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Sports

Trojans escape Cougars and return to state

IC West beats CR Kennedy to 4A substate

CEDAR RAPIDS– Bergie was almost at a loss for words. Bergie is Steve Bergman, Iowa City West High head varsity boys basketball coach, and rarely is he left struggling to find the words to express himself.
However, after his Trojans struggled against Cedar Rapids Kennedy Tuesday, Feb. 27, in a Class 4A substate final at the U.S. Cellular Center, Bergie seemed to be processing the game as he met with reporters after the 49-40 win.

Solon boys stopped short of state

After beating Fairfield Spartans fall to Mt. Pleasant

MUSCATINE– It was tough for Solon Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing to have no practice Tuesday.
“It’s probably been the most fun and energetic group, man, practices were awesome,” Pershing lamented.
His varsity Spartans saw their season end Monday, Feb. 26, at the hands of the No. 1 Mount Pleasant Panthers in a Class 3A Substate 5 in Muscatine, just shy of the state basketball tournament.
The 21-3 Panthers took advantage early, building a 37-18 halftime lead and holding Solon off for a 68-47 final.

3 All-WaMaC Lady Spartans

Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty and Abby Smith named

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans were well represented when the 2017-18 area girls’ conference basketball honor teams were announced. During a season where the Lady Spartans regular season record was 6-15 and they suffered a first round postseason loss to the Monticello Panthers, three Lady Spartans were recognized for their performance on the hardwood.

Snider selected for US National fencing team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Maggie Snider, of Solon, was selected to the US National Team for the 2018 Pan American Junior Fencing Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Women of Troy advance

IC West upsets W. Des Moines Dowling, 63-53

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy were down 10 points to the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter of a Class 5A state tournament quarterfinal game Monday, Feb. 26, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. But then Lauren Zacharias nailed a 3-point basket to cut the gap. Cailyn Morgan sank another 3-pointer and West was only down by four points. Another three from Zacharias shortly after, and West was ahead by one point, 45-44.

Four Women of Troy MVC All-Division bowlers

Alexie Little earns First Team honors

IOWA CITY– Four Iowa City West High varsity girls bowlers earned recognition from the Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) for their efforts in the 2017-18 season with the Friday, Feb. 23, release of the All-Division selections.
Alexie Little, Chloe Beckler, Kylie Rohm and Megan Brown were awarded spots on the First Team, Honorable Mention and All Academic rosters.

Ft. Madison ends Liberty boys’ season

Heartbreak for the Bolts in 50-47 substate loss

MOUNT PLEASANT– The first season of varsity boys basketball at Liberty High School ended with a 50-47 loss in the first round of substate play Monday, Feb. 19, against Fort Madison, in Mount Pleasant, as part of a Class 3A Substate 5 doubleheader.
“Turnovers cost us at the end of the game,” Ordman said. “And (Kaleb) Cresswell knocked in four deep, deep threes while closely guarded. And they hit their free throws.”
Fort Madison senior Kaleb Cresswell led all scorers with 20 points.

Seven Women of Troy earn All-Division honors

Cook named Athlete of the Year, Mayer takes Coach of the Year

IOWA CITY– B.J. Mayer and the West High Women of Troy took many honors in the 2018 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Girls’ Basketball All-Division selections released Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Mayer and staff earned Mississippi Division Coach of the Year, while Logan Cook was named the Division Athlete of the Year.
Cook was also a unanimous First Team pick, along with Xavier’s Caitlynn Daniels and Waterloo West’s Na’ Tracia Ceasar.

Liberty High 2018 Track and Field preview

Liberty girls ready to light up the track

NORTH LIBERTY– They don’t yet have their own track to call home, but they’re ready to light up this spring as only Lightning can. They’re the first girls track and field team for Liberty High School, in North Liberty, and will see action soon as the 2018 track and field season gets underway.
Head Coach Keaton Rickels, a native of Iowa Falls, leads the Lightning.
Rickels competed in football, track and wrestling.
“I was fortunate to have my father as a coach throughout my athletic career and I think that motivated me to want to coach,” he said.

IC West boys varsity track and field preview

Trojans ready to return to the track

IOWA CITY– 2017 was a good year for the Iowa City West High varsity boys track and field team. The Trojans were Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) divisional champions, district champions and the ninth-place team (in overall points) at the State Coed Track Meet. In addition, Travis Craig and staff earned MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
2018 looks to be as good, if not better.
Craig, in his third year leading the program, said the team has a lot of fresh new faces to blend with an already solid group of veterans who have come out for track this season.

Trojans roll in substate semifinal

IC West defeats CR Washington, 66-46

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity boys basketball team put themselves one game away from yet another Class 4A state tournament appearance with a 66-46 substate semifinal win at home over Cedar Rapids Washington Friday, Feb. 23. It was the second victory over the Warriors as the Trojans prevailed 73-52 at Wash in January.
The Trojans, plagued by an uncharacteristically high number of turnovers, foiled the Warriors with their characteristically high signature defense. West led 11-4 at the end of the first period and racked up a 31-16 halftime lead.

CCA girls track and field preview

Creek Girls ready to set sail for success

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls track and field program has experienced a surge in growth, which Coach Jane Astor said, brings “a lot of promising young talent.”
Astor is in her 28th season with the Clippers and has 12th-season Assistant Coach Teri Schultejans at her side again along with Bob Broghammer and many volunteer coaches. The Creek Girls were 12th in the 2017 WaMaC Conference Meet and eighth in the state qualifying meet.