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 Spartan senior Josh Pettepier (21) drives around Audubon’s Gavin Smith to score a first-half bucket during the team’s 75-55 non-conference win. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 12) -- As of last week, the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team had yet to crack the Associated Press top 10 rankings in Class 1A. What the senior-laden Spartans have done thus far is handle nearly every obstacle in their path. On Saturday afternoon, Exira-EHK extended...
 Spartan junior Jacey Anthofer shoots over Audubon’s Gracye Albertsen for one of her four 3-pointers in the second half. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 12) -- The third quarter hasn’t always been kind to the Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball team this season, but you wouldn’t have known it on Saturday afternoon. Already leading 37-24 at halftime, the Spartans jumped all over Audubon with a 13-2 run out of the break, hit...
 IKM-Manning senior Gabrielle Cadwell drives past AHSTW’s Kailey Jones (2) for a score as teammate Lexi Branning looks on. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Jan. 11) -- In a game of runs, the IKM-Manning girls found stability in their defense Friday night and led by double digits most of the second half to outlast AHSTW 60-51 and complete a regular-season sweep. Sophomore guard Alexa Ahrenholtz scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the second...
 AHSTW’s Joey Cunningham (left) and Brody Langer (right) scramble for a loose ball with IKM-Manning’s Nathan Blankman during Friday’s WIC boys basketball game. The Wolves prevailed 52-34. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 AVOCA (Jan. 11) -- The IKM-Manning boys capped a solid week on the basketball floor Friday night, following up Tuesday’s 55-38 win over Audubon with a 52-34 road victory at AHSTW. The Wolves, who led just 35-29 in the third quarter, finished the period on an 8-3 run and outscored the Vikings 9-2...
 CLARINDA -- It wasn’t pretty from an offensive standpoint, according to head coach Mitch Osborn, but the Harlan Community boys were able to pull away late and win their fifth in a row Friday night with a 56-45 victory at Clarinda. HCHS led 25-22 at the half and just 36-35 after three quarters...
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team broke open a 22-19 game early in the third quarter by outscoring Clarinda 36-9 the rest of the way Friday night, beating the Cardinals 58-28 in Hawkeye Ten Conference action. Nine girls broke into the scoring column for the Cyclones, who have...
Dakota Rold, Exira-EHK, sr.  (Photo contributed)
 ELK HORN (Jan. 8) -- Dakota Rold made school history on Tuesday night, becoming just the second Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points in the Spartans’ 80-53 rout of Coon Rapids-Bayard. Rold, a 6-foot-7 senior post, reached his milestone in the fourth...
 HCHS 220-pounder Joey Arkfeld sends Abraham Lincoln’s Ben Price for a ride en route to a 6-4 victory on Tuesday night.
 SHENANDOAH -- Short two varsity wrestlers due to the stomach flu, Harlan Community managed to split a pair of duals at the Shenandoah quad Tuesday night, handling Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 57-21 before losing to 12th-ranked (1A) Underwood 47-24. The Eagles also defeated AL (59-7) and...
 AHSTW senior 182-pounder Gabe Pauley turns West Central Valley’s Carson Wadle to his back during Pauley’s 13-5 major decision on Tuesday.
 AUDUBON -- Jaedan Rasmussen’s three-pin night highlighted AHSTW’s sweep of the Audubon quad meet Tuesday as the Vikings extended their dual winning streak to nine with decisive victories over Audubon (66-15), West Central Valley (61-15) and Southwest Valley (72-12). AHSTW finished 15-5 in...
 CARROLL -- No matter what happens in Harlan each year, the return trip to play at Kuemper Catholic is rarely an easy proposition for the Harlan Community boys basketball team. Such was the case again Tuesday night. Just two and a half weeks after beating the Knights 82-53, the Cyclones shot 32.6...

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