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Sports

CCA’s 53-40 win over Benton Community first postseason win in over a decade

TIFFIN– They extended their season and made history doing so.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team knocked off Benton Community, 53-40, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game for the first postseason win in the program’s history in well over a decade.

West High’s Nelson Brands shares Athlete of the Year honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley high school athletic Conference (MVC) announced its 2016-17 Wrestling All-Division selections Monday, Feb. 13. Doug Streicher and his staff at Linn-Mar took Coach of the Year honors along with Matt Orton and his staff at Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the Mississippi Division, which Iowa City West High belongs to.
West High’s Nelson Brands, a junior, and Jefferson’s Matt Culver, a senior, share the Division’s Athlete of the Year honors.

First round loss leads to consolation bracket woes

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) only wrestler to qualify for the 2017 state individual tournament found rough sailing in the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. Quinn Murphy, a 138-pound senior, fell in 56 seconds in the first round, forcing him into the consolation brackets. Murphy won a 15-0 Technical Fall over CLGL’s Mitch Van Beek in the first round of consolation action, but lost a 9-8 decision in the second round to Tanner Abbas of CGD in the second round to end his tournament appearance.

Women of Troy halfway to state with win over Lady Bulldogs

IC West cruises past Ottumwa 73-37 in 5A regional semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to being one game from the 2017 Class 5A state tournament with a 73-37 pounding of the Lady Bulldogs from Ottumwa Saturday, Feb. 18, at West High in a regional semifinal game.
The Women of Troy held nothing back as they ran up a 23-7 lead in the first period with the first seven points coming from Rachel Saunders, who opened the game with a 3-point basket. Logan Cook made it 11-3 with a rebound and basket while Paige Beckner and Katie McGrane added three points at the free throw line in the quarter.

Senior Day win for the Iowa wrestlers

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The Iowa wrestlers opened the weekend Friday night at Indiana crushing the Hoosiers, 33-7.
That was Iowa’s 22nd straight road dual win.
Senior day was on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Hawks handled the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 27-9.
Thomas Gilman (125 pounds) and Michael Kemerer (157) both had pins for the Hawks against the Hoosiers, but first I have to talk about Gilman’s pin the week before against Minnesota.

Eight to state

Spartans advance solo and as a team for state wrestling

SOLON– Last November, a state wrestling dual appearance was in the back of the Spartans’ minds as they began a second season under the only coach to ever get them there back in 2001.
Three months later, it’s on the forefront.
After an overwhelming victory at home Tuesday, Feb. 7, over Saydel (70-12) and Mount Vernon (51-18), Solon advanced to the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Dual Tournament. They were scheduled to wrestle Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a 9 a.m. quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Spartans spoil CCA Senior Night

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans fended off Clear Creek Amana (CCA) on the road Feb. 10, handing the Clippers an 82-50 varsity basketball loss on their Senior Night.
Solon broke open a tight game in the second quarter, outscoring CCA 21-10 on the way to a 36-22 halftime lead.

Lady Spartans end season against No. 10 Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– They’ve probably seen enough of the Mustangs for now.
Solon’s varsity girls ended their basketball season with a 52-36 loss to Mount Vernon Feb. 11 in Mount Vernon.
The Lady Spartans had concluded the regular season Feb. 7 hosting the Mustangs in a 61-41 loss, then faced Mount Vernon again four days later in the Class 3A Region 5 quarterfinal.
Solon’s season closed out with an 8-14 record.

CCA Dance Team competes nationally

ORLANDO, Fla.– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Dance Team traveled to Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 3-6 to compete at the Dance Team Union National Championship.
The team advanced to the finals round in Small Varsity Pom, placing seventh overall. This was the first time that the dance team has traveled to a national competition. The team is made up of 12 high school members, led by senior captains Katlyn Ernst, Skylar King and Nicolette Rohret.

Solon pulls away from CCA, 82-50

Spartans spoil Senior Night for Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team was dealt another blow in a difficult season Friday, Feb. 10, at home as the Solon Spartans sank the Clippers, 82-50, on Senior Night.

Trojans send five to state wrestling

Brands, Rohweder and Aguirre crowned district champions

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MOUNT PLEASANT– Iowa City West High is sending five wrestlers to the 2017 state championships Thursday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines after a Class 3A District 5 tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Mount Pleasant.

Women of Troy roll over Panthers

Iowa City West blitzes Mount Pleasant, 63-33

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Women of Troy pounded the Panthers of Mount Pleasant, 63-33, Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home in a non-conference matchup.
West held a slim one-basket lead at 12-10 after the first period, but poured in 19 points in the second while holding the Panthers to only five points for a 31-15 halftime lead.
The Women of Troy continued the carnage in the second half with a 46-24 lead going into the final period.