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 Glenwood boys basketball coach Curt Schulte directed the Rams to their first state championship on Friday. Above, a picture of Schulte from his football playing days at Harlan Community.
 DES MOINES (March 9) -- The Glenwood boys basketball team represented southwest Iowa and the Hawkeye Ten Conference in fine fashion last week, winning three straight thrillers at Wells Fargo Arena to claim the program’s first-ever state championship. This year’s Class 3A title winner, which beat...
Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK, sr. - 1st Team All-State (1A)
 DES MOINES (March 6) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior Sophia Peppers became a two-time, first-team all-state selection this week, recognized among the top eight girls basketball players in Class 1A by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. The newly-formed IPSWA announced its first-ever...
 AHSTW senior AJ Sieh is seated next to his parents, Alan and Bobbi Sieh of Avoca. Back row, left-right: NWMSU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Joel Osborn (a 2004 graduate of Harlan Community) and AHSTW head football coach Davis Pattee. AJ’s father, Alan, and his sister, Ashley, are both graduates of NWMSU.
 AVOCA -- AHSTW senior AJ Sieh signed a national letter of intent on February 7 to play football at NCAA Division II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. Sieh (6-foot-4, 330 pounds) was a three-year starter at offensive left tackle and a two-year starter at defensive tackle...
Brad Campbell
 ROCKPORT, TEX. -- This 41-inch black drum was caught by Brad Campbell and released off of Rockport Beach in Texas. Brad lives near Polk City, Iowa and is formerly from Irwin. Rockport, Texas, located along the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, was devastated by Hurricane Harvey last summer but...
Chris and Joni Larsen (left) and Brian and Pam Gubbels (right).
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame added four new inductees on Friday, February 2, as longtime booster club members Brian and Pam Gubbels and Chris and Joni Larsen were recognized during the HCHS girls and boys basketball games vs. Glenwood. The 2017-18 inductees...
Harlan Community Wrestling Club State Qualifiers --- Front row, L-R: Beckham Clark, Jamison Clark, Coy Obrecht. Middle row, L-R: Spencer Fink, Zane Cox, Brody McKinley (did not participate), Evan Tarney. Back row, L-R: Luke Musich, Jeremiah Davis, Jathen Carlile.
 HARLAN -- Nine youth wrestlers from the Harlan Community Wrestling Club recently competed at the Iowa AAU State Tournament in Des Moines and/or the Iowa Super Pee Wee State Wrestling Championship meet in Waterloo. Results from the AAU State Tournament, held Feb. 24-25 at Wells Fargo Arena, are as...
 Exira-EHK seniors Sophia Peppers (41) and Kealey Nelson hold the Spartans’ Class 1A state semi-finalist trophy following Friday’s 57-41 loss to Springville at Wells Fargo Arena. Also pictured for Exira-EHK are Lauren Hansen (21), Leslie Caniglia (43) and Ellie Schultes (23).
 DES MOINES (March 2) -- The Springville girls basketball team is already a formidable outfit when seniors Mikayla Nachazel and Rylee Menster shoulder the scoring load and everyone else contributes to a great defense. When the role players and subs start knocking down shots as well, the top-ranked...
 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton seniors Kealey Nelson (left) and Sophia Peppers smile through the tears as they accept the Spartans’ state semi-finalist trophy. Together, they combined to score 2,725 points during their careers and played in four state tournaments.
 DES MOINES (March 2) -- The final numbers are nothing short of fantastic for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton seniors Sophia Peppers and Kealey Nelson. Peppers and Nelson played their final high school game on Friday as the Spartans lost to Springville in the 1A state tournament semifinals. During their...
 This year’s All-Tournament Team members include, left-right: Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK; Alli Masters, Central Decatur; Megan Morenz, Newell-Fonda; Rylee Menster, Springville; Olivia Larsen, Newell-Fonda; and Mikayla Nachazel, Springville, who was named 1A captain for the third year in a row. (Photo courtesy of Scott Kilbride)
 DES MOINES (March 3) -- For the second straight year, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s Sophia Peppers was one of six girls named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team at the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines. The Spartan senior was recognized at the conclusion of Saturday night’s 1A...
 Spartans coach Tom Petersen shouts instructions to his team during the first half of Wednesday's state quarterfinal win.
 DES MOINES (March 2) -- Three years ago, an upstart 11th-ranked Springville team pulled off a semifinal upset at the Girls State Basketball Tournament, scoring the first 16 points of the game and holding off No. 2 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 68-57. The Orioles have rarely looked back since,...

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