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Sports

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org.
The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated.
Interested runners/walkers do not need to be pre-registered in order to participate.

On top of his game

Solon’s Sterling McIlravy wins Junior PGA honors, looks forward to 2017 golf season

SOLON– You could say 2016 was a “sterling” year for Sterling McIlravy.
The homeschooled student athlete, who competes with Solon High School in golf and basketball, was named the 2016 Iowa Junior PGA Player of the Year (Boys 16-18) this past summer.

Josie Durr unanimous All-WaMaC First Team pick

Three Lady Spartans earn All-Division honors

Solon Economist
SOLON– Senior Josie Durr was a unanimous First Team selection on the 2017 WaMaC All-Conference Teams in the East Division.
Three varsity girls basketball players from Solon earned spots on the division’s honor list.
Joining Durr were junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty, both Honorable Mention selections.
Durr scored 17.3 points per game to lead the Lady Spartans in the 2016-17 season. She shot 36.9 percent from the field, 69.1 percent from the free throw line and had 36 assists. She also led the team defensively with 164 steals and 11 blocks.

IC West defeats Muscatine, 83-44, in 4A substate final

Trojans mar the Muskies on way to state

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Class 4A substate final game on Tuesday, Feb. 28, between the Iowa City West High Trojans and the Muskies of Muscatine was billed as a clash of the titans, but ended up as another routine outing for the Trojans as they put away the Muskies, 83-44, to return to the state tournament in Des Moines.

West High’s track and field season opens at Wartburg

Welch, Nock, Haight earn wins for the Women of Troy

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WAVERLY– While the Iowa City West High basketball teams were tuning up for state tournament appearances, the track and field teams opened their season with an indoor meet at Wartburg College in Waverly on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Valley crushes West’s championship hopes

Win over Waukee leads to loss in semifinals for Women of Troy

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy made their fifth state basketball tournament appearance under Coach B.J. Mayer, and had their hopes for a Class 5A championship crushed by the Tigers of Valley, West Des Moines, in the semifinal round on Friday, March 3, in a 55-48 loss.

Preview: New year, new faces for Trojan track and field team

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IOWA CITY– Head coach T.J. Craig has a simple philosophy for the Iowa City West High boys track and field program as the 2017 season begins.
“Every year is a new year, with new and surprising developments,” Craig said.
It’s the second year for Craig at the top of the program and his 12th year overall. Last year, the Trojans were fourth in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) divisional meet and placed 18th in team points at the Class 4A state meet. The Trojans took seven events to the Drake Relays and qualified six events for the state meet.

Two big wins…NCAA or NIT?

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The Iowa men had two games last week, beating Indiana in overtime at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 96-90, and going to Maryland Saturday and coming home with a convincing 83-69 win.
The Hawks sit at 16-13, 8-8 in the Big Ten with two games left plus the Big Ten Tournament.
Will that be enough for a NCAA bid?
Probably not, but they have a chance to play in the NIT if they finish with a winning record.
The Indiana win was Iowa’s fourth overtime game so far this season.
Iowa beat Michigan and Indiana in single overtime.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 4

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 4, at 8 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Solon fencer Maggie Snider medals at Junior Olympic National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Maggie Snider, of Solon, competed in the USA Fencing (USAF) Junior Olympics, taking seventh place in the Junior Women’s Epee event. Junior Olympics is the USAF National Championship tournament for college age fencers.
The event included 208 athletes representing Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Temple and several other NCAA Division I squads.

Fifth trip to state for Women of Troy

Iowa City West High edges SE Polk, 60-54, in 5A regional final

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy survived a Class 5A regional final Tuesday, Feb. 21, at home to return to the state tournament after missing out last year.
West knocked off the Rams of Southeast Polk, 60-54, to advance and face Waukee in the quarterfinal rounds of the state tournament on Wednesday, March 1, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Waukee denied West a tournament trip last year with a 70-68 loss in a 5A regional final at Waukee.

No. 1 Hawks end Creek Boys’ season

West Delaware blows clippers out of the water, 65-35

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MANCHESTER– The anchor dropped to end the 2016-17-varsity boys basketball season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Monday, Feb. 20, at West Delaware High School in Manchester. The Creek Boys drew the No. 1 team in Class 3A for the first round of substate play. The Hawks (22-0) scorched the Clippers, 65-35.