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Sports

Depth is on Clippers’ side for 2015 track and field season

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TIFFIN— The 2015 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) track and field program will field a record number of athletes on the roster, according to coach Tony Brack. It’s Brack’s 10th year leading the program with assistants Ben Robison (three years) and Ronnie Hughes (throwers’ coach, two years). Experience and depth are on their side.

CCA, Iowa City West girls under the Dome

West wins 4x800 relay

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CEDAR FALLS– The UNI-Dome was the sight of the 2015 A. D. Dickinson Relays held Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, in Cedar Falls. Clear Creek Amana and Iowa City West High sent their girls teams to the non-points scoring competition.
The Women of Troy’s 4x800-meter relay team won its event in 9:47.09, the highest-finishing event for either program. Individually Zainab Makky from West High placed third in the shot put with a 39’-7 1/2” throw, Valerie Welch of West High was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.66 seconds while CCA’s Mia Smith was ninth in 9.77.

Women of Troy earn postseason basketball honors

Craig and Morgan selected for All-State teams

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IOWA CITY— The Iowa Girls’ Athletic Coaches Association released its picks for the 2015 All State Basketball Teams, naming West High’s Mikaela Morgan and Dani Craig.
Mikaela Morgan was a First Team pick while Dani Craig earned a Second Team spot.
Dani Craig was also named to the 2015 Class 5A All-Tournament Team.
Dani Craig made 10-27 field goals, sank five of 14 3-pointers (second-highest in the 5A Tournament) and scored 28 points in two games.

Trojan Track & Field starts season with the Demons

Welch wins 60-meter hurdles, Jensen fifth in 1,600 meter run

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MOUNT VERNON– The 2015 high school track and field season had its unofficial start Friday, March 6, with the Demon Indoor Meet hosted by Washington High School at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, a change from the traditional site on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

Crunch time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye men had two games last week to finish the regular season.
They beat Indiana on the road 77-63, and then, on senior day Saturday, took out Northwestern, 69-52.
Can you believe that Iowa’s win over Indiana was the sixth Big Ten road victory of the season, the most conference road wins since 1986-87?
How fitting that they honored Roy Marble, the star of the 1986-87 team, Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Women’s Big Ten Tournament

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye women opened the Big Ten Tournament with a 74-65 win over Nebraska Friday.
On Saturday they lost in overtime to Ohio State, 91-85.
Do you realize that is the third straight win over the Cornhuskers... all this season?
It’s tough to beat a team three times in a row in the same season.
Nebraska had beaten the Hawks eight times in a row and knocked Iowa out of the Big Ten Tournament three straight years.
So to say it was a good feeling after the win last week would be an understatement.

Co-champions?

The Hawkeye wrestlers had four in the finals for the Big Ten championship in Columbus, Ohio.
They lost all four, but had enough points in the wrestle-backs to tie Ohio State for the championship.
It just doesn’t feel right, but Iowa had its chances.
What if the Hawks get just ONE point out of 157 pounds or 165?
All 10 of the wrestlers were ranked in the top eight coming into the meet.
Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorenson (149) and Sammy Brooks (184) were top-seeded.

Archery Club doubles in size

SOLON– The Spartan Archery Club had a very successful season this year. The club doubled its number of archers from last season.
The choice to compete in tournaments, or not, is totally up to each individual archer and of the 33 archers competing this season, 18 qualified for the state championship tournament. The club had several archers that missed going to state by only a point or two. 

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

TIFFIN– Due to no school on Tuesday, March 3, the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students during the 2015-2016 school year has been rescheduled for Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multipurpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. 

Tri-County North Babe Ruth Baseball still taking registrations for older players

NORTH LIBERTY– Tri County North Babe Ruth Baseball is still taking registrations for the 2015 season. Registrations for 13- to 15-year-old players can be found on the website at www.nlbr.org. Click on the 13- to 15-year-old tab to print a registration form. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 17. Email the player’s name to Nlcbaberuth@yahoo.com.
The 16- to-18-year-old registration ended Feb. 27. If you missed the deadline, please contact the league immediately through email at nlcbaberuth@yahoo.com. Find more information for both age groups on the website at nlbr.org.

Come and get it

West Trojans to defend title, close in on four-peat performance in Des Moines

By Chris Umscheid
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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans took a 23-0 record to the Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament after powering past the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 79-50, in a substate final Tuesday, March 3, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

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.