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Sports

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

Lady Spartans win two in a row

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team swept the season series with West Delaware and avenged a loss earlier in the year at Maquoketa with a pair of WaMaC wins last week.
Solon used a 30-17 rebounding edge to push its way past West Delaware, 48-40, on the road Jan. 31, and built a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish at home against Maquoketa Feb. 3 for a 63-44 victory.
The twin wins pushed the Lady Spartans’ record to 8-12 on the year with a single game on the schedule remaining hosting Mount Vernon Feb. 8.

No. 2 West Delaware outlasts Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans were within striking distance.
Down seven after the first quarter to undefeated West Delaware, Solon’s varsity boys tied the game up in the second quarter and were trailing by only three heading into the final eight minutes.
But the Hawks poured in 30 points in the final period to pull away from the Spartans Jan. 31 in Solon for a 69-57 win.
“We competed at a very high level versus the No. 2-ranked team in the state,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We had many opportunities to take control of the game, but West Delaware responded as good teams do.”

IC West cruises past Dubuque Senior, 78-37, on Senior Night

IOWA CITY– West High’s fourth-ranked Women of Troy celebrated Senior Night Feb. 3 by running over the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 78-37. West entered the contest with a 15-3 record to Dubuque’s 1-15 showing.
A pair of 3-pointers by Rachel Saunders and Lauren Zacharias to open West High’s scoring barrage set the tone early as the Women of Troy put up 25 points in the first period. Seniors Katie McGrane and Ali Tauchen had four points each in the period, while senior Maddie Huinker sank a free throw.

CCA’s Murphy and Rohret advance to district wrestling

Clippers tie with Mid-Prairie in team points

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret survived a Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Feb. 4, and will advance to a state-qualifying district tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Williamsburg High School starting at noon.
Rohret won the 145-pound title by taking a 2-1 decision from Solon’s Zack Bevans to advance automatically while Murphy advanced as the runner-up at 138 pounds after falling to Solon’s Ben Carr in 5:58.

Williamsburg edges CCA, 58-53

Late fouls allow Raiders to escape Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Games are often won or lost at the free throw line and that was the case Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Tiffin as the Williamsburg Raiders escaped from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with a 58-53 win.

IC West boys tame CR Kennedy, 83-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans extended their win streak to eight consecutive games with an 83-53 pounding of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Trojans rocketed to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding 44-18 lead at halftime. The Cougars’ best period came in the third with a 21-point counter-attack, but the West High juggernaut was still ahead 60-39 heading into the final quarter.

Cedar Rapids Prairie bests Iowa City West, 44-21

Prairie Hawks top Trojans on the mat

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Prairie took down the Iowa City West High Trojans in the final dual meet of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 2, at Prairie High School with the Prairie Hawk varsity winning, 44-21.
Nelson Brands (152 pounds) pinned Prairie’s Morgan Hood in 1:58 while Guy Snow (220) pinned Prairie’s Alex Heisdorffer in 4:59. Tyler Yoerger (170) won 5-3 in sudden victory (SV) against Prairie’s Justis Kruse while Alex Aguirre (120) won a 3-2 decision over Prairie’s Ted Zangerle and Carter Rohweder (160) took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Tyger Whitters.

West sends eight to state swimming

Martin the No. 1 seed in 50-yard freestyle

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DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans qualified eight athletes in nine events for the 2017 State Swimming Meet at district competition Saturday, Feb. 4, at Southeast Polk High School.

Clippers chart their futures on Signing Day

Seven CCA athletes sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– With family, teammates and coaches watching, seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school athletes put pen to paper and formalized their plans for college athletics Wednesday, Feb. 1– National Signing Day. While the day typically involves football players signing national letters of intent with NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) member schools, athletes in other sports, and/or planning on attending non-NCAA schools often participate as well.

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent

Martin takes the spotlight with Michigan decision

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IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes participated in a National Signing Day event Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the high school. While the day signifies the first day a senior can officially sign a Letter of Intent to play football for an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member school, athletes from other sports, and those who will attend non-NCAA schools also typically participate as they declare their collegiate sports plans.

No. 4 Iowa defeats No. 3 Ohio State, 21-13

The Hawks needed this win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Friday.
Iowa’s wrestlers won six of 10 matches, had a technical fall and a major decision, and they did it without Cory Clark wrestling.
It’s always good to open with Thomas Gilman getting things started at 125 pounds with a 23-8 technical fall which gave the Hawkeyes a 5-0 lead.
I was looking forward to watching Cory Clark, ranked second, go up against top-ranked Nathan Tomasello at 133.
Gilman and Tomasello faced off last year at 125 with Thomas winning two of three matches.