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Sports

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.

Blake Williams returns to lead Solon wrestling

Homecoming

SOLON– He’s the “new, but the old” coach.
Blake Williams, who coached the Solon Spartan varsity wrestling program from 1999 to 2003, is back as the head coach, replacing T.J. Bevans. Williams returns to the Spartan wrestling room after leading the Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie for 12 years. For Williams it was a difficult, but ultimately easy, decision to make.
“It went really well (at Prairie),” said Williams. “I had everything I could ask for, at that time.”

Lady Spartans open with a win on the road

Solon girls roll over Vinton-Shellsburg, 53-42

VINTON– The Solon Lady Spartans rolled into Vinton-Shellsburg to open the season and came away with a 53-42 win over the Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“Going into my first varsity game as a head coach I was nervous but, like I told my players, it was a good nervous. The kind where you are ready to compete!” said Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop. “I was excited to see how our girls would respond in a regular season game.”
The Spartan starters for the first varsity game were junior Alli Prybil, junior Josie Durr, and seniors Hannah Bluder, Dakota Doyle and Nichole Oberthien.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Basketball referees needed

Basketball referees are needed for third to sixth grade boys’ basketball.
Applicants need to be high school age or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym on Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, and 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game officiated. Questions regarding employment as a referee may be directed to Mike Reeve by phone or text at 319-594-1978, or e-mail mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Boys basketball

Clipper girls battle, rattle Anamosa Raiders

CCA opens with 52-31 win

TIFFIN– They got off to a slow start but, once they found their sea legs, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls went full steam ahead to sink the Anamosa Raiders 52-31 Tuesday, Nov. 24, at home in their season opener.
The Raiders took a 5-0 lead largely from success at the charity stripe. Abbi Kinnaird put the Clippers on the scoreboard with about three minutes remaining in the first period. Erin Navara made it a one-point ball game by scoring on a put-back and Kinnaird sank two from the free throw line to tie the game at seven-all at the end of the quarter.

Four seniors to lead Trojans on the mat

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IOWA CITY– Four seniors, three of whom have state tournament experience, will lead the West High Trojan varsity wrestling program in the 2015-2016 season.

CCA swimmer Hruby signs letter of intent with Northwestern

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmer Emma Hruby signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at the high school.

Women of Troy open with a win

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DAVENPORT– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2015-2016 varsity basketball season with a 50-44 win at Davenport Assumption Saturday, Nov. 28.
Rachel Saunders led West High with a game-high 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Logan Cook added a dozen points while Ali Tauchen put up nine.
The Knights were ranked ninth in Class 3A in the preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and dropped to 0-2 on the season. West High was unranked in Class 5A and moved to 1-0.

Magic on Melrose: Iowa 40 -Purdue 20

Hawk Talk

Hawks clinch the West

I was at the Iowa-Michigan State game in 1981 when Phil Blatcher ran for 247 yards and the Hawks beat the Spartans, 36-7, to clinch their first Big Ten title since 1958.
It was cold, there was snow on the ground and the temperature was in the 20s, but I stayed to the end as a fan in the stands (I was 27 years old).
I was also sitting in the stands when Iowa played Minnesota in 1991. The temperature was 28 degrees.
That was the “snow angel” game.

From Cyclone to Spartan

Lisa Bishop takes over as head hoops coach of the varsity Lady Spartans

SOLON– Normally, she would be a Cyclone in Hawkeye country, but now, Lisa Bishop is a Spartan.
Bishop, 33, has taken the reins of the Solon varsity girls basketball team, and prepared to open the 2015-2016 season Nov. 24 at Vinton-Shellsburg.
But it almost didn’t happen.
She was pregnant with her third child, Zeke (now 7 months old) when the position of head coach for the Lady Spartans was brought to her attention.

Ed Hadenfeldt named Cornell College Alumni Coach of the Year

MOUNT VERNON– Cornell College honored Ed Hadenfeldt of Solon as the 2015 Alumni Coach of the Year during an Oct. 3 ‘C’ Club Breakfast and Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.
Hadenfeldt, a member of Cornell’s All-Century Football Team, retired last spring after 37 years in coaching and education. He got his start at Sioux City Heelan High School as head wrestling and assistant football and track and field coach.

Clipper girls up to the challenge

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TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity coach P.J. Sweeney addressed the biggest and most obvious question about his Creek Girls in the upcoming season.
“How will you replace the nine seniors that graduated from last year’s team? A team that had its first winning season in 14 years?” he posed. “The simple answer is, it won’t be easy, but I’m ready for the challenge.”