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Sports

Hawkeyes are going bowling

Iowa will be playing LSU in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at noon.
The LSU Tigers, ranked 15th in the nation, finished the season 9-3. That includes a win over Auburn, which is playing in the BCS championship game.
The only time Iowa has ever played LSU was in the Capital One Bowl in 2005. Drew Tate found Warren Holloway for a 56-yard game-winning touchdown with time running out and Iowa won, 30-25.
Also congratulations to James Morris for being named Capital One First Team Academic All-American.

Wrestlers escape, 22-19

The Hawkeye wrestlers traveled to Edinboro last week and had to come from behind to stay undefeated.
Top-ranked Tony Ramos lost 3-2 at 133 pounds, Josh Dziewa was pinned at 141, Brody Grothus lost a major at 149 and Tomas Lira was pinned at heavyweight.
Iowa countered with six wins, including majors at 125 by Thomas Gilman, Derek St. John at 157, Mike Evans at 174 and Sammy Brooks at 197.
“We made it hard on ourselves, but we also had guys that wrestled hard,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “Battling back for the dual win is a testament to their toughness.”

Spartans off to 2-0 start

Solon wins at Western Dubuque and hosting CP-U

SOLON– It was a hard-fought win to open the season.
Solon’s varsity basketball team traveled last week to Western Dubuque at Epworth and came away with a 59-52 win.
“We expected a pretty good punch and we got it,” said head coach Brad Randall of the road win. Led by junior Spencer Haldeman, Western Dubuque came into the game highly regarded, Randall said, but the 2013-14 Solon squad proved troublesome for the Epworth team’s offense.

First win for girls comes against Demons

Alex Henry 3-pointer gives Lady Spartans the lead with 5 seconds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans earned their first victory of the young basketball season after a clutch Alex Henry 3-pointer completed a comeback win against the Washington Demons Saturday, 47-46.
Solon improved to 1-3, and the win helped erase the bad taste from the previous evening when the Lady Spartans let a fourth quarter lead slip away against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).

Wrestlers win ‘em all at Cascade duals

CASCADE– The Solon varsity wrestlers opened their season with a sweep at the Cascade dual tournament held Friday, Dec. 6.
“Great start to the year,” commented head coach Brooks McLaren. “The kids performed well in the first competition of the year.”
Louis Gnida had four pins at 120 pounds, freshman Trevor Nelson (152) finished the meet undefeated with three pins. Cole Fritz (138) and Danny Whitmore (182) finished undefeated.

Clipper girls one and one

Clipper girls 10 points better than Independence

TIFFIN– The ship is back on an even keel. After a season-opening loss to Center Point-Urbana, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls battled the Mustangs of Independence for a 67-57 win Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home.
The Clippers took an early lead with a Kelsey Hall 3-pointer and led 11-2 before an end-of-the-first period rally by the Mustangs narrowed the gap to 11-8 in favor of CCA.
Emily Wieland opened the second period for CCA by scoring on a rebound, Molly Villhauer added a pair of baskets and Lauren Stopko nailed a 3-pointer. The Clippers enjoyed a 27-22 lead at the half.

One step forward, one step back

CCA boys beat Independence, fall to Marion

TIFFIN– For 30 minutes, it was a pretty good ball game for the Clippers Friday, Dec. 6, in Tiffin asClear Creek Amana (CCA) took on the Marion Indians in a varsity matchup, leading for most of the game. The ending however, was a different story.

Two wins for West

Women of Troy take down Dubuque Wahlert, Assumption

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Women of Troy improved to 2-1 with a pair of wins last week over Davenport Assumption and Dubuque Wahlert.

West falls 37-19 in varsity wrestling

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WATERLOO– Mark Reiland’s West High Trojans met Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Waterloo East on East’s mats Thursday, Dec. 5, with the Trojans dominating the East High Trojans 68-3, and the J-Hawks taking a 37-19 win from West.
Jakeb Bakken (126-pounds), Chris Walters (132), Tyler Hebl (145), Nathan Kelsay (152), John Milani (160), Donovan Doyle (182), Mitch Yoerger (195), Micah Kelsay (220) and Aydan Wynos (285) all won by fall against East.
Wynos picked up West High’s only win by fall of the dual against the J-Hawks, pinning Jefferson’s Michael Smith in 4:42.

Clippers split on the mat

CCA wrestlers win over Anamosa, fall to Center Point Urbana

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TIFFIN– They broke even. The season opening double-dual for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity wrestling squad, under coach Jared Carder, saw a win over the Anamosa Raiders and a loss to the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana Thursday, Dec. 5, at home.
Against Anamosa, Daniel Brechtel (120-pounds), Tyler Kasper (152), Harry Lucas (170), Ethan Taylor (220), Luke Wingert (106) and Connor Murphy (113) pinned their opponents as the Clippers won 46-30.

Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) 46.0 Anamosa (ANAM) 30.0.

West High splits with CR Xavier’s bowling Saints

Girls win, boys lose on May City lanes in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Mike Mellecker’s West High bowling teams came up with mixed results Friday, Dec. 6, as they matched their skills with the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier at May City Bowling in Cedar Rapids.
The Xavier boys won 3,035 to West’s 2,680. Caleb Miller led the Saints with 477 while Patrick Wood led the Trojans with 395.
In girl’s action, West High, led by Mariah Shimon won 2,190 to 1,362 against a partial Xavier squad. Kayla Thompson led the Saints with 298.

And the Lions roared

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MARION– The West High Women of Troy fell Friday, Dec. 6, on the road at Linn-Mar, 42-32. West won the first period 6-0 and held an 18-9 lead at the half, but a 26-point rampage by the Lions in the third period made it 35-27 going into the final period.
Grace Tafolla and Emily Halverson, a freshman, led West with nine points each while Mikaela Morgan had eight. Kristie Sommer led Linn-Mar with ten.
The loss put West High at 2-2.