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Sports

No. 1 Hawks end Creek Boys’ season

West Delaware blows clippers out of the water, 65-35

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MANCHESTER– The anchor dropped to end the 2016-17-varsity boys basketball season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Monday, Feb. 20, at West Delaware High School in Manchester. The Creek Boys drew the No. 1 team in Class 3A for the first round of substate play. The Hawks (22-0) scorched the Clippers, 65-35.

Iowa City West cruises past Pleasant Valley

Trojans roll over Spartans, 71-44 in substate semifinal

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IOWA CITY– The West High varsity boys basketball machine rolled over the Spartans of Pleasant Valley 71-44 in a Class 4A substate semifinal game Friday, Feb. 24, at home. The win advanced the Trojans (19-3) to a Tuesday, Feb. 28, substate final against Muscatine at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The winner of that contest advanced to the state tournament in Des Moines.

West’s Rios fifth at state bowling tournament

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Kalen Rios, a senior, finished fifth in the 2017 Class 3A Boys State Bowling Tournament held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Rios bowled 222 in the first game and 235 in the second for a 457 total and was the only West High bowler to advance to the tournament.
Dubuque Hempstead’s Justin Lanser, a senior, won the individual tournament with 235 and 245 for a 480 total, while Hempstead took the team title with 3,194.

West High bowlers earn MVC All-Division honors

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division Bowling Teams Thursday, Feb. 23, with Iowa City West High placing 10 bowlers on Mississippi Division squads.
Corey Roth and Kalen Rios were First Team picks for the boys. Rios took fifth place at the state bowling tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Des Moines. Jacob Fisher and Jordan Tiegs earned Honorable Mention with Tiegs and Brandon Berner making the Division All-Academic Team.

North Liberty recreation center

Contact the North Liberty Recreation Center for more information on dates and fees.

AQUATIC CENTER PROGRAMS

Family Fun Fridays
Families swim at a reduced price. Standard adult supervision rules apply.

Homeschool Wednesday Swim
Unstructured swim time for home-educating parents and children. This program provides a great supplement to a physical education curriculum and a chance to socialize with other home-schoolers.

Special Needs Swim

Four Creek girls earn All-WaMaC honors

Stratton makes First Team as a freshman

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TIFFIN– Four varsity girls basketball players from Clear Creek Amana earned spots on the 2017 WaMaC All-Conference Teams in the West Division.
Karsyn Stratton, a freshman, earned a First Team berth while Lauren Helle, a senior, made it onto the Second Team. Meagan Harvey, a freshman, and Claire Navara, a senior, were Honorable Mention picks.

Hawkeye women on the brink

The Iowa women had two games last week and needed both of them to have a chance of getting back to the NCAA tournament.
They won the first one at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Thursday, beating Northwestern 78-59.
Then they went to Purdue on Sunday and lost, 72-52.
Iowa started strong against the Wildcats and finished strong even though Bre Cera and Christina Buttenham were held out because both had suffered concussions in practice.
You start with balance.
Lisa Bluder went with eight players and all eight contributed.

Spartan Grapplers Take State

Spartans earn 1st title

DES MOINES–They did it as a team.
That’s how Solon head coach Blake Williams explained the Spartans’ first-ever state championship title, which the boys brought home Sunday from the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines after narrowly beating No. 1-ranked New Hampton, 96.5 to 96.

Solon’s Josie Durr signs with Hawkeyes

Solon senior Josie Durr signs her letter of intent to play soccer for the Univerity of Iowa Hawkeyes during a ceremony Feb. 1 in the Solon High School media center. Durr had 46 of Solon’s 70 goals in the 2016 season, and has 108 goals for her career. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Spartans edged by Wahlert, then defeats Williamsburg in regular season finale

DAVENPORT– Dubuque Wahlert’s 5-15 record coming into the Class 3A District 7 playoffs was deceptive.
The Golden Eagles played a 4A schedule, with a fistful of single-digit losses to established programs and wins against Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Solon’s Spartans entered the 3A district basketball semifinals with a record of 13-8 and had just ended the regular season with a resounding 53-34 win over Williamsburg.
The two clashed in Davenport Monday, Feb. 20, and despite scraping back to take a fourth-quarter lead, the Spartans fell in a 71-68 cliffhanger.

Reflections from a wrestling coach

Special to the Economist

Written after losing the team state dual final, 45-23, to New Hampton
As a wrestling coach for the past 10 years, I would consider every team I’ve worked with a special team. That being said, some teams stand out among the excellent and rise to a higher level. This was most certainly the case for this year’s Solon wrestling team. When speaking of excellence, it is not necessarily warranted with on-mat accomplishments, although this team has many.

2017 CCA Youth Little League registration open

TIFFIN– Registration is now open for the 2017 Youth Little League Season. Be part of a 40-year tradition by joining others on the diamond this year. Leagues are offered for pre-K through seventh grade. Regular registration is open until Feb. 28, after which late fees will incur. More information is available at tiffin-iowa.org.