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 DES MOINES (March 3) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton is making its fifth trip in seven years to the Girls State Basketball Tournament this week. Its opponent, MMCRU, is making its state debut as a consolidated school and appearing at state for the first time since Marcus qualified in 1986. But the...
 AHSTW senior Kailey Jones (2) checks out of the game for the final time during last week's regional final loss to Nodaway Valley.
 ATLANTIC (Feb. 24) -- For the first 13 minutes of Wednesday’s Class 2A, Region 5 final, anything that could go wrong for the AHSTW girls basketball team... went wrong. A case of Murphy’s law began even before the opening tip when the Lady Vike bench was assessed a technical foul for an incorrect...
Lily Hegarty, HCHS
 LE MARS -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team ended its season with a second-place finish in the Class 1A State Qualifying Tournament held February 16 at Sweet 16 Lanes. Forest City won the meet with a total score of 2,678 pins and advanced to last week’s state tournament in Waterloo. HCHS...
Andrew Andersen, HCHS
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community boys bowling team placed fourth out of eight teams in the Class 1A State Qualifying Tournament held February 17 at Thunderbowl. Clarinda, led by the top three individual scores in the field, posted a winning total of 3,228 pins and advanced to last week’s...
 The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team qualified for state with a 10-point win over Lenox Wednesday night. Team members include, left-right: Hailie Snider, Hannah Nelson, Quinn Grubbs, Macy Emgarten, Mollie Rasmussen, Alisa Partridge, Shay Burmeister, Tatum Grubbs. (Photo courtesy of Brian Rathjen, Atlantic News-Telegraph)
    WINTERSET (Feb. 24) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls are going back to the State Basketball Tournament as the only surviving unbeaten in Class 1A. The fourth-ranked Spartans came out on top in a wild Class 1A, Region 8 final Wednesday night in Winterset, holding off No. 11 Lenox 66-56 to...
 AHSTW sophomore Cole Scheffler (right) and teammate Nick Denning (23) battle a Treynor player for a loose ball during Tuesday’s Class 2A district final game. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 23) -- The rubber match was all Cardinals. Following two highly competitive Western Iowa Conference games during the regular season - each team winning on the other’s home floor - Treynor took control early vs. AHSTW Tuesday night and never looked back. Bolstered by a combined...
 Harlan Community point guard Brad Curren drives to the basket during Monday’s Class 3A substate quarterfinal game at ADM. Curren led the Cyclones with 14 points in a 54-44 defeat. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
    ADEL (Feb. 22) -- Trailing by eight with less than two minutes to play Monday night, the Harlan Community boys basketball team seemingly caught a break when ADM missed three straight front ends of one-and-one at the free throw line. Unfortunately for HCHS, the Tigers pulled down an offensive...
 AHSTW senior Kailey Jones (2) is congratulated by teammates (left-right) Julia Kock, Claire Harris, Claire Denning and Delaney Goshorn after reaching 1,000 career points during last Friday’s Class 2A regional win over Mount Ayr. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Feb. 19) -- The AHSTW girls basketball team had a lot to feel good about following Friday’s 59-29, Class 2A regional semifinal win over Mount Ayr. First and foremost, the Lady Vikes took care of business in a big way on their home floor, using a hot-shooting start and smothering team...
 STATE TOURNEY BOUND -- Harlan Community players and coaches pose with their state tournament qualifier banner and “ticket punched” poster following Tuesday’s regional final win over Denison-Schleswig. The Cyclones will play Ballard in a Class 4A state quarterfinal game on Tuesday, March 2, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DENISON (Feb. 23) -- The third time was most definitely a charm for this year’s Harlan Community girls basketball team. For the first time since 2016, the Cyclones are heading back to the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena following Tuesday night’s hard-fought 52-43 Class 4A regional final...
 Exira-EHK junior Macy Emgarten shoots a free throw during Friday’s regional win over Stanton. Emgarten surpassed 1,000 career points during the game. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 ELK HORN (Feb. 19) -- In a back and forth affair, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team kept their undefeated season alive Friday night with a hard-fought 53-43 Class 1A regional semifinal win over Stanton. The 4th-ranked Spartans trailed by four points in the third quarter before...

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