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Sports

Donovan Doyle is MVC Valley Division Wrestler of the Year

Six Trojans named to All-Division squads

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IOWA CITY– Six West High wrestlers were named to the 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division wrestling squads. The list was released on Monday, Feb. 15, ahead of the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
West High senior Donovan Doyle was named the Valley Division’s Athlete of the Year with a 48-1 record at 195 pounds while Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Matt Orton, Dick Briggs and their staff picked up Coach of the Year honors.
First Team picks from West were Nelson Brands and Doyle. Brands, a sophomore, compiled a 47-3 record.

Wood represents West at State Bowling

Trojans 4th at Regional Tournament

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DES MOINES– West High’s Patrick Wood was the sole Trojan bowler at the State Tournament held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Wood was second in Class 3A Regional competition Tuesday, Feb. 16, with a total score of 453. He was tied for eighth place in Class 3A, out of a field where the district winner advances along with the next five at-large bowlers.
Overall, the West High Trojans were fourth with a total score of 2,613 behind Southeast Polk (3,231), Des Moines Lincoln (2,749) and West Des Moines Dowling (2,644).

Hawkeyes alone on top

Hawk Talk

Iowa went into the weekend tied with Maryland and Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins lost on Saturday at Wisconsin, Indiana lost Sunday afternoon at Michigan State and Iowa beat Minnesota on Sunday night, but first…
Here we go again.
The Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams played last Thursday night… at almost the same time. The women’s game started at 7:30 p.m., the men at 8 p.m.
The good news is that they were both on television, the bad news is that both teams lost.
I’ll start with the women.

Archery Team’s maiden tournament a huge success

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team held its first tournament Saturday, Jan. 23, at Solon High School. The event saw nearly 500 archers from around Eastern Iowa compete starting at 8 a.m. with a flight of 50 archers every hour, and the final flight at 5 p.m. With perennial powers Anamosa and Bellevue shooting early in the day, the Spartans were able to take aim and draw a tie with Anamosa for first place in points (3,296). Unfortunately, the tie-breaker did not land in the Spartans’ favor as Anamosa shot four more bullseyes than Solon.

4 wrestlers to Des Moines

Carr, Fritz, Nelson and Diltz qualify for state

DeWITT– Four Solon wrestlers will take their best shots beginning Thursday at the 2016 2A State Wrestling Tournament.
Ben Carr (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Trevor Nelson (160) and Dillon Diltz (170) all qualified for state at the district meet Feb. 13, at Central Clinton of DeWitt.
Carr, Fritz and Nelson each reigned over the weight classes with first place finishes, while Diltz came in second.
Three Solon wrestlers– Christian Haight (113), Zack Bevans (132) and Graeson Dall (152)– just missed the cut by finishing third.

Three games, two wins

Lady Spartans fall to Mt. Vernon, but win quarterfinal over Anamosa

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartan took to the road, for the final time in the regular season, traveling to meet the Mount Vernon Mustangs on Monday, Feb. 8. The temperatures were bitter, as was the defeat handed to the Solon ladies, 61-49.

Sign up now for NLYBS youth baseball, softball 2016 season

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website, www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. 

A tough night in the Little Hawks’ nest

City takes both ends of varsity boys, girls doubleheader

IOWA CITY– A shockwave rippled through Iowa City as the City High Little Hawks snapped a 15-game losing streak to their crosstown rivals, the West High Trojans, in the second half of a varsity double-header Friday, Feb. 12.
City High took down the Trojans, 63-53, in the teams’ second meeting of the season. West took the first contest in January, 45-31, at West High.

Clippers split with Golden Hawks in doubleheader

CCA boys win 62-46, girls fall 56-42 to Mid-Prairie

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity basketball teams split with the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie, Wellman, in a boys/girls doubleheader in Tiffin on Monday, Feb. 8.
The Creek Girls fell, 56-42, to open the night of basketball. Erin Navara led CCA with 11 points with 10 points from Abbi Kinnaird. Claire Navara added nine points, all from three-point goals. The Clippers trailed, 9-8, after the first quarter but were tied, 20-20, at the half. The Golden Hawks pulled ahead in the third period and put the game away with a 20-point effort in the fourth quarter.

West High third at district meet

Five Trojans advance to state wrestling tournament

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BURLINGTON– Five West High Trojan wrestlers advanced out of a Class 3A district meet to compete at the State Individual Tournament Thursday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines.
Hans Von Rabenau, Nelson Brands, Carter Rohweder, Nate Kelsay and Donovan Doyle qualified at the 3A-2 meet in Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 13. Von Rabenau was the 106-pound runner-up, Brands was the 138-pound District Champion, Rohweder was the 160-pound runner-up while Kelsay was the 170-pound runner-up and Doyle won the 195-pound competition.

No three-peat, but four new state records for West High

McGlaughlin, Scott, 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams take gold at state swimming meet

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MARSHALLTOWN– While the West High swimmers were thwarted in their efforts for a third consecutive state championship Saturday, Feb. 13, at the YMCA in Marshalltown, they have four brand new state meet records, and shiny gold medals, to reflect upon with pride.
Mark McGlaughlin, a senior, won the gold in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard freestyle, setting new records in both at 1:46.91 and 43.64 seconds respectively. Will Scott, also a senior, earned gold in the 50-yard freestyle while also setting a new record with his 20.29 seconds effort.

West bowling splits with the Rams of Dubuque Senior

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans and Women of Troy split with the Rams of Dubuque Senior in the final bowling match of the regular season Friday, Feb. 12, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City. The West varsity and junior varsity (JV) girls were victorious, with the varsity winning 2,505 to 2,352 and the JV winning 1,838 to 1,748, while the varsity and JV boys fell 2,940 to 2,759 and 2,512 to 2,381 respectively.