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Sports

JV Clippers find success

Banwart, Cory and Beltz earn championships at Austin Roberts Memorial Tournament

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SPENCER— Clear Creek Amana (CCA) junior varsity (JV) wrestlers competed in the Austin Roberts Memorial Tournament Saturday, Dec. 16, in Spencer, and crowned three champions.
Noah Banwart won the 105-110-pound class by pinning LeMars’ Donavon Daggett in 1:04 in the finals. Banwart pinned Luverne’s Abraham Hernandez in 3:08 in the first round and took a 13-6 decision from West Lyon’s Jose Richards in the semifinals.

Trojans tame Lions on the lanes

Roth leads IC West to 2,666-2,377 victory

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Creek Boys take down the Raiders

CCA 80, Raiders 66

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TIFFIN— Clear Creek Amana (CCA) gave themselves an early Christmas present Tuesday, Dec. 19, as they knocked off rival Williamsburg, 80-66, for their second win of the season.The Clippers took an early lead and were up, 16-5, at the end of the first period. Despite a resurgence by the Raiders in the second, CCA led, 37-23, at the half and enjoyed a 52-36 advantage going into the final quarter.
Darius Moore led everyone with 34 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Jordan Wolfe and TJ Bollers contributed a dozen points each and Tyler Schrepfer produced ten.

Rebels run wild over the Lightning

NE Gooselake boys defeat Liberty, 78-41

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GOOSELAKE— The Northeast Gooselake’s Rebels remained unbeaten with a 9-0 record at the expense of the Liberty High Lightning Monday, Dec. 18, in Gooselake. The Rebels ran over the Bolts, 78-41, handing Liberty High their fourth loss of the first varsity season.The Lightning trailed throughout as four Rebels scored in double-digits, led by Dawson Stoll’s 26 points in the game. Northeast led, 21-8, at the end of the first period and held a comfortable 44-21 lead at halftime. The Rebels enjoyed a 57-31 lead going into the final quarter.

Bloodhounds bite the Bolts

Fort Madison boys 68, Liberty High 45

NORTH LIBERTY— The Liberty High varsity boys basketball team suffered their second consecutive loss, in as many days, as the Bloodhounds, of Fort Madison, bit the Lightning Bolts, 68-45, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Liberty High.
The Lightning led, 8-4, at the end of the first period but dropped into a hole in the second trailing, 21-16, at halftime. The Bolts could only muster four points in the third period as Fort Madison led, 41-20, going into the fourth period.

State champs

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The Iowa women beat Drake, 79-66, last Thursday at Carver, making them the mythical state champs with wins over Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa.
What a difference a year makes.
Last season, the Drake Bulldogs went 29-5, 18-0 in the conference. They beat the Hawkeyes 81-76 in Des Moines. Iowa had two players in double-figures, led by Ally Disterhoft with 24, and Megan Gustafson with 20.
The Hawks only made 3-11 from 3-point range. Drake had four players in double figures and finished 8-19 from behind the arc.

Hawkeye men’s basketball

Hawk Talk

The Iowa men played two games last week.
They cruised to a 92-64 win over Southern Utah last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Once again, the Hawks used the size and depth to take down the Thunderbirds.
Southern Utah is a little bit like Drake as they rely on the 3-pointer. When they are hot, they are tough to defend, but the Hawks held the Thunderbirds to 8-26 from 3-point range (30.8 percent), controlled the boards (48-29) and points in the paint (52-24).

Hawkeyes have solid football class

Hawk Talk

The early signing day for football was last Wednesday, Dec. 20.
That is the earliest high school seniors could sign a letter of intent.
It’s a little early to see if this is good for the Hawkeyes. Iowa picked up some solid recruits that could help right away.
This season the Hawks had three freshmen in the two-deeps on offense and three on defense.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette is listed as a starter at wide receiver on offense for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
That will be Ihmir’s fourth start of the season.

Jerry Linderbaum alumni hoops tournament

Saturday, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Hawks take on instate battles

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men took down Drake Saturday at Des Moines and the women played at The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Sunday.
The men’s 90-64 win over the Drake Bulldogs last weekend was a little surprising.
The Bulldogs were coming off a tough loss at Minnesota, 68-67.
Drake led the Gophers at half 28-24, had a 29-4 advantage on bench points and made 12 3-pointers.
Against the Hawkeyes, Drake trailed at half 40-33 and made only nine threes.
The Bulldogs came into the game shooting 42 percent from behind the arc.

Jewell and Jackson - consensus All-Americans

Hawk Talk

Before the season started, Iowa had 23 consensus All-Americans.
Now it has 25.
To be a consensus All-American, you have to be on at least three All-American teams.
Josey Jewell and Josh Jackson were named on the Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sporting News, the AFCA and the FWAA All-American first team squads.
This is the fifth time in Hawkeye program history two Hawks earned consensus All-American in the same season.

Jerry Linderbaum alumni tournament, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. Sign up or check in at the high school gym. Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant. Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.