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Sports

Trojans outlast Mount Vernon Mustangs

West opens with 63-42 win over determined Mount Vernon squad

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2015-2016 season with a visit from the WaMaC conference’s Class 3A Mount Vernon Mustangs. One could presume a meeting of a Class 4A powerhouse would have little trouble with a smaller program, but the Mustangs showed they could run with the big school as they largely kept pace with a West High squad that wasn’t quite hitting on all cylinders.
The Trojans led 13-9 after the first period and 33-19 at the half, but the Mustangs narrowed the gap to a seven-point deficit going into the final period.

Women of Troy dominate Prairie, Hempstead

IC West girls move to 3-0

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 3-0 with wins over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Hempstead.
West took an early lead at home against Prairie on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and quickly left the Prairie Hawks behind, taking a 12-3 advantage after the first period and a 24-9 halftime lead.
Rachel Saunders accounted for half of those points and went on to lead all scorers with 19 points.
SCORING: R. Saunders 19, E. Koch 9, A. Tauchen 9, L. Cook 8, M. Huinker 7, M. Fay 3, K. McGrane 3, L. Zacharias 2.
3-POINT GOALS: Saunders 3, Fay 1, McGrane 1, Huinker 1, Koch 1.

Creek girls 2-0 with win over the Beckman Blazers

CCA 36, Dyersville Beckman 29

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DYERSVILLE– The Creek Girls of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) improved to 2-0 on the season with a 36-29 win over fellow WaMaC team Dyersville Beckman Catholic on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Abbi Kinnaird led the Clippers with 18 points, including a trio of three-point baskets, a pair of field goals and five free throws. Erin Navara backed up Kinnaird with 11 points. Claire Navara put up four points with one three-bomb and a free throw, while Be DeShaw rounded out the CCA offense with her own three-pointer.

Clipper wrestlers take down Raiders, fall to the Pointers

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CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the varsity wrestling season on the road in Center Point with a double dual against the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana and the Blue Raiders of Anamosa Thursday, Dec. 3.
The Clippers sank the Raiders, 32-25, but fell to the Stormin’ Pointers, 37-32.
Andrew Rohert (126 pounds), Quinn Murphy (132), Cole White (195) and Ethan Taylor (220) won by fall against Anamosa. Also, Logan Viktora earned a technical fall with a 21-5 decision.

Plenty of bowlers for West

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IOWA CITY– Bowling has become a more popular sport at Iowa City West High, coach Mike Mellecker noted.
“This will be our biggest team in a few years,” Mellecker said. An assistant coach for four years, Mellecker has been the head coach for nine years, sporting a 38-77 record with the boys’ teams, and 48-85 with the girls.
Last season the boys went 6-9 overall and 3-8 in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition, with Heath Schintler qualifying for the state meet, while the girls posted a 2-13 and 2-9 showing.

Blake Williams returns to lead Solon wrestling

Homecoming

SOLON– He’s the “new, but the old” coach.
Blake Williams, who coached the Solon Spartan varsity wrestling program from 1999 to 2003, is back as the head coach, replacing T.J. Bevans. Williams returns to the Spartan wrestling room after leading the Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie for 12 years. For Williams it was a difficult, but ultimately easy, decision to make.
“It went really well (at Prairie),” said Williams. “I had everything I could ask for, at that time.”

Lady Spartans open with a win on the road

Solon girls roll over Vinton-Shellsburg, 53-42

VINTON– The Solon Lady Spartans rolled into Vinton-Shellsburg to open the season and came away with a 53-42 win over the Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“Going into my first varsity game as a head coach I was nervous but, like I told my players, it was a good nervous. The kind where you are ready to compete!” said Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop. “I was excited to see how our girls would respond in a regular season game.”
The Spartan starters for the first varsity game were junior Alli Prybil, junior Josie Durr, and seniors Hannah Bluder, Dakota Doyle and Nichole Oberthien.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Basketball referees needed

Basketball referees are needed for third to sixth grade boys’ basketball.
Applicants need to be high school age or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym on Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, and 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game officiated. Questions regarding employment as a referee may be directed to Mike Reeve by phone or text at 319-594-1978, or e-mail mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Boys basketball

Clipper girls battle, rattle Anamosa Raiders

CCA opens with 52-31 win

TIFFIN– They got off to a slow start but, once they found their sea legs, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls went full steam ahead to sink the Anamosa Raiders 52-31 Tuesday, Nov. 24, at home in their season opener.
The Raiders took a 5-0 lead largely from success at the charity stripe. Abbi Kinnaird put the Clippers on the scoreboard with about three minutes remaining in the first period. Erin Navara made it a one-point ball game by scoring on a put-back and Kinnaird sank two from the free throw line to tie the game at seven-all at the end of the quarter.

Four seniors to lead Trojans on the mat

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IOWA CITY– Four seniors, three of whom have state tournament experience, will lead the West High Trojan varsity wrestling program in the 2015-2016 season.

CCA swimmer Hruby signs letter of intent with Northwestern

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmer Emma Hruby signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at the high school.

Women of Troy open with a win

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DAVENPORT– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2015-2016 varsity basketball season with a 50-44 win at Davenport Assumption Saturday, Nov. 28.
Rachel Saunders led West High with a game-high 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Logan Cook added a dozen points while Ali Tauchen put up nine.
The Knights were ranked ninth in Class 3A in the preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and dropped to 0-2 on the season. West High was unranked in Class 5A and moved to 1-0.