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Sports

West boys compete in Dickinson Relays

Austin West takes second in 400-meter dash

CEDAR FALLS– Members of Iowa City West High’s track and field team competed Tuesday, March 6, in the 2018 A.D. Dickinson Relays held at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
Austin West was second in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the long jump. Gabe Caruthers took fourth in both the 200- and 400-meter dash.
The Trojans head for Central College, in Pella, on Friday, March 16, for a 2 p.m. indoor meet and run their first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday, March 24, at Kingston Stadium, in Cedar Rapids, starting at 10 a.m.

Hawkeyes finish fourth

Hawkeye junior forward Megan Gustafson waits for the ball at the free throw line during a 2017 game against Nebraska. Gustafson set a team record with 48 points in a 90-89 loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.Four the second time in four years, the Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t crown a national champion.
Iowa finished fourth in the Big Ten Tournament behind Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.
Brandon Sorensen was the only Hawk in the finals and he lost, 2-0, to defending champion Zane Retherford, whom Brandon has never beaten.

Hawkeye women

Hawk Talk

While the Iowa men were losing to Michigan, the Hawkeye women were jumping out to a 24-1 lead and cruising to a 55-45 win over Northwestern.
The Hawks led 22-1 after the first quarter and the interesting part was Megan Gustafson had only two points and shot only once.
The Wildcats were double- and triple-teaming the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Hawks made them pay.
Makenzie Meyer was 3-4 from 3-point range, Kathleen Doyle 2-3 from the floor including a 3-pointer, Hannah Stewart came off the bench and was 3-3 in the first quarter.

Brad Randall to be inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

SOLON– Brad Randall, of Cedar Rapids formerly from Solon, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Randall, a 1979 Solon High School graduate, recipient of a B.A. from the University of Dubuque in 1983 and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991, is now a real estate developer in Eastern Iowa who spent 21 years, 1994-2014, head coaching for the Solon Community School District.
Randall boasts 21 consecutive winning seasons culminating in a record of 368-118, a 75.7 percent win ratio.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Solon Parks and Recreation Board Meeting: The next meeting is Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at Solon City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

CHAMPIONS!

West High Women of Troy claim 5A hoops title with 56-45 win over City High

DES MOINES– The third time was truly the charm.
B.J. Mayer and his Iowa City West High Women of Troy claimed the 2018 Class 5A State Basketball Championship Friday, March 2, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines after knocking off crosstown rival City High, 56-45.
It was West’s sixth tournament appearance (all under Mayer) and its first championship since 2012.
Rachael Saunders, who was injured early in the 2017 season, likely spoke for her teammates after the game when she expressed her amazement at the accomplishment.

Six Trojans earn MVC All-Division hoops honors

McCaffery and Sims are unanimous MVC First Team picks

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity boys basketball team placed six players on the 2017-18 Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) All-Division Basketball team rosters, released on Feb. 21.
Head coach Steve “Bergie” Bergman and staff took Mississippi Division Coach of the Year Honors with Patrick McCaffery and Seybian Sims earning unanimous selection to the division’s First Team. Dante Eldridge was a Second Team pick, while Evan Flitz and Hakeem Odunsi earned Honorable Mention. Flitz and Jake Anderson were also chosen for All-Academic recognition.

Creek Boys earn WaMaC honors

CCA’s Moore a unanimous WaMaC First Team pick

CCA’s Moore a unanimous WaMaC First Team pick
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TIFFIN– Three Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball players earned WaMaC athletic Conference honors following the release of the 2018 All-Conference Boys Basketball teams.
Darius Moore was a unanimous WaMaC West First Team pick, along with Benton Community’s Spencer Touro, Sean Geertsema of Independence, Gabe Shields from South Tama and Brandon Blythe of Williamsburg.
Jordan Wolfe and Tyler Schrepfer earned Honorable Mention in the WaMaC West.
South Tama’s Dustin Peska and staff took Coach of the Year honor.

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.