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Sports

Trojans knock off Chiefs

West High 59, Keokuk 22

IOWA CITY– The West High boys varsity cruised to a 59-22 win over the Keokuk Chiefs Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the first home game of the 2014-15 season. The non-conference win gave West a 3-0 record heading into Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The Trojans held the Chiefs to four points in the first period, taking the quarter 12-4. The Chiefs attempted to rally back in the second quarter but West took a 30-14 lead into the locker room at the halftime break. The Trojans held Keokuk to only eight points in the second half while unleashing a 20-point barrage in the third quarter.

CCA boys move to 2-2 against Vinton-Shellsburg

Clippers 65, V-S Vikings 35

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved to a 2-2 record with a 65-35 WaMaC conference win over Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Dec. 9, at home.
The win marked a rebound for the Clippers in the wake of a pair of losses to Dyersville Beckman and Iowa City Regina.
Drew Wagner led CCA with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Cal Miller had 13 points with a trio of 3-point goals.
The Clippers are at Benton Community on Friday, Dec. 19, and finish out 2014 at West Branch on Saturday, Dec. 20, in a boys/girls doubleheader.

West’s Women of Troy make it 5-0

West 57, CR Xavier 39

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy pulled off their fifth straight win for a 5-0 record Monday, Dec. 8, with a 57-39 home win over the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Dani Craig led West with a game-high 16 points, Mikaela Morgan had 13 points, and Emily Halverson put up 10 points. Morgan and Halverson had eight rebounds each.
The Saints took the first quarter 10-7 before the Women of Troy put up a 17-point effort in the second, good for a 24-16 halftime lead. West came out for the third quarter with a 21-point blitz.

Clipper wrestlers fall in DeWitt

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DEWITT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers had a tough night Thursday, Dec. 11, as they dropped two matches in a quad meet in DeWitt.
The Clippers lost by just two points to Benton Community, 40-38, and were walloped 57-18 by Central Clinton-DeWitt.

Trojan swimmers splash the Wahawks

IC West wins 105-65 over Waterloo West

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CORALVILLE– The Iowa City West High Trojans won a home meet Tuesday, Dec. 9, against Waterloo West at the Coralville Recreation Center. The Trojans won, 105-65.

Statement game

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had two games last week, with a big 60-55 win at North Carolina.
The Hawks also beat Maryland-Baltimore County, 77-47, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday.
I have to admit I wasn’t too confident on the Hawkeyes’ chances at North Carolina because of the shooting problems of their guards.
I thought the big guys down low would hold their own, but if the guards were still in a slump, Iowa would have a tough time against the Tar Heels.

Hawkeye women back on track

The Iowa women played two games last week.
They got beat, 86-52, at Louisville and then bounced back with a solid 78-63 win over Colorado at Carver last Sunday.
The Louisville game it looked like the Hawkeyes were in slow motion for most of the game.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 14-4 lead, increased it to 46-23 at half and rolled to a 86-52 win.
The three statistics that stick out are Iowa was 1-17 from 3-point range and Louisville outscored Iowa 58-32 in the paint. Also the Hawks were outrebounded, 50-38.

Lady Spartans start the season 4-0

Girls pick up wins on the road early in the season

SOLON– Last year, the Solon girls varsity basketball team started out 0-3 and were never able to string more than two wins together consecutively.
This year’s squad has been able to mirror that in reverse.
The Lady Spartan basketball team has started the season with four straight wins, with a close 53-50 win on the road at Benton Community Friday night, and a 44-25 victory at Washington Saturday.
“We knew going in that the Benton was going to be a great test on the road,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “They are so well coached and mix things up both defensively and offensively.”

Spartan boys pull out thriller against Bobcats

SOLON– It went right down to the wire, but the Solon boys basketball team won its home opener Friday night against the team that ended its season a year ago.
A depleted Spartan squad defeated Benton Community, 63-59, to move to 2-0 on the young season.
Starting guard Halston Durr is out four-to-six weeks, according to head coach Jason Pershing, and guard Emilio Villagrana and Jacob Coons fouled out in the fourth quarter when Solon had taken control of the game.

Pack the Gym for Solon wrestlers Dec. 11

SOLON– The Solon Spartan wrestling team is hosting Pack the Gym Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Solon High School gym.
The Spartans will wrestle Dyersville Beckman and arch rival Mount Vernon in a double dual meet.
Come support the Solon wrestling team and pack the gym with Spartan wrestling fans.

Solon wrestlers win Montezuma Invitational

MONTEZUMA– After splitting two duals last Thursday in Williamsburg, the Solon wrestling team had a dominating day at the Montezuma Invitational on the way to a team title. 
The Spartans had eight of 14 wrestlers in the tournament finals and crowned five champions (Ben Carr, 120; Louis Gnida, 126; Graeson Dall, 152; Trevor Nelson, 160; and Logan Linderbaum, 285) along with three wrestlers finishing as runner-up (Christian Haight, 106; Cole Fritz, 138; and Kade Steuhm, 145).

Starting the season on a high note

CCA boys hand West Delaware 65-55 loss

TIFFIN– The 2014-15 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball squad is a veteran team, and they showed their stripes in the season opener against West Delaware.
The Clippers won 65-55 Tuesday, Dec. 2, to start the season on a winning note after battling for nearly every point.
“There were so many peaks and valleys in that game,” coach Steve Ottoson said afterward.