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Exira-EHK senior Cole Bruns (right) takes on eventual state champion Taylan Entriken of Hudson during a first-round match on Thursday. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Just like several other area athletes at the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament, it didn’t take long for Cole Bruns to run into a state title contender in his 170-pound, Class 1-A bracket. Making his first-ever state meet appearance, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton senior drew 2nd-ranked...
Harlan Community players Anna Ahrenholtz (53), Allison Bruck (13), Bailey Hansen (25) and Nicole Lange (11) exit the floor following Wednesday night’s 4-A regional quarterfinal win over A-D-M. HCHS will play at Ballard on Saturday. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ADEL -- At halftime of Wednesday night’s Class 4-A regional quarterfinal, the outlook wasn’t exactly glowing for the Harlan Community girls basketball team. Struggling offensively without injured point guard Lexi Larsen, the Cyclones were turning the ball over too often, shooting 2-of-10 at the...
HCHS senior Caleb Rasmussen pressures Creston’s Evan Jacobson during Tuesday’s game.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team moved into a tie for third place in the final Hawkeye 10 standings on Tuesday night, outlasting Creston 70-66 in a wild overtime home finale. It was the second time this season that the Cyclones and Panthers needed O.T. to reach a decision. On...
 ATLANTIC -- Parity is the name of the game this season in the Class 3-A, Substate 8 boys basketball bracket. While top seeds Atlantic and Glenwood both stood at 15-5 going into Thursday night’s final games of the regular season, four other squads - Harlan Community, A-D-M, Carroll and Creston -...
IKM-Manning junior Shauna Reitan knocked down four second-half 3-pointers during Tuesday’s overtime loss at Logan-Magnolia. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 LOGAN -- In a game that looked and felt much more like a regional final than the quarterfinal round that it was, IKM-Manning and Logan-Magnolia needed four extra minutes to decide Tuesday’s win-or-go-home rubber match between Western Iowa Conference rivals. In the end - following six ties, three...
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton cruised into the Class 1-A regional semifinals here Tuesday night, blowing out Woodbine 73-15 in a Region 1 girls’ quarterfinal. The third-ranked Spartans led 25-11 after one quarter and allowed just four points the rest of the way. They outscored the Tigers...
Lady Vikes’ coach Tyler Morris talks with the team during last Saturday’s win over Griswold. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 GREENFIELD -- The AHSTW girls battled gamely but came out on the short end of a 41-36 score in Tuesday’s Class 2-A regional quarterfinal game at Nodaway Valley. Trailing by 11 points at the half, the Lady Vikes outscored the Wolverines 14-6 in the third quarter and kept it close the rest of the...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team saved its best team score of the season for the final dual meet last Tuesday (February 7), knocking down 2,192 total pins to beat both Lewis Central (1,910) and St. Albert (1,664) at Thunderbowl. HCHS finished with a dual record of 5-6. The...
HCHS junior Lucas Carter (top) maintains control of Creston/O-M’s Cade Vicker during the final moments of their district semifinal match on Saturday. Carter held on for a 9-5 win over Vicker which eventually clinched second place at 126 pounds and punched Carter’s ticket to the State Wrestling Tournament later this week. Carter will face top-ranked Drew West of Solon in a first-round match at state Thursday night. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Six local state qualifiers will face tough early draws when competition begins Thursday at the 2017 State Wrestling Tournament inside Wells Fargo Arena. The state meet will continue Friday and Saturday and conclude with the championship finals on Saturday night. This year’s area...
HCHS senior Jacob Wingert is checked out by Dr. Larry Kintner (left) and Cyclone coaches John Murtaugh and Jared Bevins during injury time after landing hard on the gym floor during his 170-pound district championship match vs. Atlantic’s Drake Roller. Wingert trailed 3-1 when he later defaulted with :05 left, but placed second to clinch a return trip to the State Wrestling Tournament. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community wrestling team will be represented by three individuals at this week’s state tournament after Lucas Carter, Jacob Wingert and Nick Foss all placed second in Saturday’s Class 2-A District Tournament. Wingert, a senior 170-pounder, will return to Des Moines for the...

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