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Sports

2nd annual winter games Feb. 3 and 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter– North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer– is back with two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. 

Creek Girls scuttle Vikettes

CCA improves to 4-3 with 50-17 win over Vinton-Shellsburg

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VINTON– After three losses to ranked teams, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls got back on the winning track Tuesday, Dec. 13, with a 50-17 win over the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg in Vinton.
CCA took a 15-7 lead after the first period and were up, 30-11, at halftime. The Creek Girls completely shut down the Vikettes in the third period, taking the quarter, 15-0, for a 45-11 lead going into the final period.

City High wrestlers beat West, 33-31

One freshman, two points seal Trojans’ fate

IOWA CITY– It all came down to a pair of freshmen in the final match of the night as rivals Iowa City High and Iowa City West High met in a dual meet Thursday, Dec. 15, at West High.
The City High Little Hawks took the Junior Varsity (JV) meet 51-22 with West High’s Kaleb Williams taking a 16-7 major decision (MD) from City’s Matt Rew in the 120-pound match and West High’s Alec Shifflet pinning City’s Jack Bacon in 1:16 for the 160-pound match.

Creek Boys 10th at Lynx wrestling invitational

Murphy third at 138 pounds

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TROY MILLS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clipper wrestlers traveled to the frozen northern edge of Linn County and North Linn High School Saturday, Dec. 17, for the 2016 Lynx Invitational. The Clippers finished 10th in a 13-team field led by champion Solon (236.5 points). WaMaC rivals Williamsburg and Center Point-Urbana were second (218.0) and fifth (118.5), respectively, while the host Lynx were fourth (119.0).
Quinn Murphy had the best day for CCA with a third-place showing at 138 pounds.

Indians and Trojans pin the Clippers

Creek boys falls to Marion and South Tama

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MARION– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity wrestlers dropped both legs of a triangular meet against the Marion Indians and South Tama Trojans Thursday, Dec. 15, at Marion High School.

Iowa City West rolls over City High, 78-27

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IOWA CITY– Athletic contests between Iowa City High and Iowa City West High are usually high-drama affairs with the atmosphere of a regional final. However, the West High Trojans rolled over their rivals, 78-27, Tuesday, Dec. 13, at home in rather anticlimactic fashion.
The game started close with West edging ahead by two baskets for a 20-16 lead at the end of the first period. The rest of the game was solidly and decisively West High’s as they held the Little Hawks to two points in the second period, seven in the third and two points in the final eight minutes.

City High ends Women of Troy’s unbeaten streak

City High edges West, 74-73, in overtime

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IOWA CITY– It’s always a battle royale when Iowa City’s West High and City High meet on the basketball floor. Tuesday, Dec. 13, was no exception as the Little Hawks took on the Women of Troy at West. Both teams entered the contest unbeaten with 5-0 records. When the final buzzer sounded, the Little Hawks had flown away with the 74-73 win, and broke West High’s win streak.

Trojans sink Little Hawks in rivalry swimming dual, 112-57

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CORALVILLE– The Iowa City West High Trojan swimmers put up a pair of wins in the 2016-2017 rivalry with cross town City High Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Coralville Recreation Center. West’s varsity won, 112-57, while the junior varsity crew took care of business with a 130-26 win.
The Trojans dominated the meet as City High swimmers only won three events: the 200-yard varsity Individual Medley (IM), varsity 100-yard backstroke and varsity 100-yard breaststroke.

It’s a Hawkeye state

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes played the Cyclones three times last week, twice in basketball and once in wrestling.
All were in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and all three were Hawkeye wins.
I know Iowa and Iowa State play for the Cy-Hawk trophy every year. That includes over 14 different competitions between the schools, but when the Hawks win the big four– football, men’s and women’s basketball and wrestling– in my opinion it’s a Hawkeye state.

Hawkeye men

First Iowa beat Stetson, 95-68, and then they took out Iowa State, 78-64.

Hawkeye wrestling

Hawk Talk

For the 13th straight time, the Hawkeyes were too much for the Cyclones and Iowa won last Saturday, 26-9.
Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorensen (149) and Sammy Brooks (184) picked up bonus points for Iowa, but Head Coach Tom Brands said there is a lot of work to be done.
“We were in some holes and the good thing is we bailed ourselves out of some holes,” said the head coach. “Our guys need to be thinking about scoring points when they’re out there. Guys don’t fall down when you blow on them. They fall down when you put them down.”

Solon wrestlers champions at South Tama Duals

Short-handed Spartans defeat Mustangs, Blazers

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
MOUNT VERNON– Despite some of its key wrestlers out with injuries or sickness, the Solon varsity wrestling team remained undefeated in dual appearances last week.
The Spartans conquered both the Mustangs and Blazers at a triangular dual Thursday, Dec. 8, in Mount Vernon with Beckman Catholic, and took first place at the seven-team South Tama Duals over the weekend.

Solon edged by Sabers, walloped by Bobcats

SOLON– It turned cold Dec. 6 in Solon.
Both the Lady Spartans and the Sabers of Central DeWitt had trouble executing offensively in the WaMaC opener.
Solon shot 27 percent from the field, including 1 of 11 (nine percent) from the three-point line, but still had pulled ahead for a two-point lead to start the fourth quarter.
But the Lady Spartans would only muster six points in the final frame and fell to Central DeWitt, 40-36.