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 CRESTON (Feb. 13) -- Shane Chamberlain’s career-high seven 3-pointers and 34 points weren’t quite enough Tuesday night as the Harlan Community boys allowed 44 second-half points and turned the ball over 16 times in a 70-66 loss at Creston. Kylan Smallwood, who did not play when the Panthers lost...
 IKM-Manning junior Caitlin Muhlbauer fights for a rebound with Ridge View’s Kinzey Dutler (11) during Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal game.
 MANNING (Feb. 13) -- With a rubber match against Logan-Magnolia looming on the horizon, IKM-Manning girls basketball coach Gene Rasmussen was hoping his team was squarely focused on the task at hand Tuesday night - a Class 2A regional quarterfinal game vs. Ridge View. It didn’t take long to see...
 Exira-EHK sophomore Lauren Hansen (left) looks to pass around Riverside’s Ashlynn Amdor as Spartan teammate Leslie Caniglia looks on during Tuesday’s regional game.
 ELK HORN (Feb. 13) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton cruised through its opening test of Class 1A girls basketball regionals Tuesday night, building a 48-12 halftime lead and finishing off Riverside 77-23 in a quarterfinal game at Elk Horn. Three players finished in double figures for the 7th-ranked...
 AHSTW senior R.J. Harris pushes the ball upcourt during Monday’s district opener against Red Oak. Harris led the Vikings with 21 points and also pulled down eight rebounds in a 74-48 win.
 AVOCA (Feb. 12) -- R.J. Harris led the way with 21 points and Jack Paulson added nine points and 14 rebounds Monday night as the AHSTW boys basketball team opened district play with a 74-48 win over Red Oak. Clayton Akers, Blake Osbahr and Jake Martin all scored at least eight points as well as...
NICK FOSS SIGNS WITH MINNESOTA STATE
 Front row: Harlan Community senior Nick Foss (second from right) is seated next to his parents, Ernie and Stacie Foss, and older brother Joey Foss.
 Back row, L-R: HCHS football coaches John Murtaugh, Curt Bladt (head coach), Matt Hoch, Sam Brummer, Todd Bladt and Mark Kohorst.
 HARLAN (Feb. 7) -- Three highly integral pieces of the Harlan Community football team’s recent 10-2 season inked collegiate letters of intent last Wednesday on national signing day. Senior Nick Foss, selected as captain of the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 3A All-State Team last fall, signed...
 HCHS sophomore Ethan Lemon rides Atlantic’s Steele McLaren during their 120-pound third-place district match on Saturday. Lemon lost by a 7-5 decision and placed fourth in his bracket, ending the season with a 35-13 record. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 10) -- After weeks of buildup, the anticipated showdown between Harlan Community senior Nick Foss and Woodward-Granger sophomore Cody Fisher lasted just nine seconds. Foss earned a district title and return ticket to state during Saturday’s Class 2A, District 4 Wrestling Tournament in...
 DISTRICT CHAMPS -- Wrestlers, coaches and cheerleaders from AHSTW show off the school’s district championship and “Off To State” banners after the Vikings placed first with 128.5 points and qualified six individuals for the state meet at Saturday afternoon’s Class 1A District Tournament in Oakland. (Photo courtesy of Sue Fischer Photography)
 OAKLAND (Feb. 10) -- Saturday marked another historic milestone for the AHSTW wrestling program. Advancing six of their 10 district qualifiers to state, the Vikings claimed their first-ever district team title with 128.5 points at the Class 1A, District 5 Tournament in Oakland. AHSTW’s six state...
Exira-EHK's Dawson Carey (right) competes against Audubon's Trace McCuen.  (Photo courtesy of Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times)
 GUTHRIE CENTER (Feb. 10) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s lone district qualifier, junior Dawson Carey, placed fourth with an 0-2 record at Saturday’s Class 1A, District 1 Wrestling Tournament in Guthrie Center. Competing at 160 pounds, Carey was pinned in 2:10 by sixth-ranked Chance Rice of Colfax-...
 AHSTW freshman Claire Harris (12) looks to take the ball away from ACGC junior Sierra O’Brien during Saturday night’s Class 2A regional game.
 AVOCA (Feb. 10) -- The AHSTW girls basketball team finished the first half on an 11-3 run and carried that momentum toward an excellent second half here Saturday night, defeating ACGC 65-40 in the opening round of Class 2A regional play. Freshman Claire Denning hit 5-of-7 three-pointers and...
 REGIONAL (Feb. 13) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and IKM-Manning girls basketball teams will open regional play with home games Tuesday night as they begin their quests to secure a state tournament berth. Exira-EHK (20-1), ranked 2nd in Class 1A, will host Riverside (4-18) in a Region 7...

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