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Sports

West JV wrestlers ninth at Tri-County Invitational

Daniels places fourth for Trojans

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THORNBURG– West High’s JV wrestlers placed ninth out of 12 teams competing in the Tri-County Wrestling Invitational at Tri-County High School in Thornburg.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont won the tourney with 182 team points, followed by Iowa Valley (180), Tri-County (115), Cardinal (107.5), English Valleys (91), West Branch (90), North Mahaska (83), H-L-V (82), West High (66), Lone Tree (34), BGM (32) and Waco (24).

Hawkeyes going to Rose Bowl

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I’ve waited 52 years for a season like this.
It’s still a good season, even though the Hawks lost a knock-down drag-out slugfest to Michigan State, 16-13, last Saturday night.
The Hawks went undefeated in the regular season and their 12-0 record has never happened before.
Even though they lost, their consolation prize is playing Stanford in the Rose Bowl!

Women win two

The Hawkeye women played two games last week, winning both.
They knocked off Virginia, 85-73, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge last week.
Alexa Kastanek was 8-11 from the floor, including 4-7 from 3-point range, as she led the Hawks with 22.
Ally Disterhoft finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Sunday, the Hawk women beat Robert Morris, 69-50, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It wasn’t an easy win, as Iowa got behind 10-0 and had to fight back to sit at 7-1.
The Hawk men won two games last week at Carver, beating Florida State, 78-75, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge.

Solon moves to 2-0

SOLON– The Spartans are rebounding the ball and hitting their free throws.
The Solon varsity boys basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a road win over Marion Friday, Dec. 4.
The Spartans bounced back from a 18-7 deficit in the first quarter to win 59-52 at Marion.
Solon out-rebounded the Indians 29-16 (including 12 offensive boards) and connected on 28-38 free throw attempts (74 percent).
“I am super proud of how my guys responded to our first half offensive struggles,” said Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We defended very well.”

South Tama and Marion put Lady Spartans in the loss column

TAMA– The Lady Spartans traveled to Tama on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for the second game of their first season under Coach Lisa Bishop. The Lady Spartans battled from behind all night as the South Tama Trojans served them their first loss under Bishop’s guidance, 59-44.
The score was not reflective of the Lady Spartans’ performance.

Spartans fall to Raiders in home dual

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers fell just short of knocking off the Williamsburg Raiders in dual action Dec. 3.
Williamsburg defeated Solon, 40-30, at the Solon High School gym.
“I thought the guys wrestled hard against a very good team,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “We split the matches, but gave up way too many bonus points. That was the difference in the meet.”
Zack Bevans (132 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Graeson Dall (152), Trevor Nelson (160), Dillon Diltz (170) Tyler Linderbaum (285) and Ben Carr (126) all won for Solon, with Bevans, Nelson and Carr taking matches by fall.

Solon wrestlers take first at Montezuma tournament

MONTEZUMA– Solon varsity wrestlers took first place in five weight classes to win the Montezuma Invitational Dec. 5.
Aidan Dall (106 pounds), Christian Haight (113), Ben Carr (126), Trevor Nelson (160) and Kendrick Harris (182) were champions for the Spartans, with all but Nelson winning by fall in their first place matches.
“We had a great team effort placing 13 out of 14 weight classes,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Twelve of those placed in the top four.”

Trojans outlast Mount Vernon Mustangs

West opens with 63-42 win over determined Mount Vernon squad

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2015-2016 season with a visit from the WaMaC conference’s Class 3A Mount Vernon Mustangs. One could presume a meeting of a Class 4A powerhouse would have little trouble with a smaller program, but the Mustangs showed they could run with the big school as they largely kept pace with a West High squad that wasn’t quite hitting on all cylinders.
The Trojans led 13-9 after the first period and 33-19 at the half, but the Mustangs narrowed the gap to a seven-point deficit going into the final period.

Women of Troy dominate Prairie, Hempstead

IC West girls move to 3-0

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 3-0 with wins over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Hempstead.
West took an early lead at home against Prairie on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and quickly left the Prairie Hawks behind, taking a 12-3 advantage after the first period and a 24-9 halftime lead.
Rachel Saunders accounted for half of those points and went on to lead all scorers with 19 points.
SCORING: R. Saunders 19, E. Koch 9, A. Tauchen 9, L. Cook 8, M. Huinker 7, M. Fay 3, K. McGrane 3, L. Zacharias 2.
3-POINT GOALS: Saunders 3, Fay 1, McGrane 1, Huinker 1, Koch 1.

Creek girls 2-0 with win over the Beckman Blazers

CCA 36, Dyersville Beckman 29

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DYERSVILLE– The Creek Girls of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) improved to 2-0 on the season with a 36-29 win over fellow WaMaC team Dyersville Beckman Catholic on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Abbi Kinnaird led the Clippers with 18 points, including a trio of three-point baskets, a pair of field goals and five free throws. Erin Navara backed up Kinnaird with 11 points. Claire Navara put up four points with one three-bomb and a free throw, while Be DeShaw rounded out the CCA offense with her own three-pointer.

Clipper wrestlers take down Raiders, fall to the Pointers

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CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the varsity wrestling season on the road in Center Point with a double dual against the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana and the Blue Raiders of Anamosa Thursday, Dec. 3.
The Clippers sank the Raiders, 32-25, but fell to the Stormin’ Pointers, 37-32.
Andrew Rohert (126 pounds), Quinn Murphy (132), Cole White (195) and Ethan Taylor (220) won by fall against Anamosa. Also, Logan Viktora earned a technical fall with a 21-5 decision.

Plenty of bowlers for West

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IOWA CITY– Bowling has become a more popular sport at Iowa City West High, coach Mike Mellecker noted.
“This will be our biggest team in a few years,” Mellecker said. An assistant coach for four years, Mellecker has been the head coach for nine years, sporting a 38-77 record with the boys’ teams, and 48-85 with the girls.
Last season the boys went 6-9 overall and 3-8 in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition, with Heath Schintler qualifying for the state meet, while the girls posted a 2-13 and 2-9 showing.