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 UNDERWOOD (Feb. 9) -- One night after beating MVAOCOU by 41 points, the IKM-Manning girls basketball team wrapped up regular season play Tuesday with a 55-45 loss at 13th-ranked (2A) Underwood. Trailing 27-22 at the half following a five-point second quarter, the Wolves pulled within 32-30 in the...
 UNDERWOOD (Feb. 9) -- The IKM-Manning boys nearly pulled off a season sweep of Underwood Tuesday night, falling three points short, 53-50, in its final Western Iowa Conference game of the season. The Eagles (9-9 overall, 7-8 WIC) led 28-22 at the half and took their largest lead of eight points in...
   Exira-EHK senior Tyler Petersen (left) and freshman Jackson Radcliff double team a CAM player during last Friday’s game. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
    DUNLAP (Feb. 8) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys finished conference play with a bang Monday night, roaring back from a 21-6 first-quarter deficit at Boyer Valley and winning 55-54 on Trey Petersen’s three-point shot with six seconds left. Petersen, in fact, drilled three trifectas in the...
 HCHS senior Brecken Van Baale dives and gets to a loose ball ahead of Lewis Central’s Lucy Scott. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 5) -- On a night when shots weren’t falling with the same regularity as they have been, the Harlan Community girls still found a way to win. Answering two significant comebacks by a fiesty Lewis Central squad, the 10th-ranked (4A) Cyclones outscored the Titans 12-3 during a key second...
 HCHS point guard Brad Curren (13) squeezes between Lewis Central’s Wyatt Hatcher (left) and Dylan Carroll on a fourth quarter drive to the basket. Curren tossed in a circus shot on the play and was also fouled, scoring three of his 16 points as the Cyclones won 58-55. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 5) -- It was a game the Harlan Community boys basketball team badly needed to win... for psychological reasons if nothing else. HCHS entered Friday with a 1-5 record in down-to-the-wire games, including a five-point loss at Lewis Central in early January. There were still plenty of...
 HCHS senior Dalton McKinley pins Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Marcus Headid late in the third period of their 145-pound sectional meet championship match Saturday. McKinley trailed 8-2 before taking Headid to the mat and pinning him with 11 seconds left. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 6) -- During John Murtaugh’s first 16 years as the Harlan Community head wrestling coach, the Cyclones never had as many as nine district qualifiers. They have now achieved that feat two years in a row. Claiming six champions and three runners-up, HCHS scored 217 points and placed...
 AHSTW 132-pounder Hayden Fischer rides John Helton of St. Albert in a 132-pound semifinal match at sectionals. Fischer won 4-2 and placed second in his bracket.
 OAKLAND (Feb. 6) -- AHSTW juniors Garrison Gettler and Hayden Fischer kept their seasons alive on Saturday by placing first or second in the Class 1A, Sectional 13 Wrestling Tournament held at Riverside High School. Gettler (30-5) was the sectional champion at 160 pounds after outlasting Cole...
 Exira-EHK junior Macy Emgarten (left) wins the jump ball to start Friday’s game against CAM. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 ELK HORN (Feb. 5) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls put an exclamation point on another Rolling Valley Conference championship here Friday night, beating CAM 74-53 to improve to 19-0 overall and 15-0 in the RVC. The fifth-ranked Spartans closed out the regular season at Boyer Valley Monday...
Claire Denning, AHSTW
(Photo contributed)
 OAKLAND -- AHSTW senior Claire Denning surpassed 1,000 career points during the Lady Vikes’ 65-19 win at Riverside on January 30. Denning hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points in the victory. Claire Harris also made four treys and scored 17 points while Kailey Jones tallied 13...
 AHSTW’s Brayden Lund challenges a shot by Treynor’s Brayden Larsen Monday night as Jace Peterson (left) looks on for the Vikings. Treynor won the contest 68-64. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Feb. 1) -- Treynor gained the inside track for a WIC title Monday night, holding off second-ranked AHSTW 68-64 in an entertaining Western Iowa Conference boys basketball game. A potentially huge rubber match, though, may still be lurking down the district tournament road. Trailing 36-25 at...

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