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(HARLAN) Tuesday afternoon will mark the 16th state tournament appearance in Harlan basketball history and a record setting 17th trip to state for head coach Mitch Osborn. Osborn made six appearances with Pomeroy-Palmer and two with Elk Horn-Kimballton before taking over the Harlan program during the 1997-98 season.


As the #8 seed in the tournament, 18-6 Harlan draws the only undefeated team in Class 3A. 24-0 Vinton-Shellsburg is first round opponent, but the good news according to coach Mitch Osborn is that the Cyclones will get a full week to prepare. Osborn led teams have gone 14-2 in first round games including a perfect 8-0 in first round state tournament games as head coach of the Harlan Cyclones.


At 69.7 points Vinton-Shellsburg is the highest scoring team in the 3A state tournament field, but coach Osborn says it’s been his team’s defense that has carried them through the postseason thus far. Harlan gave up 53 points to Glenwood in the first round and 43 each to Carroll in the district final and Atlantic in substate.


Click here for the interview with record-setting coach Mitch Osborn


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