It appeared early on that the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln boys would win going away at Gale Wickersham Stadium to secure an outright Missouri River Conference title as the Lynx scored twice in the first 12:04 to go up 2-0 on Sioux City West.

This time, the pressure didn’t get to Lewis Central. Entering their rematch with Sioux City West in Monday’s Class 4-A, Substate 1 quarterfinal at Sioux City North, the Titans knew they would need to find a way to handle the Wolverines’ defensive intensity — a major reason for West’s 65-46 victory on Dec. 19.

The Harlan girls didn’t get an official welcome from the Chamber of Commerce, but they found things to their liking in Council Bluffs this weekend. The Class 4-A No. 3 Cyclones started things Friday with a 43-40 win over previously unbeaten, 4-A No. 6 Council Bluffs Lewis Central.

An offseason of dedication continues to pay off for Sioux City West senior Phoenix Larned and Sioux City North junior Lillyana Yebra. They were the medalists Thursday in the Missouri River Conference cross country meet on a beautiful day at Iowa Western Community College.

Lewis Central put an end Friday to an unfavorable July trend on the baseball field. For the first time since 2011, the Titans earned an opening-round victory in Class 4-A substate play with their 8-2 triumph over Sioux City West at Lewis Central.

Players took turns using the commemorative banner as a cape. Coach Tom Lorkovic gave an enthusiastic fist pump. Parents and fans were filling out T-shirt order forms. Smiles were a little wider for everyone wearing green and gold Saturday afternoon. After a two-year drought that felt much longer at times, Council Bluffs St. Albert is returning to the boys state soccer tournament.

Eldon Warner liked the beginning of his big day at state much more than the end. The Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson senior posted a personal best and earned a top-eight medal in the Class 4-A boys 800 meters Saturday morning at Drake Stadium. But he faded into the pack for the afternoon 1,600 while finishing more than eight seconds slower than his time at last week’s qualifying meet.

Mitch Moran wanted to keep playing. So did his teammates. Facing a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, Council Bluffs Lewis Central stormed back to earn a 64-58 victory over Sioux City West in Monday’s Class 4-A, Substate 1 quarterfinal at the West gymnasium.

Payton Hiffernan knows his days as a high school football player are numbered. The Abraham Lincoln senior plans to squeeze every ounce out of whatever time he has left.