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February 21st, 2018

Hawkeye women continue to roll

Hawk Talk

For the third straight game, the Hawkeye women came out strong and finished off the Wisconsin Badgers, 88-61.
It was 23-13 at the end of the first quarter, 45-23 at half and Iowa never looked back.
“I was really happy,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “We led this game for 39 minutes, it was tied for one minute. I told the team ‘you guys came out and dominated.’ When you dominate a Big Ten opponent at the end of the year that’s a really good thing.”
Balanced scoring and Megan Gustafson being Megan with 25 points in 26 minutes.

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Tales from the endless buffet

Walkin'

By the time you read this we’ll be in the land of the endless buffet, also called The Reef, an all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We’ve been to our southern neighbor, one of the few places in the world where the citizens don’t hate Americans, many times and have had many adventures, including:

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Easter, a movable feast

Food For Thought

When, as a young teenager, I noticed my birthday was on the same DATE every year, but not on the same DAY of the week, I began to wonder about the date of Easter. Easter was always on a Sunday, I knew, but sometimes it occurred before my birthday, and sometimes after. Sometimes Easter was in the month of March, sometimes not until fairly late in April. I couldn’t find any other holiday that couldn’t seem to make up its mind as to which month it belonged in. How were we supposed to plan for it when there seemed so little consistency about when it would arrive?

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February 18th

State Park informational meeting Feb. 28

SOLON– Iowa State Parks have begun a new tradition of hosting annual informational meetings to update the public on park activities. Lake Macbride State Park will be hosting its annual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room. Topics will include visitation, trends in Iowa State Parks, recent projects and volunteer efforts/coordination.

St. Mary Men’s AM Conference

SOLON– On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 7 a.m. to noon, it will be a morning for men to pause and reset, with speakers Capt. Guy Gruters and Fr. Shenan Boquet. Gruters spent five years in Vietnam POW camps– where God became his hope and guide in an extremely hopeless and humiliating existence. Fr. Shenan traveled to over 70 countries as president of human life international; he encourages and challenges men to embrace the plan God has for their lives. Register for the St. Mary Men’s AM Conference at www.solonstmary.org.

February 15th

CCA boys track and field

Great expectations

TIFFIN– Ben Robison has never been more excited to get a new season underway. Robison, in his 10th year of coaching and third year at the helm of Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field program, attributes his excitement to a number of factors.
First, Gabe Bakker and Trevor Bollers have joined the coaching staff. Bakker is the head varsity football coach, while Bollers is one of his assistants.

CCA girls end regular season

A hole too deep

TIFFIN– “(We were in) too deep of a hole to recover from,” Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball coach P.J. Sweeney said of a loss at home to West Branch Thursday, Feb. 8. The Bears took the non-conference game, 51-41, and ended the regular season for the Clippers at 11-10 ahead of postseason play.
“I was extremely happy with the fight,” Sweeney added. “They never gave up!”

Nine Trojans to state

Four win at 3A district tourney

MOUNT PLEASANT– Iowa City West advanced nine wrestlers to the 2018 state individual tournament in Des Moines with first- or second-place finishes in the Class 3A District 4 state qualifying tournament Saturday, Feb. 10, in Mount Pleasant.
Graham Gambrall, Nelson Brands, Ashton Stumpf and Francis Duggan won district championships at 132, 160, 170 and 220 pounds, respectively.

Liberty girls fall, 51-28

Comets outshine the Lightning

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls fell to 6-13 in their debut basketball season Tuesday, Feb. 6, with a 51-28 loss to the visiting Comets, from Bellevue.
The Comets blazed to a 16-9 lead in the first period and held a 28-13 advantage at halftime.

Trojans swimmers 13th at state

Hajek earns West’s best individual finish

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans sent eight varsity swimmers to the 2018 State Swimming Meet held Saturday, Feb. 10, in downtown Iowa City at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Izaak Hajek, Ben Berhow, Valeri Trussov, Brennon Keen, Lane Griffis, Tate Happel, Michael Kimball and Ethan McAreavy represented West in six events and propelled the Trojans to a 13th-place finish overall.
Ames won the team championship with 221 points while Valley High School of West Des Moines was the runner-up with 220. City High finished seventh with 126 team points.