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 HARLAN (Dec. 6) -- An incredible 36 offensive rebounds erased the sting of cold shooting Friday night as Harlan Community utilized a big second-quarter run for the second straight game and improved to 2-0 with an 80-42 Hawkeye Ten Conference boys basketball win over Shenandoah. One night after...
 HCHS senior Michael Heithoff (31) battles Blair’s Wyatt Ogle for a third-quarter rebound during Thursday’s season opener. The Cyclones prevailed 73-46.
 HARLAN (Dec. 5) -- The Harlan Community boys basketball team may lack size this year, but if Thursday’s season opener was any indication the run-and-gun Cyclones won’t be short on offensive explosiveness. Trailing Blair 20-15 early in the second quarter, the Cyclones finished the half with an...
 Cyclone sophomore Caitlyn Leinen (31) shoots over Shenandoah’s Brooklen Black for two of her 12 points in the team’s 58-28 win Friday night. (Photos by Mike Oeffner)
 HARLAN (Dec. 6) -- The Harlan Community girls basketball team’s early-season revenge tour continued in earnest here Friday night with a 58-28 win over Shenandoah. HCHS scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed, building a 27-10 lead at the half and going up by as many as 33...
 Glidden-Ralston’s Mason Janssen (33) is defended by Creighton Nelson of Exira-EHK (14) during last week’s season opener. Also pictured for the Spartans are Hunter Andersen (10) and Easton Nelson (32). (Photo by Kim Wegener)
 ELK HORN (Dec. 3) -- The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton boys basketball team opened the season with a hard-fought 52-51 defeat against Glidden-Ralston last Tuesday night. The game was tightly-contested throughout. Senior Creighton Nelson led the Spartans with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Tyler...
AHSTW's Raydden Grobe scores a breakaway layup vs. Riverside. He finished with a game-high 34 points. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Dec. 3) -- Sophomore Raydden Grobe hit 13-of-17 shots and poured in 34 points last Tuesday to lead the AHSTW boys past Riverside 73-33. The Vikings raced out to leads of 25-5 after one quarter and 51-14 at halftime, shooting 60 percent as a team. Grobe made 4-of-6 three-pointers and the...
 HARLAN (Dec. 3) -- During a frustrating 5-17 campaign last winter, the Harlan Community girls basketball team didn’t win its first two games until the 5th and 8th of January. Flash forward 11 months and the Cyclones - armed with seven returning letter winners - reached the two-win mark in just...
 HCHS junior Macie Leinen drives baseline on Treynor’s Clara Teigland during Monday’s season opener. Leinen scored 12 points.
 HARLAN (Dec. 2) -- Pivotal runs of 11-0 in the second quarter and 12-0 in the second half paved the way for Harlan Community here Monday night as the Cyclone girls beat Treynor 46-36 for their first season-opening victory in five years. The 9th-rated Cardinals, who graduated their top four scorers...
 IKM-Manning girls basketball coach Gene Rasmussen picked up his 400th career win Tuesday night as the Wolves rallied past Underwood 70-66. (File photo)
 MANNING (Dec. 3) -- Trailing throughout much of the game, the IKM-Manning girls emerged on top following a series of late lead changes Tuesday night and opened the season with a 70-66 Western Iowa Conference win over Underwood. The final outcome marked career win number 400 for Wolves’ head coach...
   Lady Vike sophomore Madison Heiny (4) steals the ball away from a Riverside player. (Photos by Bob Bjoin)
 AVOCA (Dec. 3) -- The AHSTW girls basketball team reached 80 points by the end of the third quarter and improved to 3-0 overall Tuesday night, hammering Riverside 87-20 in its Western Iowa Conference opener. AHSTW jumped out to a commanding 35-8 lead after one quarter and also outscored the...
   Exira-EHK freshman Quinn Grubbs (right) secures the basketball against the Wildcats.
 ELK HORN (Dec. 3) -- Macy Emgarten just missed a double-double with 24 points and nine rebounds and freshman Shay Burmeister tallied 12 points and five boards Tuesday night, leading Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton past Glidden-Ralston 61-25 in Rolling Valley Conference girls basketball action. The...

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