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Sports

First win for girls comes against Demons

Alex Henry 3-pointer gives Lady Spartans the lead with 5 seconds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans earned their first victory of the young basketball season after a clutch Alex Henry 3-pointer completed a comeback win against the Washington Demons Saturday, 47-46.
Solon improved to 1-3, and the win helped erase the bad taste from the previous evening when the Lady Spartans let a fourth quarter lead slip away against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).

Wrestlers win ‘em all at Cascade duals

CASCADE– The Solon varsity wrestlers opened their season with a sweep at the Cascade dual tournament held Friday, Dec. 6.
“Great start to the year,” commented head coach Brooks McLaren. “The kids performed well in the first competition of the year.”
Louis Gnida had four pins at 120 pounds, freshman Trevor Nelson (152) finished the meet undefeated with three pins. Cole Fritz (138) and Danny Whitmore (182) finished undefeated.

Clipper girls one and one

Clipper girls 10 points better than Independence

TIFFIN– The ship is back on an even keel. After a season-opening loss to Center Point-Urbana, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls battled the Mustangs of Independence for a 67-57 win Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home.
The Clippers took an early lead with a Kelsey Hall 3-pointer and led 11-2 before an end-of-the-first period rally by the Mustangs narrowed the gap to 11-8 in favor of CCA.
Emily Wieland opened the second period for CCA by scoring on a rebound, Molly Villhauer added a pair of baskets and Lauren Stopko nailed a 3-pointer. The Clippers enjoyed a 27-22 lead at the half.

One step forward, one step back

CCA boys beat Independence, fall to Marion

TIFFIN– For 30 minutes, it was a pretty good ball game for the Clippers Friday, Dec. 6, in Tiffin asClear Creek Amana (CCA) took on the Marion Indians in a varsity matchup, leading for most of the game. The ending however, was a different story.

Two wins for West

Women of Troy take down Dubuque Wahlert, Assumption

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Women of Troy improved to 2-1 with a pair of wins last week over Davenport Assumption and Dubuque Wahlert.

West falls 37-19 in varsity wrestling

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WATERLOO– Mark Reiland’s West High Trojans met Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Waterloo East on East’s mats Thursday, Dec. 5, with the Trojans dominating the East High Trojans 68-3, and the J-Hawks taking a 37-19 win from West.
Jakeb Bakken (126-pounds), Chris Walters (132), Tyler Hebl (145), Nathan Kelsay (152), John Milani (160), Donovan Doyle (182), Mitch Yoerger (195), Micah Kelsay (220) and Aydan Wynos (285) all won by fall against East.
Wynos picked up West High’s only win by fall of the dual against the J-Hawks, pinning Jefferson’s Michael Smith in 4:42.

Clippers split on the mat

CCA wrestlers win over Anamosa, fall to Center Point Urbana

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TIFFIN– They broke even. The season opening double-dual for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity wrestling squad, under coach Jared Carder, saw a win over the Anamosa Raiders and a loss to the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana Thursday, Dec. 5, at home.
Against Anamosa, Daniel Brechtel (120-pounds), Tyler Kasper (152), Harry Lucas (170), Ethan Taylor (220), Luke Wingert (106) and Connor Murphy (113) pinned their opponents as the Clippers won 46-30.

Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) 46.0 Anamosa (ANAM) 30.0.

West High splits with CR Xavier’s bowling Saints

Girls win, boys lose on May City lanes in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Mike Mellecker’s West High bowling teams came up with mixed results Friday, Dec. 6, as they matched their skills with the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier at May City Bowling in Cedar Rapids.
The Xavier boys won 3,035 to West’s 2,680. Caleb Miller led the Saints with 477 while Patrick Wood led the Trojans with 395.
In girl’s action, West High, led by Mariah Shimon won 2,190 to 1,362 against a partial Xavier squad. Kayla Thompson led the Saints with 298.

And the Lions roared

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MARION– The West High Women of Troy fell Friday, Dec. 6, on the road at Linn-Mar, 42-32. West won the first period 6-0 and held an 18-9 lead at the half, but a 26-point rampage by the Lions in the third period made it 35-27 going into the final period.
Grace Tafolla and Emily Halverson, a freshman, led West with nine points each while Mikaela Morgan had eight. Kristie Sommer led Linn-Mar with ten.
The loss put West High at 2-2.

Clippers grapple at Tipton Invitational

CCA’s Murphy battles to first place

TIPTON– Results for Clear Creek Amana wrestling at Tipton, Saturday, Dec. 7:
Luke Wingert (0-2) - DNP - Team Points: 0.0.
106: Noah Bierman (West Liberty) won by pin over Luke Wingert (Clear Creek-Amana) 3:32.
106: Zach Main (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) won by pin over Luke Wingert (Clear Creek-Amana) 1:57.
Connor Murphy (3-0) - DNP - Team Points: 0.0.
113: Connor Murphy (Clear Creek-Amana) won by major decision over Noah Barten (West Liberty) 12-1.
113: Connor Murphy (Clear Creek-Amana) won by pin over Tyler Bossom (Central Clinton) 1:47.

Black (and gold) Friday Iowa 38 - Nebraska 17

Halk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Back in August, I wrote a preview of the Hawkeye football team and predicted if Iowa would be favored or underdogs in every football game.
That means whoever I picked as favorites, I thought that team would win.
I looked back at my predictions and I was wrong on seven of my picks.
The last line of my story was, “if things fall right, 8-4 is possible, if not… you tell me?”
I’ve been told that even a blind dog finds an acorn.
The Hawkeyes played the Cornhuskers last Friday at Lincoln for the Heroes game, and boy did Iowa have a lot of heroes.

Winning weekend

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeyes picked up a lot of wins over the weekend, highlighted by the football team beating Nebraska.
The Hawkeye women’s basketball team won three games, the Hawkeye wrestlers beat the Cyclones and the men’s basketball team went 2-1.

men’s basketball

I’ll start with the men’s basketball team which had a comeback like the Hawkeye football team did against Michigan on Nov. 23.
Iowa trailed by as much as 15 points to Xavier last Thursday in the Bahamas, but came back and won it in overtime, 77-74.