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Sports

Season’s end

Lady Spartans fall to North Scott after defeating Maquoketa in first round

ELDRIDGE– The season came to an end for the Lady Spartans over the weekend, but not without a valiant effort.
Solon’s girls fell to North Scott in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal Saturday at Eldridge, 63-51.
After falling behind by 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans played the Lancers evenly the rest of the way.

Linn-Mar Lions end season for Women of Troy

West falls in regional semifinal, 46-37

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
MARION– They fought hard to the bitter end, but a strong second half performance by the Linn-Mar Lions ended the season for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Saturday night, Feb. 22, in the Lions’ gym.
Linn-Mar took the Class 5A regional semifinal game, 46-37.

Six point spread seals win for Solon, 68-62

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

CCA boys: Clippers end regular season with 6-14 record

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

West wrestlers stopped short of championships

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans crowned no champions at the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament held last Thursday (Feb. 20) through Saturday (Feb. 22) in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The team placed seventh overall in team points with 59, while Bettendorf placed first with 162. Chris Walters’ third-place finish at 126 pounds marked the highest finish in the tournament for West. Tanner Rohweder (113-pounds) was fourth, John Milani (160) placed fifth, Donovan Doyle (182) posted a seventh-place finish and Micah Kelsay (220) had an eighth-place showing.

We Run second anniversary Lucky Run to be March 29

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, LLC, is celebrating its second anniversary with a Lucky Run. Register for the 1K, 5K or 10K run that will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. at the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty. Participants will receive a finishing medal and T-shirt for their entry fee. Register at www.werunllc.com/Lucky_Run.php. Portions of the race proceeds will benefit local youth fitness and Soles4Souls. Direct questions to kris.tharp@werunllc.com or call 319-626-2426.

Most wins ever

When the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Northwestern last week 90-84, Lisa Bluder not only passed Vivian Stringer for the most wins (270) in school history, she topped Tom Davis, the former men’s head basketball coach.
What are the chances of head coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball teams to finish their careers with exactly 269 victories?
All five Iowa starters were in double figures, with Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic leading the way.
That’s the way Lisa coaches basketball, and why she has been so successful.

Four Spartans heading to state

Gnida, Steuhm, Evans and Linderbaum to wrestle in Des Moines this week

MARION– It’s off to Des Moines for four Solon wrestlers.
Louis Gnida (120 pounds), Kade Steuhm (132), Lance Evans (220) and Logan Linderbaum (285) qualified for the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament Saturday, battling their way through the district meet at Marion.
“We have high hopes and expectations for the kids down in Des Moines,” said head coach Brooks McLaren. “They are all capable of winning matches down there and we hope to see all four of them on the awards stand.”

Girls end regular season with a win

SOLON– The Lady Spartans ended the regular season on a high note.
Solon defeated Marion 42-33 Tuesday, Feb. 11, finishing 9-12 and winning three of its last four games.
“The Marion game was satisfying on many levels,” said head coach Tony Nicol. “We were without two starters– Ali Herdliska and Madi Shafer– due to injury and illness. Any time you can beat a team that beat you earlier in the year it is a great accomplishment, especially without two starters.”
The Lady Spartans out-scored Marion 13-5 in the second quarter to take the lead and then salted the game away late.

Free throws cost Spartans at home

SOLON– Solon shot the ball well from the free throw line.
But Assumption and Central DeWitt were nearly perfect.
Davenport Assumption’s Evan Wadsager was 14-14 from the line and Central DeWitt shot 33-34 to keep the Spartans at arm’s length during back-to-back home losses last week.
Solon fell to Davenport Assumption 70-66 Thursday night and lost to Central DeWitt Friday, 54-44.
“We really did some good things offensively,” head coach Brad Randall said of the Assumption game. “That’s probably the best job we’ve done scoring against them.”

City still no match for West High

Little Hawks 41, Trojans 73

IOWA CITY– It was probably like déjà vu for the City High Little Hawks last Tuesday night as once again the West High Trojans trounced them on the hardwood.
In early January, the Trojans journeyed across town to administer a 70-34 pounding of their rivals. In the Feb. 11 rematch, the second half of a girl-boy doubleheader in a packed West High gym, the Trojans came away with a 73-41 victory.

City sours Senior Night for Women of Troy

City 58, West High 42

IOWA CITY– Last year the West High Women of Troy beat rival City High 55-42 in a Class 5A regional final for the right to compete in the state tournament.
Last Tuesday night the City High Little Hawks got some revenge with a 58-42 win on Senior Night for West.