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Joshua Cheek, Harlan Community, sr.
DES MOINES -- Harlan Community senior Joshua Cheek was one of just 21 senior boys basketball players statewide named to the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s 2017 Boys Academic All-State Team. Josh is the son of Kevin Cheek and Janell Leinen. Selected from more than 170 nominations, this elite...
Taylor Gross
 IOWA CITY -- Moving up one spot on the podium from last year, IKM-Manning senior Taylor Gross finished as a state champion last Saturday (March 11) in the Special Olympics Basketball Skills competition for ages 16-21. The event was held at Iowa City High. The daughter of Paul and Joy Gross, rural...
Nebraska-Kearney junior Trey Lansman drives to the basket during MIAA action this season. Lansman received first-team all-conference honors.
 The following story was originally published by the University of Nebraska-Kearney website on February 13. It is being republished in the Harlan Tribune with persmission from UNK. KEARNEY, NEB. – At first glance, there’s nothing overtly eye-popping about Harlan, Iowa. The town, situated in the...
Huegerich waves to the Spartan fans as he shakes hands with Karon Brown, Senior Associate Director of the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union.
 DES MOINES -- Mike Huegerich of Exira received the Iowa Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award at the Girls State Basketball Tournament on February 27, representing the community of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. A fan from each school participating in the tournament was presented a sportsmanship award prior...
 Exira-EHK senior Alex Petersen (left) scrambles to pick up a loose ball against Sidney.
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Results1-A Quarterfinal: Exira-EHK 58, Sidney 431-A Semifinal: Turkey Valley 48, Exira-EHK 46 (OT)Spartans’ final record: 24-2
Evan Hansen, Grand View freshman wrestler - NAIA National Champion at 197 pounds
 TOPEKA, KAN. -- Just two years after winning his second state wrestling title in the Iowa high school ranks, Kimballton native Evan Hansen is a national champion for the most dominant NAIA program in the country. Hansen, a redshirt freshman for Grand View University in Des Moines, claimed the 197-...
Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK, jr.
1st Team All-State
 DES MOINES -- Area girls basketball standouts Sophia Peppers of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and Kia Rasmussen of IKM-Manning were both recognized on all-state teams this week by the Iowa Newspaper Association and/or the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association. The junior tandem has combined for more than 2,...
Middle school students taking part in the program include, front row, L-R: Sydney O’Neill, Matthew Carlson, Shea Hopp, Victoria Chapman, Andrew Andersen, Eric Torneten. Middle row, L-R: Mike Kenkel, Kyle Michels, Lily Hegarty, Madison Horn, Domonic Katzenstein, Ania Kaster. Back row, L-R: Austin Phipps, Mark Kenkel, Joseph Andersen, Brayden Heronimus, Matt Kenkel, Abby Swank. (Photo contributed)
The Harlan Community High School bowling team has partnered with Cyclone Lanes during the past three weeks to put together a mini Junior Cyclones Bowling League for the middle school students. In this league, each middle school bowler is paired with a high school bowler to help them learn the...
STATE SEMI-FINALIST -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton players were presented with their Class 1-A state semi-finalist trophy following Thursday’s 48-46 overtime loss to Turkey Valley in Des Moines. Front row (kneeling), L-R: Jacey Anthofer, Alex Petersen. Back row, L-R: Damian Peterson, Kamryn Waymire, Lauren Hansen, Kealey Nelson, Grace Greving, Ellie Schultes, Rachel Walker, Mara Burmeister, Maggie Rasmussen, Sophia Peppers, Sadie Schultes, Leslie Caniglia, Emily Petersen.
 DES MOINES -- Each time the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls tied up Turkey Valley at crunch time Thursday, the Trojans had an answer. And so it went: fourth quarter ties at 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 42; another deadlock at 44 in overtime. The Spartans knotted the score seven times in all, and only...
 All-Tournament Team members include, left-right: Mikayla Nachazel of Springville (captain); Rylee Menster, Springville; Marissa Schroeder, Marquette Catholic; Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK; Addison Hirschman, Kingsley-Pierson; Shelby Reicks, Turkey Valley. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Lundquist, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
DES MOINES -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton junior Sophia Peppers was one of six girls named to the Class 1-A All-Tournament Team at the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines last Friday night. In two state tournament games, Peppers ranked third in the 1-A field with 43 points while also...

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