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 Brayden Lund drives to the basket to lay in two of his game-high 22 points for the Vikings as AHSTW rolls to a 65-44 win over Clarinda. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Feb. 18) -- Brayden Lund led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night as the AHSTW boys basketball team opened Class 2A district play with an impressive 65-44 semifinal win over Clarinda. Playing for the first time in over a week, the fourth-ranked Vikings established a 15-10...
 CARROLL (Feb. 18) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team nearly pulled off an upset at Carroll Thursday night, tying the game twice in the final minute before falling to the fourth-ranked (3A) Tigers 72-68 in the regular season finale for both teams. HCHS, which made 10-of-23 three-pointers...
 HCHS senior Macie Leinen (33), senior Jocelyn Cheek (5) and junior Raegen Wicks (23) are all smiles as they leave the floor following Saturday’s regional semifinal win over Spencer. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
     HARLAN (Feb. 20) -- For the first time since 2016, the Harlan Community girls basketball team is back in a regional final and ready for another shot at Denison-Schleswig. The 9th-ranked Cyclones withstood a tough test from Spencer in Saturday’s Class 4A regional semifinal round, overcoming 20...
 STATE MEDALIST -- Luke Musich receives his fifth-place state medal for Harlan Community. (Photo courtesy of Bennett Blake, KSOM 96.5)
    DES MOINES (Feb. 20) -- Harlan Community junior Luke Musich made a name for himself at the 2021 State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend, going from the 14th seed in his bracket to the Class 2A fifth-place medalist at 126 pounds. HCHS teammates Luke Freund and Jesse Schwery were just an...
 AHSTW junior Garrison Gettler (left) grapples with West Hancock’s Bryer Subject in a second-round consolation match.
 DES MOINES (Feb. 19) -- Garrison Gettler’s first trip to the State Wrestling Tournament ended one win shy of a medal as the AHSTW junior finished with a 1-2 record during competition Thursday and Friday inside Wells Fargo Arena. Gettler, a 160-pounder, was seeded 12th in his bracket and earned a...
   Exira-EHK junior Macy Emgarten knocked down six three-pointers and scored 25 points during the Spartans’ regional win Tuesday night. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
     ELK HORN (Feb. 16) -- A hot shooting start and effective early press fueled a 26-point first quarter Tuesday night as the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls opened tournament play with a 64-31 Class 1A, Region 8 quarterfinal win over Murray. The fourth-ranked and unbeaten Spartans (21-0)...
   AHSTW’s Kailey Jones draws contact as she goes up for a shot against I-35 Tuesday night.  (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
    AVOCA (Feb. 16) -- Seniors Kailey Jones and Claire Denning combined for 40 points here Tuesday night, leading the AHSTW girls basketball team to a 57-24 victory over Interstate 35 in a Class 2A, Region 5 quarterfinal. The Lady Vikes dominated the first three quarters by scores of 16-4, 18-5 and...
    OGDEN (Feb. 15) -- Ogden outscored IKM-Manning 28-11 in the third quarter Monday night and held off the Wolves 72-60 in a Class 1A district quarterfinal boys basketball game. IKM-M, which finished the season 6-14 overall, held the Bulldogs to just four points in the second quarter - scoring 16...
   Exira-EHK senior Tyler Petersen scores inside vs. Boyer Valley during Monday’s Class 1A district quarterfinal game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DUNLAP (Feb. 15) -- Through three quarters Monday night, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys held Boyer Valley standout Gavin Reineke to just two field goals and six points. The Spartans weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard either, but a crafty inbounds play resulted in a Tyler Petersen layup...
 HARLAN -- It seems like ancient history now, but only two years ago the Harlan Community girls basketball team had just finished off a rare 5-17 season. Four of this year’s seniors were major contributors on that 2018-19 squad, and three current juniors also saw varsity time as freshmen. Those...

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