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Sports

Iowa stuns Purdue

Hawk Talk

There is nothing like waking up the day after the Hawkeyes knock off a top-20 team.
Last Friday, I woke up knowing Iowa took down the Purdue Boilermakers, 83-78, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night.
This is the same Boilermaker team that thrashed the Hawks, 89-67, on Dec. 28.
In the first game, Purdue scored first, never trailed and outscored Iowa 40-38 in the paint. The Hawks were 13-13 from the free throw line.

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OK State downs Iowa

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The No. 1-ranked Cowboys took out the third-ranked Hawkeyes last Sunday at Stillwater. The Hawks only won three matches, two with major decisions. Three losses by one point– that’s not Iowa wrestling. Top-ranked Cory Clark (133 pounds) lost 6-5 after trailing 5-0 and tying it up. He lost by one more second of riding time by Cowboy Kaid Brock, who was ranked fifth. I’d like to see a rematch in the NCAA tournament. Brandon Sorensen (149) lost 4-3 in overtime and Sam Stoll (285) lost 5-4 as he got taken down in the closing seconds. “This sport is wild,” said head coach Tom Brands.

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Mustangs too much for Spartan teams

Friday the 13th losses for boys and girls on hardcourt

Solon Economist
SOLON– It was Friday the 13th, and it proved unlucky for Solon’s varsity basketball teams.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans both fell by double digits to Mount Vernon.
The boys fell to 6-3 with a 60-40 home loss, while the girls were doubled up in Mount Vernon, 56-28. The Lady Spartans dropped to 4-8 on the season.
In Solon, the boys were within striking distance, trailing by five points at halftime, but the Mustangs outscored the Spartans 32-17 in the second half to put the game out of reach.

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Spartans second

Lisbon dominates with six champs to Spartans’ four

SOLON– It was a full day of déjà vu for many Solon wrestlers last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational.
The Spartans placed second behind Lisbon after several repeat matchups from last year– including an overtime duel at 160 pounds between senior Trevor Nelson and Wapello’s Rogan Pforts, whom Nelson beat in 2016 to become Solon’s lone champion.

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Jim White coach of the year finalist

FARGO, N.D.– The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) announced the advancement of Jim White from Solon High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of softball. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois, on the evening of June 21.

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Creek Girls ride the Mustangs to victory

CCA rolls over Independence, 70-35

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls improved to 7-4 on the season with a 70-35 pounding of the winless Independence Mustangs Thursday, Jan. 12, at home. The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, was postponed due to weather and road conditions to the north.
The Creek Girls jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first period, although the Mustangs regrouped and narrowed the gap to five points. The Clippers lead was never threatened throughout the rest of the game with a 30-19 lead in the second period and a 51-28 advantage after three quarters of play.

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Marion buzzer beater in OT sinks CCA, 50-47

Creek Boys nearly upset Indians

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a game with a dramatic finish made for television Friday, Jan. 13, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School gym as the Clippers came close to upsetting the Marion Indians in varsity boys basketball. The Creek Boys were 1-9 entering the contest against the 7-4 Indians and arguably played some of their best basketball so far this season as they forced the game into overtime before falling, 50-47, on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot.

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Clipper grapplers 10th at Solon’s Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

Taylor takes 2nd, Murphy and Rohret place 4th

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SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity wrestlers placed 10th in team points at the 2016 Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational tournament Saturday, Jan. 14, in Solon. Lisbon won the tournament with 237.5 points while the host Spartans were second with 231.5.
Ethan Taylor was the highest-placing Clipper with a second-place showing at 285 pounds while Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret both finished fourth at 138 and 145 pounds respectively. Samual Stevens (106) and Austin Smiddy (120) took home sixth-place finishes and Tanner Cochran (182) finished the day in seventh.

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Women of Troy humble the Lions

Iowa City West pulls away from Linn-Mar, 56-36

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IOWA CITY– West High’s No. 3-ranked Women of Troy were a thorn in the Lions’ paws, tripping up 12th-ranked Linn-Mar, 56-36, Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the West High gym.
Linn-Mar pulled ahead for a 19-13 lead at the end of the first period, but the West High defense held the Lions to only four points in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy poured in 13 points for a 26-23 lead at the half. The second half belonged to West High, which sported a 39-30 lead going into the final quarter.

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IC West swimmers win, 118-51, over CR Washington

Trojans submerse the Warriors

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High swimmers traveled to Cedar Rapids Washington Tuesday, Jan. 10, for a dual meet with the Warriors and prevailed, 118-51. The junior varsity (JV) also won, sinking the Warriors, 122-44.
Lane Griffis won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in 1:53.10 and 5:03.10, and Oliver Martin was also a double winner with victories in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in 21.80 and 48.46 seconds. Izaak Hajek won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.75 seconds, while Ben Berhow took the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.81.

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Trojan swimmers 4th at Linn-Mar invite

Hajek and Griffis earn individual wins

MARION– Iowa City West High’s Izaak Hajek and Lane Griffis swam their way to individual victory Saturday, Jan. 7, at Linn-Mar High School’s boy’s invitational swimming meet. Hajek, a freshman, won the 200-yard Individual Medley (IM) in 2:03.61 while Griffis, a junior, won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01/85. The West High Trojans placed fourth overall in team points with 350 behind meet champion Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines), Pleasant Valley and Monona Grove Boys Swim and Dive Team.

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Trojans ninth at Bettendorf Midwest Shootout wrestling tourney

Speicher and Brands win, Stumpf comes home in second place

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BETTENDORF– West High’s wrestlers finished the two-day Midwest Shootout hosted by Bettendorf High School in ninth place. The tournament kicked off on Friday, Jan. 13, and wrapped up on Saturday, Jan. 14, with Johnston taking the team championship with 241.5 points. The host Bulldogs were seventh with 147.0 points and West High’s Trojans were ninth with 122.5.
Keaton Speicher and Nelson Brands earned crowns at 113 and 152 pounds, respectively, while Ashton Stumpf finished the weekend in second place at 170 pounds.

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