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Sports

West Boys loaded up for track season

IOWA CITY– Experience at the state meet and Drake Relays factors heavily into the 2013 Iowa City West Boys’ Track and Field Team. Coach Brian Martz returns a powerhouse of talent to his line-up with eight seniors and four juniors back with state meet performances on their resume.

CCA girls in action at WaMaC indoor meet

Hall, 4x200 m. relay team win

MOUNT VERNON– Megan Hall and Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) 4x200-Meter Relay team earned wins Tuesday afternoon at the WaMaC indoor meet, held in the Cornell College Recreation Center.
Hall led the 55-Meter Dash with a time of 7.38 seconds, .08 seconds ahead of second-place’s Olivia Loy from Anamosa. The CCA 4x200-Meter Relay squad won their event with a time of 1:52.54.
No team points were kept for the meet.
Weather and field conditions permitting, the Clippers will return to Mount Vernon on Saturday, March 30, for the Mustang’s Coed Invitational.
Results:

Hawk Talk

Spartans knock out Hawkeyes, 59-56

Michigan State put together a second-half rally, knocking Iowa out of the Big Ten Tournament and into the NIT.
One of the problems I have about the NCAA tournament is when you have a team with a losing record in the field.
That means a team, like the Liberty Flames (15-20), who won their conference tournament, knocked out a team like Iowa (21-12), who finished sixth in the toughest conference in America.
I don’t see why the committee can’t say you at least have to have a winning record like the NIT does.

‘Coaches for Kids’ honors Kevin Miller

IOWA CITY– The 7th annual Coaches for Kids benefit for Children of Promise, Youth Mentoring Programs will spotlight three area high school coaches who go above-and-beyond to act as mentors for their youth. Basketball coach, Robert Fontana of Kennedy High School; golf coach, Mark Wilden of Kennedy High School; and football coach, Kevin Miller of Solon High School will each be recognized by University of Iowa head football coach, Kirk Ferentz, during the Coaches for Kids benefit at the Sheraton in downtown Iowa City on April 2.

Hawkeye men and women have 20 wins

The Hawkeye men needed to win their last two home games and maybe two games in the Big Ten Tournament to have a shot at the NCAA tournament.
The got one in a good win over Illinois, 63-55, last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It was another one of those grind-it-out games, but Devyn Marble and Iowa’s bench were too tough for the Fighting Illini.
Devyn was 10-10 from the free throw line, scoring 21 points with six rebounds and four assists.
Devyn has really stepped up his game since Mike Gesell went down with a foot injury, and has carried the team to a 2-1 record without Mike.

Hawk Talk

Hawk men split

The Hawkeye men took on both Indiana teams last week, hosting Purdue last Wednesday and traveling to Indiana on Saturday.
The Boilermaker game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which Iowa won 58-48, was one of those grind-it-out games that wasn’t a lot of fun to watch… unless you were an Iowa fan.
It didn’t help that Mike Gesell was out with a stress fracture. He has averaged the most minutes since the Big Ten season started and might be back for the Big Ten Tournament.
Devyn Marble looked good taking over the point. He had 18 points, four assists and only three turnovers in 29 minutes.

Hawk Talk

Tough weekend for the Hawkeyes

Last weekend wasn’t fun for Hawkeye basketball and wrestling fans.
The men’s basketball team blew a 19-point first half lead and lost at Nebraska, 64-60, on Saturday.
The wrestlers lost two meets to Minnesota and Missouri finishing fourth at the National Dual meet in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon and night.
On Sunday, the Iowa women got beat 66-46 by Nebraska.

Hawkeye Wrestling

We’ll start with wrestling.
Led by a pin from Tony Ramos, the Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off Cornell 21-16 in the first round of the National Dual meet championship last Friday.

No dance for Spartans

Panthers’ second half sends Solon home, 51-33

IOWA CITY– Turnovers and a suffocating Mount Pleasant defense spelled trouble for the Spartans.
Solon fell in the Class 3A Substate 5 final, 51-33, to the defending champion Panthers Monday night at Iowa City West.
The Spartans held a 14-point lead at one point in the first half, but a wound-up Mount Pleasant team started hitting the 3-pointers they missed earlier in a second half that saw only one made field goal by Solon until the game was in its final minute.

Solon Archery club members qualify for state competition

Eight Solon Archery Team members qualified for the state archery shoot in Des Moines March 2. State qualifiers were Jarrett Manifold, Jordan TePoel, Mathieux Rehnke, Rodney Wittich, Brianna Pike, Jonathen Rehnke Eric Swartzendruber and Nicole Breese (not pictured). (contributed photo)

New class, new trophy, new challenge

Women of Troy return to state tournament after beating City

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy are going back to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. A decisive 55-42 win over City High Tuesday night at Cedar Rapids Prairie in a Class 5A regional final punched their ticket, and put the ladies on track for their third consecutive tourney appearance.
West led the third meeting this season of the crosstown rivals throughout, edging past 11-10 after the first period and taking a 21-19 lead into the locker room at the half.

Evans places 5th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– People who do not know Solon 195-pound wrestler Lance Evans would have given him little chance of even qualifying for this year’s state wrestling meet, let alone placing in the tournament.
He sustained a severe knee injury this past summer, which required surgery, and was only cleared to start practicing during the week prior to the sectional tournament.
Evans went on to win both sectional and district championships in qualifying for the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines and won four matches, bringing home a fifth-place medal.
His match results were as follows:

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling
When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.