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Sports

Spartan wrestlers place at State

Linderbaum 3rd, Gnida 4th, Bevans takes 6th for Spartans

DES MOINES– They came back a long way after losing a lot of talent.
A state champion and a runner-up from last year’s title team were gone to graduation, but Solon’s varsity wrestling team still made its run at both the Class 2A State Dual and State Individual tournaments in Des Moines Feb. 14-17.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum finished third at 285 pounds while sophomore Zeb Gnida (120) captured fourth and junior Zack Bevans (152) took sixth to propel Solon to a tie for 13th with Crestwood in the individual meet.

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Solon boys win playoff opener, 58-31

3A semifinal Feb. 22 against Fairfield

SOLON– It was over early against the Chiefs.
Solon’s varsity boys basketball team rolled past Keokuk 58-31 in the opening round of playoff action at home Monday, Feb. 19,
The Spartans held the Chiefs to five points offensively in the first quarter and held a 33-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes when Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing liberally substituted from his bench.

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Spartans end regular season with win

Twenty steals helped offset a cold shooting night.

VINTON– Solon’s varsity boys basketball team ended the regular season with a 48-33 road win against Vinton-Shellsburg Thursday, Feb. 15.
The victory improved the Spartans to 14-7 on the season, and dropped the Vikings to 5-16.
Solon shot well below its season average offensively, but made up for it with disrupting the Viking defense.
“Even though we might not have shot the ball well, there were still some easy baskets in there, off those steals,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “And then it’s also that they’re just not very comfortable making passes or running their offense.”

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Brands wins third state wrestling championship

IC West crowns two champs at individual tournament

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands, a senior, finished his high school wrestling career with his third consecutive Class 3A state championship Saturday, Feb. 17, on the mats inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Brands went 4-0 in the tournament with two technical falls, a win by fall (pin) and win by decision and improved his record to 55-1.

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Eagles fly away with Creek Girls’ tourney hopes

Wahlert Catholic defeats CCA in regional semifinal

TIFFIN– A brief, early lead disintegrated Saturday, Feb. 17, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball team as it took on the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School in a class 4A regional semifinal in Tiffin. Wahlert took the contest 64-56 and advanced to the regional final Tuesday, Feb. 20, against Marion at Marion High School while the Creek Girls retired for the season with an 11-11 record overall.

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Golden Eagles end Lighting girls’ debut season

DBQ Wahlert defeats Liberty in regional quarterfinal, 64-51

DUBUQUE– The first season of varsity girls basketball at Liberty High School has come to an end.
The Lightning fell, 64-51, in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School.

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Brands earns Athlete of the year

Trojans well represented in MVC All-Division Wrestling selections

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands earned Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year honor in the conference’s 2017-2018 All-Division Wrestling selections released Monday, Feb. 12.
Brands, a senior, carried a 51-1 record into the state tournament.

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2018 Shrine All-Star Rosters released

Brimeyer, Buchanan will represent CCA and IC West

URBANDALE– The Iowa High School Football Coaches Association has selected the coaches and players for the 2018 Shrine All-Star Football Classic, to be played Saturday, July 21, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls starting at 4 p.m.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Head Coach Gabe Bakker was selected to be an assistant coach for the South Team headed up by Sam Anderson of Urbandale. Matt Malausky of Lenox, Lorenzo White of Woodward Academy, Nick Ehret of Central Lee and Aaron Wiley of Bettendorf round out the coaching staff.

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Indians top Creek Boys for the second time

Marion wins, 57-41

TIFFIN– The Marion Indians handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team a 57-41 loss on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Clippers’ homeport. It was the second time this season the Creek Boys fell to Marion, the first coming Jan. 12, in Marion, when the Indians reigned, 60-37.
The Clippers and Indians were knotted in a 12-12 tie at the end of the first period, but Marion charged ahead to a 26-18 halftime lead and was up 44-27 going into the final quarter.

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Creek Boys finish regular season with win

Schwarting’s 18 pts lead CCA past Anamosa, 62-54

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys basketball team finished the 2017-18 regular season with a 62-54 win at home over the Blue Raiders of Anamosa Thursday, Feb. 15. The win gave the Clippers a 9-12 record heading into Class 3A substate competition and a shot at the state tournament in Des Moines.
The Creek Boys trailed 12-11 at the end of the first period, but rallied back to a 33-26-halftime lead, and held a 48-43 advantage going into the final quarter.

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Warriors deflect Lightning

CR Washington defeats Liberty girls, 66-32

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity girls basketball team ended the regular season with a 66-32 loss on the road, in Cedar Rapids, at Washington High School. The Warriors pounded the Lightning, 24-13, in the first period and never looked back on their way to their 12th win of the season.
Isabel Smith led the Lightning with 11 points, while Emily Larsen contributed nine and Cora Saunders produced eight. Sam McPherson and Megan Davis were held to only two points apiece on the night.

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The pins weren’t kind enough

West High bowlers come up short at state qualifying meet

WATERLOO– Iowa City West High’s green and gold will not be seen at the 2018 State Coed Bowling Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo. The Trojans and Women of Troy came up a few pins short of qualifying any individuals in a state qualifying meet on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Cadillac Lanes.

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