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 DES MOINES -- Former AvoHa-Shelby-Tennant all-stater Amy Towne is one of three 2017 inductees into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Basketball Hall of Fame. Towne will be honored during halftime of Saturday night’s Class 5-A state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena, which can be...
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton students celebrate the Spartans’ first-round win.
 DES MOINES -- Thursday’s Class 1-A state semifinals featured top-ranked and defending champion Springville (23-2) vs. seventh-ranked Kingsley-Pierson (24-1) at 10:00 a.m., followed by No. 3 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton (24-1) vs. No. 2 Turkey Valley (22-3) at 11:45. The winners will meet in the 1-A...
Exira-EHK junior Kealey Nelson (30) spots an open teammate as she pushes the ball upcourt during Monday’s Class 1-A state quarterfinal victory. Defending for Sidney is freshman Maddy Duncan. Nelson scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Spartans.
 DES MOINES -- For the second time in three years, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton has reached the semifinals of the Girls State Basketball Tournament. The 3rd-ranked Spartans did what they needed to do in Monday afternoon’s Class 1-A quarterfinal clash with No. 8 Sidney, playing some of their best...
Lois Kramer (right) and Dee Dee Leinen hold the couples’ Booster Club Hall of Fame plaques, each flanked by their husband. They are joined at center court by members of the HCS Booster Club Board of Directors and Cyclone football coach Curt Bladt. The Kramers and Leinens previously served on the booster club board for 15 years and were very active club members.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 are Dave and Lois Kramer of Earling and Steve and Dee Dee Leinen of Panama. Longtime HCS Booster Club members, the Kramers and Leinens were both honored as the newest Hall of Fame members during a girl-boy...
AAU STATE QUALIFIERS -- Six Harlan Community youth wrestlers qualified for the 2017 AAU State Tournament in Des Moines.  Front row, L-R: Jesse Jens, Spencer Fink. Back row, L-R: Tyrel Jacobsen, Jeremiah Davis, Luke Musich. Not pictured: Jason McClure. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Six Harlan Community youth wrestlers competed at the 2017 AAU State Tournament held February 25-26 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. None of the Cyclone wrestlers placed at the state meet. Results are as follows. 3rd-4th grade division: Jesse Jens (DNP, 0-2 at 65 pounds); Spencer...
TOUGH TO SWALLOW -- AHSTW senior Preslyn Grobe walks off the floor as Van Meter players celebrate Saturday’s 73-53 substate final win over the Vikings. AHSTW finished the season with a 21-3 record. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC -- It wasn’t that AHSTW played poorly and lost in Saturday’s Class 2-A, Substate 7 final. On this night, the Vikings simply got beat by a great basketball team performing at the top of its game. An outstanding dream season ended one step short of the ultimate goal for the Viking boys as...
 DES MOINES -- Making its third consecutive trip to the Girls State Basketball Tournament, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton played in one of four Class 1-A state quarterfinal games Monday at Wells Fargo Arena. The third-rated Spartans (23-1) took on No. 8 Sidney (23-1) on Monday afternoon at 3:15. The...
Exira-EHK point guard Cole Burmeister (11) is pressured by Ar-We-Va senior Jake Danner as he pushes the ball upcourt.
 MANNING -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s effective inside game was no match for Ar-We-Va’s onslaught of three-pointers Thursday night as the sixth-ranked Rockets stayed unbeaten with a 61-41, Class 1-A district final win over the Spartans in Manning. Sophomore Drew Schurke knocked down six of Ar-We-...
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton players and coaches pose with their Girls State Basketball Tournament qualifier banner. Front row, L-R: Kealey Nelson, Rachel Walker, Sadie Schultes, Mara Burmeister, Maggie Rasmussen, Alex Petersen. Back row, L-R: Assistant Coach Hilary Runyan, Kamryn Waymire, Jacey Anthofer, Lauren Hansen, Ellie Schultes, Grace Greving, Sophia Peppers, Head Coach Tom Petersen, Damian Peterson, Leslie Caniglia, Assistant Coach Cory Bartz.
 MAPLETON -- To say that the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team regrouped at halftime Monday night would be an understatement. The third-rated Spartans trailed Akron-Westfield 33-20 during the intermission of their Class 1-A, Region 1 final in Mapleton, bearing little resemblance to...
 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton is making its third straight trip to Des Moines after reaching the 1-A state semifinals in 2015 and bowing out to Newell-Fonda in last year’s first round. The school’s communities have a strong history at the Girls State Tournament as EH-K qualified eight times (its final...

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