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Iowa Ranked 4th in the Nation

Hawk Talk

Iowa played two games last week, taking a road trip to Rutgers and winning, 90-76, and hosting Purdue at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Sunday beating the Boilermakers, 83-71.
The last time the Hawks opened the Big Ten season 7-0 was the Big Ten championship team in 1970 that went 14-0 in the conference.
Talk about an offensive team.

Solon boys heat up against Sabers, Bobcats

IC Regina zone slows Spartans up in 56-42 loss

SOLON– It was nice to be back home for the Solon varsity basketball team, if just momentarily.
The Spartans played their first home game since Dec. 21, hosting Western Dubuque Jan. 22, and came away with a 74-58 victory.
It was the second win in a row for Solon, having been victorious on the road Jan. 19 at Central DeWitt in another high-scoring affair, 81-66.
The two-game win streak was broken over the weekend with a 56-42 loss to Iowa City Regina.
The home cooking started early for the Spartans against Western Dubuque.

Lady Spartans win two, lose two in busy week of action

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that featured two sets of back-to-back games, the Solon varsity girls basketball team managed a .500 record.
The Lady Spartans defeated Mount Pleasant and Central DeWitt before falling to Western Dubuque and Iowa City Regina.

Spartans wrestlers go 6-0 in dual action

Solon ups record to 15-3 with wins over Vinton-Shellsburg, Marion

SOLON– The Solon varsity wrestling squad has been taking care of business when it comes to its dual meet schedule.
The Spartans notched dual wins over Waco, Cardinal Community, Maquoketa, Woodward-Granger, Vinton-Shellsburg and Marion in a series of double duals stretching back to Jan. 12.
The Jan. 12 dual with Cardinal Community and Waco wasn’t on the schedule originally, but due to the funeral for Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Spartans bowed out of participating in a Marshalltown tournament Jan. 9.

Clipper boys mirror December matchup in overtime loss

Benton Community 62, CCA 57

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a kick in the gut for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the Benton Community Bobcats sank the Clipper boys, 62-57, in overtime and snapped a three-game winning streak for the Creek boys.
It was also payback for the Bobcats after the Clippers took an 82-70 overtime win from them back on Dec. 8.

Creek girls take on big dogs of Center Point Urbana

CPU defeats CCA, 62-35

TIFFIN– Entering the contest, some may have seen the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball team (5-9) going up against 15-0 and No. 2 (Class 3A) Center Point-Urbana (CPU) as something of a suicide mission. Clipper coach P.J. Sweeney chose to look at it from a competitor’s point of view. “It’s a chance to play against one of the top teams.”
While the 62-35 CPU win Friday, Jan. 22, was never in dispute, the Creek Girls came out guns blazing on their home hardwood.

Iowa City West boys 61, Bettendorf 49

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BETTENDORF– The West High Trojans improved to 9-3 overall Tuesday, Jan. 19, with a 61-49 road win over the Bettendorf Bulldogs. Devontae Lane led West with 17 points in a game that saw the Trojans take a 14-8 lead in the first period and lead, 21-18, at the half. A 20-point barrage by the Trojans in the third and fourth quarters kept the Bulldogs at bay and sealed the win.
Patrick McCaffery (11 points), Wali Parks (10 points) and Alex Henderson (10 points) supported Lane with double-digit scoring. Parks dominated on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Women of Troy win easily over Bulldogs

IC West 68, Bettendorf 28

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had no trouble with the Bettendorf Bulldogs at home Tuesday, Jan. 19, putting the visiting puppies in the kennel with a 68-28 win.
West dominated the first quarter, 22-4, and built a 37-16 lead at the half. An 18-point effort in the third period kept West ahead with a 55-24 advantage, ahead of a 13-point fourth quarter for the win. The Bulldogs were held to four points in the fourth.

CCA grapplers fall at Independence

Pointers, Mustangs take down CCA in double dual meet

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INDEPENDENCE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers suffered a pair of losses Thursday, Jan. 21, in a double dual meet at Independence against the host Mustangs and visiting Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU).
The Pointers edged-out the Clippers, 39-30, with Ethan Taylor (285 pounds), Andrew Rohret (120), Quinn Murphy (138) and Sam Steckly (152) all winning by fall over the Pointers’ Tyler Carolan, Cameron Garnett, Dalton Hite and Collin Bantz.

West swims past Lions, 104-66

Keen, Scott, McGlaughlin and Martin earn wins

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CORALVILLE– The West High boys swim team continued its winning ways as it swam past the Linn-Mar Lions, 104-66, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Aidan Keen, Mark McGlaughlin, Will Scott and Oliver Martin posted individual wins with Keen taking the 200 and 500 freestyle, McGlaughlin winning the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly events, Scott taking the 100 freestyle and Martin winning the 100 breaststroke.
McGlaughlin, Keen, Martin and Scott teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay, as well as the 400 freestyle relay.

Trojans 11th at Ed Winger Classic

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URBANDALE– The West High wrestlers battled on the mats of Urbandale High School Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Ed Winger Classic. The Trojans placed 11th out of a 21-team field with West Des Moines Valley taking the team title with 203 points. West High mustered 65 points, tying with North Scott.
Donovan Doyle earned the team’s only individual win by taking the crown at 195 pounds with a 13-4 major decision over Dowling’s Jacob Zachary. Nelson Brands (138 pounds) placed third and Nate Kelsay placed fifth in 182-pound competition.

Creek wrestlers in action at John Byers Wrestling Invitational Jan. 23

Rohret takes first, six Clippers earn top finishes

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WYOMING– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers were in action Saturday, Jan. 23, at Midland Community High School’s John Byers Invitational in Wyoming.
Iowa City Regina won the meet with 164.50 points, while the host Midland Eagles were sixth with 99.0. The Clippers placed seventh in overall points with 84.0 and had seven place-winning grapplers.