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 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Dec. 8) -- The Harlan Community wrestling team opened the dual season with a 2-1 record last Tuesday night, scoring big wins over Southwest Iowa (75-6) and St. Albert (63-9) before losing a close 40-37 decision vs. Glenwood. The Rams also beat SWI 75-6 and St. Albert 63-13 to win...
 HCHS junior Claire Schmitz draws contact as she puts up a shot over Kuemper Catholic’s Akuet Malek during Tuesday’s Cyclone victory. Schmitz finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds.
 HARLAN -- For as much as the Harlan Community girls basketball team put on a clinic in offense Tuesday night, the first thing head coach Zach Klaassen wanted to talk about after the game was his team’s solid man-to-man defense. “We were pretty good in the half court [offensively], but I think our...
 HCHS junior post Will McLaughlin pulls a rebound away from Kuemper’s Mitchell Badding (10) during Tuesday’s 59-45 Cyclone victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Dec. 8) -- It would certainly be understandable if the Harlan Community boys basketball players let their minds drift elsewhere at times during Tuesday night’s 59-45 home win over Kuemper Catholic. Barely 24 hours earlier, the Cyclones were dealt some major misfortune when starting senior...
 Spartan sophomore Quinn Grubbs (10) passes to a teammate against Paton-Churdan. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Dec. 8) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team is off to a 3-0 start on the season following Rolling Valley Conference wins over Glidden-Ralston, Coon Rapids-Bayard and Paton-Churdan. The seventh-ranked (1A) Spartans opened up with a 64-26 win at Glidden-Ralston on...
 Exira-EHK head coach Doug Newton instructs the team during a timeout. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Dec. 8) -- Easton Nelson led the way with 24 points as Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton defeated Paton-Churdan 59-42 here Tuesday night in a Rolling Valley Conference boys basketball game. The Spartans improved to 2-1 on the season.    Exira-EHK Points: Easton Nelson 24 (9-13 FGs), Jackson...
 HCHS senior Abi Albertsen recently signed a letter of intent to compete for the women’s cross country and track teams at Northwest Missouri State University. Albertsen was joined for the signing by her parents, Matt and Jade Albertsen, her siblings, and HCHS cross country and girls track coach Doug Renkly.
 HARLAN -- When Abi Albertsen ultimately decided that college athletics was part of her future, the Harlan Community senior did not mess around. About a month after capping a successful high school cross country career at the state meet in Fort Dodge, Albertsen signed a national letter of intent...
 HCHS junior Ania Kaster rolled a team-high 335 series as the Cyclone girls defeated Shenandoah. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Dec. 7) -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team is off to a 2-0 start on the season while the boys are 1-1 following home duals against Tri-Center and Shenandoah at Cyclone Lanes. The Cyclone girls defeated Tri-Center 2,402 to 1,836 last Thursday (Dec. 3) and easily defeated Shenandoah...
 HCHS senior Jesse Schwery controls Glenwood’s CJ Carter during their championship match at 195 pounds Saturday at the Dan Hill Cyclone Invitational. Schwery defeated Carter 7-3 to win his bracket.
 HARLAN (Dec. 5) -- Claiming three champions and a pair of runners-up, the Harlan Community wrestlers opened the season by placing fourth out of eight teams in Saturday’s Dan Hill Cyclone Invitational in Harlan. Senior Jesse Schwery (195 pounds) and juniors Luke Freund (113) and Jeremiah Davis (220...
 HCHS sophomore Aidan Hall (33) draws a foul on Blair’s Jacob Czapla as he scores off a turnover with 5:59 left in Thursday’s season opener. Hall converted a three-point play to give the Cyclones a 45-42 lead, but Blair ended up winning in overtime 64-60.
 HARLAN (Dec. 3) -- Exactly two weeks after playing in a state championship football game, Harlan Community opened the boys basketball season here Thursday night with a 64-60 overtime loss to Blair. HCHS had the look of a team short on practice time, missing at least 10 close-range “bunnies,”...
 SHENANDOAH (Dec. 4) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team took control of Friday’s game with a 32-6 second-quarter run and improved to 1-1 overall with a 77-36 Hawkeye Ten victory at Shenandoah. Connor Frame made 5-of-9 three-pointers and paced the Cyclones with 20 points as they made big...

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