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Sports

Iowa City West boys best Linn-Mar Lions, 77-71

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans improved to 8-3 overall with a 77-71 win over the Linn-Mar Lions in Iowa City Jan. 15.
The Lions took a 19-15 lead at the end of the first period and held a 38-37 advantage at the half despite a 22-point effort by West. The Trojans took the lead in the third period 57-53 before holding on for the win.
Wali Parks had an outstanding night for West with 24 points. Devontae Lane (16 points), Patrick McCaffery (14 points) and Nate Barnes (13) provided support in a game that saw Connor McCaffery and Tanner Lohaus sidelined due to injury.

Clipper boys win over Independence

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball squad improved to 5-5 overall with its second win in a row Tuesday, Jan. 12, as they put down the Mustangs of Independence, 57-54.

Spartans third at Ed Hadenfeldt invitational

Solon wrestlers finish home meet behind Lisbon, Washington

SOLON– The Spartan varsity wrestlers placed third in a crowded field at Solon’s Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational Jan. 16.
Trevor Nelson provided the lone title at 160 pounds, but the Spartans were boosted by two second-place finishes, and three fourth- and fifth-place showings.
“I thought our guys wrestled pretty well,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “This was by far the toughest tournament we have been in so far. There were many ranked wrestlers in this tournament, including a number of number-one ranked wrestlers in the state. This was good preparation for the end of the year.”

Lady Spartans win fourth in a row, then stumble against Mustangs

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team started the week on Tuesday, Jan. 12, by extending its winning streak to four in a row defeating the Maquoketa Cardinals, 51-32.
However, the Mount Vernon Mustangs stole their momentum Friday, Jan. 16, beating Solon, 62-46.

Spartans lights out against Maquoketa before falling to Mustangs

MAQUOKETA– It’s been a hard winter for the Solon Spartan varsity basketball team.
The Spartans overcame a four-game slide Jan. 12 with a convincing 92-78 road win over Maquoketa, handing the Cardinals only their third loss of the season.
Solon broke the game open in the second and third quarters, out-scoring Maquoketa 48-23 in those two periods, entering the fourth quarter with a 62-43 lead. The Cardinals were held to 12 and 11 points in the second and third quarters.

Iowa men 3-0 in the Big Ten

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The Hawkeyes took care of business last week with a 77-66 win over Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
This had to be a tough game for the Hawks to get up for.
They opened the Big Ten season with a win over No. 1 Michigan State at home and then beat 13th-ranked Purdue on the road before they played Nebraska, which lost its first two Big Ten games.
Iowa was down 10-0 before Jarrod Uthoff got warmed up.

Spartan wrestlers edge Hawks, dominate Sabers

SOLON– The varsity Solon wrestlers swept a meet with West Delaware and Central DeWitt Jan. 7, moving to 9-3 on the dual season.
The Spartans edged out West Delaware, 37-34, and then dominated Central DeWitt, 45-18.
“The West Delaware meet was very close,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each team won seven matches, but we had more bonus points. Of our seven wins, five of them were by fall and one was a major decision. That was the difference in the meet.”
The match started at 126 pounds, and Ben Carr put the Spartans on the board with a 39-second pin over West Delaware’s Jordan Rausch.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.

Sign up now for youth baseball, softball

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. 

Clipper boys keep Raiders winless

CCA defeats Williamsburg, 58-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-5 overall while keeping arch rival Williamsburg winless at 0-9 Friday, Jan. 8, in the Clippers’ homeport of Tiffin.

J-Hawks pose no trouble for Trojans

West High wins, 76-50, over CR Jefferson

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans had little trouble with Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an MVC Valley Division clash Tuesday, Jan. 5, at West. The Trojans took the first period, 21-4, and never looked back on their way to a 76-50 win, their first of 2016, on the heels of a 70-57 loss Jan. 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Maple Grove.
Devontae Lane closed the first period with a buzzer-beating three-point shot, providing a bookend to Alex Henderson’s period-opening three-pointer. Lane did it again at the end of the third, giving West a 57-31 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Women of Troy knock off Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West 61, CR Jefferson 56

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy got back on the winning path Tuesday, Jan. 5, with a 61-56 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest.
West edged Jefferson, 17-15, in the first quarter but trailed, 30-25, at the half. A 14-point third period rally put West up, 39-37, heading into the final quarter of play.
Rachel Saunders led West with 13 points, backed up by Lauren Zacharias with 12, Maddie Huinker with 11 and Emma Koch with 10 points.