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IKM-Manning’s Kia Rasmussen dives for a loose ball as Treynor’s Madelyn Deitchler (45) and Kayla Chapman battle for Treynor during Friday’s WIC contest. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MANNING -- One of the top rivalries in the Western Iowa Conference was renewed in Manning Friday night, and while both games were tightly-contested, the Treynor girls and boys both kept their undefeated records intact by outlasting IKM-Manning. The Cardinals won the girls game 55-49 before taking...
 IKM-Manning’s Caitlin Muhlbauer (41) battles Ashley Lees of AHSTW for the ball.
AVOCA -- The IKM-Manning girls used an 18-4 second-quarter advantage to pull away from AHSTW and win Tuesday’s Western Iowa Conference game, 62-34. Kia Rasmussen paced a balanced Wolves’ scoring attack with 15 points, followed by Peyton Gross with 12, Shauna Reitan 10 and Caitlin Muhlbauer seven. ...
Cyclone point guard Caleb Rasmussen eludes the defense of Ryan Hawkins.
 ATLANTIC -- The merit of a strong start cannot be overstated when evaluating the Harlan Community boys basketball team’s last two games. In its only loss of the season just before Christmas break, HCHS spent nearly the entire night battling from behind in an eventual seven-point home loss to...
HCHS senior Jordyn Moser (34) goes for the steal against Atlantic’s Catherine Leonard during Tuesday night’s Hawkeye Ten basketball game as Emma Ahrenholtz (right) and Taylor Frederick also defend for the Cyclones, who won the game 57-44.
 HARLAN -- Scoring the game’s first 16 points wasn’t necessarily a sign of things to come Tuesday night, but it was a key difference-maker in the Harlan Community girls’ 57-44 win over Atlantic. The 3rd-ranked (Class 4-A) Cyclones were never seriously threatened by the Trojans, but never quite...
 ELK HORN -- Kealey Nelson paced three Spartan girls in double figures Tuesday night as Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Adair-Casey 49-36 in a battle of ‘Top 10’ unbeatens in Class 1-A. The 2nd-ranked Spartans led just 26-24 after three quarters before outscoring...
AHSTW junior Rhett Welsh looks to score as Ben Wegner defends for IKM-Manning.
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning took control of the game with a 23-8 first-quarter start and stayed undefeated Tuesday night with a 66-53 win over AHSTW. One night after taking down fellow unbeaten Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto on the road, the Wolves showed up ready to play in Avoca, getting 27 points and six...
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton heated up from the three-point line in the third quarter and outscored Adair-Casey 32-16 after halftime to win Tuesday’s Rolling Valley Conference game, 56-34. The Spartans improved to 6-3 overall and 6-2 in league play with the victory, getting 15 points from...
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton guards Rose Andersen (32) and Mara Burmeister trap an Ar-We-Va player during a December 18 matchup. The Spartan girls are ranked second in Class 1-A with a 9-0 record going into Tuesday night’s home game with Adair-Casey.
 AREA -- Following a two-week break for the holidays, area high school sports teams resume their seasons this week with several intriguing basketball games highlighting the schedule. On Tuesday night, the 7th-ranked Harlan Community boys (5-1) will play at No. 6 Atlantic (8-0) in a key matchup for...
Front row, L-R: Brock Hedstrom, Oscar Knowles, Cameron Jacobsen, Nick Foss, Brandon Trevino, Lucas Carter, Spencer Boardman, Anthony Knowles, Ronan Noeth.
Middle row, L-R: Adam Andersen, Jacob Koke, Austin Knudson, Aaron Johannsen, Marshall Tucker, Jacob Wingert, Brian Trevino, Joseph Arkfeld, Elias Shaeffer.
Back row, L-R: Head Coach John Murtaugh, Doug Chapman, Caleb Bieker, Dylan Ferguson, Derec Weyer, Caleb Brouse, James Erlbacher, Daniel Soll, Asst. Coach Darrian Schwenke. Not Pictured: Tyler Eaves.
 HARLAN -- There was a strange feeling in the air last February when the Harlan Community wrestling season came to a close at the district meet in Atlantic. The 2014-15 Cyclones had improved their dual win total by three - going 18-8 - placed sixth in the rugged Hawkeye Ten dual standings and...
HCMS Special Olympics bowlers compete (Photo contributed)
Eleven students from Harlan Community Middle School participated in the Southwest District Iowa Special Olympics Bowling Qualifier held October 13 at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs. There were approximately 180 total bowlers at the event, which saw blue-ribbon winners in each division advance to the...

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