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 HCHS senior Nicole Lange (10) grabs one of her eight rebounds against Lewis Central on Saturday. Also pictured are Chloe Hansen of HCHS (34) and LC’s Megan Witte. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Feb. 10) -- The Harlan Community girls finished the regular season with a lopsided defeat Saturday night as 2nd-ranked Lewis Central pulled away behind a 17-0 first-half run and beat the Cyclones 69-33. The score was 9-7 when LC rattled off 17 unanswered points en route to a 39-14 halftime...
 Spartan point guard Cole Burmeister (left) keeps the ball away from Qwame Davis of Woodward Academy.
 ELK HORN (Feb. 9) -- Cole Madsen led three Spartan players in double figures with 17 points Friday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys closed the regular season with 56-46 victory over Woodward Academy. Once 3-5 in early January, the Spartans won 11 of their last 13 regular season games...
 AHSTW junior Gabe Pauley pins Merik Gaule of Southwest Valley in a district semifinal match Saturday afternoon. Pauley won the district title at 170 pounds.
 DES MOINES (Feb. 15) -- There’s no such thing as an easy draw at the State Wrestling Tournament, and that’s particularly true for this year’s eight area qualifiers. Among the two state qualifiers from Harlan Community and six from AHSTW, seven will face a first-round opponent ranked in the top 10...
 AHSTW junior Gabe Pauley picks up Missouri Valley’s Nathan Haynes during their 170-pound match in Tuesday’s regional duals championship. Pauley, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, defeated second-ranked Haynes 11-6, but the Big Reds beat the Vikings 55-15 to clinch a return trip to next week’s State Duals. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MISSOURI VALLEY (Feb. 6) -- The 2018 wrestling season won’t include a trip to the state duals for AHSTW’s rising program, but one gets the feeling it is only a matter of time. The Vikings ventured to Missouri Valley for Tuesday’s Class 1A Regional Team Dual Tournament - their fourth consecutive...
 REGIONAL (Feb. 10) -- Fifteen area wrestlers will take their shots at earning a state tournament ticket Saturday when district meets are held across Iowa starting at noon. AHSTW leads the area with 10 district qualifiers and will compete in the Class 1A, District 5 Tournament at Oakland. The...
 HCHS senior Jacob Hansen (55) blocks a shot by St. Albert’s Matt Fagan during Tuesday’s overtime win. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN (Feb. 6) -- Knocking down 13-of-16 free throws during the fourth quarter and overtime, the Harlan Community boys basketball team survived 36 hard-fought minutes to outlast St. Albert 69-68 Tuesday night and avoid a third straight home loss. HCHS also beat the Falcons 64-61 on January 5. The...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 6) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team never recovered from a slow start in Tuesday night’s 67-45 loss at St. Albert. HCHS fell behind 21-10 in the first quarter and was later outscored 20-10 in the fourth as the Saintes avenged a 20-point loss in Harlan earlier this...
 Exira-EHK freshman guard Tatum Grubbs (14) passes to a teammate during Friday’s game against Boyer Valley. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 WOODBINE (Feb. 6) -- Sophia Peppers approached a triple-double with 32 points, nine rebounds and nine steals on Tuesday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls capped a 20-1 regular season with an 80-35 rout of the Woodbine Tigers. Kealey Nelson added 13 points for the Spartans, followed by...
 Exira-EHK’s Trey Nelson shoots over Boyer Valley’s Dylan Berens on Friday. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 WOODBINE (Feb. 6) -- Cole Burmeister (24) and Dakota Rold (23) combined for 47 points Tuesday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team wrapped up Rolling Valley Conference play with a 71-54 road win over Woodbine. The Spartans finished 10-6 in the RVC and will take a 13-7...
 MANNING (Feb. 6) -- The IKM-Manning girls and boys basketball teams finished the regular season with decisive wins over Griswold Tuesday night, the girls rolling to an 85-16 romp and the boys winning 68-27. GIRLS BASKETBALLIKM-M 85, Griswold 16IKM-Manning Scoring Leaders: Alexa Ahrenholtz 15,...

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