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 First-year AHSTW girls head basketball coach Jill Vanderhoof (center) huddles with the team during last week’s home game against CAM. Vanderhoof was an assistant coach for Steve Sauvain the last two years, helping the Lady Vikes win 35 games. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA -- A thriving AHSTW girls basketball program has experienced change since last season, but there’s still many familiar faces throughout the gym. Following the resignation of Steve Sauvain as principal and head girls basketball coach last spring, the school hired from within and named Jill...
 AHSTW cross country coach Jenny Hamilton (left) encourages senior Claire Denning during this year’s conference meet. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA -- AHSTW cross country coach Jenny Hamilton was selected as a Class 1A At-Large Girls Coach of the Year in November after guiding the Lady Vike harriers to their third state meet in four years. The IATC (Iowa Association of Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches) named Hudson’s Holly...
 AHSTW senior Kailey Jones (center) is surrounded near the high post area by CAM’s Mallory Behnken (53), Meredith Rich (14) and another Cougar player during Tuesday’s game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Nov. 24) -- Turnovers and foul trouble stood between AHSTW and a 2-0 start here Tuesday night as the Lady Vikes were defeated at home by CAM, 57-54, in non-conference girls basketball action. AHSTW, listed sixth in the IGHSAU’s preseason rankings, will take a 1-1 record into the...
 DES MOINES (Nov. 24) -- Led by first-team selections Connor Frame and Will McLaughlin, seven Harlan Community players were recognized on the 2020 Iowa Print Sports Writers Association’s All-State Football Teams released Tuesday. The Cyclones finished 11-1 on the season, falling to North Scott in...
 Harlan Community football players, including seniors Mason Griffith (5), Tyler Mumm (33), Jesse Schwery (67), Chandler Leinen (54) and Richard Gaul (75), hold up the Cyclones’ Class 3A state runner-up trophy and banner following a 30-6 championship game loss to North Scott at the UNI-Dome. HCHS finished the season 11-1 overall and earned the program’s ninth 3A runner-up finish.
    CEDAR FALLS -- It was a season of thrilling big plays on both sides of the ball, impressive comeback wins and approximately 60 young men playing every down of every game for each other. It came to an end on Thursday night at the UNI-Dome, where the Harlan Community football team - playing in...
 Harlan Community players hold up their Class 3A state runner-up trophy following Thursday night’s title game loss to North Scott. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 19) -- It was an ugly ending to an otherwise unblemished season of Harlan Community football. But for at least a half, the 2nd-ranked Cyclones hung right with No. 9 North Scott in Thursday night’s Class 3A state championship game at the UNI-Dome. Trailing 6-0, HCHS tied the score...
 Harlan Community senior Aubri Smith, who swims for Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, competes in a home dual meet earlier this season. Smith was the Lynx’s only senior this year and was part of the team’s 26th place state qualifier in the 400 freestyle relay.
 MARSHALLTOWN (Nov. 14) -- Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Aubri Smith, Claire Crilly, Aurora Miller and Elaina Vrchoticky rebroke their school record and placed above their seed at the 2020 Girls State Swimming and Diving Meet held November 13-14 at the...
 The crowd scene at the UNI-Dome will look a lot different for this week’s state championship football games (Nov. 19-20) as the state is limiting attendance to just two spectators per participating student-athlete. Above, Cyclone fans turned out for last Thursday’s Class 3A semifinal game against B-H/RV.
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 19) -- The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s six football championship games, including Thursday night’s Harlan Community vs. North Scott 3A title tilt, will be played as scheduled with spectator restrictions following an updated proclamation from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds...
 STATE (Nov. 16) -- As part of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ new Public Health Disaster proclamation on Monday night, all organized youth and adult sports activities of any size have been suspended until at least 11:59 p.m. on December 10. This includes basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming,...
 AREA (Nov. 23) -- Some games and scrimmages have already been postponed due to COVID-19. Others are set to go on. One way or another, the high school basketball season is scheduled to start this week across the state of Iowa. The AHSTW girls will play the area’s first two games on the slate,...

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