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Sports

Lady Spartans tip off winter season

Solon girls start with 3 of first 4 games at home

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– “We have had a great preseason. This group really wants to be coached and (is) willing to be all-in during the season in order to be successful!” Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop said of this year’s varsity basketball team.
“They are working hard, having great effort and enthusiasm, and many of them are stepping up as leaders,” she said, citing returning players Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty, Erin Kerkhoff, Abby Smith, Saige Hauer, Jenna LeDage and Taylor Ryan.

Alumni Basketball Tournament, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Solon Basketball Alumni tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.

Mistakes doom Trojans

West High falls to Dowling again

CEDAR FALLS– History repeated itself, and was made Friday, Nov. 17, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls as the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School Maroons defeated the Iowa City West High Trojans in the Class 4A state football championship game for the second year in a row, and picked up its fifth-consecutive title in the process.
Dowling defeated the Trojans 23-10 last year and won 35-21 in the rematch.
The Maroons entered the contest with an 11-1 record, losing 22-19 to Ankeny Centennial, while the Trojans were undefeated at 12-0.

Liberty fields its first varsity boy’s basketball team

A year of learning awaits the Bolts

NORTH LIBERTY– A year ago, a group of Iowa City West High freshmen donned the black, silver and purple of, then still under construction, Liberty High to form the fledgling school’s first basketball team. Under the direction and guidance of Stan Hughes, Coach for the Waterloo-based Cedar Valley Court Kings minor league professional basketball team, the squad won their opener against City High’s Red Team, 42-39, with Ben Houselog scoring the team’s and the program’s first basket.

2017-2018 West High Girls Basketball Preview

IOWA CITY– Back in March, the Iowa City West High Women of Troy fell, 55-48, to Valley High School, of West Des Moines, in the Class 5A state tournament semifinals. It was the fifth trip to state for West High under Head Coach B.J. Mayer and ended a 21-4 season (12-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference).
As the team gears up for what it hope will be a sixth state tourney appearance, Mayer noted, “We are not as deep as we have been.”

West High earns sportsmanship award

First since 2005 for Trojan Nation’s fall sports

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) announced the winners of the Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award Thursday, Nov. 16, with Dubuque Senior being named in the Valley Division, and Iowa City West earning the honor in the Mississippi Division.

Lightning VS Regals

Preseason scrimmage tests JV girls

Liberty High falls, 49-10, to Regina

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s girls basketball program opened the 2017-2018 season, the first for the new school, with a Junior Varsity (JV) scrimmage Tuesday, Nov. 14, at home, against Iowa City Regina.

Bolts battle Regals in preseason scrimmage

Regina tops Liberty girls, 67-33

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls basketball program made its home court debut Tuesday, Nov. 14, in a preseason scrimmage with Iowa City Regina. The Regals, who played in the 2017 Class 2A State Basketball Tournament, short-circuited the Lightning Bolts, 67-33.

UNDERWHELMING

Hawk Talk

H2>Wisconsin stifles
Iowa, 38-14

As good as the Hawkeyes looked against Ohio State last week, they looked that bad against Wisconsin Saturday.
Sixty-six total yards (the lowest under Kirk Ferentz) and 0-13 on third down conversions will not win any games.
Was it the Badger defense being that great or the Hawkeye offense being that bad?
I’d lean towards the Badger D is pretty good.
Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense frustrated Iowa all afternoon.

Big win over Alabama State

Hawk Talk

Iowa opened the season Friday night with a 96-62 win over Chicago State.
Six players in double figures, 23 assists, seven blocked shots and only seven turnovers.
The Hawks shot 54.5 percent from 3-point range and had five more rebounds.
Jordan Bohannon had six assists, no turnovers and 12 points.
The twin towers (Luka Garza and Jack Nunge) combined for 26 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Luka played 18 minutes, Jack 19. Luka was named Big Ten Freshman of the week.
Everyone played, so Fran McCaffery got to see a lot of different combinations.

Strong Hawkeye defense

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women started the weekend off Friday night with a victory that gave head coach Lisa Bluder her 700th win.
The Hawkeyes beat Quinnipiac, 83-67, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to break open a close game.
The Bobcats made it to the Sweet 16 last year and had four starters back.
The Hawks had four players in double figures, led by Megan Gustafson with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Kathleen Doyle and Tania Davis combined for 30 points, four assists and only three turnovers.

Soup and Hoops

Winter Sports Kickoff Nov. 17

SOLON– Solon High School hosts its Soup & Hoops Winter Sports Kickoff Friday, Nov. 17, in the Solon High School commons and gymnasium.
Serving soup from 5-8 p.m. $6 per person or $20 per family.
The event will showcase and introduce Solon girls and boys basketball teams and wrestling team. Also at the event will be a silent auction featuring gift baskets just in time for the holiday shopping season, with proceeds funding equipment and team development.