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Sports

Sectional champions

Solon advances to regional duals; 11 Spartans head for district meet

SOLON– With four champions and seven runners-up, the Solon Spartans ran away with the team title at a Class 2A sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, in Solon.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers compiled 243.5 points for a comfortable lead over second-place Mount Vernon in the six-team field that also included Central DeWitt (160.5), Camanche (152), Tipton (108.5) and Northeast (101).
The sectional win advanced Solon to a regional dual meet Feb. 6 in West Liberty with the chance to qualify for the state dual meet in Des Moines Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Spartans down Cardinals in OT

60-57 win moves Spartan boys to 12-7 with two games left

SOLON– It took overtime, but the Solon Spartans defended their home court against an improved Maquoketa squad with a 60-57 win Friday, Feb. 2.
The Cardinals had started the season losing six of their first seven games, but were 5-1 in their last six and matched the Spartans score for score in the second half of another nail-biter.

Girls win senior sendoff

Lady Spartans break losing streak, 49-40, over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans sent off their seniors with a win, to accompany the special recognition prior to the game, on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, on the home hardwood.
The Friday, Feb. 2, game was closely contested and one of Solon’s best games for valuing the ball all season, but the Lady Spartans fell short in a loss to Maquoketa on the road, 56-46.

Lightning sweeps home doubleheader

Knock off W. Delaware and Wapsie Valley

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity basketball squads swept a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 3, at home with a pair of late-season wins.
The Lightning girls snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Hawks of West Delaware, 55-48, while the boys held on for a dramatic 48-46 win over Wapsie Valley.
The Liberty girls started out against West Delaware with a 5-0 lead thanks to a 3-point basket by Cora Saunders and a field goal from Megan Davis. Liberty took the first period 14-11, but trailed 23-20 at halftime.

The streak is over

Senior upends West, 68-59

Iowa City West High’s varsity boys basketball program set a new state record recently with 81 consecutive home wins. The Rams of Dubuque Senior ended that streak in an afternoon matinee Saturday, Feb. 3, by handing the Trojans their third loss of the season.

Moore sets scoring record in CCA win

Moore sets 41-point record in 73-70 win for CCA

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Darius Moore carried the Clippers to a 73-70 road win over rival Williamsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and set a new school record in the process.
It was the Creek Boys’ second win of the season over the Raiders. They knocked off the ‘Burg, 80-66, at home, in December.

CCA boys basketball

Creek Boys dunk the Demons

TIFFIN– The Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) rebounded from a 81-68 loss to Independence with an 81-56 home win over the Washington (Iowa) Demons as part of a varsity doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 3.
The Clippers took a 30-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and enjoyed a 56-22 halftime advantage. CCA’s domination of the Demons continued unabated in the second half as they led 73-34 going into the final period.

Jeff Gordon named Liberty varsity football coach

NORTH LIBERTY– Jeff Gordon, Liberty High School’s first freshman football coach and first sophomore coach, was named the school’s first head varsity football coach.
Liberty High Athletic Director Mike Morrison announced Gordon’s hiring Sunday, Jan. 28.

Liberty High sends three to 2A districts

Wrestlers Alger, Barker and Luze advance for shot at state

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DAVENPORT– Liberty High School’s first varsity wrestling team is sending three athletes to compete in a Class 2A district meet following their runner-up finishes in a 2A Sectional Saturday, Feb. 3, at Assumption High School in Davenport. Jared Alger (132 pounds), Ashton Barker (145) and Gavin Luze (170) made the cut and will battle for a shot at the state individual meet on Saturday, Feb. 10, in a class 2A District No. 3 meet in Fairfield starting at noon.

CCA wrestlers third at sectionals

Stevens, Neuzil, Rohret and Cochran to 2A districts

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DAVENPORT– Four wrestlers from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School advanced to a Class 2A district meet, putting them one step closer to the state individual tournament in Des Moines.
Sam Stevens (113 pounds), Andrew Rohret (145) and Tanner Cochran (220) were crowned champions Saturday, Feb. 3, at the 2A Sectional 6 tournament at Davenport Assumption and advanced, as did Jake Neuzil, the runner-up at 126 pounds.

Trojan wrestlers suffered a pair of dual meet losses

Prairie Hawks and Panthers drop Trojans on the mat

Gambrall, Brands and Duggan are double winners

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojan wrestlers suffered a pair of dual meet losses Friday, Feb. 2, at home to the Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie and the Panthers of Scott West, a combination of Belle Plain and Jordan, Minn., high school wrestlers.

Liberty boys overcome slump

Paulsen leads Liberty with 33 defeating Demons, 62-54

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WASHINGTON– Stu Ordman and his Liberty High Lightning struck down a six-game losing streak with a 62-54 win on the road over the Washington Demons Tuesday, Jan. 30.
The Bolts led 22-13 at the end of the first period and held a 38-30 advantage at halftime. Liberty increased their lead to 56-41 going into the final quarter. Washington dropped to 5-10 with the loss, while the Lightning improved to 6-12.