rolling Valley Conference. Josh Pettepier knocked down 6-of-9 three-...
 HCHS 195-pounder Nick Foss picks up Gavyn Fischer of AHSTW on his way to a 17-5 major decision during Thursday’s quad at Kuemper. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CARROLL (Jan. 18) -- Compared to its previous meet five days earlier, good fortune was on Harlan Community’s side here Thursday night as the Cyclone wrestlers went 3-0 in a quadrangular against Red Oak, Kuemper Catholic and AHSTW. HCHS started the night with a 34-33 win over Red Oak when Oscar...
 AHSTW senior Morgan Eckmann (32) is fouled by Tri-Center’s Marissa Anderson while scoring a basket Tuesday night. Eckmann also hit the free throw.
 AVOCA (Jan. 16) -- Playing for the fourth time in five days and taking the home floor for just the second time since mid-December, it was understandable that the AHSTW girls basketball team might come out sluggish Tuesday night. But after reaching the end of the first quarter tied 6-6 with Tri-...
 HUXLEY (Jan. 16) -- Balanced scoring and a strong defensive fourth quarter paved the way for the Harlan Community girls basketball team’s third straight victory Tuesday night as the Cyclones prevailed 48-39 in a non-conference game at Ballard of Huxley. Returing to the scene of last year’s final...

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