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Sports

West wins 3 of 4 on the lanes against Linn-Mar

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s bowlers won three out of four matches Tuesday, Jan. 3, against the Linn-Mar Lions at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center. The varsity Women of Troy won 2,622 to 2,455 and were led by Brittnee Price with a match-high 412. The junior varsity (JV) Women of Troy won 1,929 to 1,805 with West’s Kylie Rohm leading the way with 358. Corey Roth led the varsity boys to a 3,109 to 2,926 win. Roth bowled 484. The JV boys fell to the Lions, 2,059 to 2,003, with Josh Pelland putting up a match-high 340.

IC West rolls over Dubuque Wahlert, 75-44

Trojans clip Golden Eagles

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DUBUQUE– The Iowa City West High Trojans improved to 7-1 at the expense of the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School Friday, Jan. 6, in the Golden Eagles’ nest. West High rolled over Wahlert, 75-44, and dropped the Eagles to 1-7 overall.
Connor McCaffery had a 22-point night with four 3-point baskets and a 10-10 free throw performance as the Trojans took a 17-12 first period lead before pounding out 26 points in the second for a 43-21 halftime advantage. Patrick McCaffery added 13 points with 10 from Izaya Ono-Fullard.

West wrestlers 3rd at home duals

Fort Dodge champion, 5-0

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojans finished third in their home Lepic Duals Saturday, Jan. 7. Fort Dodge won the event with a 5-0 record after knocking off Lewis Central, Pleasant Valley, West High, Albia and Blue Springs.

Iowa City West nips Pella, 57-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy participated in “Rivalry Saturday,” a showcase of some of the best girls basketball teams in the state, Saturday, Jan. 7, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. West High was paired up against Pella, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and its Thursday, Jan. 5, weekly rankings. West High came into the game ranked third in Class 5A.

Women of Troy turkey shoot the Golden Eagles

IC West crushes Dubuque Wahlert, 72-28

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IOWA CITY– The Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School were the latest victims of the West High Women of Troy Friday, Jan. 6, as West rolled over the Eagles, 72-28. West jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first period, held a 40-12 lead at the half and were ahead 58-19 going into the final period.
All 10 West High players contributed points led by Logan Cook with 18 points. Cailyn Morgan added 14 and Rachel Saunders put in nine. The win improved West’s record to 8-1 while Wahlert’s sank to 2-9.

Solon Archery Team hosts 2nd annual tournament Jan. 7

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting its second annual archery tournament on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Solon High School. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. Close to 500 archers are expected to compete from across the state.

Iowa Raptor Project family day Jan. 7 at Macbride nature area

SOLON– This month, the Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area will be featuring the American bald eagle. The IRP is hosting its monthly family day Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.
Bald eagles are plentiful in Iowa right now, especially near open water. Visit Spirit the bald eagle at the Raptor Center and learn all about their keen eyesight and scavenging skills. There will be a scavenger hunt and an “Eagle Eye” notebook craft for recording observations.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Winter ice fishing events at F. W. Kent Park

OXFORD– Join Johnson County Conservation for an afternoon of ice fishing on a beautiful lake. The ice fishing program will take place Sunday, Jan. 8, at F.W. Kent Park from 3-5 p.m. The program is free, family-friendly and open to all experience levels. Participants should meet at the parking area on the west side of the dam near the lake.

Lady Spartans open 2017 with loss

The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team opened up the new year Monday, Jan. 2, with a 47-35 home loss to Mount Pleasant. Senior Josie Durr had 13 points for Solon. The loss drops the Lady Spartans to 2-7 on the season. The girls return home Friday, Jan. 6, to host West Delaware after a Tuesday road trip to Williamsburg. Then it’s on the road for three straight at Maquoketa, Mount Vernon and Central DeWitt.

Hawks scrape out Big 10 wins

The Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams both played road games last Wednesday and both lost.
Both had home games Saturday and Sunday, with the Hawk women beating Nebraska, 75-72, Saturday. The men hosted Michigan Sunday and also came away with a three-point win in overtime, 86-83.

Hawkeye women

The 70-65 loss at Illinois was a really frustrating game.
Iowa had more rebounds (46-28), more points in the paint (30-20) and the Hawks outshot Illinois from the free throw line 12-14 (85.7%) to 14-19 (73.7%).

Not again…Florida wins, 30-3

Hawk Talk

I can’t believe it… another poor showing in the final game and Iowa suffers its fifth-straight bowl loss.
Too many missed tackles, too many interceptions and too many big plays given up.
I don’t even want to talk about the game, so I’ll look into next year.
Big losses include C.J. Beathard, Desmond King, Jaleel Johnson, LeShun Daniels, Jr., and Ron Coluzzi.
C.J. finished with a career record of 21-7 (.750), the best all-time winning percentage of Iowa quarterbacks with 20 or more starts.
C.J. is one of only five players in program history to throw for more than 40 touchdowns.