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 Spartan coach Tom Petersen chats with junior Tatum Grubbs. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Feb. 10) -- Eight days is a long time between games, but Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball coach Tom Petersen isn’t worried about rust as his team prepares for the start of Class 1A regional play. The 8th-ranked Spartans simply need to get healthy and back in basketball shape...
 Cyclone junior Macie Leinen blocks a layup attempt by LC’s Jayden Gross.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 7) -- Starting the game with a near five-and-a-half minute scoring drought and trailing 15-5 after one quarter, the Harlan Community girls could have panicked Friday night with thoughts of last month’s 58-34 home loss to Lewis Central. Instead, the Cyclones fought hard to the...
 HCHS junior Jesse Schwery stays on top of Clarinda’s Crew Howard during their 220-pound championship match Saturday. Schwery lost 7-2 to Howard (33-0) but still advanced to this week’s district meet by placing second.
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 8) -- It was a good day to be a Cyclone at Saturday’s Class 2A, Sectional 4 Wrestling Tournament in Glenwood. Despite competing without three varsity regulars, Harlan Community filled out all 14 weights and won a tight three-team battle for first place while also qualifying nine...
 AHSTW sophomore Hayden Fischer (left) refuses to let go of Treynor’s Kayden Dirks during a 120-pound semifinal match. Fischer pinned Dirks in 3:10 and placed second in his sectional bracket.
 OAKLAND (Feb. 8) -- AHSTW placed second as a team and advanced eight district qualifiers through competition in Saturday’s Class 1A, Sectional 14 Wrestling Tournament at Riverside High School. Viking 160-pounder Denver Pauley and 195-pounder Gavyn Fischer were both sectional champions on the day,...
 HCHS junior guard Michael Erlemeier (21) shoots a floater near the lane between Lewis Central’s Cole Drummond (left) and Nick Miller during Friday’s first half. Miller stepped underneath Erlemeier, who was called for a charging foul. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 7) -- A big comeback wasn’t in the cards this time around for the Harlan Community boys basketball team, but not for a lack of effort. HCHS cut a 16-point fourth quarter deficit down to six at Lewis Central Friday night but couldn’t get over the hump in a 73-62 conference...
 HCHS senior Johnathan Monson (front row-center) has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Northwest Missouri State University. Johnathan is seated next to his parents, Dave and Angie, as well as his younger brother Alex and younger sister Ava. Back row, L-R: Coach Sam Brummer, Coach Mark Kohorst, Head Coach Todd Bladt, Coach Matt Hoch, Coach Jeff Hastert.
 HARLAN (Feb. 5) -- Once Johnathan Monson decided that college football was part of his future, choosing Northwest Missouri State University was the easy part. The Harlan Community senior signed his national letter of intent with the NCAA Division II Bearcats on Wednesday, joining a program in...
 MARYVILLE, MO. -- Former Harlan Community High School student-athlete Derec Weyer is one of four transfers added to Northwest Missouri State’s 2020 football recruiting class announced Wednesday, February 5. Weyer, a 2019 graduate of HCHS, is the son of Tim and Kelli Miller and Shane and Melissa...
 REGIONAL (Feb. 6) -- The Iowa High School Athletic Association released its 2020 football district assignments on Thursday and also announced that the number of playoff qualifiers will remain at 16 per class for at least one more year. Harlan Community will be part of Class 3A, District 9 next...
 HCHS sophomore Raegen Wicks (23) guards Kuemper’s Karly Baumhover away from the basket.
 HARLAN (Feb. 4) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team entered Tuesday night averaging 48.3 points per game on the season. The Cyclones nearly eclipsed that number by halftime, riding a dominant 30-0 run that put them up 47-13 and finishing off Kuemper Catholic 63-28 to sweep the season...
 HCHS freshman Brad Curren attempts a three-pointer in front of the Kuemper bench as Will Schenkelberg defends for the Knights. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 4) -- The Kuemper Catholic boys did not resemble anything close to a 4-13 basketball team in their visit to Harlan Tuesday night. Falling behind 8-0 out of the gate, the Knights never did lead but pushed HCHS most of the way before the Cyclones finished off a 73-66 non-conference win...

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