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 REGIONAL -- AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton will open the high school football playoffs Friday night with first-round road games. The Vikings (8-1) will play a Class 1-A game at fourth-ranked Van Meter (9-0) while the Spartans (6-3) will travel to Bedford (8-1). Both games will start at 7 p.m. 
 FORT DODGE -- State meet veterans Greichaly Kaster of Harlan Community, Payton Sporrer (IKM-Manning) and Emily Copic (Exira-EHK) will return to Fort Dodge on Saturday to compete in the annual State Cross Country Championships at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. All three area runners qualified for...
Wolves’ senior Kinze Brandt (9) looks to hit around the Titan block of Hannah Seil (7) and Kelsi Carlson. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 LAKE CITY -- Eight valuable seniors played their final volleyball match for IKM-Manning Monday night as the Wolves were swept by South Central Calhoun, 15-25, 24-26, 21-25, in a Class 2-A regional quarterfinal. Following a sluggish start in set one, IKM-Manning had its share of good moments in the...
Exira-EHK players, left-right, Sydnee Young, Rachel Walker, Bailey Robertson, Alex Petersen and Sophia Peppers celebrate a point during Monday’s 3-0 regional loss at Audubon. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AUDUBON -- A highly successful season for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton volleyball came to a close Monday night when the Spartans lost at 9th-ranked Audubon in a Class 1-A regional quarterfinal, 12-25, 15-25, 11-25. The Wheelers finished with a 40-12 advantage in kills and also served 12 aces in the...
Harlan Community sophomore Greichaly Kaster (1302) battles through an uphill stretch of the Atlantic Country Club course on her way to a 10th-place finish at Thursday’s Class 3-A State Qualifying Meet. Kaster qualified for state for the second straight year.
 ATLANTIC -- A “gutty” performance only begins to describe what Harlan Community sophomore Greichaly Kaster accomplished in Thursday’s Class 3-A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet. Becoming physically sick to her stomach during the last half-mile of the girls’ five-kilometer race, Kaster barely...
HCHS junior tailback Nick Foss (33) stiff-arms an Atlantic tackler during Friday’s game at Merrill Field as teammate Josh Cheek (25) looks on. Foss broke Todd Nelson’s 46-year-old single-game school rushing record by totaling 334 yards and also tied a school record by scoring six touchdowns as the Cyclones rolled past the Trojans 49-14.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community football team finished the year on a positive note and perhaps offered a glimpse toward 2017 with Friday night’s 49-14 home win over Atlantic. Junior tailback Nick Foss stole the show for HCHS at Merrill Field, breaking one single-game rushing school record and tying...
 AHSTW quarterback R.J. Harris (23) crosses the goal line for his second touchdown of the night to cap the scoring in Friday night’s 37-15 Viking win over Missouri Valley. Making the tackle for the Big Reds is Noah Kirlin.
 AVOCA -- In a Week 9 battle that doubled as a postseason play-in game, the AHSTW football team started fast, finished strong and looked every bit deserving of their 11th playoff berth in the last 12 years. Dominating at times en route to a 23-0 halftime lead, the Vikings answered a stern third-...
 MALVERN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton steamrolled to a 40-0 halftime lead and cruised into the playoffs Friday night, beating East Mills 52-11 in a Week 9 matchup. The Spartans finished the regular season at 6-3 overall and 6-1 in 8-Player, District 7, placing second in the standings to earn the...
IKM-Manning’s Stephen Grimm (44) rushed for 228 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s 48-21 Wolves’ victory over Tri-Center. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING -- IKM-Manning scored the first 22 points of the game and never looked back Friday night, closing the season with a 48-21 home win over Tri-Center to finish tied for third in Class 1-A, District 7. Stephen Grimm totaled 228 rushing yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wolves, scoring on...
Exira-EHK senior Emily Copic became a four-time state qualifier on Thursday, placing 10th in the Class 1-A State Qualifying Meet at Lake Panorama Golf Course. (Photos courtesy of Caleb Nelson, Audubon County Advocate Journal)
 PANORA -- State meet veterans Payton Sporrer of IKM-Manning and Emily Copic of Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton are headed back to Fort Dodge later this week after notching top 10 finishes in Thursday’s Class 1-A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet at Lake Panorama Golf Course. Sporrer placed fourth with...

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