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Cyclone point guard Caleb Rasmussen eludes the defense of Ryan Hawkins.
 ATLANTIC -- The merit of a strong start cannot be overstated when evaluating the Harlan Community boys basketball team’s last two games. In its only loss of the season just before Christmas break, HCHS spent nearly the entire night battling from behind in an eventual seven-point home loss to...
HCHS senior Jordyn Moser (34) goes for the steal against Atlantic’s Catherine Leonard during Tuesday night’s Hawkeye Ten basketball game as Emma Ahrenholtz (right) and Taylor Frederick also defend for the Cyclones, who won the game 57-44.
 HARLAN -- Scoring the game’s first 16 points wasn’t necessarily a sign of things to come Tuesday night, but it was a key difference-maker in the Harlan Community girls’ 57-44 win over Atlantic. The 3rd-ranked (Class 4-A) Cyclones were never seriously threatened by the Trojans, but never quite...
 ELK HORN -- Kealey Nelson paced three Spartan girls in double figures Tuesday night as Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Adair-Casey 49-36 in a battle of ‘Top 10’ unbeatens in Class 1-A. The 2nd-ranked Spartans led just 26-24 after three quarters before outscoring...
AHSTW junior Rhett Welsh looks to score as Ben Wegner defends for IKM-Manning.
 AVOCA -- IKM-Manning took control of the game with a 23-8 first-quarter start and stayed undefeated Tuesday night with a 66-53 win over AHSTW. One night after taking down fellow unbeaten Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto on the road, the Wolves showed up ready to play in Avoca, getting 27 points and six...
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton heated up from the three-point line in the third quarter and outscored Adair-Casey 32-16 after halftime to win Tuesday’s Rolling Valley Conference game, 56-34. The Spartans improved to 6-3 overall and 6-2 in league play with the victory, getting 15 points from...
Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton guards Rose Andersen (32) and Mara Burmeister trap an Ar-We-Va player during a December 18 matchup. The Spartan girls are ranked second in Class 1-A with a 9-0 record going into Tuesday night’s home game with Adair-Casey.
 AREA -- Following a two-week break for the holidays, area high school sports teams resume their seasons this week with several intriguing basketball games highlighting the schedule. On Tuesday night, the 7th-ranked Harlan Community boys (5-1) will play at No. 6 Atlantic (8-0) in a key matchup for...
Front row, L-R: Brock Hedstrom, Oscar Knowles, Cameron Jacobsen, Nick Foss, Brandon Trevino, Lucas Carter, Spencer Boardman, Anthony Knowles, Ronan Noeth.
Middle row, L-R: Adam Andersen, Jacob Koke, Austin Knudson, Aaron Johannsen, Marshall Tucker, Jacob Wingert, Brian Trevino, Joseph Arkfeld, Elias Shaeffer.
Back row, L-R: Head Coach John Murtaugh, Doug Chapman, Caleb Bieker, Dylan Ferguson, Derec Weyer, Caleb Brouse, James Erlbacher, Daniel Soll, Asst. Coach Darrian Schwenke. Not Pictured: Tyler Eaves.
 HARLAN -- There was a strange feeling in the air last February when the Harlan Community wrestling season came to a close at the district meet in Atlantic. The 2014-15 Cyclones had improved their dual win total by three - going 18-8 - placed sixth in the rugged Hawkeye Ten dual standings and...
HCMS Special Olympics bowlers compete (Photo contributed)
Eleven students from Harlan Community Middle School participated in the Southwest District Iowa Special Olympics Bowling Qualifier held October 13 at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs. There were approximately 180 total bowlers at the event, which saw blue-ribbon winners in each division advance to the...
Joe Brummer celebrates Morningside’s 75-69, four-overtime playoff win over Saint Xavier on a snowy Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium. (Photo contributed)
 SIOUX CITY -- Former Harlan Community Cyclone Joe Brummer capped an outstanding collegiate football career at Morningside College this past fall, earning second-team All-America NAIA honors from the American Football Coaches Association following the Mustangs’ 12-2 campaign. Brummer, a 2012 HCHS...
AHSTW 132-pounder Joel Becerra (left) fights for control in his match against Logan-Magnolia’s Garret Thompson. (Photo courtesy of Caleb Nelson, Audubon County Newspapers)
 TREYNOR -- The AHSTW wrestling team placed fifth out of nine schools at the Western Iowa Conference Dual Tournament held Friday-Saturday, December 18-19, at Treynor. Logan-Magnolia won the WIC championship with an 8-0 record, followed by Missouri Valley (7-1), Riverside (6-2), Underwood (5-3),...

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