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Sports

CONFERENCE CHAMPS

Spartans on course to host regional dual Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

WILLIAMSBURG– Victory was long overdue for the Solon wrestling team, which won its first conference tournament in 30 years on Saturday, Jan. 28, on the mats at Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School.
The Spartans amassed 221.5 points over Williamsburg’s 172.5 and Western Dubuque’s 163.5, claiming their premier WaMaC title and first conference win since scoring the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Conference plaque in 1987.

Spartans win at home, lose at Dyersville

Loss to Blazers snaps four-game win streak

SOLON– After holding off Anamosa at home, the Spartans lost a close one on the road at Beckman Catholic Jan. 26 to break a four-game winning streak.
Solon’s varsity basketball team had won four games over a five-day span, concluding with the 47-34 win over Anamosa Jan. 24. After a one-day break, it was off to Dyersville to face Beckman Catholic, and although the Spartans led going into the fourth quarter, the Blazers held Solon to only six points in the final eight minutes for a 52-49 win.

Close win, close losses for Lady Spartans

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had the lead heading into the fourth quarter of three games, but could hang on for just one victory.
Solon’s varsity girls took a 40-37 road win over Anamosa Jan. 24, but lost in overtime to Beckman Catholic at home Jan. 27 and fell in a shootout at Maquoketa by two points Monday, Jan. 30.
The Lady Spartans dropped to 6-12 on the season.
At Anamosa, Solon overcame a slow start.

Changes coming to WaMaC and MVC

WaMaC loses two schools; Liberty joins MVC

Solon Economist
DES MOINES– Changes to the WaMaC and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018 will likely lead to some new competitors for the Solon Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
Liberty High School, under construction in North Liberty, has been accepted into the MVC starting with the 2018-19 academic year, making it a 15-team conference. Liberty will be an independent school for its first year (2017-2018) before joining the conference.

Creek Girls clobber the Vikettes

CCA waylays Vinton-Shellsburg, 56-18

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) rebounded from a 69-58 road loss at Center Point-Urbana on Friday, Jan. 20, by pounding the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes, 56-18, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Bolts ground the Golden Eagles

NORTH LIBERTY– The Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert became the latest to fall to the Lightning Bolts of Liberty High Saturday, Jan. 28, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The Bolts won 64-52 on “Pack the Gym” day, which also featured a mini-pep rally after the reserves’ “fifth quarter” game.
The Bolts flashed to a quick 6-2 lead thanks to Andre Brandon and Isaac Bender. The game tied four times in the first period before the Bolts pulled ahead to win the quarter, 20-17.

No champions for CCA at WaMaC wrestling tournament

Clippers 14th in Williamsburg

North Liberty Leader
WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers placed 14th overall at the 2017 WaMaC Conference Tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, at Williamsburg High School. None of the Clippers were crowned champions in the tournament, which was won by Solon with 221.5 team points. Host Williamsburg was second with 172.5.
Quinn Murphy and Ethan Taylor (138 and 285 pounds, respectively) were the highest-placing wrestlers for CCA with fourth-place showings. Samual Stevens (106) was a fifth-place finisher.

West High Trojans fourth at MVC wrestling tournament

Brands earns Outstanding Wrestler honor and 152-pound championship

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WATERLOO– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands earned the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s Outstanding Wrestler honors and was crowned the conference champion at 152 pounds Saturday, Jan. 28, at the conference tournament at Waterloo West High School.
Cedar Rapids Prairie took the team title with 224.5 points, followed by City High (188), Dubuque Hempstead (176.5) and Iowa City West (146.0).

Trojans roll over Little Hawks, again

Iowa City West High upends City High, 82-38, in crosstown rivalry rematch

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans swept the crosstown rivalry boys basketball series with City High Tuesday, Jan. 24, with an 82-38 win at City High. West rolled over the Little Hawks, 78-27, at West High on Dec. 13.
The Trojans took a commanding 21-8 lead at the end of the first period and built a 46-16 lead by halftime. West High took a 70-31 lead into the final eight minutes.

West High Girls’ Basketball

Lady Tigers bite the Women of Troy

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CEDAR FALLS– The Lady Tigers of Cedar Falls High School gave the Iowa City West High Women of Troy their third loss of the season Friday, Jan. 27, in Cedar Falls. The Tigers topped West High, 75-66, after taking the first period 21-12 and leading West 38-24 at halftime. West rallied back in the third quarter but still trailed 51-44 going into the final period.

clear creek amana boys’ basketball

Trojans scuttle the Creek Boys

Clear Creek Amana falls to South Tama, 73-45
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TIFFIN– South Tama’s Trojans scuttled the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team 73-45 Friday, Jan. 27, in Tiffin. It was the second loss of the season to the Trojans for the Clippers after falling 58-49 in Tama back in December.
The Creek Boys trailed 18-15 at the end of the first period and were down 40-23 at halftime and 58-34 going into the final period.

Hawkeye women go 2-0

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women, for the first time this season, won back-to-back games in the Big Ten.
They started at Rutgers and finished at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota.
Iowa had a big 71-59 road win at Rutgers last week.
I know every win is big in the conference, but if the Hawkeyes want to get back to the Big Dance in March, a couple of wins on the road will help.
The Scarlet Knights were 3-0 at home in conference play with victories over Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.