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Sports

NIT for Hawkeye men and women

It was bittersweet to see the Iowa men and women play in the NIT and WNIT last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Both had a shot at the NCAA tournament.
The men were listed in the first four out by the selection committee.
If they could have beaten Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten tourney, they might have gone to the Big Dance.
The women were also on the bubble and a first-round loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament might have cost them a chance to go dancing.
The good news was each had another chance to play in Carver.

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Clippers get a tune-up in the WaMaC indoor meet

Boys 4x800 relay leads in West Division competition

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MOUNT VERNON– The WaMaC Conference Indoor Track Meet is the final indoor event of the season, and often referred to as a final “tune-up” ahead of the regular (outdoor) season. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) track and field teams competed among West Division teams on Saturday, March 18.

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Preview: New courts, new season for Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High girls’ tennis team has a number of things going for it as the 2017 season approaches. First, the team will play on brand new courts with lights. Second, almost everybody is back from last season which gives coach Amie Villarini a sense of optimism for a successful season.
Last year, the Women of Troy compiled an 11-5 record overall and went 9-4 in the Mississippi Valley Conference, good for second place.

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Connor McCaffery Athlete of the Year

Six Trojans earn MVC All-Division basketball spots

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division basketball teams picks on Wednesday, March 1, with Iowa City West High’s Trojans picking up six spots in the Mississippi Division honors.
West coach Steve “Bergie” Bergman and his staff earned Division Coach of the Year honors while senior Connor McCaffery was named the Division Athlete of the Year. McCaffery was also a unanimous First Team pick while younger brother Patrick (a sophomore) and fellow senior Devontae Lane were also First Team picks.

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Preview: Clippers hope doing the little things better will lead to success

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TIFFIN– With two early-season indoor meets already in the books, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys track coach Ben Robison was excited by the prospects for a successful season for his Clippers. At the same time, the second-year coach knows he and the “Creek Boys” are in for many challenges.

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Preview: A strong nucleus returns for the Creek Girls

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TIFFIN– Good finishes in early season indoor meets coupled with success last season have given Clear Creek Amana girls track and field coach Jane Astor a sense of optimism and confidence. Astor, who has 27 years with the program, and assistants Teri Schultejans (10 years) and Bob Broghammer see strength on a number of fronts for the “Creek Girls.”
“We have a strong nucleus back and have gained some strong sprinters and middle distance athletes,” Astor said. “The indoor meets (at Wartburg and Cornell) highlighted strength at 200 (meter dash) and 400 (meter dash).”

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West High track & field

West High boys run in final indoor meet of the season

Caruthers, Low, Nugent, Murley, 4x400 and 4x800 all victorious
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PELLA– The Iowa City West High Trojans ran in their final indoor meet of the 2017 season Friday, March 17, at the Central College Boys High School Meet at Central College in Pella.

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A trio of Trojans make INA’s All-State Basketball Team

Lane and the McCafferys earn spots

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DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) released the 2017 Boys All-State Basketball selections with three Iowa City West High standouts earning spots on the Class 4A teams.
Devontae Lane, a senior, was named to the First Team as a backcourt player, Connor McCaffery, also a senior, earned a utility player spot, and Patrick McCaffery, a sophomore, was named to the front line of the Second Team. Lane averaged 15 points per game heading into the state championship game. Connor McCaffery averaged 19.6 and Patrick averaged 13.9.

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West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet

Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet
Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy
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CEDAR FALLS– The 2017 indoor track season continued Tuesday, March 14, for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy as they competed in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Indoor Meet at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Bailey Nock won the 3,000-meter run in 10:25.50, with teammate Gabby Skopec right behind her running a 10:33.75 for second place. Skopec also took second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.63.

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Women of Troy pick up four wins at Demon Relays

Welch, Haight, 4x800 and 1,600-medley find gold
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MOUNT VERNON– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy track and field squad competed Thursday, March 9, in the 2017 Demon Indoor Relays hosted by Washington (Iowa) High School and held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

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Creek Boys get track time at ISU’s Classic Indoor Meet

Gerard posts best individual finish for CCA

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AMES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team shared the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus with athletes from across the state Tuesday, March 14, in the Iowa State High School Classic Indoor Meet hosted by Iowa State University.
Nick Gerard posted the best individual finish for the Clippers with a 23rd-place finish in the long jump with a 18-5 3/4 leap. CCA’s 4x800-meter relay team had the Clippers’ best finish with a 17th-place showing in 8:51.87. The Creek Boys competed in five events at the meet.

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Knocked out in DC

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I certainly didn’t see this coming.
The Hawkeyes were on a four-game winning streak going into the Big Ten Tournament.
They started the streak on Feb. 21 with a 96-90 overtime win against Indiana at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Last week at the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., the Hoosiers scored 95, Iowa 73.
The basketball season reminds me a little like the way the football season ended.
The Hawkeye football team won its last three games in the regular season, knocking off No. 2 Michigan plus beating Illinois and Nebraska.

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