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 CYCLONE STATE QUALIFIERS -- Left-right, HCHS junior Jesse Schwery, senior Carter Bendorf and senior Ethan Lemon all qualified for state by placing in the top two of Saturday’s Class 2A district meet in Atlantic.
 ATLANTIC (Feb. 15) -- The final results could have been a little bit better, but Harlan Community will take it. That was the bottom line on Saturday as the Cyclones placed fifth out of 12 teams and emerged with three state qualifiers at the Class 2A, District 2 Wrestling Tournament held in...
 Harlan Community senior Carter Bendorf lifts Red Oak’s Bruce Lukehart over his head during their 170-pound 2A district championship match Saturday in Atlantic. Bendorf defeated Lukehart 6-1 to qualify for his first state meet.
 DES MOINES -- Four wrestlers from AHSTW and three from Harlan Community have qualified for the 2020 State Wrestling Tournament February 20-22 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. AHSTW senior 195-pounder Gavyn Fischer (45-5) is the only area qualifier to draw a top-eight seed in his bracket....
 AHSTW senior Jaedan Rasmussen (right) tries to escape the grasp of Underwood’s Blake Thomsen during Saturday’s 152-pound district championship match. Rasmussen put up a great fight before losing a 12-8 decision. He placed second on the day and qualified for this week’s State Wrestling Tournament. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 UNDERWOOD (Feb. 15) -- Four AHSTW wrestlers will finish their season in Des Moines after placing in the top two of their bracket at Saturday’s Class 1A, District 7 Tournament in Underwood. Viking senior Gavyn Fischer won the district title at 195 pounds while senior Jaedan Rasmussen (152) and...
CLASS 3A, SUBSTATE 8 BOYS BASKETBALLSubstate Quarterfinal Pairings: Monday, February 24#8 Winterset (16-4) vs. Clarke, Osceola (2-19) - at Winterset, 8:00 p.m.Denison-Schleswig (12-8) vs. Creston (12-9) - at Winterset, 6:30 p.m.#9 Glenwood (16-5) vs. Greene County (5-16) - at Glenwood, 6:30 p.m....
 Cyclone senior guard Connor Bruck draws a foul on Creston’s Brance Baker (3) as he drives to the basket. Bruck’s three-point play tied the score in the fourth quarter and HCHS later took the lead and won 76-73. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 14) -- The Creston boys basketball team has hit 24 threes and scored 133 points in two games against Harlan Community this season, but a Panther ‘W’ hasn’t been attached to either night of gaudy statistics. Trailing for nearly three and a half quarters Friday, the Cyclones finally...
 ELK HORN (Feb. 14) -- Creighton Nelson scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Friday night to lead the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys past Woodward Academy 55-49 in the regular season finale for both squads. The Spartans improved to 11-10 overall and will face Stanton (18-3) in a Class 1A...
 AREA (Feb. 18) -- All four local prep girls basketball teams will play at least one home game this week as regional tournaments swing into high gear. First round games started Thursday and Saturday nights in Class 1A, 2A and 3A, but all of the area teams had byes. On Tuesday night, 8th-ranked...
 LE MARS -- The Harlan Community girls placed third and the boys took fourth at the Le Mars Bowling Tournament held Saturday, February 1 at Sweet 16 Lanes. Le Mars swept the team titles. Girls Team Standings: 1. Le Mars 3,033; 2. CB Thomas Jefferson 2,815; 3. HCHS 2,491; 4. Sioux Central 2,223; 5....
 AHSTW senior Brady Canada reacts after pinning Woodbury Central’s Warren Smith during Tuesday’s regional dual semifinal.
 AVOCA (Feb. 11) -- During a six-year run of qualifying for Class 1A regional duals, the AHSTW wrestling team has never been closer to reaching state than it was here Tuesday night. Leading eighth-ranked Woodbury Central 30-7 at the midway point of a semifinal dual, the 13th-ranked Vikings allowed...
 WINTERSET (Feb. 11) -- A valiant comeback attempt by the Harlan Community wrestling team fell short Tuesday night as the Cyclones lost to seventh-ranked Winterset 44-35 in the championship round of a Class 2A Regional Dual Tournament. HCHS (ranked 21st) opened the meet with a commanding 51-28...

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