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Sports

Lady Spartans split two on the road

MAQUOKETA– It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season, but that’s what awaits the Solon Lady Spartans in the basketball postseason.
The girls open the second season Wednesday, Feb. 19, hosting Maquoketa, a team that has lost twice to the Lady Spartans.
The second of those wins came on the road last week, as Solon came out of Maquoketa with a 46-36 win over the Cardinals Friday.

Cougars hand Women of Troy another loss

IOWA CITY– A pair of decisive wins led to a pair of painful losses for the West High Women of Troy. After knocking off Bettendorf 63-35 and Waterloo East 61-18, coach BJ Mayer’s crew fell 60-51 at Valley High School in West Des Moines and struggled against the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars at home.

CCA boys fall to Mt. Vernon, girls suffer pair of losses

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MOUNT VERNON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys lost on the road Tuesday night (Jan. 28) at Mount Vernon, 64-54. Cal Miller led the Clipper effort with 11 points.
Scoring: Miller 11, Noah Whittinghill 9, Jacob Klingeman 8, Josh Dillon 7, Mitch Stopko 5, Jake Neubauer, 5, Nile Rourke 4, Keyan McAreavy 4, Drew Wagner 1. CCA hit 19 of 45 field goal attempts.
3-point shots: Miller 3, Whittinghill 1, Stopko 1, Neubauer 1, Klingeman 1, Dillon 1.
On Friday, Jan. 31, the Williamsburg Raiders came to Tiffin and left with a 65-47 victory.

West boys pound Prairie, 87-40

IOWA CITY– Throughout the season West High coach Steve Bergman has said his team needs to be challenged. His Trojans were a lot of things Friday night (Jan. 31), but challenged was not one of them.
West High came into the Mississippi Valley Conference inter-divisional contest with a 12-2 (8-1) record and a second-place ranking in the Mississippi Division while the Prairie Hawks were 4-10 (2-7) in the Valley Division.
The Trojans plucked and cooked the Prairie Hawks, 87-40.

Lutjen named head softball coach at IC West

IOWA CITY– Justin Lutjen has been named head softball coach at Iowa City West High School pending board approval.
Coach Lutjen has been the head coach at Mid-Prairie the past four seasons after being an assistant there previously. Coach Lutjen has led Mid-Prairie to the state softball tournament in each of his four seasons at the helm, in addition to winning the school’s first ever softball conference title.

CCA’s Murphy fifth at WaMaC meet

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INDEPENDENCE– Connor Murphy of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) placed fifth in the 56th WaMaC conference wrestling tournament held Saturday, Feb. 1, in Independence.

Trojans third at MVC Super Meet

Walters and Wynos emerge as champions

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WATERLOO– The West High Trojans crowned a pair of champions and placed third in team points Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Super Meet held at Waterloo East High School.
Chris Walters (126 pounds) and Aydan Wynos (285 pounds) won their brackets with Walters taking a 6-5 decision from Linn-Mar’s Damon Griffin, and Wynos taking a 7-0 decision from Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Dalton Kuehl.

WMcGlaughlin sets record at MVC sophomore swim meet

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) sophomore boys conference swim meet was held Saturday, Feb. 1, and hosted by Iowa City High. Dubuque Senior High took the conference championship while Cedar Rapids Washington was the runner-up. The West High Trojans were seventh in overall team points with 135, beating rival City High. The Little Hawks were eighth with 103.

Hawkeye Men Split

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeye men took a couple of road trips last week.
They lost at Michigan 75-67 and then beat Northwestern, 70-65.
I didn’t have a good feeling as the Hawkeyes traveled to Michigan last week.
People were coming out of the woodwork projecting that Iowa was a Final Four team. A few even said they were a dark horse to win the national championship.
The Big Ten, which has to be one of the toughest conferences in America, is not even halfway through the season.
Plus the Hawkeyes haven’t even played Michigan State yet.

Payback

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Iowa’s 86-84 loss to Indiana in the first Big Ten game of the season was still on the Hawkeye women’s minds Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Ally Disterhoft hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute gone in the game, the Hawkeyes never trailed and beat the Hoosiers, 84-75.
Balanced scoring, Bethany Doolittle blocking seven shots, Samantha Logic handing out 11 assists and Iowa has its 16th win.

Upset Saturday

There were five upsets, according to wrestling rankings, Saturday at Carver.
Iowa had three, Minnesota two, but the Gopher pin at 125 was the difference and Minnesota took down the Hawkeyes, 19-15.
I was really surprised when Thomas Gilman (125) was taken to his back twice by unranked Sam Brancale.
The second time resulted in a pin and the Gophers led, 6-0.
Tony Ramos (133) got a 6-2 decision and 11th-ranked Josh Dziewa upset fifth-ranked Chris Dardanes 1-0 to tie the meet up 6-6.
Brody Grothus (149) lost, but the biggest Iowa loss came at 157.

Lady Spartans handle Vikettes

Williamsburg and Regina prove to be too much for Solon’s girls

SOLON– The Solon girls are hanging tough.
Against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes Friday night at home, that resulted in a 51-38 win.
Down 0-9 to start the first quarter, the Lady Spartans turned the tables in exciting fashion.
Shelby Gunnells put Solon on the board with a short jumper from outside the lane with less than 30 seconds to go in the first eight minutes, and Nichole Oberthien followed it up with a fast break reverse layup as the quarter ended.