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Jewell and Jackson - consensus All-Americans

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Before the season started, Iowa had 23 consensus All-Americans.
Now it has 25.
To be a consensus All-American, you have to be on at least three All-American teams.
Josey Jewell and Josh Jackson were named on the Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, the AFCA and the FWAA All-American first team squads.
This is the fifth time in Hawkeye program history two Hawks earned consensus All-American in the same season.

Jerry Linderbaum alumni tournament, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Solon wrestlers take first at Regina

Solon wrestlers put loss to West Delaware behind them,

SOLON– Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams didn’t want Thursday’s results to carry over to Saturday.
The Spartan varsity wrestlers were handed a convincing 48-23 loss by West Delaware at home Dec. 14.
“Although it was a disappointing night, the message to the team was learn from it and to put it behind us,” Williams said. “It is a quick turnaround Saturday.”
The team responded with an overwhelming win at the 14-team Regina Invitational Dec. 16.

Spartans surge

The Solon boys split a pair of conference games

SOLON–The Spartan varsity basketball team ran away late from Anamosa in a 62-48 home win Dec. 12, but fell to Beckman Catholic at Dyersville, 70-60.
The loss dropped Solon to 4-2 on the season.
Hosting Anamosa, the Spartans took control of the game in the second quarter, limiting the Blue Raiders to just three points for a 20-16 halftime edge.
Solon added cushion to the lead in the third quarter and held a 46-36 advantage heading into the fourth.

Lady Spartans let two get away

Solon girls fall to Anamosa, 55-36, and Beckman, 57-43

SOLON– Solon’s girls dropped to 2-7 last week with losses to Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman.
The Lady Spartans traveled to Anamosa on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and came out flat, losing 55-36. It was the return to play of Solon junior Taylor Ryan.
Solon kept pace with the Raiders in the first quarter, trailing 15-12, but the Blue Raiders silenced the Lady Spartans in the second period, outscoring them 14-1, for a 29-13 halftime score.

Creek Girls escape Vikettes’

CCA holds off Vinton-Shellsburg upset bid, 49-42

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 2-4 with a 49-42 win over the Vinton-Shellsburg (VS) Vikettes on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at home.

Creek Boys capsized by the Trojans

South Tama pushes past CCA, 70-52

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys attempted to ride a wave of momentum in the wake of a Dec. 12 win (the first of the season) over Benton Community as they took on the visiting Trojans of South Tama. Unfortunately for the Creek Boys, the wave quickly turned into a riptide as the Trojans capsized the Clippers early and took a 70-52 win Dec. 15.
CCA trailed throughout the contest and went from a five-point deficit at 16-11 at the end of the first period to a 33-19 gap at halftime.
South Tama led 42-30 going into the final quarter.

Little Hawks upset Women of Troy

City High tops West High, 53-40, now No. 1 in 5A

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IOWA CITY– City High’s Little Hawks moved from No. 3 in Class 5A basketball to the top spot after upsetting the West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Dec. 12, at City High.
The Little Hawks won the contest, 53-40, and knocked West from No. 2 to the No. 3 spot in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings issued Thursday, Dec. 14.
West High held a 14-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter and was up, 18-15, at halftime following a low-scoring second period, which saw only four West High points and five City High points in the quarter.

Lightning scorches the Tigers

Liberty boys defeat Tipton, 60-49

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TIPTON– The Liberty High varsity boys basketball squad is quickly learning how to travel and navigate an oddball schedule.
The team, in its first year, is not affiliated with any athletic conference (Liberty will officially join the Mississippi Valley Conference in the 2018-19 academic year). This means rather than playing a typical schedule against conference opponents, the Lightning play on atypical days against pretty much any team with an open date or looking for an extra game.

Creek Boys snap losing streak

CCA beats Vinton-Shellsburg

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VINTON– Brandon Clubb and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak to pick up their first win of the 2017-18 season Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Vinton, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. CCA won the varsity contest, 60-50.
The Creek Boys held the lead throughout the game, leading 17-15 at the end of the first period and holding a 29-21 advantage at halftime. Darius Moore led the Clippers with 22 points, while Tyler Schrepfer contributed 16 and Jordan Wolfe added eight. T.J. Bollers led the Creek Boys on the boards with seven rebounds.

Dubuque and Waterloo defeat Liberty wrestlers

Rams, Trojans give Lightning a tough night

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WATERLOO– Liberty High’s inaugural varsity wrestling team was handed a setback Thursday, Dec. 14, in a double dual at Waterloo East High School against the Trojans and Dubuque Senior’s Rams.
East defeated the Lightning, 54-12, with Liberty’s Jared Alger (132 pounds) taking a 10-6 decision from East’s Brayden Good, Ashton Barker (152) taking a 12-8 decision from East’s Antonio Rodriguez and Jacob Morgan (160) pinning East High’s Andrew Mora in 2:43.

Little Hawks’ Invitational

West High swimmers beat City by four points for 5th

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IOWA CITY– For the second time in one week, Iowa City West High’s Trojan swimmers defeated crosstown rival City High by four points.
The first came on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the squads met in the Mercer Park Aquatic Center for the annual rivalry dual meet, which West High won 87-83.
The second came Saturday, Dec. 16, as the teams tangled in City High’s Little Hawk Invitational.