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HCHS senior Kyle Juhl (left) blocks the shot of Denison’s Aaron Mumm during Monday’s district game. Juhl blocked seven shots in all as the Cyclones won 67-61. (Photo courtesy of Todd Danner, Denison Bulletin/Review)
 HARLAN -- In the win-or-go-home world of postseason basketball, sometimes rivalry trumps record. So while Monday night’s Class 3-A boys district semifinal looked like a mismatch on paper, Denison-Schleswig gave Harlan Community all it could handle on the court. The fifth-ranked Cyclones survived...
Harlan Community players, coaches and managers show off the program’s latest state qualifier banner after defeating Spencer in Tuesday night’s regional final. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN -- From a game-opening 15-1 run to its mild-mannered victory celebration, the Harlan Community girls basketball team was all business Tuesday night in a 55-32, Class 4-A regional final win over Spencer. But as the third-ranked Cyclones prepare to chase a championship three-peat in their...
Nodaway Valley’s Mercedes Harter (center) is pressured by Exira-EHK junior Mara Burmeister (left) and sophomore Kealey Nelson during Monday’s regional final. Burmeister and Nelson combined for six steals in the Spartans’ 41-35 victory. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 RED OAK -- Throughout another season-long journey to the Girls State Basketball Tournament, two constants have existed for Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton. Defense and winning. It’s only fitting that those two things went hand-in-hand again Monday night as the unbeaten, 2nd-ranked Spartans survived a...
 PLEASANT HILL -- The Harlan Community bowlers fell short of qualifying any teams or individuals for state this year after competing in the Class 1-A, District 2 State Qualifying Tournament held February 16 at Pleasant Hill’s Great Escape. The Cyclone boys placed second out of six teams with a...
Front row, L-R: Megan Owens, Elizabeth Stroud, Cassie Trader, Megan Reetz (manager), Bailey Portwood, Haley Butler. Back row, L-R: Ben Heileson, Mason Chamberlain, Brodrick Greer, Max Langenfeld, Josh Grote, Zach Besta-Thompson. (Photo contributed)
SENIOR NIGHT -- Twelve senior members of the Harlan Community bowling teams were recognized prior to the Cyclones’ Senior Night dual vs. Red Oak on February 11. Six of these seniors (Stroud, Trader, Portwood, Chamberlain, Grote and Besta-Thompson) have been with the program from its beginning four...
 H-10 MEDALISTS -- HCHS seniors Bailey Portwood (left) and Zach Besta-Thompson were both medal winners at the Hawkeye Ten Conference Bowling Tournament on February 12 at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs.
 Portwood placed second in the girls field with a two-game series of 403 (191, 212) and Besta-Thompson placed third in the boys field with a 434 (190, 244). (Photo contributed)
 COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The Harlan Community boys placed second and the girls placed fourth at the Hawkeye Ten Conference Bowling Tournament, held February 12 at Council Bluffs’ Thunderbowl. The Cyclones claimed two individual medalists as senior Bailey Portwood placed second in the girls field with a...
 MANNING -- The IKM-Manning boys basketball team moved within two wins of the state tournament here Tuesday night with a 76-43 win over Audubon in a Class 1-A district semifinal. Exira-EHK, meanwhile, lost a one-point heartbreaker to Paton-Churdan, 38-37, to finish the season at 17-6.
HCHS senior Emma Ahrenholtz (52) scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in Saturday night’s win over Bishop Heelan. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 HARLAN -- It was a good night all the way around for the Harlan Community girls basketball team on Saturday. Senior point guard Jordyn Moser scored a game-high 24 points to surpass the 1,000 mark for her career, Taylor Frederick totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds and the 3rd-ranked Cyclones easily...
Exira-EHK sophomore Sophia Peppers (40) reaches out to block the shot of Sidney’s Lexy Larsen during Friday’s regional semifinal. (Photo by Mike Oeffner)
 ELK HORN -- One more victory was still required, but Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton looked like a team destined for a return trip to the Girls State Basketball Tournament here Friday night. If the 2nd-ranked Spartans play like they did against Sidney, it will certainly take a big-time performance to...
HCHS senior Travis Crees drives to the hoop against Carroll.
 HARLAN -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team finished the regular season Thursday night with a 65-49 win over Carroll Public, improving to 18-3 overall going into the start of postseason play Monday night. Kyle Juhl led the Cyclones with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Will Lansman had 17...

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