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 HCHS coach Mitch Osborn lectures his players during a timeout against Perry on Tuesday. The Cyclones prevailed 68-56 to advance to the substate semifinal round.
 HARLAN (Feb. 20) -- Senior Logan Klaassen snapped a recent shooting slump by hitting 6-of-9 three-pointers, including three treys during a pivotal 16-3 third-quarter run, as the Harlan Community boys basketball team opened Class 3A substate play with a 68-56 quarterfinal win over Perry here...
 STATE CHAMP -- AHSTW junior Gabe Pauley flexes with one arm as the other is raised in victory following Saturday night’s thrilling 6-5 decision over Lisbon’s Bryce Werderman in the Class 1A state championship match at 170 pounds inside Wells Fargo Arena. Pauley, who placed third at 160 last year, finished the season with a 56-0 record. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES (Feb. 17) -- As unfathomable as it may seem, AHSTW junior Gabe Pauley nearly made it through 56 straight wins this season without allowing a single takedown. When it finally happened Saturday night, the Viking 170-pounder suddenly found himself tied 5-5 with less than a minute to go in...
The top five state medalists at 195 pounds (Class 2A) include, left-right: Nick Smith of Central DeWitt (4th place), Cody Fisher of Woodward-Granger (2nd), state champion Bryce Esmoil of West Liberty, Nick Foss of Harlan Community (3rd), Kade Hambly of Clear Lake (5th).
 DES MOINES (Feb. 17) -- Harlan Community senior Nick Foss never realized his dream of standing atop the state meet podium Saturday night, but it’s easy to argue that Foss was never truly defeated in his second and final State Wrestling Tournament. Following three eventful and bittersweet days at...
 Exira-EHK’s Josh Pettepier (21) surveys the Fremont-Mills defense during Thursday’s Class 1A district basketball game. The Spartans improved to 15-7 with a 64-57 victory.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 15) – Tied at 49 with Fremont-Mills heading into the fourth quarter, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton Spartans hit a big three to start the fourth and then sealed a 64-57 win at the free throw line in boys district basketball action in Council Bluffs Thursday, Feb. 15. Dakota...
Wolves senior Jared Johnson (center) looks to penetrate the Wheeler defense, including Skyler Schultes (14).
 MANNING (Feb. 15) -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team survived the dreaded third matchup with a conference rival Thursday night, outlasting Audubon 50-48 in a Class 1A district quarterfinal game in Manning. Alex Lingle led the Wolves with 17 points while Jared Johnson added 10 points, seven...
 Payton Sporrer hugs Alexa Ahrenholtz (31) as the Wolves celebrate their double overtime victory over Logan-Magnolia. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 DENISON (Feb. 16) -- It was everything that a season rubber match and sixth meeting in two years is supposed to be. And following two overtimes and 40 full minutes of basketball, IKM-Manning kept its season alive Friday night in Denison with a 61-59 girls regional semifinal win over Logan-Magnolia...
Exira-EHK's Kealey Nelson (left) and Kamryn Waymire box out a CAM player during Friday's regional semifinal.
 ELK HORN (Feb. 16) -- It wasn’t easy, but the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team gradually pulled away and finished off CAM 63-49 Friday night in a Class 1A, Region 7 semifinal. With the victory, the 7th-ranked Spartans (22-1) moved within one game of a fourth consecutive state...
 TREYNOR (Feb. 13) -- The AHSTW girls basketball season came to a close last Tuesday night as Madelyn Deitchler scored 31 points for Treynor in the 2nd-ranked Cardinals’ 63-39, Class 2A regional quarterfinal win over the Lady Vikes. Deitchler made 13-of-18 field goals in the game and teammates...
Darren Stein, Harlan Community, so.
­ SHENANDOAH (Feb. 13) -- As a freshman bowler last year, Harlan Community’s Darren Stein did not roll a varsity game as the team finished a successful 8-3 campaign. One year later, HCHS once again finished 8-3 but this time Stein has played a major role in the success. On Tuesday, the sophomore...
 HEARTBREAKER -- HCHS senior Lexie Holloway watches Glenwood celebrate after the final buzzer Wednesday night as the Rams beat the Cyclones 59-56 in regional play.
 HARLAN (Feb. 14) -- Outplayed for most of the first half and trailing by nine at the break, the Harlan Community girls emerged from the locker room with renewed vigor and looked like a team that wasn’t ready for its season to be done. Glenwood, bombarded by a 13-0 Cyclone run to open the third...

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