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Sports

Lady Spartans pick up first win

Solon girls move to 2-2 with win over Washington

SOLON– The Lady Spartans turned up the pressure, and with it came the first win of the season.
Fueled by 28 total steals, half of them from senior Josie Durr, Solon routed Independence 59-24 during a home non-conference varsity basketball game Nov. 29.
Durr led all scorers with 25 points and added eight rebounds to pace the team. Junior Sam Miller added six points, as did junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty. Smith had six rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, while Marty pulled down five boards.

Spartans lose OT thriller to Pointers

Solon drops to 1-1 after opening win at Indee

SOLON– It went down to the wire.
The Solon Spartans and the Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers took a varsity boys basketball match-up into overtime Dec. 2 in Solon.
CP-U held Solon to just three points in the extra period to prevail, 74-69, handing the Spartans their first loss of the season.
Solon dropped to 1-1, having won the Nov. 29 season opener on the road at Independence, 58-41.

Solon takes 4th at talent-packed Independence tournament

INDEPENDENCE– Solon wrestling proved itself a contender at its first tournament of the season last weekend.
The varsity Solon wrestlers took fourth place at the 25-team invitational in Independence, finishing with 227 team points and a pair of runner-up titles after two days of 3A, 2A and 1A competition.
“I thought we had a pretty strong showing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It was the toughest tournament hands down in the state of Iowa this first weekend.”

Lightning strikes as Liberty boys zap City High Red, 42-39

NORTH LIBERTY– Yet another list of “firsts” for Liberty High School were recorded Wednesday, Nov. 30, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The school, still under construction and not opening until next fall, has fielded freshmen volleyball and football teams under the “Lady Lightning” and “Original (“O”) Bolts” monikers. The players attend Iowa City West High currently, but will transfer to Liberty, and presumably continue to play for Liberty throughout the remainder of their high school careers.

CCA falls 66-34 against Western Dubuque

A rough start for the Creek boys

TIFFIN– Call it the Clippers’ shakedown cruise. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys took to the hardwood Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home to face the Bobcats of Western Dubuque in the 2016-17 season opener. It also marked the debut of new head coach Brandon Clubb. Turnovers, inexperience and losing the rebound battle torpedoed the Creek Boys, leading to a 66-34 loss.

Linn-Mar defeats Iowa City West, 40-26, in wrestling opener

Trojans fall on Lions’ mat

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MARION– The Iowa City West High wrestlers opened the 2016-17 season with a loss Thursday, Dec. 1, on the road in Marion at Linn-Mar High School as they took on the Lions in a duel meet. The Trojan junior varsity fell, 55-12, as Nate Daniels (285 pounds) pinned Linn-Mar’s Zach Hart in 1:39 and Mason Sorge (152) pinned the Lions’ Jared Zieser in 1:31.

Holiday hours at the NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– Hours for the North Liberty Recreation Center will be adjusted as follows in observance of Christmas and New Year’s:
On Friday, Dec. 23, the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25, the recreation center will be closed.
On Monday, Dec. 26, Friday, Dec. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 31, the recreation center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Sunday, Jan. 1, the recreation center will be closed.
On Monday, Jan. 2, the recreation center will be open limited hours, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pool deck resurfacing closure until Dec. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Aquatic Center is currently closed to allow the indoor pool deck to be resurfaced. North Liberty Recreation Center staff expect the work to be completed in time for the pool to reopen on Monday, Dec. 19.
Memberships will be extended to cover the time of the closure and swimming lessons will be rescheduled. Call the front desk at 319-626-5716 for more information.

Trojan wrestlers win Burlington’s six-team Dick Mellinger Invitational

Williams, Brands, Rohweder and Snow crowned champions

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BURLINGTON– Iowa City West High’s Trojans won the Dick Mellinger Invitational wrestling tournament hosted by Burlington High School Saturday, Dec. 3. The Trojans topped the six-team field with 362 points and placed all 11 wrestlers in the top four places in their weight classes.
Kaleb Williams (120 pounds), Nelson Brands (152), Carter Rohweder (160) and Guy Snow (220) all won their weight classes.

Dick Mellinger Invitational Results for Iowa City West
106: Jackson Brennan (6-1) placed second and scored 34.00 team points.

Women of Troy now 2-0 with win over J-Hawks

IC West defeats CR Jefferson, 66-46

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to 2-0 on the season Tuesday, Nov. 29, by defeating Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 66-46, at home. West took a 22-14 lead at the end of the first period and was up, 33-17, at the half.
Logan Cook led all with 23 points, followed by Maddie Huinker with 18 (including four 3-point baskets) and Rachel Saunders with 13. Kennedy Dighton led the J-Hawks with 14 points, followed by Kylie Wise with 11. The loss dropped Jefferson to 0-3.

IC West swimmers 102, Cedar Falls 68

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CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s boys swim teams opened the 2016-17 season with a pair of wins over the Cedar Falls Tigers Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home in the Coralville Recreation Center. The junior varsity (JV) won, 100-35, while the varsity dunked the Tigers, 102-68.

Creek Boys go 3-0 on the mats

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s wrestlers opened the 2016-17 season with a 3-0 sweep in a home quad meet Thursday, Dec. 1, against Anamosa, Highland-Riverside and Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
The Clippers sank the Huskies of Highland-Riverside, 69-12, with 10 forfeits by the Huskies. Hunter Schmelzer took a 7-2 decision from Highland’s Cullen Klebe at 113-pounds while Sam Steckly took the 160-pound match by pinning Highland’s Dan Burton in 1:23.