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Sports

Two big wins…NCAA or NIT?

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The Iowa men had two games last week, beating Indiana in overtime at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 96-90, and going to Maryland Saturday and coming home with a convincing 83-69 win.
The Hawks sit at 16-13, 8-8 in the Big Ten with two games left plus the Big Ten Tournament.
Will that be enough for a NCAA bid?
Probably not, but they have a chance to play in the NIT if they finish with a winning record.
The Indiana win was Iowa’s fourth overtime game so far this season.
Iowa beat Michigan and Indiana in single overtime.

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 4

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 4, at 8 a.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Krush Youth Sports 10U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.

Solon fencer Maggie Snider medals at Junior Olympic National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Maggie Snider, of Solon, competed in the USA Fencing (USAF) Junior Olympics, taking seventh place in the Junior Women’s Epee event. Junior Olympics is the USAF National Championship tournament for college age fencers.
The event included 208 athletes representing Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn State, Temple and several other NCAA Division I squads.

Fifth trip to state for Women of Troy

Iowa City West High edges SE Polk, 60-54, in 5A regional final

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy survived a Class 5A regional final Tuesday, Feb. 21, at home to return to the state tournament after missing out last year.
West knocked off the Rams of Southeast Polk, 60-54, to advance and face Waukee in the quarterfinal rounds of the state tournament on Wednesday, March 1, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Waukee denied West a tournament trip last year with a 70-68 loss in a 5A regional final at Waukee.

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.