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Sports

Sign up now for youth baseball, softball

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. 

Clipper boys keep Raiders winless

CCA defeats Williamsburg, 58-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-5 overall while keeping arch rival Williamsburg winless at 0-9 Friday, Jan. 8, in the Clippers’ homeport of Tiffin.

J-Hawks pose no trouble for Trojans

West High wins, 76-50, over CR Jefferson

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans had little trouble with Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an MVC Valley Division clash Tuesday, Jan. 5, at West. The Trojans took the first period, 21-4, and never looked back on their way to a 76-50 win, their first of 2016, on the heels of a 70-57 loss Jan. 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Maple Grove.
Devontae Lane closed the first period with a buzzer-beating three-point shot, providing a bookend to Alex Henderson’s period-opening three-pointer. Lane did it again at the end of the third, giving West a 57-31 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Women of Troy knock off Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West 61, CR Jefferson 56

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy got back on the winning path Tuesday, Jan. 5, with a 61-56 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest.
West edged Jefferson, 17-15, in the first quarter but trailed, 30-25, at the half. A 14-point third period rally put West up, 39-37, heading into the final quarter of play.
Rachel Saunders led West with 13 points, backed up by Lauren Zacharias with 12, Maddie Huinker with 11 and Emma Koch with 10 points.

West wrestlers second in home Lepic Duals

Alburnett takes down Trojans to win championship

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IOWA CITY– For the second time this season, the West High Trojan wrestlers found themselves plundered by the Alburnett Pirates. The Class 1A powerhouse knocked off the Trojans, 44-34, for the championship in West’s 24th annual Tom Lepic Duals Saturday, Jan. 9. The Trojans also fell prey to the Pirates on Dec. 18 in the Battle of Waterloo tournament.

Cedar Falls Tigers take three out of four from Trojan bowlers

JV girls strike a win for West

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IOWA CITY– The West High junior varsity (JV) Women of Troy bowlers spoiled a perfect sweep by the Cedar Falls Tigers Friday, Jan. 8, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City. The Tigers knocked off the varsity boys 2,967 pins to 2,720; dropped the JV boys 2,588 to 2,376 and struck the varsity girls 2,242 to 1,937.

IC West swimmers dunk Muscatine Muskies, 106- 54

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CORALVILLE– The West High Trojans drenched the Muscatine Muskies, 106-54, in a varsity boys swim meet Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
The Trojans won all but two events: the 100-backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay. Will Scott took the 200 and 100 freestyle, Lane Griffis won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, Noah Bruns took the 50 freestyle, John Li won the 100 butterfly and Ben Berhow was tops in the 100 breaststroke.

CCA’s Prusha signs to become a volleyball Viking

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TIFFIN– Ashley Prusha, a senior at Clear Creek Amana High School, signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Grandview University on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Solon Duals title goes to Spartans

Wrestlers run the table at dual tournament Jan. 2

SOLON– The Spartan varsity wrestlers hosted the Solon Duals Saturday, Jan. 2, and came away with the title.
Solon took first place, with Interstate 35, Keokuk, PCM (Prairie City Monroe), Davenport Central and Muscatine rounding out the results.
The Spartans notched 33 pins over the course of five rounds.
“I was very pleased with our effort throughout the day,” said head coach Blake Williams. “The guys showed a lot of fight, which is what we look for every time out on the mat. It was definitely a great team effort.”

Hawks win two at Carver

Hawk Talk

It was doubleheader Tuesday last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the women beating Drake, 89-76, in the first game, while the men took care of Tennessee Tech, 85-63.

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I was a little concerned when Iowa hosted the Drake Bulldogs last week.
The Bulldogs played Iowa down to the wire last year at Des Moines with the Hawks coming out on top, 100-98, on a last-second field goal by Samantha Logic.
This year, Drake opened the season with a 74-70 win over Iowa State, a team which beat the Hawkeyes 69-66 at Ames.

Lady Spartans hit the reset button on season

Solon girls move to 4-4 with 68-29 win over Blazers

SOLON– The varsity Lady Spartans dominated the Dyersville Beckman Blazers on the hardwood Friday, Dec. 18. Solon took to the boards, as they had not previously during the season, in a 68-29 win. It was as if they were avenging a 25-24 loss, in the final seconds of the game, by the junior varsity (JV) team earlier in the evening.

Solon wrestlers split double dual

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers upended Anamosa but were edged out by Western Dubuque in a double dual meet held Dec. 17 at the Solon High School gymnasium.
The Spartans walloped Anamosa, 64-18, but fell to Western Dubuque, 43-26, to move to 2-3 on the dual season.
“Our three losses have come to three of the top teams in the WaMaC,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each meet has been a one or two match difference. In each meet we had a match or two where we were ahead and almost got a pin, but ended up getting pinned. That is a 12-point swing in a dual meet.”