Sports

 FUTURE WILDCAT -- Harlan Community senior Ethan Knudson, seated next to his parents, Rodney and Rhonda Knudson, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to join the football team at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Standing behind Ethan is his younger brother Kyle and HCHS football coach Curt Bladt. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN – Throughout the decorated history of Harlan Community football, four-year varsity lettermen have been almost non-existent in the program. Two of the rare exceptions both inked national letters of intent to NCAA Division II programs Wednesday when Ethan Knudson signed with Wayne State...
Megan Owens, HCHS, sr.
 HARLAN -- The winning streak reached a combined nine duals for the Harlan Community boys and girls bowling teams last Thursday as the Cyclones easily swept a home meet against Nodaway Valley. The HCHS boys won their fifth straight dual, 2,756 to 1,907, improving to 5-2 on the season. The girls...
AHSTW freshman Kate Wise looks to score vs. Tri-Center.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW girls basketball team came out on the short end of two games last weekend, losing 55-40 at Tri-Center on Friday night and dropping a 52-31 home game vs. Logan-Magnolia on Saturday. The Lady Vikes dropped to 3-13 overall and 3-11 in the Western Iowa Conference.
Viking sophomore AJ Sieh (54) looks to make an outlet pass against Tri-Center.
 AVOCA -- The AHSTW boys basketball team split a pair of WIC games last weekend, winning 62-58 at Tri-Center Friday night before losing a home game to Logan-Magnolia, 64-57, on Saturday. The Vikings, who were snowed out on Tuesday vs. Griswold, took a 7-8 overall record and 6-8 league mark into...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community wrestling team trailed Glenwood by just five points late in the dual before the 10th-ranked (2-A) Rams used a major decision and two pins to pull away for a 46-25 victory in Harlan last Thursday, January 28. Featuring four state-ranked individuals, including No. 1...
Harlan Community junior Caleb Rasmussen defends Kuemper’s Nathan Mertz during the Cyclones’ 67-32 victory Friday night.
 CARROLL -- Lopsided wins at Kuemper Catholic have been a rarity over the years, but Friday night was a fun exception to the rule for the Harlan Community boys basketball team. Drilling 7-of-8 three-pointers in a game-opening 23-4 outburst, the Cyclones led by as many as 25 points in the first half...
HCHS senior Jordyn Moser (left) steals the ball from Kuemper Catholic’s Karsyn Thomsen. Moser had six steals and 14 points in the Cyclones’ 56-35 victory on Friday.
 CARROLL -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team clinched at least a share of its third straight Hawkeye Ten Conference title on Friday, winning 56-35 at Kuemper Catholic to complete a season sweep. The top-ranked (Class 4-A) Cyclones built a 13-0 lead in the opening six minutes and extended...
IKM-Manning sophomore Paige Gaskill (30) looks for an open teammate as Sydnie Collins defends for Underwood. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning girls avenged a three-point loss to Underwood from earlier in the season Friday night, and they did so in a big way with an 82-34 rout of the Eagles. The Wolves stormed to a 30-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back. 
IKM-Manning senior Noah Harlow defends an Underwood player Friday night. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team improved to 15-2 Friday night with a 76-48 home win over Underwood. The Wolves led 37-24 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 24-8. 
HCHS junior Jacob Wingert rides Denison’s Parker Preul in a 160-pound semifinal at the Hawkeye Ten Tournament on Saturday. Wingert defeated Preul and placed second.
 HARLAN -- Led by the runner-up finish of Jacob Wingert at 160 pounds, Harlan Community secured 11 medals and placed fifth in the team standings as the host of Saturday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference Wrestling Tournament. The Cyclones’ fifth-place finish was one spot higher than each of the last two...

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