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Sports

UNDERWHELMING

Hawk Talk

H2>Wisconsin stifles
Iowa, 38-14

As good as the Hawkeyes looked against Ohio State last week, they looked that bad against Wisconsin Saturday.
Sixty-six total yards (the lowest under Kirk Ferentz) and 0-13 on third down conversions will not win any games.
Was it the Badger defense being that great or the Hawkeye offense being that bad?
I’d lean towards the Badger D is pretty good.
Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense frustrated Iowa all afternoon.

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Big win over Alabama State

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Iowa opened the season Friday night with a 96-62 win over Chicago State.
Six players in double figures, 23 assists, seven blocked shots and only seven turnovers.
The Hawks shot 54.5 percent from 3-point range and had five more rebounds.
Jordan Bohannon had six assists, no turnovers and 12 points.
The twin towers (Luka Garza and Jack Nunge) combined for 26 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Luka played 18 minutes, Jack 19. Luka was named Big Ten Freshman of the week.
Everyone played, so Fran McCaffery got to see a lot of different combinations.

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Strong Hawkeye defense

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The Iowa women started the weekend off Friday night with a victory that gave head coach Lisa Bluder her 700th win.
The Hawkeyes beat Quinnipiac, 83-67, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to break open a close game.
The Bobcats made it to the Sweet 16 last year and had four starters back.
The Hawks had four players in double figures, led by Megan Gustafson with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Kathleen Doyle and Tania Davis combined for 30 points, four assists and only three turnovers.

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Soup and Hoops

Winter Sports Kickoff Nov. 17

SOLON– Solon High School hosts its Soup & Hoops Winter Sports Kickoff Friday, Nov. 17, in the Solon High School commons and gymnasium.
Serving soup from 5-8 p.m. $6 per person or $20 per family.
The event will showcase and introduce Solon girls and boys basketball teams and wrestling team. Also at the event will be a silent auction featuring gift baskets just in time for the holiday shopping season, with proceeds funding equipment and team development.

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Spartans’ journey ends

Solon falls to Xavier at UNI-Dome, 35-7

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans struggled little during the regular football season, but met their Goliath, falling 35-7 to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 3A semifinals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Xavier executed at a very high level on offense and had a great plan to attack our defense,” Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller said. “Our offense had to abandon our game plan prematurely due to the Xavier’s early success. We moved the ball but couldn’t finish inside the red zone when we needed to.”

Solon VB players earn WaMaC honors

MOUNT VERNON– Four Lady Spartan volleyball players have received all-conference honors.
The WaMaC Conference released its all-conference selections Oct. 19 for both East and West Division All-WaMaC Volleyball Teams.
Senior Grace Keith and junior Rachael Nelson were named to the Second Team, while juniors Taylor Moore and Abby Smith were named to the Honorable Mention squad.
Solon finished the season with a 3-4 conference record and a 15-20 record overall.
Maggie Willems, of Mount Vernon, was named Coach of the Year for the East Division.

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Trojans shut out the Bulldogs

West High returns to Class 4A championship to face Dowling again

CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Trojans will meet the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:06 p.m. in the UNI-Dome for the 2017 Class 4A state football championship.
It’s a rematch, and the Maroons prevailed 23-10 in last year’s championship bout.
The Trojan defense held Bettendorf scoreless in a 23-0 semifinal win Friday, Nov. 10, in the UNI-Dome. The win was the second shutout of the season for West High and ended the Bulldogs’ season at 10-2.

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Reward for 10 Trojans on National Signing Day

Ten West High student athletes declare their plans

IOWA CITY– Relief and excitement mingled Wednesday, Nov. 8, as 10 Iowa City West High student athletes participated in a National Signing Day event in the West High cafeteria.
Athletic Director Craig Huegel recognized Logan Cook, Rachael Saunders, Michael Schilling, Kylie Heisdorffer, Braden Houston, Ruby Martin, Colby Greene, Maddie Laffey, Chandler Haight and Keimoney Lang.

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2017-18 West Boys Basketball preview

Trojans ready to defend state championship

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IOWA CITY– The 2017-18 season for the defending Class 4A state champion Iowa City West High varsity boys basketball team has the potential to open with a milestone for head coach Steve Bergman.
Bergman, in his 28th season with the Trojans, has a 499-143 record coming into the new season. Bergman already has 500 career wins, with a 544-179 record overall, but is on the doorstep of 500 wins at West.

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CCA Varsity Boys Basketball preview

an athletic work in progress

CCA Varsity Boys Basketball preview
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TIFFIN– Brandon Clubb’s first year at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball program was rough. Several key student athletes graduated, and he was replacing longtime coach Steve Ottoson. For the superstitious, it was also his 13th year as a coach with a dozen years at North Tama (Traer), where he compiled a 165-137 record. He hit rough seas with the Clippers and a 2-20 record overall, 0-18 WaMaC record and 0-14 WaMaC West Division showing.

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The call of duty leads to interim coach for Clipper grapplers

CCA Varsity Wrestling preview

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TIFFIN– Military obligations led Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Head Varsity Wrestling Coach Kyle Forness to take a leave of absence this year, leading to the appointment of Jackson Litterer as Interim Head Coach for the 2017-18 season.
The Clippers went 8-12 overall last season with a 3-7 showing in the WaMaC Conference.
District qualifier Andrew Rohret is back in the line-up at 145 pounds as a junior. Senior Tanner Cochran (220 pounds) and sophomore Sam Stevens (106 pounds) round out the returning starters for the Creek Boys.

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UNBELIEVABLE

Hawk Talk

Iowa upsets No. 3
Ohio State, 55-24

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa’s first game ever against Ohio State was in 1922 and the Hawkeyes won, 12-9.
The Hawks actually won the first three of four and four out of the first eight, but since then only 11 more wins in the last 85 years, including last Saturday’s 55-24 upset.
That’s 15 victories since the series started.
The overall record is now 15-47-3.