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 CARROLL (Feb. 2) -- Jocelyn Cheek keeps on knocking down threes and the Harlan Community girls basketball team continues to steamroll the opposition. The 11th-ranked (Class 4A) Cyclones notched two more lopsided wins earlier this week, smacking Greene County 58-16 Monday night in Harlan before...
 CARROLL (Feb. 2) -- Hot and cold. Jekyll and Hyde. Whatever you call it, the Harlan Community boys basketball team had an up-and-down start to the week against Greene County and Kuemper Catholic. On Monday night in Harlan, the Cyclones shot 62.5 percent from the floor, made 12-of-23 treys and led...
 Exira-EHK students respond as Spartan senior Tatum Grubbs connects on her second three-pointer during the late stages of the team’s 50-point win over Coon Rapids-Bayard. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 30) -- When the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton and Coon Rapids-Bayard girls met in December, the Spartans battled foul trouble and pulled away late for an eight-point win. The rematch on Saturday was never that close. Racing out to a 23-4 lead after one quarter, Exira-EHK continued to...
 HCHS junior Sydney O’Neill led the Cyclone girls against Clarinda with a two-game total of 360. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Jan. 28) -- The Harlan Community boys and girls bowling teams each rolled their top grand totals of the season last Thursday to sweep a Senior Night dual vs. Clarinda at Cyclone Lanes. The HCHS boys surpassed their previous season-best score by 164 pins, improving to 4-7 overall with a 2,...
 The AHSTW bench celebrates a late three-pointer during Friday night’s 54-9 victory against Missouri Valley. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Jan. 29) -- The AHSTW basketball teams won by lopsided scores in Friday night’s girl-boy doubleheader vs. Missouri Valley. The girls prevailed 54-9 in the first game of the night before the boys won 75-43. The Lady Vikes (12-5) were led by Kailey Jones’ 14 points and 14 rebounds while...
 HCHS junior Shelby Sisson (left) greets seniors Macie Leinen (33) and Jocelyn Cheek (5), along with junior Caitlyn Leinen (31), as they exit the floor late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 91-54 Cyclone win over Creston. Cheek tied a school record with nine made three-pointers in the game and Caitlyn Leinen made all four of her three-point attempts as HCHS shot 16-of-23 from beyond the arc.
 HARLAN (Jan. 29) -- The Harlan Community and Creston girls basketball teams finished the week with identical records of 11-5 overall and 7-2 in the Hawkeye Ten. But there was nothing close about Friday night’s matchup of state-ranked 4A teams in Harlan. Perhaps still fuming over a four-point loss...
 HCHS head coach Mitch Osborn (center) talks to the team during a timeout on Friday night. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Jan. 29) -- Basketball is a lot easier game when the ball starts falling through the net. The Harlan Community boys, plagued by cold shooting during its recent five-game losing streak, finally saw the lid come off the rim here Friday in a 69-51 Senior Night win over Creston. Trailing 13-3...
 RED OAK (Jan. 30) -- Luke Freund earned his first Hawkeye Ten championship Saturday afternoon, winning the 113-pound bracket with three pins at the conference wrestling tournament in Red Oak. Luke Musich (126 pounds), Zane Bendorf (170) and Jesse Schwery (195) added second-place finishes for HCHS...
 HCHS junior Jeremiah Davis scores back points during his 7-0 win over Lewis Central’s Sam Barrientos at 285 pounds. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Jan. 28) -- The Harlan Community wrestlers completed their regular dual season Thursday with a Senior Night split against Creston/Orient-Macksburg and Lewis Central. Creston/O-M won the meet by defeating LC 81-0 and beating HCHS 55-19. The Cyclones finished the night with a 66-3 victory...
2020-2021 Harlan Community Bowling Team 
(Photo courtesy of Leah Marie Photography)
 IDA GROVE (Jan. 21) -- The Harlan Community girls bowling team used a Baker games rally to defeat OABCIG by 18 pins last Thursday while the Cyclone boys lost their dual to the Falcons by a margin of 345. HCHS won the girls meet 2,341 to 2,323 despite OABCIG boasting the top two individual scores...

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