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 SIDNEY -- The AHSTW girls basketball season ended February 12 with a 53-48 loss at Sidney in a Class 2A regional quarterfinal. The Lady Vikes finished 15-7. AHSTW led by five after three quarters but was outscored 19-9 in the fourth. Scoring leaders included Claire Denning with 14, Kailey Jones 13...
 IKM-Manning sophomore Alexa Ahrenholtz fights for a loose ball with Woodbury Central’s Sidney Steffen. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DENISON (Feb. 15) -- Junior Lexi Branning scored inside to open the fourth quarter last Friday night, pulling the IKM-Manning girls within four points of Woodbury Central. Amazingly, it would be the only made field goal by either side in the final eight minutes of a defensive battle featuring 41...
 Exira-EHK's Cole Burmeister (left) battles a Boyer Valley player for a loose ball.
 ELK HORN (Feb. 14) -- Cole Burmeister led the way with 20 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and seven assists Thursday night as the 7th-ranked Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys opened postseason play with a 59-43 district quarterfinal win over Boyer Valley. The Spartans (20-2) hosted Audubon on...
 NEWELL (Feb. 15) -- The IKM-Manning boys took control from the outset in Friday’s Class 1A, District 16 quarterfinal vs. West Bend-Mallard, outscoring the Wolverines 21-5 in the first quarter and winning 60-32. The Wolves (14-7) will now face Newell-Fonda (14-8) in a district semifinal Tuesday (...
 Creston’s Colby Burg is guarded by HCHS senior Brett Sears and junior Michael Heithoff. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Feb. 15) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team finished the regular season in thrilling fashion Friday night as junior guard Connor Bruck dribbled the length of the court in the last seven seconds and made a layup ahead of the buzzer, lifting the Cyclones past Creston 64-62. HCHS...
 AHSTW senior Gabe Pauley jumps into the arms of assistant coach Austin Fink as head coach Evan McCarthy looks on following Pauley’s 5-3 sudden-victory decision over Don Bosco’s Thomas Even in Saturday’s Class 1A, 182-pound state title match.
 DES MOINES (Feb. 16) -- Gabe Pauley’s 2018 state title path was a smooth ride to perfection: 56 wins, zero losses and no takedowns allowed until the final period of a 6-5 championship match win at 170 pounds. By comparison, Pauley’s senior year has featured much more adversity along the way, which...
 HCHS senior heavyweight Derec Weyer stands on the medalist podium Saturday night after placing second at the State Wrestling Tournament in Class 2A.
 DES MOINES (Feb. 16) -- With a snow storm ramping up outside and Wells Fargo Arena nearing empty, Derec Weyer’s family, friends and teammates patiently waited their turn to give Harlan Community’s heavyweight wrestler a hug. He had earned every last one of them. Weyer’s dream of winning a state...
   The HCHS girls bowling team and coaches with their 2019 state qualifier banner. Front row, L-R: Sydney O'Neill, Ania Kaster. Back row, L-R: Assistant coach Jami Andersen, Olivia Petersen, Jayden Gessert, Abby Swank, Madison Horn, head coach David Tyrrel. (Photo contributed)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 12) -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team clinched an automatic berth in the state tournament Tuesday by placing first in the Class 1A State Qualifying Tournament at Thunderbowl. The Cyclone girls will compete in the 1A State Tournament at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo on...
 Cyclone senior Anna Ahrenholtz hugs head coach Zach Klaassen as she exits Wednesday's regional game at Glenwood for the final time.
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 13) -- No one ever doubted the hustle and grit of this year’s Harlan Community girls basketball team. And for two and a half quarters Wednesday night, those attributes allowed the Cyclones to hang around with 13th-ranked Glenwood in a Class 4A, Region 2 first-round game. In the end...
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 13) -- Longtime Harlan Community boys head basketball coach Mitch Osborn took on a new role Wednesday night, serving as an assistant coach for the Cyclone girls in their regional game at Glenwood. Osborn was filling in for Mark Kohorst, who missed the game due to a health matter....

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