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 HUXLEY (Jan. 21) -- The Harlan Community boys became the latest victim of a red-hot Ballard team Tuesday night, allowing a season high for points in a 78-54 loss to the 10th-ranked (3A) Bombers. Ballard, which started the season 2-3, has now won six of its last seven games to improve to 8-4...
 HCHS junior Brecken Van Baale wins the battle for a loose ball against St. Albert’s Allie Petry (4) and Makenna Shepard during Tuesday’s Hawkeye Ten Conference game. Van Baale had 11 points and four steals in the Cyclone victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Jan. 20) -- As the final seconds ticked away on Harlan Community’s 49-35 win over the St. Albert girls Monday night, one could almost hear a collective exhale from Cyclone players, coaches and fans. Nearly six weeks removed from its last victory, HCHS used an impressive 22-2 run in...
 Harlan Community sophomore Will McLaughlin (23) grabs a rebound vs. St. Albert as teammate Connor Frame (43) also goes after the ball.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Jan. 20) -- Outside of some shaky free throw shooting, Monday’s fourth quarter at St. Albert was largely stress free by Harlan Community standards. No last-second shots were required. No big rallies or blown leads. On this night, the Cyclone boys took control with a 9-0 third-...
 Lady Vike junior Kailey Jones (2) has her shot blocked from behind by IKM-Manning senior Lexi Branning as Bianca Cadwell (20) also defends the lane. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 MANNING (Jan. 21) -- With a little good fortune and a lot of grit, the AHSTW girls basketball team strengthened its grip on first place in the Western Iowa Conference Tuesday night by earning another hard-fought road win. Trailing nearly the entire game, the 11th-ranked (2A) Lady Vikes surged...
 ELK HORN (Jan. 21) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team extended its win streak to 13 games here Tuesday night with a 58-36 home win over Paton-Churdan. The 12th-ranked (1A) Spartans improved to 13-1 overall and 10-0 in Rolling Valley Conference play, outscoring the Rockets 13-2...
 ELK HORN (Jan. 21) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys bounced back from a tough loss Monday to defeat Paton-Churdan 44-35 on Tuesday night in Elk Horn, improving to 7-5 overall and 6-4 in the Rolling Valley Conference. The Spartans led 24-21 at the half before outscoring the Rockets 6-4 in the...
 AHSTW junior Claire Denning (center) fights Underwood’s Erica Rowe for a loose ball during Thursday’s Western Iowa Conference game. Aliyah Humphrey (3) also goes to the floor for the Eagles while Kailey Jones (2) and Julia Kock look on for the Lady Vikes. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA (Jan. 16) -- Another fast start carried the AHSTW girls basketball team to a seventh straight victory here Thursday night as the 11th-ranked (2A) Lady Vikes topped Underwood 67-53 in a Western Iowa Conference game moved up 24 hours due to an impending snow storm. AHSTW (12-1 overall)...
 AHSTW’s Sam Porter (3) looks to pass the ball to teammate Joey Goins (21) as Trent Hundt (5) and Zach Teten (22) defend for Underwood.
 AVOCA (Jan. 16) -- The AHSTW boys rallied back from a 27-18 halftime deficit Thursday night to beat Underwood 54-48 and remain just one game behind Treynor in the Western Iowa Conference standings. The Vikings outscored the Eagles 17-12 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth to net the...
 IKM-Manning’s Bianca Cadwell (20) blocks out a Riverside player as Frannee Maher (24) also looks to rebound for the Bulldogs. (Photo courtesy of Angie Ahrenholtz)
 MANNING (Jan. 16) -- Senior Lexi Branning scored a career-high 31 points in less than 17 minutes of action and junior Alexa Ahrenholtz tallied 21 points and 10 assists here Thursday night as the IKM-Manning girls raced past Riverside 96-29 to sweep the season series. The Wolves led 35-8 after one...
 MANNING (Jan. 16) -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team won its fourth straight game since the holiday break on Thursday night, easily defeating Riverside 62-32. The Wolves improved to 6-5 overall and 6-3 inside the Western Iowa Conference, good for fourth place in the standings. A dozen IKM-M...

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