Sports

 AHSTW’s Clayton Akers handles the ball vs. Audubon. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA (Jan. 4) -- The AHSTW boys outscored Audubon 22-14 in the fourth quarter last Friday to win 71-65. Freshman Raydden Grobe hit 4-of-5 threes and led the Vikings with 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Sam Porter had 15 points and five assists, followed by Blake Osbahr with 11 points...
 AHSTW freshman Morgan Heiny (40) guards Audubon’s Leah Subbert. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA -- Claire Harris (16 points), Claire Denning (14) and Kinsey Scheffler (10) all scored in double digits to lead the AHSTW girls past Audubon 58-44 last Friday. Harris knocked down four 3-pointers in the game and Katie Anzalone, Kailey Jones and Kate Wise all had six points.
 Tatum Grubbs drives through traffic for the Spartans against the Tigers.
 WOODBINE (Jan. 4) -- Tatum Grubbs scored 16 points and Leslie Caniglia added 13 to lead the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls past Woodbine 54-30 last Friday night. The Spartans also won at ACGC 63-52 on Saturday and routed Coon Rapids-Bayard 65-27 on Tuesday night. Exira-EHK totaled 21 steals...
 ATLANTIC (Jan. 5) -- The seal on an elusive win column finally cracked last Saturday for the Harlan Community girls basketball team. One night after allowing a season-high 79 points at St. Albert, the Cyclones played better defense and used a big second quarter to get past Atlantic 48-34 for their...
 CRESTON (Jan. 5) -- The Harlan Community bowling teams notched a girl/boy sweep at Creston last Saturday afternoon, improving their combined dual record to the .500 mark. The HCHS girls (3-2) won 2,145 to 2,013, outscoring the Panthers by 78 pins in the Baker games to pull away. Jayden Gessert led...
 HCHS senior Brett Sears (right) draws a foul on Atlantic’s Tyler Moen during Saturday’s first half. Sears made 13-of-17 free throws and scored a career-high 31 points as the Cyclones defeated the Trojans 66-54. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- Despite leading Harlan Community with an average of 17.3 points per game this season, senior Brett Sears has had his share of struggles at the free throw line, shooting just 50 percent through Friday. Sears reversed that trend in a big way Saturday night, knocking down 13-of-17 foul...
 HARLAN -- The outside shooting of Blake Goshorn and Brett Sears spearheaded a 15-1 second-half run Friday night as the Harlan Community boys basketball team erased a 10-point deficit and beat St. Albert 65-53 in its first game of the new year. Goshorn hit two three-pointers late in the third...
 HCHS boys basketball coach Mitch Osborn applauds his team and checks the scoreboard during Saturday night’s victory over Atlantic. On Friday, Osborn passed Jim Eekhoff on the state’s list of career coaching wins and now ranks fifth all-time.
 HARLAN -- Harlan Community boys basketball coach Mitch Osborn reached a new career milestone with Friday night’s 65-53 victory over St. Albert, passing Western Christian’s Jim Eekhoff for fifth place on Iowa’s list of career coaching win leaders in the sport. Osborn improved his record to 682-160...
 NEOLA -- Ethan Lemon and Derec Weyer earned individual championships and five other Cyclones placed second as Harlan Community claimed the team title of Saturday’s 16-team Tri-Center Wrestling Invitational. Weyer, ranked fifth in Class 2A at heavyweight, was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding...
 HCHS sophomore Jocelyn Cheek (5) looks to score on St. Albert’s Emily Recher Friday night.
 ATLANTIC -- One night after struggling defensively in a 79-57 loss at St. Albert, the Harlan Community girls basketball team broke into the win column for the first time this season with a 48-34 victory in Atlantic Saturday night. Jocelyn Cheek led the Cyclones with 19 points in each contest. HCHS...

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