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Sports

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.

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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Iowa women win in OT, 71-68

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women traveled to East Lansing last week to take on the Spartans.
Iowa controlled the first half and led 37-36 at halftime, but Michigan State took control in the second half, leading by as much as five points.
Megan Gustafson made two free throws to tie the game at 65 at the end of regulation, then made two more in OT to ice the game.
The saying goes that numbers don’t lie... which isn’t always true.
The Hawks had 24 turnovers which resulted in a 24-10 advantage by the Spartans on points off turnovers.

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Hawkeyes take out Gophers

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Iowa Hawkeye men showed up with Jekyll (the good guy) leading the way in their 94-80 win over Minnesota last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The winning formula was simple.
Six players in double figures, shoot 55 percent from the field, 48 percent from three, 22 assists and only eight turnovers.

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Wrestlers win two

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers took out Minnesota Friday at Carver, 34-7.
Sunday, they wrestled Northwestern and crushed the Wildcats, 33-2
Minnesota is not the strongest they’ve been, but it’s always nice to beat the Gophers in anything.
The Golden Gophers had six wrestlers ranked and the Hawks won five of those matches.
Brandon Sorensen started the meet with a pin at 149 pounds.
That’s Brandon’s sixth pin of the year, second in a row and moves the second-ranked wrestler to a 17-0 record.

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New football recruits have talent

Hawk Talk

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Hawkeyes finished up their 2018 recruiting class by signing four more recruits.
Iowa signed 18 players in the early signing period in December and it looks like a very talented class, the best since 2011.
The Hawks picked up three four-star recruits on defense and one four-star on offense.
I was able to talk to defensive line coach Reese Morgan about the new kids on the block and he had a lot of good things to say.

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Sectional champions

Solon advances to regional duals; 11 Spartans head for district meet

SOLON– With four champions and seven runners-up, the Solon Spartans ran away with the team title at a Class 2A sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, in Solon.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers compiled 243.5 points for a comfortable lead over second-place Mount Vernon in the six-team field that also included Central DeWitt (160.5), Camanche (152), Tipton (108.5) and Northeast (101).
The sectional win advanced Solon to a regional dual meet Feb. 6 in West Liberty with the chance to qualify for the state dual meet in Des Moines Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Spartans down Cardinals in OT

60-57 win moves Spartan boys to 12-7 with two games left

SOLON– It took overtime, but the Solon Spartans defended their home court against an improved Maquoketa squad with a 60-57 win Friday, Feb. 2.
The Cardinals had started the season losing six of their first seven games, but were 5-1 in their last six and matched the Spartans score for score in the second half of another nail-biter.

Girls win senior sendoff

Lady Spartans break losing streak, 49-40, over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans sent off their seniors with a win, to accompany the special recognition prior to the game, on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, on the home hardwood.
The Friday, Feb. 2, game was closely contested and one of Solon’s best games for valuing the ball all season, but the Lady Spartans fell short in a loss to Maquoketa on the road, 56-46.

Lightning sweeps home doubleheader

Knock off W. Delaware and Wapsie Valley

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity basketball squads swept a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 3, at home with a pair of late-season wins.
The Lightning girls snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Hawks of West Delaware, 55-48, while the boys held on for a dramatic 48-46 win over Wapsie Valley.
The Liberty girls started out against West Delaware with a 5-0 lead thanks to a 3-point basket by Cora Saunders and a field goal from Megan Davis. Liberty took the first period 14-11, but trailed 23-20 at halftime.