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Sports

MS robotics team qualifies for regional

MASON CITY– On Saturday, Jan. 16, Team #367D, Trial and Error, with students Kaleb Burkum, Mason Dibble and Ethan Swan, were the alliance tournament champions at the Lincoln Robotics Tournament in Mason City.
They qualified to compete in the Heartland Regional VEX Robotics championship Feb. 26-27 in Omaha, against 31 other qualifying middle school teams from Iowa and Nebraska.
The team also qualified to compete at the US Open VEX Robotics Championship with the top 100 middle school teams in the United States, April 7-9.

Spartans send nine to districts

Solon second to Mt. Vernon; Spartans qualify for regional dual meet Feb. 9

CASCADE– A total of nine Spartan wrestlers will advance to the district meet Saturday, Feb. 13, at Central Clinton of DeWitt.
Solon’s varsity wrestling squad took second place overall at the sectional meet held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Cascade, just points behind of first place Mount Vernon. The Mustangs took the team scoring with 244 points, just a nip and a tuck ahead of Solon with 240.5. Dubuque Walhert was a distant third with 157.5 points, while host Cascade, Monticello and Anamosa rounded out the bottom half of the standings.

The difference a day can make

Lady Spartans go 1-1 in back-to-back games

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans hit the road to Manchester late in the week to meet the West Delaware Hawks on Thursday, Feb. 4– a make-up of the first match-up of the season which was postponed from early January.
The change in the game, or the change in start time to 6 p.m., or the weather change or something changed and threw Solon’s play for a loop, and they fell uncharacteristically to the Hawks, 49-29.

Solon boys fall to Maquoketa

SOLON– If Solon only had been playing against Maquoketa’s Abe Kinrade and Jon Ernst, it would have been a two-point win.
Unfortunately, five other players scored for Maquoketa Feb. 5 in Solon, handing the Spartans their fifth loss in a row, 69-52.
Kinrade and Ernst each had 25 points for the Cardinals, almost eclipsing the whole of Solon scoring. With the win, Maquoketa avenged a Jan.12 home loss (92-78) at the hands of the Spartans.

West knocks off CR Jefferson and Xavier

Two nights, two games, two wins for Trojans

IOWA CITY– Two nights, two games and two wins.
That’s how Iowa City West High’s Trojans spent Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6.
Bergie’s Boys blasted the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 102-74, in the J-Hawks’ nest on Friday and returned home for a match-up against Cedar Rapids Xavier, which was rescheduled from Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Trojans sullied the Saints, 72-55.

Creek Girls win two in a row

CCA knocks off Williamsburg, Independence in consecutive games

TIFFIN– Put two more wins in the book for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball squad. The Clippers knocked off rival Williamsburg, 51-35, Thursday, Feb. 4, at home and put away the visiting Mustangs of Independence, 44-35, 24 hours later.
Erin Navara led the Creek Girls with 18 points (including three 3-point goals) against Williamsburg, backed up by Be DeShaw’s 12. Claire Navara scored nine (all 3-point goals) in the game, which was a make-up of a weather postponement from Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Women of Troy beat Jefferson J-Hawks, 65-56

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IOWA CITY– A 25-point effort by the West High Women of Troy in the first period set the tone early Friday, Feb. 5, as the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks visited and fell, 65-56. The J-Hawks managed 18 points in the first quarter, but only found nine points in the second to trail the Women of Troy, 42-27.
Jefferson bounced back in the second half, out-scoring West 13-9 in the third, but West High held onto a 51-40 advantage going into the final period. Again the J-Hawks challenged and out-scored West 16-14, but the lead held.

Hawks sock it to the Trojans

Cedar Rapids Prairie 51, Iowa City West High wrestlers 13

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High wrestlers finished the regular season on a sour note Tuesday, Feb. 4, as the Prairie Hawks, of Cedar Rapids Prairie, rolled them, 51-13, in varsity action in Cedar Rapids.
While no pins were recorded for the Trojans, Nelson Brands took a 19-7 major decision from Prairie’s Casey Hogan at 145 pounds, Carter Rohweder took a 7-4 decision from Prairie’s Derek Horak and Donovan Doyle won his 195-pound match against Prairie’s Taylor Mehmen with a 5-3 decision. In the 138-pound match, Jeff Garbutt took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Mason Johnson.

Clipper wrestlers sixth at 2A sectional meet

Murphy and Jensen advance to district meet at CCA

LA PORTE CITY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and David Jensen survived a Class 2A sectional wrestling meet Saturday, Feb. 6, at LaPorte City-Union and will wrestle in district competition at CCA on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Murphy was the runner-up in 132-pound competition while Jensen was second at 152 pounds. The winner and runner-up in sectionals advance to district competition for a shot at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

West swimmers district champs, on to state

Keen is Athlete of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan swimmers splashed their competition Saturday, Feb. 6, in a district meet hosted by City High at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojans won the district championship with 464 team points to top Muscatine (332.5), City High (312), Marshalltown (253), Burlington (197.5), Ottumwa (179), Grinnell-BGM (120) and Williamsburg (68).

West varsity splits on the lanes with Jefferson

Erica and Corey Roth earn top scores

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Erica and Corey Roth led the way for Iowa City West High’s bowlers Friday, Feb. 5, in a match against Cedar Rapids Jefferson in Cedar Rapids.
Erica was the top bowler for the varsity Women of Troy with 388 and led West to a 2,452 to 2, 448 win. Corey Roth led the varsity Trojans against the J-Hawks with 435, but West fell 2,997 to 2,898.
Both of West’s junior varsity (JV) squads were victorious, with the boys winning 2,448 to 2,407, led by Kalen Rios’ top score of 395, and the girls won 1,969 to 1,618, led by Shatiana Cooper’s 289.

Sign up now for youth baseball, softball

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website, www.eteamz.com/NLYBS.