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 Exira-EHK sophomore Shay Burmeister (23) smiles as senior Tatum Grubbs holds the team’s Class 1A state semi-finalist trophy. Also pictured, from left, are Quinn Grubbs (11), Macy Emgarten, Mollie Rasmussen and Alisa Partridge. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
More area photos from the Girls State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena (March 1-6) Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton SpartansClass 1A State Semi-finalist • 24-1 Final RecordState Results: def. MMCRU 60-55; lost to Bishop Garrigan 57-35 Harlan Community CyclonesClass 4A State Qualifier • 17-6...
 The Exira-EHK girls basketball team finished its season at state for the fifth time in seven years Friday, including its fourth trip to the semifinal round during that time. Front row, L-R: Hailie Snider, Quinn Grubbs, Tatum Grubbs, Shay Burmeister. Back row, L-R: Assistant Coach Cory Bartz, Hannah Nelson, Macy Emgarten, Mollie Rasmussen, Alisa Partridge, Head Coach Tom Petersen.
 DES MOINES (March 5) -- A remarkable season came to a close Friday afternoon for a determined team that just kept on doing “more with less.” Facing top-ranked Algona Bishop Garrigan in the Class 1A state semifinals, the No. 4 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls couldn’t overcome a 27 percent shooting...
 HEARTFELT HUG -- Spartan senior Tatum Grubbs hugs head coach Tom Petersen after checking out of the team's state semifinal game with :05 left.
 DES MOINES (March 5) -- With five seconds left in Friday’s state semifinal loss to Bishop Garrigan, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton head coach Tom Petersen called one final timeout. Guard Tatum Grubbs, the lone senior on the Spartans’ eight-girl roster, had just scored a breakaway layup after making a 3...
  Exira-EHK sophomore Quinn Grubbs drives to the basket against Bishop Garrigan on Friday.
 DES MOINES (March 6) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton sophomore Quinn Grubbs was one of six players named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team following the championship game of the 2021 Girls State Basketball Tournament Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. In two state tourney games last week, Grubbs...
  Mollie (left) and Maggie Rasmussen celebrate Exira-EHK qualifying for the 2021 Girls State Basketball Tournament. Maggie played in three state tournaments (2015-2017) during her Spartan career and Mollie made her state tournament debut this past week. (Photos contributed)
 DES MOINES -- Attending the state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena has become somewhat of a tradition for the Rodger and Beth Rasmussen family of Elk Horn. In 2011, the Rasmussen’s two sons - Ryon, a senior at the time, and Dayton, a junior - were key members of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton...
Class 5AQuarterfinal Scores: Monday, March 1Waukee 60, Dowling Catholic 37       Johnston 71, Cedar Falls 64    Ankeny Centennial 47, SE Polk 45    Iowa City West 65, Waterloo West 63Semifinal Scores: Thursday, March 4Waukee 50, Ankeny Centennial 29    Johnston 52, Iowa City West 47Championship...
 SURVIVE AND ADVANCE -- Exira-EHK players Shay Burmeister (22), Alisa Partridge and Quinn Grubbs celebrate as time expires in the Spartans’ 60-55 state tournament quarterfinal win over MMCRU Wednesday afternoon. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
    DES MOINES (March 3) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton may not be the tallest team at the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament, or the most athletic... and certainly not the deepest. But when you can dribble, pass and shoot like the 4th-ranked Spartans did inside Wells Fargo Arena, you will...
 The Harlan Community girls basketball team competed in its first state tournament since 2016 on Tuesday, losing to Ballard in the quarterfinals 38-27. Front row, L-R: Ashley Hall, Jocelyn Cheek, Macie Leinen, Brecken Van Baale, Shelby Sisson. Back row, L-R: Brynn Klaassen, Caitlyn Leinen, Jordan Heese, Julia Schechinger, Claire Schmitz, Raegen Wicks, Maci Schmitz.
    DES MOINES (March 2) -- On the defensive side of the ball, the Harlan Community girls looked every bit the part of a state semifinal-caliber team. Offensively, the Cyclones simply struggled to put the ball in the basket against perhaps the top defensive squad in all of Class 4A. Second-ranked...
Class 5AQuarterfinal Scores: Monday, March 1Waukee 60, Dowling Catholic 37       Johnston 71, Cedar Falls 64    Ankeny Centennial 47, SE Polk 45    Iowa City West 65, Waterloo West 63Semifinals: Thursday, March 410:00 a.m. - #1 Waukee (11-1) vs. #5 Ankeny Centennial (16-2)12:00 p.m. - #2 Johnston (...
 HCHS players in the postgame celebration following last week’s regional final win at Denison include, right-left: Shelby Sisson, Jocelyn Cheek, Macie Leinen, Jordan Heese and Maci Schmitz. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
    DES MOINES (March 2) -- When the Harlan Community girls basketball team played at Ballard last January, it was a night to quickly forget. The Cyclones lost 58-20, making only 7-of-31 total field goals while the Bombers hit 9-of-21 threes and had 20 steals defensively. On Tuesday afternoon at...

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