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Sports

IC West and Waterloo West tangle on the lanes

Trojans sweep, Women of Troy split with Wahawks at Colonial Lanes

Iowa City West and Waterloo West tangle on the lanes
Trojans sweep, Women of Troy split with Wahawks at Colonial Lanes
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IOWA CITY– The bowlers of Iowa City West High competed in their final home match of the 2016-17 season Friday, Feb. 10, as they took on the Wahawks of Waterloo West High School at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.

Trojan Swimmers compete at state

Oliver Martin crowned 50-yard freestyle champ

MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High swimmers competed in the 2017 state championships Saturday, Feb. 11, in Marshalltown and placed ninth in team points.
West High’s Oliver Martin won the 50-yard freestyle event in 20.72 seconds and was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.36. Izaak Hajek, Sam Deyak, Brennon Keen and Martin brought the 200-yard medley relay to a seventh-place finish in 1:37.27.
Waukee took the team championship title with 259 points.

200-yard medley relay: 7, IC West (Izaak Hajek, Sam Deyak, Brennon Keen, Oliver Martin), 1:37.27.

Trojans earn MVC All-Division swimming honors

Bruns named Mississippi Div. Swimmer of the Year

IOWA CITY– The 2017 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Swimming selections were released Monday, Feb. 6, with 13 athletes named to First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention slots.
Linn-Mar’s Tom Belin and his staff earned Mississippi Division Coach of the Year honors.
West High’s Noah Bruns and Waterloo’s Landon Albro shared Swimmer of the Year in the division.
Chris Cruise and his staff at Cedar Rapids Washington were named the Valley Division Coach of the Year. Washington’s Cameron Kelley took the division Swimmer of the Year title.

IC West boys defeat Linn-Mar, 70-63

Trojans escape the Lions

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– West High’s Trojans survived an upset bid by the Linn-Mar Lions Tuesday, Feb. 7, at home. West pulled out a 70-63 win to improve its record to 15-1 overall while dropping the threatening Lions to 7-10.
Connor McCaffery, who led West High with 22 points, opened up with a pair of back-to-back 3-point baskets after the Lions put the first two points on the scoreboard. Evan Flitz nailed a 3-bomb later in the first period for a 17-12 West High lead and the Trojans rattled off four more unanswered points to take the quarter, 21-12.

22 new Hawkeyes

Hawk Talk

Football signing day has come and gone and the Iowa Hawkeyes filled some needs and got one of the top recruits in the nation.
Iowa needed wide receivers, defensive backs and defensive linemen.
They signed four, maybe five wide receivers; five, maybe six defensive backs and three, maybe four defensive linemen.
Did the Hawks find another Matt VandeBerg?
Matt wasn’t recruited by any DI schools. He was thought to be a gray shirt but started as a freshman. His junior year he led the team with 65 catches.
How about a Josey Jewell?

13 Spartans to district meet

More firsts for Solon wrestling program

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg mats have quickly become a place of firsts for the Solon varsity wrestling squad.
After securing their first-ever WaMaC conference title there in late January, the Spartans returned to Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 4, to send 13 of 14 wrestlers through to districts.
“That’s the most ever for Solon,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s not very common.”

Lady Spartans win two in a row

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartan varsity basketball team swept the season series with West Delaware and avenged a loss earlier in the year at Maquoketa with a pair of WaMaC wins last week.
Solon used a 30-17 rebounding edge to push its way past West Delaware, 48-40, on the road Jan. 31, and built a double-digit lead it didn’t relinquish at home against Maquoketa Feb. 3 for a 63-44 victory.
The twin wins pushed the Lady Spartans’ record to 8-12 on the year with a single game on the schedule remaining hosting Mount Vernon Feb. 8.

No. 2 West Delaware outlasts Spartans

SOLON– The Spartans were within striking distance.
Down seven after the first quarter to undefeated West Delaware, Solon’s varsity boys tied the game up in the second quarter and were trailing by only three heading into the final eight minutes.
But the Hawks poured in 30 points in the final period to pull away from the Spartans Jan. 31 in Solon for a 69-57 win.
“We competed at a very high level versus the No. 2-ranked team in the state,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We had many opportunities to take control of the game, but West Delaware responded as good teams do.”

IC West cruises past Dubuque Senior, 78-37, on Senior Night

IOWA CITY– West High’s fourth-ranked Women of Troy celebrated Senior Night Feb. 3 by running over the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 78-37. West entered the contest with a 15-3 record to Dubuque’s 1-15 showing.
A pair of 3-pointers by Rachel Saunders and Lauren Zacharias to open West High’s scoring barrage set the tone early as the Women of Troy put up 25 points in the first period. Seniors Katie McGrane and Ali Tauchen had four points each in the period, while senior Maddie Huinker sank a free throw.

CCA’s Murphy and Rohret advance to district wrestling

Clippers tie with Mid-Prairie in team points

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret survived a Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Feb. 4, and will advance to a state-qualifying district tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Williamsburg High School starting at noon.
Rohret won the 145-pound title by taking a 2-1 decision from Solon’s Zack Bevans to advance automatically while Murphy advanced as the runner-up at 138 pounds after falling to Solon’s Ben Carr in 5:58.

Williamsburg edges CCA, 58-53

Late fouls allow Raiders to escape Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Games are often won or lost at the free throw line and that was the case Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Tiffin as the Williamsburg Raiders escaped from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with a 58-53 win.

IC West boys tame CR Kennedy, 83-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans extended their win streak to eight consecutive games with an 83-53 pounding of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Trojans rocketed to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding 44-18 lead at halftime. The Cougars’ best period came in the third with a 21-point counter-attack, but the West High juggernaut was still ahead 60-39 heading into the final quarter.