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Sports

Tigers dash West girls’ championship hopes

West gets past SE Polk, falls to WDM Valley

DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy’s’ hopes for a Class 5A State Championship were dashed Friday, March 6, as the Tigers of West Des Moines Valley took a semifinal game 57-41 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The loss ended West’s season at 22-3 while top-ranked Valley (23-2) advanced to the Finals.
The fifth-ranked Women of Troy opened their championship quest with a 43-40 quarterfinal win over sixth-ranked Southeast Polk Wednesday, March 4. West started the game with a 5-0 deficit before Mikaela Morgan could get West’s first basket of the afternoon.

Six Clippers make WaMaC All-Conference basketball teams

CCA finishes second in West Division, third in WaMaC

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TIFFIN– Six members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball squad were named to WaMaC All-Conference teams for the 2014-2015 season.
The divisional selections were released by the WaMaC High School Athletic Conference on Tuesday, March 3.
Drew Wagner and Jake Neubauer were unanimous First Team picks in the WaMaC West Division.
Cal Miller and Nile Rourke were Second Team selectees while Keyan McAreavy and Mitch Stopko earned Honorable Mention.
Williamsburg’s Dave Schlabaugh and his staff earned West Division Coach of the Year.

Are the Hawks off the bubble?

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The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had two games last week.
I thought they needed to win both of them to get into the NCAA Tournament... they did, but a couple of more wins would give them a little cushion.
The Hawks hosted Illinois and won 68-60 on Thursday.
Saturday night, Iowa traveled to Penn State and came out the winner in overtime, 81-77.
The game against the Fighting Illini was a grind-it-out, physical game.
On a night when only one Hawk was in double figures, the rest of the team helped out in other ways.

No place like home for Hawkeye women

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The Hawkeye women had two home games last week.
They started with a tough 78-74 win over Wisconsin last Thursday and finished with a 96-72 blowout against Minnesota.
The victory over Wisconsin was a struggle.
Iowa would take the lead and, thanks to 3-point shooting, the Badgers would come back. Wisconsin was 8-12 from 3-point land in the second half, which kept the game close.
Thank goodness for Samantha Logic and solid free throw shooting down the stretch.
Samantha finished with 20 points, 10 boards and nine assists while playing 39 minutes.

Saints down Spartans in district final

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Solon boys bowed out of the basketball postseason last week thanks to the high-octane offense of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
The Saints defeated the Spartans 88-57 in a Class 3A District 8 final Feb. 26 at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Solon’s varsity boys finished the season with a 10-13 record under first-season head coach Jason Pershing.

Solon Optimist Club basketball contest winners announced

SOLON– The Solon Optimist Tri-Star Basketball Contest 2015 was held on Jan. 25 at the Solon Middle School gym. The event was held in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.
Optimist members present assisting in the event presentation were: Denny Gruber, Master of Ceremonies and the shooting contest; Joe Krob, dribbling contest and awards presentation; Terry Krob, shooting contest and winner announcements; Rick and Sandy Thorington, registration and scoring summary and Marv Stastny, set-up and photography.

Women of Troy return to state tournament

IOWA CITY— After sitting out the 2014 Girls State Basketball Tournament, the West High Women of Troy returned to the Wells Fargo Arena after knocking out Muscatine and Pleasant Valley in Class 5A Regional competition.
The Muskies were pan-fried in Iowa City on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Semifinal Round 54-28, while the Spartans of Pleasant Valley were foiled 45-27 in Iowa City, during the Regional Final on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Trojans earn All-Division bowling honors

Kreiss on girls First Team, Wood makes boys Second Team

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IOWA CITY— The Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC) announced its 2014-2015 All-Division selections for conference bowlers on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Home to Iowa City West High, the Valley Division named Victor Baccam, of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, the boys Division Athlete of the Year while Cedar Falls’ coach Brad Baker was named boys coach of the Year.
Rylea Bennett, of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, earned Girls Athlete of the Year honors with Scott Holman, from Cedar Falls, named the Girls Coach of the Year.

Morgan named Athlete and, B.J. Mayer Coach of the Year

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

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IOWA CITY— The starting five for the West High Women of Troy Varsity Basketball Team found spots on the Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC)’s 2014-2015 All-Division teams. The list, issued by the MVC on Wednesday, Feb. 25, lists First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.
Mikaela Morgan was named Athlete of the Year along with Steph Botkin of Cedar Rapids Kennedy and was a unanimous First Team pick. Senior Dani Craig was also a unanimous First Team pick.

Stokes is a unanimous All-Conference First Team pick

four members of the Clear Creek Amana varsity squad named All-Conference

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TIFFIN— The WaMaC High School Athletic Conference issued its 2014-2015 All-Conference basketball selections on Wednesday, Feb. 25, naming four members of the Clear Creek Amana varsity squad.
Hanna Stokes was a unanimous First Team pick while Lexi Kinnaird earned a berth on the Second Team.
Hannah Mougin and Kiley Seelman were named to the Honorable Mention Team.
The Clippers finished the season with a 13-9 record, the first time in four seasons the team ended with a winning record.

Raiders’ run ends Clippers’ season

Boys beat S. Tama, fall to Williamsburg on tournament trail

IOWA CITY— It was a familiar foe in a different setting as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers faced rival Williamsburg for the third time this season in a Class 3A Boys District Final game at Iowa City West High on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Raiders won 52-49 in January, 59-51 in early February and took Thursday’s contest 50-37. The win ended the season for the Clippers and sent Williamsburg to the Substate 5 battle, taking place on Monday, March 2, against Fort Madison in Muscatine for a chance at playing in the State Tournament.

Bumps in the road

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women had two road games last week and lost both of them.
The Hawkeyes opened up last week playing at Minnesota, the Hawks’ third game in six days and Iowa lost, 93-80.
Then Iowa traveled to Ohio State on Saturday and lost, 100-82.
That’s the first time the Hawkeye women lost back-to-back games all year.
The Gophers came out smoking, hitting six of their first eight shots, including four 3-pointers.
Minnesota came into the game shooting 33 percent from 3-point range, but shot 66.7 percent (8-12) against Iowa.