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 MANNING -- One night after losing a tough three-point decision at Underwood, the IKM-Manning girls crushed Riverside, 79-18, on Friday, December 18, in their final game before Christmas break. The Wolves blew the game open using a 25-2 second-quarter run and also outscored the Lady Dawgs 23-3 in...
 MONDAMIN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton recovered from an awful second quarter by finishing the game on an 11-1 run and winning at West Harrison, 48-39, in boys basketball action last Tuesday. The Spartans entered the holiday break with a 5-3 overall record and 5-2 Rolling Valley Conference mark....
 HCHS junior Mitchell Leinen set a school record with a two-game series of 473 last Thursday at Denison. The Cyclones also broke their team scoring record in a 337-pin victory.
DENISON -- The Harlan Community boys bowling team accomplished two feats in one night last Thursday, posting a school-record team score of 2,988 pins to beat Denison-Schleswig (2,651) for the first time in seven head-to-head matchups since the Cyclone program began in 2012. Three Cyclones averaged...
Exira-EHK’s Maggie Rasmussen (20) pushes the ball up the floor during last Friday’s win over Ar-We-Va.
 ELK HORN -- Even as his team glides into Christmas break unbeaten, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton girls basketball coach Tom Petersen sees vast room for improvement in many key areas. The 2nd-ranked (Class 1-A) Spartans improved to 7-0 last Friday night with a 58-35 win over Ar-We-Va - their second...
HCHS senior Taylor Frederick is presented with a commemorative plaque by Cyclone coach Zach Klaassen after becoming the first five-player girl in school history to surpass 1,000 career points during Tuesday night’s game vs. Abraham Lincoln.
 HARLAN -- On a history-making night for senior Taylor Frederick, the Harlan Community girls basketball team finished December on a high note Tuesday with a 65-35 win over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. Next on the agenda is a well-deserved breather before focusing squarely on January, February...
Harlan Community junior Caleb Rasmussen makes a diving steal attempt in front of Abraham Lincoln’s Devon Logan during Tuesday’s non-conference game in Harlan.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community Cyclones didn’t quite find a way to defeat Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln here Tuesday night, but they became a better basketball team for trying. Battling from behind the entire game - even turning a 16-point third-quarter deficit into their only lead with 2:31 to...
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community girls kept their Hawkeye Ten winning streak alive Friday night, opening the fourth quarter with a pivotal 11-2 run and holding off Lewis Central, 43-40, on the Titans’ home floor. Bailey Hansen and Jordyn Moser both hit 1-of-2 free throws in the final 10...
 Exira-EHK coach Tom Petersen talks to his team during a timeout. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton outscored Ar-We-Va 19-2 in the second quarter en route to a 58-35 win over the Rocket girls in Rolling Valley Conference action Friday night. The 2nd-ranked (1-A) Spartan girls improved to 7-0 overall and also beat Guthrie Center 67-20 on Saturday. See Friday’...
Exira-EHK junior Noah Pettepier drives toward the lane on Ar-We-Va’s Derek Schurke during Friday’s Rolling Valley Conference game.
ELK HORN -- With one decisive two-minute burst, the Ar-We-Va boys basketball team showed there’s a reason they’ve won 50 consecutive regular season games. Answering Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton’s 13-2 first-half finish that put the Spartans up 29-25 at the half, Ar-We-Va’s Derek and Drew Schurke...
HCHS senior Ethan Knudson (right) clamps down on Lewis Central’s Mitchell Brinkman Friday night.
 HARLAN -- A change in defensive strategy produced the same winning result for Harlan Community Friday night as the Cyclone boys beat Lewis Central, 55-39, to move to 5-0 on the season. Facing a big and physical Titan lineup that includes two Division I football recruits in JB Baker (6-8, 260) and...

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