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 ADEL -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team will open Class 3A tournament play Monday (Feb. 22) with a 7:00 p.m. Substate 8 quarterfinal game at ADM. The Cyclones (9-10) and Tigers (9-11) took similar records into their final regular season games Thursday, HCHS playing at fourth-ranked...
Alexa Ahrenholtz, IKM-Manning, sr.
(Photo contributed)
 REGIONAL (Feb. 13) -- IKM-Manning senior Alexa Ahrenholtz surpassed 1,000 career points in her final game last Saturday while AHSTW senior Kailey Jones recently set the Lady Vikes’ school record for career rebounds. Ahrenholtz reached the 1,000-point mark in the first quarter of IKM-Manning’s...
   HCHS senior Jesse Schwery lifts Central Lyon/G-LR’s Josh Riibe during their 195-pound district championship match. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 SIOUX CITY (Feb. 13) -- When it comes to district wrestling, the difference between qualifying for state and staying home almost always depends on the first match of the day. Three out of nine Harlan Community wrestlers won hard-fought decisions in the first round of Saturday’s Class 2A district...
 UNDERWOOD (Feb. 13) -- AHSTW junior Garrison Gettler put in 18 minutes of hard work Saturday afternoon to punch his first ticket to the State Wrestling Tournament. Gettler competed in three one-point matches during the Class 1A, District 7 meet in Underwood, winning two of them to place second at...
 Left-right: IKM-Manning’s Alexa Ahrenholtz, Bre Muhlbauer, Taylor Ferneding and Bianca Cadwell watch the final moments of Saturday’s Class 2A regional game from the bench after fouling out. The Wolves made a valiant comeback to force overtime before falling to East Sac County 74-69. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 MANNING (Feb. 13) – IKM-Manning senior Alexa Ahrenholtz drove the length of the floor in five seconds for a layup to send the game into overtime, but the visiting East Sac County Raiders outscored the Wolves 11-6 in the extra period to take a 74-69 win in Class 2A regional girls basketball action...
 CRESTON (Feb. 12) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team’s late-season momentum hit a snag Friday night as Creston started out hot from the three-point line and beat the Cyclones 64-55 to earn a split in the series. The Panthers made five 3-pointers in the first period to take a 20-14 lead,...
 IKM-Manning senior Connor Keller guards Boyer Valley's Adam Puck during Friday’s game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 DUNLAP (Feb. 12) -- The IKM-Manning boys were never able to recover from a poor start and shot just 21 percent from the field Friday night, falling to Boyer Valley 54-25 in the regular-season finale for both teams. The host Bulldogs knocked down five three-pointers in outscoring the Wolves 27-6...
   ON TO STATE -- Left-right: Harlan Community’s three state wrestling qualifiers this year are junior Luke Musich (126 pounds), senior Jesse Schwery (195) and junior Luke Freund (113). All three placed second in their weight class at Saturday’s Class 2A District Tournament in Sioux City. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 DES MOINES -- Three Harlan Community qualifiers and one from AHSTW have all been seeded between 10th and 14th and will face tough first-round draws at the 2021 State Wrestling Tournament this week at Wells Fargo Arena. First round and first round consolation matches will kick off the state meet on...
   HCHS senior Macie Leinen scores a transition layup between Atlantic’s Taylor McCreedy (left) and Haley Rasmussen during Tuesday's game. Leinen scored a game-high 21 points and also grabbed 15 rebounds as the Cyclones won 62-48 and finished the regular season with a 15-5 record. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 9) -- Following a four-point loss to Denison in late January, the Harlan Community girls basketball team had two distinct goals in mind: finish the regular season with five straight wins and earn a regional berth away from top-ranked Glenwood’s bracket. The 10th-ranked (Class 4A)...
   HCHS senior Michael Erlemeier handles the ball near the top of the key as Craig Alan Becker defends for Atlantic during Tuesday’s Cyclone victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 9) -- Slowly but surely, Harlan Community is trending back in the right direction following a five-game January slide on the hardwood. Last Friday, HCHS turned the ball over five times in a rocky fourth quarter but was able to secure a three-point win over Lewis Central. Tuesday’s...

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