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December 27th

Solon comeback falls short against Anamosa

SOLON– Faced with a 13-point deficit to open the fourth quarter, the Solon Spartans clawed their way back to within a point, but it just wasn’t enough.
Despite a gutsy comeback, the Spartans suffered their first loss of the varsity basketball season Dec. 15 in Solon, falling to the Anamosa Raiders, 50-45.
Anamosa jumped out to a 10-point first quarter lead, and the two teams played evenly until the final period, when Solon outscored Anamosa, 12-4.

Lady Spartans back on track against Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans traveled north to Anamosa to meet the 2-4 Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 15, and returned home one win closer to .500 on the basketball season. They got back on the winning path defeating the Anamosa Raiders, 42-32.
Brianna Smith put the Lady Spartans on top in the opening minute of the game with a 3-point shot, and the Spartans didn’t look back.
The Lady Spartans doubled up the Raiders in the first period, 13-6. Bryce Hinkel sank a shot with four minutes remaining in the half to put Solon up, 23-9.

Bounce back Saturday

Hawk Talk

It was bounce-back Saturday for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams last weekend.
The men took care of Drake, 70-64, in Des Moines, while the Hawkeye women beat Bradley, 60-53, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Saturday afternoon.
Hawk men
The Hawks won the first game of the Big Four Classic in Des Moines while the University of Northern Iowa took care of fourth-ranked Iowa State, 81-79, in the second game.

Frank James Upah

Frank James Upah, 91, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at Northbrook Manor Care Center. Services were held Friday, Dec. 18, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids. Burial was held in Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely. Visitation was one hour before the Friday services at Brosh Chapel.

Jane Elaine Fencl

Jane Elaine Fencl, 66, of Solon, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at the Mechanicsville Nursing and Rehab Center. Celebration of life services were Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Visitation was Monday, Dec. 21, at Brosh Chapel. Inurnment was in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery near Solon.

Christmas program memories

Walkin'

The children’s Christmas program at our church was an unexpected and delightful surprise this holiday season, bringing back a flood of memories.
Reluctantly compliant describes my attitude as a child when it came to religious duties. Given my druthers, I’d stay home and watch re-runs of “Flash Gordon” through to the end. But, Mom never asked for my input. Flash would be on the verge of fighting the giant Octosak, in a chamber filling with water, and the call came: time to go. And believe me, when Mom said it was time to go, it was time to go. Flash would have to make it without me.

Last minute packages

Food For Thought

All the grandiose promises the big-box stores and the Internet shopping sites make regarding guaranteed delivery right up to Christmas day remind me of the packages that used to come to our house just before Christmas when I was a kid. In those days, the mail was delivered twice a day, Monday through Friday, and once on Saturday. The Parcel Post began delivering packages as soon as they had arrived on the train, been sorted and loaded onto the van.

December 16th

West JV wrestlers ninth at Tri-County Invitational

Daniels places fourth for Trojans

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THORNBURG– West High’s JV wrestlers placed ninth out of 12 teams competing in the Tri-County Wrestling Invitational at Tri-County High School in Thornburg.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont won the tourney with 182 team points, followed by Iowa Valley (180), Tri-County (115), Cardinal (107.5), English Valleys (91), West Branch (90), North Mahaska (83), H-L-V (82), West High (66), Lone Tree (34), BGM (32) and Waco (24).

Trojan varsity wrestlers fifth at Five Seasons High School Duals

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High varsity wrestlers finished fifth in the Five Seasons High School Duals held Saturday, Dec. 12, at Kennedy High School. Cedar Rapids Prairie won the tournament by defeating Alburnett, 40-34, in the first-place match. Cedar Rapids Kennedy defeated Linn-Mar, 41-36, for third place and the West High Trojans took down rival City High, 46-31, for fifth place. Bettendorf defeated West Delaware, 47-21, for seventh place and Urbandale knocked off Pleasant Valley, 48-36, for the ninth and 10th places respectively.

West splits bowling with Wahawks

Wood and Strabala tops for Trojans

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans and Women of Troy split a bowling dual meet against the Waterloo West Wahawks Friday, Dec. 11, at Colonial Lanes.
The Trojan boys upended the Wahawks by only 111 pins, winning 2,877 to 2,766, with Patrick Wood’s 433 leading the way. The Women of Troy fell, 2,521 to 2,050, with Kalei Strabala as the top scorer for Iowa City West with 272. The junior varsity (JV) boys fell, 2,163 to 2,005, with Iowa City’s Sam Ross setting the pace for the Trojans with 321. The JV girls pulled off a 1,899 to 1,747 win, led by Asha Irani.