Sports

 Kailey Jones (2) looks to score for the Lady Vikes vs. Tri-Center. (Photo by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Jan. 13) -- The AHSTW girls surged ahead 30-6 after one quarter and defeated Tri-Center 68-21 here Monday night, led by Kailey Jones’ 29 points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Jones hit 12-of-17 field goals.    Three other Lady Vikes also scored in double digits: Claire Denning 15 points;...
 Harlan Community High School Cheer was one of three cheerleading squads from the HCSD Special Olympics to qualify for state through regional competition at IWCC. Front row, L-R: Regan Kramer (Unified Partner) and Jennifer Crosley. Back row, L-R: Kadense Bradley (Unified Partner), Billy Joe Harvey, Alyzabeth Cuevas-Reyes, Chloe Hays, Tristan Harvey (Cyclone mascot).
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- Thirty Harlan Community Schools Special Olympics athletes participated Tuesday, January 7, at Iowa Western Community College in regional competition for basketball skills and cheerleading. The event was held at the IWCC Reiver Arena. All three cheerleading teams from Harlan...
 NEOLA (Jan. 11) -- Despite not having an individual champion, Harlan Community won Saturday’s Tri-Center Wrestling Invitational by placing in 12 out of 14 weight classes and outscoring 17 other teams. Led by a pair of runner-up wrestlers in freshman Zane Bendorf (160) and junior Jesse Schwery (220...
 HCHS senior Carter Bendorf rides Atlantic’s Brenden Casey in a 170-pound match which Bendorf won by fall.
 DENISON (Jan. 9) -- An extra-long holiday break appears to have been very productive for the Harlan Community wrestling team. Competing for the first time in 19 days, the Cyclones won a dual from Atlantic/CAM for the first time in seven years, 42-30, then routed Denison-Schleswig 65-15 in double...
 AHSTW 220-pounder Leland Barr looks to pin Sylas Allen of East Mills on Thursday night.
 AVOCA (Jan. 9) -- The AHSTW wrestling team improved its dual record to 9-5 overall on Thursday night with a home quad sweep of East Mills, ACGC and Griswold. The Vikings opened the meet with a 52-24 win over East Mills, going 6-1 in contested matches and picking up four wins by forfeit. Leland...
 HCHS senior Darren Stein rolled individual games of 147 and 152 Thursday at Cyclone Lanes. (File photo)
 HARLAN (Jan. 9) -- The Harlan Community bowling teams both picked up a decisive conference win vs. Creston Thursday at Cyclone Lanes, improving to 1-2 against Hawkeye Ten opposition. Led by Madison Horn’s team-high 405 two-game set (194 and 211), the HCHS girls (4-2 overall) won by 445 pins over...
Toshia Kasperbauer - HCHS softball coach
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Schools Board of Education approved the hirings of two new varsity coaches for the 2019-2020 school year during its most recent meeting on Monday, January 6. Toshia Kasperbauer will be the new head softball coach at HCHS while Katie Arentson will coach the girls...
 Exira-EHK freshman Easton Nelson (32) defends for the Spartans as CAM’s Colby Rich attempts a baseline shot. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 7) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton handed the CAM boys basketball team its first loss of the season last Tuesday night, winning 58-48 in a Rolling Valley Conference battle in Elk Horn. The Spartans (5-3 overall, 4-3 RVC) outscored the Cougars 16-7 in the second quarter to take a 28-19...
 AHSTW’s Julia Kock (left) and Treynor’s Mandy Stogdill crash hard to the floor following a loose ball scramble. Also pictured for the Lady Vikes are Claire Harris (13), Claire Denning, Morgan Heiny and Kailey Jones (2). AHSTW built a big first-half lead and held off the Cardinals 48-39. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Jan. 7) -- For the first time in nearly two decades, AHSTW beat Treynor in girls basketball Tuesday night... and it wasn’t close. The 12th-ranked (2A) Lady Vikes bolted out to a 31-7 halftime lead and held off several Cardinal rallies the rest of the way to finish with a 48-39 victory. It...
  AHSTW coach G.G. Harris discusses matters with an official during the Vikings' loss to Treynor.
 AVOCA (Jan. 7) -- AHSTW’s impressive unbeaten streak to start the season came to an end here Tuesday night at the hands of second-ranked (2A) Treynor. The Cardinals flustered the Vikings with pressure defense early and raced to a 22-5 lead after one quarter. They extended the margin to 43-17 by...

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