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Sports

One starter back for girls

SOLON– It will be hard to replace four-fifths of the starting lineup.
Lisa Bishop, head varsity basketball coach for the Solon Lady Spartans, knows as much.
In her first year, Bishop and her squad delivered a 14-10 record.
But starting seniors Hannah Bluder, Nichole Oberthien, Dakota Doyle and Sydney Lawson have been lost to graduation, leaving Josie Durr as the sole member of last season’s starting five to return.
But that’s a solid place to start.

They left it all on the field

Dowling denies West High the state championship

CEDAR FALLS– The mood in the interview room was somber as members of the Iowa City West High Trojans football team sat down with members of the media after their 23-10 loss to the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons in the 2016 Class 4A state championship game.
The Trojans finished the season 11-3 and made the school’s first semifinal appearance since 2002 the week before. It was their first championship bid since 1999.

CWC Youth Wrestling Tourney Nov. 25

TIFFIN– The Clipper Wrestling Club hosts its annual youth wrestling tournament Friday, Nov. 25, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.
Parents can sign up kids for the club and tournament by visiting the Clipper Wrestling Club on Facebook.
Pre-K through second grade wrestling practice is Mondays and Thursdays in the high school wrestling room from 6-7 p.m. Practice for grades 3-8 are Mondays and Thursdays in the white building off the south end of the CCA Middle School parking lot from 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Boosting the Bolts

Liberty High Booster Club up and running

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School in North Liberty is under construction and not scheduled to open until next August for the 2017-2018 school year. However, current Iowa City West High freshmen who have committed to attend Liberty competed in football and volleyball in Liberty High uniforms as the Original (Lightning) Bolts or O-Bolts and the Lady Lightning.
Liberty Lightning Athletic Booster Club (LLABC), 50 members strong, committed itself to supporting the fledgling athletic teams as they build tradition and legacy.

Iowa defeats Michigan 14-13

Hawk Talk

Something was missing.
The Hawkeyes had lost three straight at Kinnick Stadium after going undefeated at home last season.
North Dakota State knocked off Iowa, 23-21, on a 37-yard field goal as time ran out on Sept. 17.
Northwestern beat the Hawks, 38-31, on Oct. 1.
On Oct. 22, the Badgers came to Kinnick and left with a 19-7 win.
Last Saturday, under the lights, the magic at Kinnick was back.
Freshman Keith Duncan split the uprights from 33 yards out as time ran out and the Hawks knocked off the third-ranked Wolverines, 14-13.
Iowa is 3-1 this season when scoring 14 points.

A busy weekend

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The women’s and men’s basketball teams opened the season with doubleheaders on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. They each won both games.
The Hawkeye women started things off with a 96-76 win over Oral Roberts.
What a difference a week makes.
Last week, in Iowa’s exhibition, the Hawks started slow and got rolling in the second half. Last Friday, the Hawkeyes jumped out to an 11-4 lead, led 53-30 at half and cruised to their first win of the season.
Lisa Bluder went with her platoon system again.

Review gear before shotgun deer seasons begin

DES MOINES– The first of Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 3, giving hunters ample time to get their gun cleaned, oiled and patterned before heading to the timber.
“Most hunters want their guns sighted in for deer season. We suggest they come to a shooting range and begin at 25 yards and work out distances where they feel comfortable taking a shot in the field,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Practicing and knowing how the gun will perform before opening day is a good way to prepare for a successful hunt.”

Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

CCA dancers shine at state competition

NEWTON– Two dancers on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) dance team were among the top 10 at the 2017 Iowa State Drill Team Association (ISDTA) State Solo Competition held in Newton, Nov. 4-5.
Freshman Peyton Hertel placed eighth in the Class 5 Dance, where Knoxville’s Jaden Hamilton took first. CCA sophomore Angelina Gore placed 10th in the same class, behind Hertel and Ana Zamora of Wahlert Catholic (Dubuque).
ISDTA hosts the largest solo competition in the state with over 600 dances performed.

Trojans roll over Warriors in first state semifinal since 2002

Dome, sweet Dome

CEDAR FALLS– The fans’ shirts read, “There’s No Place Like Dome” Friday, Nov. 11, as the Iowa City West High Trojans took on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors in a Class 4A state semifinal football game.
After a convincing 35-7 win for the Trojans, the UNI-Dome may well become “Dome, Sweet Dome” as they return to Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 18, to take on West Des Moines Dowling for the championship.

An unfortunate three-peat

Women of Troy fall 3-1 at state volleyball in quarterfinal round

CEDAR RAPIDS– A pair of “three-peats” marked Iowa City West High’s appearance in the 2016 State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. It was the third consecutive appearance for the Women of Troy, and sadly, the third consecutive year eliminated in the first (quarterfinal) round. The Jaguars of Ankeny Centennial knocked West High out of the Class 5A championship hunt, 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 14-25, 23-25).

2016-2017 Iowa City West High wrestling preview: A mixed bag of experience for West’s wrestlers

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It’s the 18th year leading the Iowa City West High wrestling program for coach Mark Reiland, and he’s taking things in stride with a business-as-usual approach.
Reiland’s assessment of the season is simple: “Typical year where most of the same teams will be in the hunt again this year.”
The Trojans finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-14 record overall and a 5-4 showing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC).