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Sports

How sweet it is

Hawk Talk

Iowa defeats Nebraska, 40-10

The Hawkeye football team played its best overall game of the season on Black Friday as it came up with big plays on offense, had a shutdown defense and special teams were almost perfect.
Can you believe it was 1981 the last time the Hawks beat the Cornhuskers in Iowa City?
How about this: the 40-10 win ties the largest margin of victory over Nebraska since 1899 (30-0)!
I was at the 1981 win which was also Kirk Ferentz’s first game as a Hawkeye line coach.

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Hawkeye men look for scoring

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Black Friday was tripleheader for the Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball teams.
Football was first at 2:30 p.m. against Nebraska; at 6 p.m. the men’s basketball team played Virginia and then at 8 p.m. the women played James Madison.

Hawkeye women

The Iowa women started things out Thanksgiving day with a 78-65 loss to ninth-ranked UCLA.
The Hawks came out strong and led early but when Megan Gustafson got her second foul late in the first quarter, the Hawkeyes lost the lead for good.

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New kids in town

Solon wrestling team welcomes Highland state champions

SOLON– One wrestler does not a team make, but it doesn’t hurt to add some fresh talent.
And this year two shining seniors from Riverside have grappled their way onto the Solon wrestling team, which kicks off its varsity season Thursday, Dec. 1, with a 6 p.m. dual at Williamsburg.
“It was kind of a surprise, but I think they’ve really fit in well with the rest of the guys,” said Solon head coach Blake Williams, who led the team to an 8-3 conference record last year and 16-5 overall.

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CCA takes home season-opener, 60-47

Inexperience nets a loss for Solon girls

SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers used a 31-19 rebounding margin to their advantage.
CCA defeated the Solon varsity girls’ basketball team, 60-47, in a home-opener Nov. 22.
“We lack height and there are some drawbacks to that especially when we are playing a taller player down low, but our lack of rebounding our first game was due more to effort and the discipline to box out,” said Solon head coach Lisa Bishop.
The Clippers were slightly better offensively than the Lady Spartans, but Solon managed only three offensive rebounds, while CCA grabbed 11.

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West High boys knock down WDM Dowling, 99-94

A little slice of revenge

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They didn’t expect to see each other so soon. Just a week after the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic snuffed the Iowa City West High Trojans’ state championship hopes on the gridiron, the two teams met again Saturday, Nov. 26, this time on the hardwood.
However, it was a meeting that likely wouldn’t have occurred until the end of the season, at the state tournament in Des Moines but for a hiccup in preseason scheduling.

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Creek Girls open with 62-47 win

Freshman Karsyn Stratton leads all with 16 points

North Liberty Leader
SOLON– A freshman led the way to victory Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Solon as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sailed past the Solon Lady Spartans, 62-47, to open the 2016-17 varsity basketball season. Karsyn Stratton, a freshman, set the pace for the Creek Girls with a game-high 16 points. Be DeShaw, a senior, put in 14 points for the Clippers with four buckets coming from three-point range.

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13 West High Trojans honored for gridiron efforts

West High Trojans named to Class 4A District 8 All-District teams

North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– A baker’s dozen of West High varsity football players found spots on 2016 Class 4A District 8 All-District teams.

First Team
Oliver Martin, 6-1, 195-pound senior. Martin carried the ball 14 times for 41 yards and had 83 receptions for 1,245 yards and 14 touchdowns prior to the state championship game. He finished the season with 1,272 yard of receiving and 3,449 yards for his West High career.

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Women of Troy negate the Knights

IC West takes opener against Davenport Assumption, 64-47

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2016-17 season with a 64-47 win over Class 3A Davenport Assumption in a non-conference contest Saturday, Nov. 26, at West.

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SHUTDOWN

Hawk Talk

Iowa blanks Illinois, 28-0

I thought the Hawks might be a little flat after an emotional loss at Penn State and then an emotional win against Michigan at Kinnick Stadium.
Two straight night games, two completely different results, and then you have an 11 a.m. game with Illinois, which came into the contest 3-7.
Against Michigan, a safety by Jaleel Johnson got the Hawks on the scoreboard first after trailing 10-0.
Last Saturday, it was Riley McCarron breaking open a scoreless tie returning an Illinois punt for a 55-yard score with 4:33 left in the first half.

Deep team eyes another run

SOLON– Can Coach Jason Pershing recapture the lightning in a bottle that propelled the Solon varsity boys basketball team to the state tournament last season?
The Spartans toted a nine-game losing streak to the finish line of the 2015-16 regular season, but turned a switch with postseason wins over Central DeWitt, Davenport Assumption and Mount Vernon to reach the state basketball tournament. Solon played No. 1 seed Chariton tough for three quarters but eventually fell, 64-50, in a Class 3A quarterfinal to end the season at 10-15.

One starter back for girls

SOLON– It will be hard to replace four-fifths of the starting lineup.
Lisa Bishop, head varsity basketball coach for the Solon Lady Spartans, knows as much.
In her first year, Bishop and her squad delivered a 14-10 record.
But starting seniors Hannah Bluder, Nichole Oberthien, Dakota Doyle and Sydney Lawson have been lost to graduation, leaving Josie Durr as the sole member of last season’s starting five to return.
But that’s a solid place to start.

They left it all on the field

Dowling denies West High the state championship

CEDAR FALLS– The mood in the interview room was somber as members of the Iowa City West High Trojans football team sat down with members of the media after their 23-10 loss to the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons in the 2016 Class 4A state championship game.
The Trojans finished the season 11-3 and made the school’s first semifinal appearance since 2002 the week before. It was their first championship bid since 1999.