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Sports

Hawk men on break

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had a nine-day layoff before opening the Big Ten season at home against Nebraska, Tuesday, Dec. 31.
In the Hawkeyes’ last game, which was at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Dec. 22, they rolled over Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 86-61, and raised their record to 11-2.
It was great to see Josh Oglesby back. The 6-6 sharp shooter from Cedar Rapids hit his first four shots, all 3-pointers and scored 13 points. He played 20 minutes, had two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

West splits with CR Xavier

Trojans still undefeated, girls slide further behind

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IOWA CITY– Neither (freezing) rain, nor sleet, nor slippery roads could keep the men’s and women’s varsity basketball double-dip against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier from occurring Friday, Dec. 20, in the Iowa City West home gym.
It was a split night for West with the Women of Troy coming up short, 49-46, and the Trojans pounding the ball for a 75-41 win. Mikaela Morgan led the women with 16 points and nine rebounds while David Dileo led the way for the men with 19. Wyatt Lohaus had 18 points.

WB Bears just one basket better

West Branch 57, CCA 55

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TIFFIN– It was a pre-Christmas heartbreaker for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls as the West Branch Bears visited for a men’s/women’s double-header on a snowy evening Saturday, Dec. 21. The Bears notched a 57-55 win and dropped the Clippers to a 2-6 record to close out 2013.
The game was tied 12-12 after the first eight minutes and the Clippers were down 26-22 at the half before battling back to an ever so slim 40-39 lead going into the final period. Kelsey Hall led CCA with 18 points, Kiley Seelman put in 16 and Hanna Stokes had a 15-point night.

CCA wrestlers grapple at Lynx invitational

Murphy takes third

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TROY MILLS– The Clear Creek Amana varsity wrestlers competed in the Lynx invitational hosted by North Linn High School on Saturday, Dec. 21. Connor Murphy placed third in 113-pound competition, winning by fall in 2:20 over Mid-Prairie’s Josh Murphy in the third place match. Daniel Brechtel placed sixth at 120 pounds, Jacob Wessling was seventh at 145 and Ethan Taylor was sixth at 220.

Raider girls stay unbeaten at Clipper girls’ expense

Williamsburg 59, CCA 52

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TIFFIN– A 20-point rampage by the visiting Williamsburg Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 17, put Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers into a hole, one they almost climbed back out of.
Williamsburg led 11-10 after the first period and then went on the aforementioned 20-point tear to lead 31-27 at the half. The Creek girls pulled ahead in the third, but could not extend the lead as the Raiders ended up leading 45-42 going into the final eight minutes.

Clipper boys can’t outrun Raiders

Williamsburg 59, CCA 50

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WILLIAMSBURG– The hard luck continued for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the road Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Williamsburg as the Raiders took a 59-50 win, sinking the Clippers to a 2-4 record as the Christmas break neared.
The Raiders took an 18-12 lead at the end of the first period, but the Creek boys battled back and were only down by one at 28-27 at the break. The Raiders then put up 20 points in the third for a 48-32 lead going into the final quarter.
Nile Rourke led the Clippers with 19 points while Drew Wagner had 11.

From the stats sheet:
CCA (50).

West splits with Lions on the lanes

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High bowling squads deployed to the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center for a match against the Linn-Mar Lions Friday, Dec. 13, and had a mixed bag of luck.
The varsity boys fell 2,864 to 2,588 with Eric Vidhamali leading the Trojans into battle. Linn-Mar’s Alex Diercks set the pace for everybody, bowling 407 for the afternoon. The varsity girls picked up a 2,510 to 2,471 win led by Samantha Lovell’s 438-pin performance. The Lions’ Brooke McMorran led her team with 374.

CCA no match for Raiders, Indians

TIFFIN– It was a rough night for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers as they hosted Williamsburg and Marion in a double dual Thursday, Dec. 12. The Raiders won the varsity meet, 70-9 while the Indians scalped the Clippers, 54-24.
Connor Murphy took a 7-0 decision in the 113-pound match from Williamsburg’s Gavin Ritchie for the Clippers’ only win in the dual.

Box scores for dual at Clear Creek-Amana Dec. 12.
Williamsburg (WILL) 70.0 Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) 9.0.

Local players round out FBU team

DES MOINES– Local sixth, seventh and eighth graders are set to compete in Football University’s third annual national championship tournament in Des Moines.
Several local players have been selected to Team IOWA, and are set to host squads from Minnesota, Nebraska, and Saint Louis at Valley Stadium in Des Moines Dec. 14 and 15. The nationwide tournament features the country’s top sixth, seventh and eighth graders playing in three separate 64-team, single elimination brackets.

Two in a row

Lady Spartans take control against Central DeWitt, 50-34

SOLON– Make it two in a row for the Solon girls.
The Lady Spartans avenged their season-opening loss by defeating Central DeWitt, 50-34, Tuesday for their second win in a row.
The Lady Spartans have won three of their last four games and moved to 3-4 on the season.
After falling behind in the first quarter, Solon stepped on the gas in the second quarter, taking the lead when Nichole Oberthien went coast to coast for a layup and an 18-17 lead.
The Lady Spartans then went on a 9-0 run, taking a 27-17 lead into the locker room for halftime.

Spartans lose first of the year against Sabers

DeWitt explodes for 25 points in fateful fourth quarter

DeWITT– It was the first basketball loss of the year for Solon’s varsity boys Tuesday, as Central DeWitt scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Spartans, 61-52.
“Both teams played well,” said head coach Brad Randall. “They played better in the fourth quarter.”
Solon built a 11-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Sabers whittled it away slightly in the second. The Spartans held a four-point lead at the half, 26-22.
Central DeWitt tied the game at 36-36 to end the third period and then went on a 25-16 scoring splurge in the fourth to pull away.

Hawk men split

Halk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Iowa Hawkeye men’s team won a blowout at home and lost a heartbreaker at Iowa State last week.
The first game was a 92-59 big win against Fairleigh Dickenson.
You start out with five players in double-figures, the Iowa bench outscoring the starters and the Hawks controlling the boards, 54-32.
Melsahn Basabe, Jarrod Uthoff and Gabe Olaseni had double-doubles.
Mel had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Jarrod had 10 and 10, while Gabe totaled 14 points and 10 boards.