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 HARLAN (Nov. 15) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team will play IKM-Manning in the fourth matchup of an eight-team jamboree set for Thursday in Harlan. The Cyclones and Wolves will play a two-quarter game starting at approximately 7:15 p.m. Additional matchups include Griswold vs....
 AHSTW quarterback Blake Osbahr (12) fights for rushing yardage during last week’s playoff win over Newman Catholic as Caden Larson (70) looks to make a block.
 CEDAR FALLS (Nov. 9) -- For the AHSTW football team, the fourth time could be the charm Friday afternoon as the Vikings seek the program’s first-ever win inside the UNI-Dome against Edgewood-Colesburg. The Class A semifinal playoff matchup will kick off at 1:00 p.m. and figures to be a good one....
 Jake McLaughlin holds up Harlan Community’s Class 3A playoff quarterfinal trophy following Friday night’s season-ending loss at Lewis Central. Also pictured are seniors Eli Boldan (24), Joey Arkfeld (54) and Brian Trevino (20), as well as junior Kobe Livengood (40).
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Nov. 2) -- Whether Lewis Central bags its first state football title in the next two weeks remains to be seen, but the Titans have certainly proven themselves as western Iowa’s top dog in 2018. Despite playing a much more clean and efficient game than the first time around, Harlan...
 AHSTW senior Ben Ehlers (7) celebrates Friday’s playoff win over Newman Catholic alongside teammates Joey Cunningham (13), Caden Larson (70) and Brayton Tuma (5).
 AVOCA (Nov. 2) -- No comebacks or overtimes necessary this time around. The AHSTW football team never trailed during Friday night’s Class A quarterfinal playoff game with Newman Catholic, using big plays on offense and four interceptions defensively to beat the Knights 31-14 and earn its first...
 Exira-EHK quarterback Josh Pettepier (right) faces down the rush of Fremont-Mills tacklers Connor Alley (40) and Austin Gartner (20) during last week’s 61-20 playoff loss to the Knights. (Photos by Kim Wegener)
 EXIRA (Nov. 2) -- Avenging a season-opening loss on the same field in August, fifth-ranked Fremont-Mills jumped on top early and defeated No. 7 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 61-20 in an Eight-Player football quarterfinal playoff game here last Friday night. The Knights (10-1) will face New London (10-...
 HCHS defensive lineman Allen Fries (55) refuses to let go of Osky quarterback Cole Henry’s jersey as Alex Schechinger (42) helps make the tackle during last week’s playoff game.
 COUNCIL BLUFFS (Nov. 2) -- It’s a tall task that awaits the Harlan Community football team Friday night, but also an enviable one. Forty-six Class 3A squads watching from the outside of the playoffs this week would love to still be playing. “Absolutely,” said HCHS head coach Curt Bladt, who is...
 HCHS tailback Brenden Bartley (36) scores a first-quarter touchdown during Friday’s Class 3A playoff game as teammate Joey Arkfeld wipes out a potential Oskaloosa tackler.
 OSKALOOSA (Oct. 26) -- Harlan Community quarterback Preston Mulligan is known much more for his throwing arm than his ability to run the football, but on Friday it was Mulligan’s “wheels” providing a big highlight during the Cyclones’ Class 3A first round playoff game at Oskaloosa. Calling his own...
 AHSTW head coach Davis Pattee celebrates Brayton Tuma’s game-winning PAT catch with his players at the conclusion of Friday's 30-28 three-overtime win vs. Alta-Aurelia.
 AVOCA (Oct. 26) -- In the same round of the playoffs two years ago, AHSTW lost a 21-14 overtime heartbreaker at Van Meter - stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line to end the game. For several of those same Viking players, redemption was earned last Friday night in Avoca. Trailing 14-0 at...
 Spartan senior Ian Leader (17) breaks up a pass intended for Stanton’s Thomas Bates.
 EXIRA (Oct. 26) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton football team started and finished the first half in strong fashion last Friday night, taking a commanding 44-8 lead to the locker room en route to a 51-14 win over Stanton in an Eight-Player first round playoff game. The 7th-ranked Spartans...
 Senior Greichaly Kaster (166) placed 29th to lead the Cyclone girls to an eighth-place team finish at the state cross country meet. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 FORT DODGE (Oct. 27) -- Harlan Community senior Greichaly Kaster read in a newspaper story last week that Coach Doug Renkly believed she could place in the high 20s or low 30s of her fourth and final state meet. They were words that Kaster took directly to heart. Cutting 30 seconds off last year’s...

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