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    Harlan's Jim Bruck (center) received his IHSAA Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame plaque prior to the state meet finals Feb. 22. He was joined on the Wells Fargo Arena floor by his family. Jim and his late wife Julie have four children - Michelle (Jason) Kruse, Tara (Steve) Bubb, Ryan Bruck and Ashley (Jeff) Petersen - and 12 grandchildren. (Photo courtesy of Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times)
 DES MOINES -- Longtime Harlan Community teacher, coach and official Jim Bruck was recently inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame. Bruck received his Hall of Fame plaque just prior to this year’s State Wrestling Tournament championships on the...
 HCHS senior guard Connor Bruck gets a hug from head coach Mitch Osborn and applause from assistant coach Kevin Osborn (right) as he checks out of Thursday’s Class 3A, Substate 8 semifinal at Glenwood. Bruck hit 20-of-20 free throws and scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Cyclones past the Rams 84-71. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 27) -- At almost any level of basketball, it’s rare to make just two fourth-quarter field goals, allow 13 during the same period and beat a quality postseason opponent by 13 points on the road. But this was no ordinary night for Harlan Community. Led by senior point guard Connor...
 AHSTW senior Kinsey Scheffler (left) catches an inbounds pass with no time left on the clock, sealing the Lady Vikes’ fate in a 36-35 regional final loss to Logan-Magnolia.
 HARLAN (Feb. 26) -- The AHSTW girls basketball team fell just one basket shy of extending a memorable season and snapping a 19-year state tournament drought on the same night. In the end, a subpar third quarter proved too much to overcome last Wednesday as the 13th-ranked Lady Vikes lost to 12th-...
 Exira-EHK head coach Tom Petersen (right) questions a call during Wednesday’s regional final game. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Feb. 26) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls fought from behind nearly all 32 minutes Wednesday night but couldn’t put together the big run necessary to rattle St. Albert. Trailing once the entire game at 4-2, the Saintes used their overall speed and athleticism to build a 12-point lead...
 IKM-Manning senior Colten Brandt shoots over St. Albert’s Aiden Antisdel.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Feb. 25) -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team entered last Tuesday’s halftime break tied 22-22 with St. Albert and feeling good about its first-half game plan. Offensively, the Wolves scored from inside and outside and had six players knock down at least one shot. Defensively,...
 Members of the Harlan Community girls bowling team listen to head coach David Tyrrel prior to Monday’s Class 1A State Tournament. HCHS placed sixth out of eight team qualifiers, finishing just four pins out of the top four. (Photos contributed)
 WATERLOO (Feb. 24) -- Finishing just four pins back of fourth place, Harlan Community ended its season by placing sixth out of eight teams at Monday’s Class 1A Girls State Bowling Tournament in Waterloo. The Cyclone girls totaled 2,433 pins on the day, just six shy of last year’s state meet total...
 Cyclone sophomore Will McLaughlin defends Atlantic’s Grant Sturm on the perimeter during the late stages of Monday’s overtime victory. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 24) -- Beating a rival three times in three weeks isn’t supposed to be easy. Harlan Community experienced that first hand and lived to tell about it in Monday’s opening round of the Class 3A playoffs. Trailing by eight points at halftime, HCHS outscored Atlantic 19-5 in the third...
 Cyclone junior Macie Leinen (center) battles Glenwood freshman Jenna Hopp for a loose ball during the second half of Saturday's Class 4A regional game. Also pictured are Ashley Hall of HCHS (15) and Glenwood’s Elle Scarborough. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 GLENWOOD (Feb. 22) -- Sometimes all that’s left to do is tip your hat. The Harlan Community girls basketball team certainly made Glenwood work during last Saturday’s Class 4A, Region 1 semifinal game, but in the end the third-ranked Rams’ explosive nature and spurtability proved too much in a 64-...
 AHSTW senior Sam Porter (3) is guarded by Kuemper’s Tyler Putney during last week’s district semifinal loss to the Knights. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 AVOCA (Feb. 20) -- The AHSTW boys basketball team saw its season come to an end last Thursday night following a 73-69 Class 2A district semifinal loss at the hands of Kuemper Catholic. The Vikings fell behind 20-12 after one quarter and played from behind the rest of the game, keeping the pressure...
 ANITA (Feb. 20) -- After leading for much of the first half, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton was forced to play catch-up during the final two quarters last Thursday night and ultimately lost to Stanton 52-43 in a Class 1A, District 14 quarterfinal boys basketball game at Anita. Stanton (19-3) trailed 24...

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