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February 8th, 2017

22 new Hawkeyes

Hawk Talk

Football signing day has come and gone and the Iowa Hawkeyes filled some needs and got one of the top recruits in the nation.
Iowa needed wide receivers, defensive backs and defensive linemen.
They signed four, maybe five wide receivers; five, maybe six defensive backs and three, maybe four defensive linemen.
Did the Hawks find another Matt VandeBerg?
Matt wasn’t recruited by any DI schools. He was thought to be a gray shirt but started as a freshman. His junior year he led the team with 65 catches.
How about a Josey Jewell?

Alberta M. Burnhardt

Alberta M. Burnhardt, 64, of Solon, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alberta Burnhardt Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be shared with Alberta’s family at www.gayandciha.com.

Two truths, one lie

Walkin'

Sabra and I attended the annual party for West Branch Communications, the company that publishes this newspaper as well as eight other weekly rags.
I use the word “rag” affectionately. Publisher Jake Krob has done an excellent job of keeping the editorial quality up and the bottom line black on all of his endeavors. This is not an easy task. The editions and mastheads in the archives are proof. Many people have tried and failed at threading all the needles it takes to keep a small community newspaper afloat. Few make it but Krob is one that did.

Ultimate selfie

Food For Thought

My friend commented on the latest fad of taking photos of oneself with celebrities, be they politicians, sports figures, movie stars or any one else who is famous, admired or envied. As I thought about it, I began to realize that the practice is hardly new. The medium (the ubiquitous cell phone) may be relatively new, but the idea of having physical evidence that we have, at some time, had personal contact with this or that famous person is not. I think it is quite similar to the practice of collecting autographs of famous or admired people.

February 1st

clear creek amana boys’ basketball

Trojans scuttle the Creek Boys

Clear Creek Amana falls to South Tama, 73-45
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TIFFIN– South Tama’s Trojans scuttled the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team 73-45 Friday, Jan. 27, in Tiffin. It was the second loss of the season to the Trojans for the Clippers after falling 58-49 in Tama back in December.
The Creek Boys trailed 18-15 at the end of the first period and were down 40-23 at halftime and 58-34 going into the final period.

West High Girls’ Basketball

Lady Tigers bite the Women of Troy

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CEDAR FALLS– The Lady Tigers of Cedar Falls High School gave the Iowa City West High Women of Troy their third loss of the season Friday, Jan. 27, in Cedar Falls. The Tigers topped West High, 75-66, after taking the first period 21-12 and leading West 38-24 at halftime. West rallied back in the third quarter but still trailed 51-44 going into the final period.

Trojans roll over Little Hawks, again

Iowa City West High upends City High, 82-38, in crosstown rivalry rematch

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans swept the crosstown rivalry boys basketball series with City High Tuesday, Jan. 24, with an 82-38 win at City High. West rolled over the Little Hawks, 78-27, at West High on Dec. 13.
The Trojans took a commanding 21-8 lead at the end of the first period and built a 46-16 lead by halftime. West High took a 70-31 lead into the final eight minutes.

West High Trojans fourth at MVC wrestling tournament

Brands earns Outstanding Wrestler honor and 152-pound championship

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WATERLOO– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands earned the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s Outstanding Wrestler honors and was crowned the conference champion at 152 pounds Saturday, Jan. 28, at the conference tournament at Waterloo West High School.
Cedar Rapids Prairie took the team title with 224.5 points, followed by City High (188), Dubuque Hempstead (176.5) and Iowa City West (146.0).

No champions for CCA at WaMaC wrestling tournament

Clippers 14th in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers placed 14th overall at the 2017 WaMaC Conference Tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, at Williamsburg High School. None of the Clippers were crowned champions in the tournament, which was won by Solon with 221.5 team points. Host Williamsburg was second with 172.5.
Quinn Murphy and Ethan Taylor (138 and 285 pounds, respectively) were the highest-placing wrestlers for CCA with fourth-place showings. Samual Stevens (106) was a fifth-place finisher.

Bolts ground the Golden Eagles

NORTH LIBERTY– The Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert became the latest to fall to the Lightning Bolts of Liberty High Saturday, Jan. 28, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The Bolts won 64-52 on “Pack the Gym” day, which also featured a mini-pep rally after the reserves’ “fifth quarter” game.
The Bolts flashed to a quick 6-2 lead thanks to Andre Brandon and Isaac Bender. The game tied four times in the first period before the Bolts pulled ahead to win the quarter, 20-17.