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Sports

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated.

CHAMPIONS

DES MOINES– They were on a mission, and the mission was accomplished.
“This has been our goal since the beginning,” Connor McCaffery said in postgame comments Saturday, March 11, in the interview room at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines after the West High Trojans knocked off defending State Class 4A champions West Des Moines Valley, 64-50, to claim the title. The Valley High Tigers denied the Trojans the championship last year by defeating West, 46-39.

Clipper track and field boys run under the dome

4x800 takes third at Dickinson Relays

CEDAR FALLS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team competed in the 2017 Dickinson Relays Tuesday, March 6, at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.

Creek Girls run indoors with the Demons

CCA’s Lacina fourth in 400-meter dash

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MOUNT VERNON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field team competed in the 2017 Washington (Iowa) Demons Indoor Relays Thursday, March 9, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

Three Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference honors

2017 WaMaC Shoot Out March 18 at Benton Community

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TIFFIN– Three varsity boys from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) earned spots on the 2016-17 WaMaC All-Conference West Division Teams.
Tate Thomsen, Cory Siders and Tyler Hallett, all seniors, were selected among player from across the division. Thomsen was named to the Second Team with Siders and Hallett earning Honorable Mention.

More honors for Women of Troy

IGCA and INA release All-State Basketball picks

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) and the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) recently released their All-State Girls Basketball Teams in the wake of the 2017 state tournaments.
Iowa City West High’s Logan Cook and Rachel Saunders were selected by the organizations with Cook earning IGCA All State Second Team and INA First Team honors while Saunders was a Third Team pick for both the IGCA and the INA.
Cook led the Women of Troy with 375 points, averaging 16 points per game while Saunders put up 272 points with an average of 12.4 per game.

Another week... another two wins

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The Iowa men played two games last week, going to Wisconsin and knocking off the Badgers, 59-57, and closing out the regular season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday beating Penn State, 90-79.
Nine hours after the Iowa women got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament by Northwestern, the Hawkeye men, with Jordan Bohannon knocking down a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, upset the 21st-ranked Badgers.
The only other team to hold Wisconsin to fewer than 57 points was Purdue, the Big Ten Champion.
Wisconsin had won six straight against Iowa.
What a year Jordan has had.

Wrestlers have two Big Ten champs

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye wrestlers had four wrestlers in the Big Ten Finals and crowned two champions, finishing third behind Ohio State and Penn State.
It was good to see Thomas Gilman raise his hand in victory at 125 pounds last Sunday at Indiana.
The senior from Council Bluffs finished second in the Big Ten as a sophomore, third last season.
In the NCAA tournament, Thomas finished fourth as a sophomore and second last year.
Tough loss for Cory Clark in the finals at 133.

Bullseye

Ben McAtee shoots 296 to top boys at state archery tournament

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DES MOINES– Solon sophomore Ben McAtee took individual honors at the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament March 3-4 in Des Moines..
McAtee scored a 296 out of 300 to earn first place for high school boys , first place for 10th grade boys and first place overall at state for boys out of 284 entrants.
The Solon High School Archery Team finished in seventh place out of 23 teams with an overall score of 3,294, and qualified for the national tournament.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org.
The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated.
Interested runners/walkers do not need to be pre-registered in order to participate.

On top of his game

Solon’s Sterling McIlravy wins Junior PGA honors, looks forward to 2017 golf season

SOLON– You could say 2016 was a “sterling” year for Sterling McIlravy.
The homeschooled student athlete, who competes with Solon High School in golf and basketball, was named the 2016 Iowa Junior PGA Player of the Year (Boys 16-18) this past summer.

Josie Durr unanimous All-WaMaC First Team pick

Three Lady Spartans earn All-Division honors

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SOLON– Senior Josie Durr was a unanimous First Team selection on the 2017 WaMaC All-Conference Teams in the East Division.
Three varsity girls basketball players from Solon earned spots on the division’s honor list.
Joining Durr were junior Brianna Smith and sophomore Gabby Marty, both Honorable Mention selections.
Durr scored 17.3 points per game to lead the Lady Spartans in the 2016-17 season. She shot 36.9 percent from the field, 69.1 percent from the free throw line and had 36 assists. She also led the team defensively with 164 steals and 11 blocks.