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 AHSTW senior Ethan Hoepner (2) tackles a Southwest Valley ball carrier with help from freshman Brayden Lund (70). Also pictured is Viking senior Seth Kiesel (70). (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Oct. 18) -- The AHSTW football team picked up its fourth win in the last five games Friday night, beating Southwest Valley 25-12 to improve to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Class A, District 9.    Jackson Woltmann led the Viking offense with 16 rushing attempts for 107 yards and one touchdown....
 Spartan senior Cade Bruns returns an interception against Boyer Valley. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 DUNLAP (Oct. 18) -- Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton was outscored 30-15 in an 8-Player, District 8 football game at Boyer Valley Friday night, dropping the Spartans to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in district play. Boyer Valley (3-5, 2-4) was led by Blake Katzenberger’s 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns. ...
 AREA (Oct. 22) -- Regional volleyball tournament play will begin across the state this week with local squads Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, AHSTW and Harlan Community set for first round matches and IKM-Manning receiving a bye. On Tuesday night (Oct. 22), Exira-EHK (6-22) will travel to Riverside (23...
 REGIONAL -- State qualifying cross country meets will be held statewide on Thursday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. The Harlan Community girls and boys squads will compete in a 13-team, Class 3A state qualifier at Atlantic’s Nishna Hills Golf Course while AHSTW, IKM-Manning and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton...
 Harlan Community senior Chloe Hays (right) greets teammate Zophi Hendricks as she checks out of Tuesday’s Senior Night game vs. Creston. Hays opened the match with the first serve and later served at match point. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Oct. 15) -- The home court hasn’t always been a fun place for the Harlan Community volleyball team this fall, but that all changed during Tuesday’s Senior Night sweep of Creston. Entering their Hawkeye Ten finale with a 1-9 record at home, the Cyclones took three competitive sets from the...
 CRESTON (Oct. 18) -- The football RPI system adopted by the Iowa High School Athletic Association last year to help determine at-large playoff qualifiers is nothing if not objective. The Ratings Percentage Index is not impressed with margin of victory or upsets or how many yards Johnny threw for...
 IKM-Manning junior Quentin Dreyer earned a fourth-place medal at Monday’s WIC Championships, leading the Wolves to third place as a team.
 AVOCA (Oct. 14) -- The AHSTW girls placed second and the IKM-Manning boys took third in Monday’s Western Iowa Conference Cross Country Championships, combining for six top-12 medalists at the Avoca Golf and Country Club. Top-ranked (1A) Logan-Magnolia won the girls team title with a score of 31,...
 IKM-Manning’s Kyler Rasmussen (left) rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns last week against Alta-Aurelia. (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 MANNING (Oct. 11) -- The IKM-Manning football team outscored Alta-Aurelia 14-0 in the second half and dominated time of possession last Friday night to beat the Warriors 21-7 and remain unbeaten in Class A, District 2. The Wolves, now 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the district, outgained Alta-Aurelia 362...
 Woodbine quarterback Cory Bantam (11) is upended by Exira-EHK’s Creighton Nelson during last week’s Spartan victory. (Photo by Bob Bjoin)
 EXIRA (Oct. 11) -- Creighton Nelson rushed for a career-high 220 yards and scored all four Spartan touchdowns last Friday night as Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton also forced five turnovers defensively in a 28-12 win over Woodbine. The Spartans’ second straight win improved their record to 4-3 overall...
 The fifth career coaching win for Cyclone interim head coach Todd Bladt was a big one Friday as HCHS beat Lewis Central just two days prior to Bladt’s 39th birthday.
 HARLAN (Oct. 11) -- Somebody forgot to tell the Harlan Community football team that there’s a new power in southwest Iowa. Going into Friday’s showdown with unbeaten Lewis Central, the numbers, the eye test and the hype all pointed toward a big Titan win over HCHS. The actual game between the...

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