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Sports

Scherff wins Outland Trophy

I’m going to talk about something more positive... Brandon Scherff.
Brandon became the fourth Hawkeye to win the Outland Trophy award.
Calvin Jones won it in 1955, Alex Karras in 1957 and Robert Gallery.
I was only three years old when Alex won his award but I remember him playing for the Detroit Lions in the ‘60s.
Can you believe that Alex was runner-up to the Heisman Trophy in 1957?

Maintaining the Spartan tradition

TJ Bevans steps up and starts a new chapter in Spartan wrestling history

SOLON– Tradition matters in Spartan athletics.
Travis “TJ” Bevans knows it first hand from his time on the wrestling mat in the uniform of a Solon Spartan, as well as from his eight years as an assistant coach for the wrestling program.
When Brooks McLaren stepped down earlier this year, Bevans knew it time to step up.
“I felt it was time to step up and give it a shot,” he said. Bevans graduated from Solon in 2002 and has been a part of the community since 1995. “I know the tradition, the history, my brother wrestled here, too.”

Lady Spartans move to 6-0 with wins over Maquoketa, Anamosa

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are undefeated, but a couple of tough basketball teams are waiting in the wings.
Solon’s girls moved to 6-0 last week with home wins against Maquoketa and Anamosa. That was enough to bump the Lady Spartans into the rankings released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Dec. 11. Solon, previously unranked, became the No. 13 team in Class 3A.

Boys pick up first loss of basketball season

ANAMOSA– Solon could not stop the Anamosa Raiders.
The boys varsity basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 81-56, Friday on the road at Anamosa.
“We did not stay committed and focused on our game plan,” said Solon head coach Jason Pershing. “We lost our discipline on defense and had to fight back from an early deficit.”
Anamosa had four players in double-figures, but also went to the foul line 28 times, connecting on 21 attempts. Solon was called for 28 fouls, and three players– Dylan Doyle, Brandan Childs and Jacob Coons– fouled out of the game.

Robotics can and bottle drive Jan. 3

SOLON– Solon Robotics will host a can and bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, in Solon from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Student team members will be going door-to-door asking for cans and bottles to help raise funds for competitions around the state. Anyone needing pick-up on Friday evening or who lives outside the Solon city limits, please contact Jami Wolf at 319-481-7088. Drop off cans and bottles at the Solon Middle School behind the auditorium, at the robotics room.

Clipper girls lose a close one in OT

Stormin’ Pointers 53, CCA 51

TIFFIN– Excitement turned to disappointment and a sense of what could’ve been Friday, Dec. 12, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) gym as the Clipper girls faced the 12th-ranked Class 3A Stormin’ Pointers from Center Point-Urbana.
The Pointers won the varsity contest in overtime, 53-51, dropping the Creek Girls to 2-4.

Trojans knock off Chiefs

West High 59, Keokuk 22

IOWA CITY– The West High boys varsity cruised to a 59-22 win over the Keokuk Chiefs Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the first home game of the 2014-15 season. The non-conference win gave West a 3-0 record heading into Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The Trojans held the Chiefs to four points in the first period, taking the quarter 12-4. The Chiefs attempted to rally back in the second quarter but West took a 30-14 lead into the locker room at the halftime break. The Trojans held Keokuk to only eight points in the second half while unleashing a 20-point barrage in the third quarter.

CCA boys move to 2-2 against Vinton-Shellsburg

Clippers 65, V-S Vikings 35

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved to a 2-2 record with a 65-35 WaMaC conference win over Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Dec. 9, at home.
The win marked a rebound for the Clippers in the wake of a pair of losses to Dyersville Beckman and Iowa City Regina.
Drew Wagner led CCA with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Cal Miller had 13 points with a trio of 3-point goals.
The Clippers are at Benton Community on Friday, Dec. 19, and finish out 2014 at West Branch on Saturday, Dec. 20, in a boys/girls doubleheader.

West’s Women of Troy make it 5-0

West 57, CR Xavier 39

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy pulled off their fifth straight win for a 5-0 record Monday, Dec. 8, with a 57-39 home win over the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Dani Craig led West with a game-high 16 points, Mikaela Morgan had 13 points, and Emily Halverson put up 10 points. Morgan and Halverson had eight rebounds each.
The Saints took the first quarter 10-7 before the Women of Troy put up a 17-point effort in the second, good for a 24-16 halftime lead. West came out for the third quarter with a 21-point blitz.

Clipper wrestlers fall in DeWitt

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DEWITT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers had a tough night Thursday, Dec. 11, as they dropped two matches in a quad meet in DeWitt.
The Clippers lost by just two points to Benton Community, 40-38, and were walloped 57-18 by Central Clinton-DeWitt.

Trojan swimmers splash the Wahawks

IC West wins 105-65 over Waterloo West

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CORALVILLE– The Iowa City West High Trojans won a home meet Tuesday, Dec. 9, against Waterloo West at the Coralville Recreation Center. The Trojans won, 105-65.

Statement game

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had two games last week, with a big 60-55 win at North Carolina.
The Hawks also beat Maryland-Baltimore County, 77-47, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday.
I have to admit I wasn’t too confident on the Hawkeyes’ chances at North Carolina because of the shooting problems of their guards.
I thought the big guys down low would hold their own, but if the guards were still in a slump, Iowa would have a tough time against the Tar Heels.