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 Exira-EHK freshman Mollie Rasmussen is hugged by senior Damian Peterson (12) and surrounded by teammates following her game-winning shot from the right corner that gave the Spartan girls a 59-57 victory over Ar-We-Va. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 15) -- Some folks thought she traveled. Others claimed she released the ball after the buzzer. Maybe both. None of it matters, though, because freshman Mollie Rasmussen’s last-second 3-pointer will forever go in the books as a walk-off game-winner for the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton...
 Exira-EHK senior Dakota Rold (44) blocks a shot by Ar-We-Va freshman Will Ragaller during Tuesday’s game.
 ELK HORN (Jan. 15) -- Trailing by five at the start of the fourth quarter Tuesday night, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys nipped at the heels of Ar-We-Va for the final eight minutes but couldn’t get over the hump in a frustrating 58-53 loss to the seventh-ranked (1A) Rockets. Ar-We-Va (13-0...
 HCHS senior Taymon Klinkefus (43) takes a shot against Ballard Tuesday night. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Jan. 15) -- As the free throws keep piling up, so too does the win total for the Harlan Community boys basketball team. The Cyclones extended their winning streak to six games on Tuesday night, overcoming a slow start in both halves to defeat Ballard 59-54 and improve to 8-4 on the season...
 HCHS sophomore Macie Leinen looks to score inside against Ballard’s Cassidy Thompson (21) and Maggie Larson (15) during Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Jan. 15) -- Sophomore Josie Fleischmann almost single-handedly shot the Ballard girls past Harlan Community Tuesday night, hitting six three-pointers in the third period alone as the 13th-ranked (4A) Bombers outscored the Cyclones 23-5 in the quarter and won the ball game 53-31. HCHS held...
 MOUNT AYR (Jan. 12) -- The Harlan Community wrestling team finished a perfect 8-0 at Mount Ayr’s Ron Scott Memorial Dual Tournament last weekend, claiming its third team title of the season and improving its record to 20-2 overall. Cyclone seniors Oscar Olmos (145 pounds), Joey Arkfeld (220) and...
 HCHS junior Samuel Andersen led the team with a 419 two-game series vs. Clarinda last week and sports the Cyclones’ second-best average (173.8) through seven events. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Jan. 10) -- Jayden Gessert rolled a two-game series of 338 (158-180) and Olivia Petersen scored a 327 (148-179) to lead the Harlan Community girls bowling team past Clarinda 2,181 to 2,111 at Cyclone Lanes last Thursday. HCHS improved its dual record to 4-2 on the season. Petersen, a first...
 RED OAK -- The Harlan Community girls and boys bowling teams posted their best scores of the season at the Red Oak Tournament January 8, placing second and third, respectively. The girls team standings were as follows: 1. Lewis Central 2,387, 2. HCHS 2,311, 3. Shenandoah 2,247, 4. Creston 2,061, 5...
 Spartan senior Josh Pettepier (21) drives around Audubon’s Gavin Smith to score a first-half bucket during the team’s 75-55 non-conference win. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 12) -- As of last week, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team had yet to crack the Associated Press top 10 rankings in Class 1A. What the senior-laden Spartans have done thus far is handle nearly every obstacle in their path. On Saturday afternoon, Exira-EHK extended...
 Spartan junior Jacey Anthofer shoots over Audubon’s Gracye Albertsen for one of her four 3-pointers in the second half. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 12) -- The third quarter hasn’t always been kind to the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team this season, but you wouldn’t have known it on Saturday afternoon. Already leading 37-24 at halftime, the Spartans jumped all over Audubon with a 13-2 run out of the break, hit...
 IKM-Manning senior Gabrielle Cadwell drives past AHSTW’s Kailey Jones (2) for a score as teammate Lexi Branning looks on. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Jan. 11) -- In a game of runs, the IKM-Manning girls found stability in their defense Friday night and led by double digits most of the second half to outlast AHSTW 60-51 and complete a regular-season sweep. Sophomore guard Alexa Ahrenholtz scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the second...

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