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Sports

Spartans named to 3A District 6 all-district teams

SOLON– A host of Spartans were recently named to the Class 3A District 6 all-district football teams.
First team honorees included Danny Whitmore, Dalton Ferguson, Jordan Wymer, Jacob Black, Connor Wiseman, Nathan Hawkins, Brandon Kramer and Logan Linderbaum.
Nate Kennedy, Matt Quinn, Eli DeWitt and Connor Ham were named to the all District 6 second team.
Spencer Schaefer, Nathan Hawkins, Evan Burrowes, Jacob Black, Jordan Wymer, Jacob Gibbs, Nathan Kennedy, Cam Adams, Josh Bender, Lance Evans, Matt Quinn, Matt Ashton and Michael Kline received All-Academic honors for the district.

COMEBACK CITY

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I sometimes have to choose from a couple of headlines to start the story.
For Saturday’s 24-21 win over Michigan, I thought either “OH MY-MY” or “COMEBACK CITY.”
I asked one of my homeboys, Tad, who is from Sioux City and was at his first Hawkeye game, to pick one and he went with the “COMEBACK CITY.”
Good call, Tad.
I’m not sure why, but when the score was 21-7 at half Saturday at frigid Kinnick Stadium, I had a flashback to 1997, when Tim Dwight and Tavian Banks were seniors for the Hawks.

It was a great weekend to be a Hawkeye fan

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

It was a pretty good weekend for Hawkeye fans.

Wrestling

On Friday, the Iowa wrestlers had three wins and went 29-1 in individual matches including 24 pins. That’s the first time in program history Iowa scored 50-plus points in three consecutive duals.
“It all starts with Clark and Ramos and goes through the rest of the lineup,” said head coach Tom Brands.
Cory Clark is a 125-pound redshirt freshman and he is fun to watch.
Tony Ramos is the top-rated wrestler at 133 pounds. Both had three pins.

Spartans on track for continued success

Solon looks to extend district title streak

SOLON– They’ve won 83 percent of their games over the last 10 seasons, are the reigning district champs, and have been for nine years running. And coach Brad Randall thinks the Solon Spartans varsity boy’s basketball team can do it again.

Rebuilding

Lady Spartans short on basketball experience

SOLON– Tony Nicol isn’t totally starting from scratch as he prepares the Lady Spartans for the 2013-2014 girl’s varsity basketball campaign, but he’s got a lot of work to do.
The Spartans finished 11-12 last season, good for third place in the WaMaC conference. That team featured six seniors: Kristen Purdy, Rachel Purdy, Kara Misel, Karly Kramer, Brittney Stinocher and Emma Rickels. In the wake of their graduations, Nicol finds himself with three returning starters.

New roles, new players for Women of Troy

West girls face tough MVC competition

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IOWA CITY– B. J. Mayer is mixing things up at West High. In his seventh year at the helm of the Women of Troy varsity basketball program, Mayer is moving players around and bringing in some newcomers for the 2013-2014 season.

Will Trojans see a three-peat?

West High boys’ hoops reloads for 2013-2014

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans have won the Class 4A state championship two years in a row (2012 and 2013), and had a perfect 26-0 season (16-0 MVC). But can they threaten for a coveted “three-peat?”
The team, coached by Steve Bergman, took a heavy hit back in May as Jeremy Morgan, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy, Austin Swank, Jason Stewart, Mark Lowe, Justin Fleming and Drew Haas graduated.

CCA girls set a course for success

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TIFFIN– Matt Haas took the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team in 2011 and found a program in trouble. With a new outlook and a new way of doing things, the team closed-out his debut season with a 7-16 record, just one win short of the total wins in the previous three seasons. Last year the Clippers hit the .500 mark at 11-11 (6-8 in WaMaC play for fifth in the conference).

Inking those college deals

Six West High athletes commit

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They signed on the line and formalized their commitments. Six West High athletes– Jasmine Bailey, Tyus Adkins, Declan Doyle, Wyatt Lohaus, Tereysa Lehnertz and Adrienne Jensen– signed national letters of intent at a signing ceremony in the school cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 13.

West High’s 2013-14 wrestlers loaded and ready

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IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland’s 2013-2014 West High varsity wrestling team hasn’t changed much from last year’s squad, which went 21-8, 13-1 in MVC competition. Reiland, in his 15th season with the Trojans, only lost four seniors to graduation: Kegan Wakefield at 138 pounds, Blake Bohner at 182, Mickey Pelfrey at 195 and Colin Foerstner at 285.

Striking out for the top

West High bowling team prepares for 2013-14 season

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IOWA CITY– It started out as a club activity, became a sanctioned sport by both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), and continues to get bigger every year. “It” is the girls and boys bowling teams at West High, under coach Mike Mellecker.
Mellecker started as an assistant coach in 2000, back in the club sport days. In 2007 he took the top spot. Since then the boys have compiled a 19-62 record while the girls have fared better at 33-61.

Clear Creek Amana Foundation Hall of Fame honors 2013 inductees

Special to the North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25, during the half-time of the junior varsity football game. Honored were 2013 Clear Creek Amana Hall of Fame inductees Bill J. Leischenring and Darrell Wallace.