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HCHS junior Bailey Hansen walks off the court at Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday as Marion players celebrate their 46-38 state tournament quarterfinal win over the Cyclones.
 DES MOINES -- Only time will tell if Wednesday’s Girls State Basketball quarterfinal marked a symbolic passing of the 4-A torch from Harlan Community to Marion. HCHS has become a Class 4-A dynasty, of sorts, during Zach Klaassen’s four years as head coach, winning 95 games, playing in four state...
HCHS coach Zach Klaassen comforts senior Jordyn Moser after the loss
 DES MOINES -- The Harlan Community and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball teams were both defeated in the first round of the Girls State Basketball Tournament this week, the Cyclones losing to Marion Wednesday and the Spartans falling to Newell-Fonda on Monday.
 DES MOINES -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton players, coaches and managers are photographed with their 1-A State Tournament quarterfinalist trophy following Monday’s loss to Newell-Fonda. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Lundquist, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
 DES MOINES -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls attempted 37 fewer shots than Newell-Fonda in Monday’s Class 1-A state tournament quarterfinal, turning the ball over 29 times and allowing 22 offensive rebounds. Yet there the Spartans were, leading the defending state champs by a point with three...
 DES MOINES -- IKM-Manning’s first-round opponent at the Boys State Basketball Tournament features two 20-point scorers and plays a fast, pressuring style. How well the Wolves can slow tempo and play under control will go a long way in determining their success in Monday’s Class 1-A quarterfinal vs...
Jon Brandt, Ben Wegner and Vollstedt continue the postgame celebration. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ATLANTIC -- No one could blame IKM-Manning’s players and coaches for being a bit jubilant Saturday night. This post-game celebration, after all, had been a full year in the making. Twelve months after losing a substate final heartbreaker vs. Treynor - the eventual Class 2-A champion - the Wolves...
 DES MOINES -- If Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton defeated Newell-Fonda on Monday, the Spartans will play in Thursday’s Class 1-A semifinals at the Girls State Basketball Tournament. The 2nd-ranked Spartans (23-0) faced the No. 7 Mustangs (18-6) in Monday’s quarterfinal round at Wells Fargo Arena. The...
 DES MOINES -- Three wins away from a three-peat, Harlan Community is poised to make history in its fourth consecutive trip to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. Ranked third in Class 4-A, the two-time defending state champion Cyclones (20-2) will open defense of their titles on Wednesday...
HCHS senior Thomas Fink (right) and junior Caleb Rasmussen (3) watch Fink’s three-point attempt bounce off the rim at the end of regulation against Carroll on Thursday night.
 DENISON -- Thursday’s Class 3-A, District 1 final dealt a harsh case of déjà vu at the Harlan Community boys basketball team. For the second straight year, the Cyclones’ season ended abruptly in the district finals with an overtime loss to a sub-.500 team. And just like last year, HCHS let an...
Rhett Welsh added four points. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 CARROLL -- The AHSTW boys basketball team lost a hard-fought battle vs. Ridge View, 53-50, in a Class 2-A district semifinal game on Thursday, February 18, at Kuemper Catholic. The Vikings finished the season at 10-11 overall. R.J. Harris and Blaine Lees led AHSTW in defeat with 20 and 19 points,...
Exira-EHK senior Brady Hansen (3) makes a move toward the basket. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
MANNING -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s boys basketball season ended in the Class 1-A district semifinals last Tuesday following a one-point loss to Paton-Churdan, 38-37. The Rolling Valley Conference rivals had previously split two regular season games which were also closely-contested. The...

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