Sports

 MANNING (Jan. 17) -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team rolled past Missouri Valley 56-21 last Thursday night, improving to 9-3 in Western Iowa Conference play and 10-5 overall. IKM-M scoring leaders included Colby Keller with 13 points, Alex Lingle nine, Ethan Carter eight, Nolan Ramsey seven,...
Exira-EHK 81, West Harrison 45 MONDAMIN (Jan. 17) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls raced out to a 34-8 lead after one quarter and drained 10 three-pointers last Thursday night in an 81-45 road win over West Harrison. Freshman Macy Emgarten led four Spartans in double figures with 18 points...
 Earling Eagles, left to right: Brad Blum, Steven Boggess, Jason McCall, Doug Bissen, Neil Gross, Dean Mosher, Tony Kenkel, Isaiah Humphrey. (Photo contributed)
 MANILLA (Jan. 19) -- The Earling Eagles earned the championship of the Town Team Basketball Tournament last Saturday, winning two games in Irwin before defeating a team from Storm Lake 58-51 in the championship game played at Manilla. Members of the winning team included Brad Blum, Steven Boggess...
 Harlan Community Activities Director and boys head basketball coach Mitch Osborn announced last week that he will retire from both positions as of June 30. He is currently in his 22nd season as the Cyclones’ coach. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Jan. 17) -- On the day after Christmas, Mitch Osborn went to his office at Harlan Community High School and typed up a formal letter of resignation. It was a decision he had been mentally wrestling with for weeks, and he wanted to see what his thoughts looked like on paper. About two weeks...
 HARLAN (Jan. 19) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team spent the last two and a half quarters fighting from behind late Saturday afternoon, but never quite got over the hump against ninth-ranked (3A) Glenwood. The Rams had an answer for each Cyclone rally and held on to win 58-53 despite...
 Cyclone sophomore Ashley Hall attempts a shot between Red Oak’s Sophie Walker (22) and Allie West (14). (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Jan. 17) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team finished just shy of notching a signature win on Thursday night, leading much of the way against 13th-ranked (3A) Red Oak before falling one point short, 49-48. HCHS built a seven-point first half lead, was tied 27-27 at the half and...
 HCHS senior Jake McLaughlin (right) looks to score against Red Oak during Thursday’s game. McLaughlin finished with 13 points. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Jan. 17) -- Red Oak’s 11 three-pointers kept it in the game for a half, but Harlan Community pulled away using a 10-2 run to start the third quarter and topped the winless Tigers 74-58 in boys basketball action Thursday night. HCHS, which led just 36-33 at intermission, outscored Red Oak...
 HCHS freshman Luke Musich lifts up AHSTW’s Garrison Gettler in their 120-pound match Thursday. Musich won by decision, 3-0.
 RED OAK (Jan. 17) -- The beat rolled on for the Harlan Community wrestling team Thursday as the Cyclones picked up three more decisive dual wins over AHSTW, Kuemper Catholic and Red Oak. HCHS opened the quad meet at Red Oak Middle School by defeating a short-handed AHSTW squad 64-9, then overcame...
  AHSTW junior Kinsey Scheffler is guarded by T-C’s Madison Ausdemore near the basket.
 AVOCA (Jan. 15) -- AHSTW junior Kinsey Scheffler scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds last Tuesday night as the Lady Vikes defeated Tri-Center 58-51 to complete a sweep of the season series. Claire Denning (11 points) and Kailey Jones (10) also scored in double figures for AHSTW while Katie...
 Viking players Raydden Grobe (left) and Clayton Akers scramble for a loose ball with T-C’s Leyton Nelson.
 AVOCA (Jan. 15) -- AHSTW held off a late rally by Tri-Center last Tuesday night to beat the Trojans 53-50 and earn a split in the regular season series. Clayton Akers paced the Vikings with 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Joey Cunningham knocked...

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