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Sports

Lady Spartans come close against ranked Bobcats

Solon makes big leap in 43-40 loss

DeWITT– Solon traveled east on Highway 30, through the lights of DeWitt, into the darkness on the edge of town to meet the Central High Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was a battle to the final seconds with Solon on the short side, 43-40, but the crowd in attendance and the players could clearly see the light.

Wrestlers first at Oelwein Invitational

OELWEIN– Despite an inexperienced lineup, the Solon varsity wrestlers captured another tournament title over the weekend.
With 219.5 team points, Solon edged out second-place Byron High School’s (Ill.) 216 points to claim the title at the Oelwein Invitational Dec. 15.
Oelwein (195 points) placed third at its own invitational while Crestwood came in fourth with 185 points.

Rough sailing for Clipper girls

CCA girls 62, Benton 52

TIFFIN– A career-high 25-point effort from Natalia Turner wasn’t enough to pull the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ahead of Benton Community in a WaMaC varsity contest Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Tiffin. The Clippers fell, 62-52, their third consecutive loss.
Mount Vernon sank the Clippers, 63-55, on Friday, Dec. 4, and Iowa City Regina swamped them, 66-34, on Saturday, Dec. 5. With the losses, the Creek Girls dropped to 2-3 overall after season-opening wins over Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman Catholic.

CP-U Stormin’ Pointers overtake Clipper boys

CCA boys 55, Center Point-Urbana 72

TIFFIN– Four Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers scored in double digits Friday, Dec. 11, as the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) visited for a night of WaMaC conference basketball, but the Creek Boys still found themselves on the wrong side of a 72-55 final score.
Evan Downes, a senior, led the Clippers with 13 points and was backed up by fellow seniors Cal Miller, Aaron Akers and Jake Neubauer. Miller and Akers put up 11 points each while Neubauer had a 10-point night.

West High’s Women of Troy stay perfect with win over Wahawks

IC West 57, Waterloo West 40

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IOWA CITY– Rachel Saunders put up 18 points to lead the West High Women of Troy in a 57-40 win over the Waterloo West Wahawks Friday, Dec. 11, at home. West High had a 19-9 lead after the first period and was comfortably ahead, 32-17, at the half.
Maddie Huinker added 16 points as the only other Woman of Troy in double digits.
The win improved Iowa City West’s record to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC), while Waterloo West dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the MVC.

Trojans fall twice on Linn-Mar Lions’ mats

CR Jefferson and Linn-Mar take down IC West

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MARION– West High’s wrestlers traveled to Marion Thursday, Dec. 10, for a triangular meet with the Linn-Mar Lions and the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, and suffered a sweeping defeat.
The J-Hawks took the junior varsity (JV) match, 64-24, with the varsity winning, 44-26, over IC West. Likewise the Lions’ JV won, 57-24, and the varsity knocked off the Trojans, 44-24.

Trojans win IC-Dubuque Quadrangle swim meet

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CORALVILLE– The Coralville Recreation Center was the site of the 2015 Iowa City-Dubuque Quadrangle boys swim meet Saturday, Dec. 12, as Iowa City West High and City High faced Dubuque Senior and Hempstead high schools.
The West High Trojans took both varsity and junior varsity (JV) team titles with 173 points and 183 points respectively. Rival City High finished fourth in both contests.

West splits bowling with Wahawks

Wood and Strabala tops for Trojans

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans and Women of Troy split a bowling dual meet against the Waterloo West Wahawks Friday, Dec. 11, at Colonial Lanes.
The Trojan boys upended the Wahawks by only 111 pins, winning 2,877 to 2,766, with Patrick Wood’s 433 leading the way. The Women of Troy fell, 2,521 to 2,050, with Kalei Strabala as the top scorer for Iowa City West with 272. The junior varsity (JV) boys fell, 2,163 to 2,005, with Iowa City’s Sam Ross setting the pace for the Trojans with 321. The JV girls pulled off a 1,899 to 1,747 win, led by Asha Irani.

West JV wrestlers ninth at Tri-County Invitational

Daniels places fourth for Trojans

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THORNBURG– West High’s JV wrestlers placed ninth out of 12 teams competing in the Tri-County Wrestling Invitational at Tri-County High School in Thornburg.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont won the tourney with 182 team points, followed by Iowa Valley (180), Tri-County (115), Cardinal (107.5), English Valleys (91), West Branch (90), North Mahaska (83), H-L-V (82), West High (66), Lone Tree (34), BGM (32) and Waco (24).

Hawkeyes going to Rose Bowl

Hawk Talk

I’ve waited 52 years for a season like this.
It’s still a good season, even though the Hawks lost a knock-down drag-out slugfest to Michigan State, 16-13, last Saturday night.
The Hawks went undefeated in the regular season and their 12-0 record has never happened before.
Even though they lost, their consolation prize is playing Stanford in the Rose Bowl!

Women win two

The Hawkeye women played two games last week, winning both.
They knocked off Virginia, 85-73, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge last week.
Alexa Kastanek was 8-11 from the floor, including 4-7 from 3-point range, as she led the Hawks with 22.
Ally Disterhoft finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Sunday, the Hawk women beat Robert Morris, 69-50, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It wasn’t an easy win, as Iowa got behind 10-0 and had to fight back to sit at 7-1.
The Hawk men won two games last week at Carver, beating Florida State, 78-75, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge.

Solon moves to 2-0

SOLON– The Spartans are rebounding the ball and hitting their free throws.
The Solon varsity boys basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a road win over Marion Friday, Dec. 4.
The Spartans bounced back from a 18-7 deficit in the first quarter to win 59-52 at Marion.
Solon out-rebounded the Indians 29-16 (including 12 offensive boards) and connected on 28-38 free throw attempts (74 percent).
“I am super proud of how my guys responded to our first half offensive struggles,” said Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We defended very well.”