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Sports

Women of Troy beat Jefferson J-Hawks, 65-56

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IOWA CITY– A 25-point effort by the West High Women of Troy in the first period set the tone early Friday, Feb. 5, as the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks visited and fell, 65-56. The J-Hawks managed 18 points in the first quarter, but only found nine points in the second to trail the Women of Troy, 42-27.
Jefferson bounced back in the second half, out-scoring West 13-9 in the third, but West High held onto a 51-40 advantage going into the final period. Again the J-Hawks challenged and out-scored West 16-14, but the lead held.

Hawks sock it to the Trojans

Cedar Rapids Prairie 51, Iowa City West High wrestlers 13

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High wrestlers finished the regular season on a sour note Tuesday, Feb. 4, as the Prairie Hawks, of Cedar Rapids Prairie, rolled them, 51-13, in varsity action in Cedar Rapids.
While no pins were recorded for the Trojans, Nelson Brands took a 19-7 major decision from Prairie’s Casey Hogan at 145 pounds, Carter Rohweder took a 7-4 decision from Prairie’s Derek Horak and Donovan Doyle won his 195-pound match against Prairie’s Taylor Mehmen with a 5-3 decision. In the 138-pound match, Jeff Garbutt took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Mason Johnson.

Clipper wrestlers sixth at 2A sectional meet

Murphy and Jensen advance to district meet at CCA

LA PORTE CITY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and David Jensen survived a Class 2A sectional wrestling meet Saturday, Feb. 6, at LaPorte City-Union and will wrestle in district competition at CCA on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Murphy was the runner-up in 132-pound competition while Jensen was second at 152 pounds. The winner and runner-up in sectionals advance to district competition for a shot at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.

West swimmers district champs, on to state

Keen is Athlete of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan swimmers splashed their competition Saturday, Feb. 6, in a district meet hosted by City High at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojans won the district championship with 464 team points to top Muscatine (332.5), City High (312), Marshalltown (253), Burlington (197.5), Ottumwa (179), Grinnell-BGM (120) and Williamsburg (68).

West varsity splits on the lanes with Jefferson

Erica and Corey Roth earn top scores

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Erica and Corey Roth led the way for Iowa City West High’s bowlers Friday, Feb. 5, in a match against Cedar Rapids Jefferson in Cedar Rapids.
Erica was the top bowler for the varsity Women of Troy with 388 and led West to a 2,452 to 2, 448 win. Corey Roth led the varsity Trojans against the J-Hawks with 435, but West fell 2,997 to 2,898.
Both of West’s junior varsity (JV) squads were victorious, with the boys winning 2,448 to 2,407, led by Kalen Rios’ top score of 395, and the girls won 1,969 to 1,618, led by Shatiana Cooper’s 289.

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, www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. 

Hawkeye Men 8-1 in Big Ten

Well, they did it again.
The Big Ten showed the North Liberty Leader sports staff no respect.
Okay, I’m the only one on the staff covering the Hawkeyes, but the Big Ten scheduled two Iowa games on Thursday last week, men’s and women’s basketball, and one started at 6 p.m., one at 7 p.m.
To top that off, they scheduled Iowa men’s and women’s basketball games on Sunday, both against Northwestern and both starting at 2 p.m.
The men and women both beat the Wildcats that day so that helps.

Bookend wins

Blazers and Blue Raiders fall to Solon

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity team welcomed the Anamosa Blue Raiders to their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and did just what they had to do. Solon defeated the Blue Raiders, 40-34, and sent them north with a loss.
The varsity Lady Spartans were up by six points in just over a minute of play through the combined efforts of Dakota Doyle, Bryce Hinkel and Hannah Bluder. Anamosa’s coach quickly called a time-out to have an animated conversation with the Raiders’ varsity squad that reverberated in the gymnasium.

Spartans wrestlers take fourth at WaMaC tournament

VINTON– No Spartan champions were crowned, but the Solon wrestling team placed a solid fourth in the WaMaC Conference Tournament held in Vinton Saturday, Jan. 30.
Cole Fritz (145 pounds) and Trevor Nelson (160) took second place at their respective weights, while Ben Carr won his third place match at 126 pounds and Christian Haight (113) came in fourth.
Western Dubuque ran away with the team title by scoring 259.5 points, well ahead of Independence (198), which enjoyed about the same margin over third-place Mount Vernon (155).

Creek Boys fall to Vikings

Cold third quarter dooms CCA, 48-36

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TIFFIN– A goose egg in the third period doomed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys in their battle against Vinton-Shellsburg in Tiffin Tuesday, Jan. 26.
The Clippers fell to the Vikings, 48-36, dropping CCA to 7-7 and improving Vinton-Shellsburg to 11-5.

West High wrestlers place seventh at MVC Super Meet

Brands and Doyle champs, Kelsay second

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Prairie High’s wrestling team won the 2016 MVC Super Meet held Saturday, Jan. 30, at College Community. The West High Trojans placed seventh in team points behind the Prairie Hawks, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Hempstead, City High and Linn-Mar.
Cedar Rapids Xavier, Dubuque Wahlert, Cedar Falls, Waterloo East, Dubuque Senior, Cedar Rapids Washington and Waterloo West rounded out the field of contenders.

Creek Girls rebound against Vikettes

Clipper girls down Vinton-Shellsburg, 51- 48

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VINTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls rebounded from a 62-35 loss on Jan. 22 to Center Point-Urbana and snapped a three-game losing streak as they knocked off Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Vinton.
The Creek Girls held off the Vikettes for a 51-48 win, which improved the ball club to 6-10 overall and dropped the Vikettes to 3-14 with their sixth consecutive loss.
Claire Navara led the Clippers with 19 points, including five 3-point goals, supported by Abbi Kinnaird with 10, while the Vikettes were led by a 20-point effort from Jarrica Speidel.