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Sports

Spartans hold off Mustangs

Postseason begins Monday, Feb. 19, hosting Keokuk

SOLON– It was another close win for the Solon boys.
The Spartan varsity basketball team avenged a January road loss with a 67-62 home victory over Mount Vernon Feb. 6.
Solon jumped out to a first-quarter lead, but the two teams battled back and forth in a see-saw affair throughout the game.
The Spartans actually trailed early, but hopped back into the game thanks in part to some early offense from senior Luke Schaeckenbach.

Solon falls prey to Panthers, 73-46

MONTICELLO– The Solon Lady Spartans bid adieu to the 2017-18 Basketball season on Saturday, Feb. 10, following a first-round loss to the Monticello Panthers, 73-46, after ending their regular season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Mount Vernon, with a loss to the Mustangs, 44-19.

Lady Spartan coach Bishop resigns

SOLON– Lisa Bishop, head girls basketball coach at Solon High School, resigned Monday, Feb. 12, according to Solon Community School District Activities Director Zach Wigle.
“She met with current players earlier today to notify them,” Wigle said in an email.

Bolts shock Mustangs

Liberty survives foul trouble to defeat Independence, 54-43

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning of Liberty High flashed triumphantly Saturday, Feb. 10, with a 54-43 upset varsity boys basketball win over the visiting Mustangs of Independence. It was the third-straight win for the “Bolts” with wins over Washington (Iowa) and Wapsie Valley preceding. Independence (Indee) dipped to 14-8 with a three-game winning streak snapped by the Bolts. Indee had disposed of Clear Creek Amana, Williamsburg and Dyersville Beckman Catholic (by one point).

Norwalk takes down IC West

Warriors deny Trojans a trip to state duals

WAUKEE– Iowa City West High Trojan wrestlers were denied the opportunity to compete in the 2018 State Dual Team Tournament by the Norwalk Warriors in a Class 3A Regional Dual Meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Waukee. Norwalk defeated West High, 55-18. The Norwalk Warriors fell victim to the Waukee Warriors, 55-12, however, sending Waukee to the state duals.

Moore’s 34 points carry CCA to win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys improved to 8-11 with a non-conference win Thursday, Feb. 8, at home, against West Branch. The Clippers beat the Bears, 83-79, with a 34-point effort from senior Darius Moore.
The Creek Boys held a slim lead throughout the contest, winning the first period, 24-23, and holding a 38-36 halftime advantage.
Jordan Wolfe contributed 15 points, while Tyler Schrepfer had a 10-point night for the Clippers. Nick O’Connor led the squad in rebounds with seven, while Moore made five assists.
The Bears dipped to 12-9.

Butler named Swimming Coach of the Year

IOWA CITY– West High’s Byron Butler and his staff were named Mississippi Division Coach of the Year in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) 2018 Boys Swimming All-Division Selections released Monday, Feb. 5. Butler took the helm of the West High girls program in 2015 and the boys program in 2016.
Linn-Mar’s Matt Peng was named the Division Swimmer of the Year.
Cedar Falls’ Jordan Wessels and staff earned Valley Division Coach of the Year honors and Sam Reinart (Cedar Falls) was the Division Athlete of the Year.
Iowa City West High Mississippi Division All-Division Selections:

Striking the rewards

NL’s Metzler bowls his 27th 300-game

CEDAR RAPIDS– Dave Metzler has a life-long passion for bowling, and his dedication to the sport, and his skill, brought him many rewards the past 45 years.

CCA sends Rohret to state wrestling

Liberty’s first wrestlers fall short at district

FAIRFIELD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Andrew Rohret was the only wrestler from CCA and Liberty High to survive a Class 2A District 3 state qualifying tournament Saturday, Feb. 10, in Fairfield.
Rohret claimed the 145-pound championship with a 4-2 decision over West Liberty’s Justis Dengler in the semifinals and by pinning Centerville’s Tiger Terpstra in 4:50 in the first place match. Rohret headed to Des Moines and the state individual tournament with a 37-13 record.

Trojans swimmers 13th at state

Hajek earns West’s best individual finish

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans sent eight varsity swimmers to the 2018 State Swimming Meet held Saturday, Feb. 10, in downtown Iowa City at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Izaak Hajek, Ben Berhow, Valeri Trussov, Brennon Keen, Lane Griffis, Tate Happel, Michael Kimball and Ethan McAreavy represented West in six events and propelled the Trojans to a 13th-place finish overall.
Ames won the team championship with 221 points while Valley High School of West Des Moines was the runner-up with 220. City High finished seventh with 126 team points.

Liberty girls fall, 51-28

Comets outshine the Lightning

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls fell to 6-13 in their debut basketball season Tuesday, Feb. 6, with a 51-28 loss to the visiting Comets, from Bellevue.
The Comets blazed to a 16-9 lead in the first period and held a 28-13 advantage at halftime.

Nine Trojans to state

Four win at 3A district tourney

MOUNT PLEASANT– Iowa City West advanced nine wrestlers to the 2018 state individual tournament in Des Moines with first- or second-place finishes in the Class 3A District 4 state qualifying tournament Saturday, Feb. 10, in Mount Pleasant.
Graham Gambrall, Nelson Brands, Ashton Stumpf and Francis Duggan won district championships at 132, 160, 170 and 220 pounds, respectively.