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Sports

CCA’s Murphy advances to district wrestling

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MOUNT VERNON– Connor Murphy from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) was the only Clipper to advance out of wrestling sectionals Saturday, Feb. 8, in Mount Vernon. The 113-pound junior placed first in his weight class with a 7-2 decision over Mount Vernon’s Justin Light and will advance to the district tournament Saturday, Feb. 15, at Marion High School.

106: Luke Wingert (4-19) placed fourth and scored 10.50 team points.
Quarterfinal - Luke Wingert (Clear Creek-Amana) 4-19 won by tech fall over Joe Lovan (Solon) 4-24 (TF-1.5 2:50 (16-0)).

Trojans compete in district swim meet

West’s Keen named Athlete of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors earned their 51st consecutive district title Saturday, Feb. 8, in competition in Iowa City. The Warriors amassed 295 points to take the championship. The West High Trojans were second with 274.
West High’s Aiden Keen was named the Athlete of the Year while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Shawn Thompson, with assistants Shane Brekke, Nick Carew and Greg Gibson was named Coach of the Year.

The King and Queen (pins) reign at West

Knosp, Shimon lead the way for Trojans

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IOWA CITY– The King and Queen Pins will reign supreme in the West High trophy case for the next year following the annual rivalry match between West and City High Friday, Feb. 8, at Colonial Lanes.
The West High boys won their match 2,934 to 2,858 to claim the King Pin while the girls knocked down 2,329 pins to City’s 2,218 to earn the Queen Pin. Noah Knosp led the Trojan boys with 466 while Mariah Shimon led the Women of Troy with 331.
According to West coach Mike Mellecker, the boys have a 6-6 record of earning the King and the girls are 7-5 for the Queen.

New kids on the block

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It’s time to take a little break from basketball and wrestling as the Hawkeye football team signed 19 players last week. They plan to add a junior college defensive end this summer.
I always enjoy checking out the new recruits, whether it’s football, basketball or wrestling… the three sports I cover.
I always wonder who will be the next Shonn Greene, the next Aaron White or the next Bethany Doolittle.
All three we not highly recruited.
It also gives me a chance to talk to Reese Morgan, who is in his second year of coaching the defensive line.

UPSETS

I was going to concentrate on Iowa’s new football recruits this week but I have to give some love to the Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams.
The Hawkeye women traveled to ninth-ranked Penn State and upset the Lady Lions, 73-70, last Thursday .
That’s the first time Iowa has beaten a top-10 team on the road since 1993.
The Hawks lost to Penn State 87-71 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena back on Jan. 5, and I have to admit I didn’t think Iowa had much of a chance.

Road win and home loss

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The Hawkeye women had a road trip to Minnesota and hosted Nebraska last week.
They knocked off the Gophers, 64-56, Wednesday and lost to Nebraska 80-76 Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa played Lisa Bluder ball against the Gophers.
That is, four players in double figures, solid defense and 17 assists on 24 baskets.
“Such a great team performance,” said coach Bluder. “I love the balance of our basketball team.”
That’s the 20th straight game Iowa has had at least three players finish in double figures.
How much more can you say about Samantha Logic?