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Sports

Liberty High tops Fairfield, 46-44

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FAIRFIELD– Liberty High’s varsity boys basketball team ended 2017 with a three-game losing streak, falling to a 3-6 record in their debut season. The Bolts and head coach Stu Ordman started the New Year with a win, pulling past the Fairfield Trojans, 46-44, in Fairfield, on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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Wrestlers take down Spartans

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The Hawkeye wrestlers took down Michigan State last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 49-6, which included six pins, but the big news was the debut of super freshman, Spencer Lee.
Spencer was rated the top recruit in the nation last year and the Hawks did a great job of recruiting him.
The only problem was… Spencer got a pin in 46 seconds.
The crowd still exploded for the freshman from Pennsylvania.

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Hawkeyes women

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The Iowa women had two games last week.
They started out with a road trip to 13th-ranked Maryland and lost, 80-64.
You start with the balance Maryland has. They came into the game with seven players averaging double figures.
Iowa only has seven players in the rotation.
The Hawks tied Maryland with points in the paint at 30 apiece, but the Terrapins had a 29-7 advantage on points off turnovers as Iowa turned the ball over 23 times.

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Men play three

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The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had three games last week; two at home and one on the road.
They started the week getting knocked off by Michigan, 75-68.
The Wolverines, who came into the game shooting 39 percent from 3-point range, shot 53 percent in the first half, 44 percent for the game.
They made 11 threes, Iowa made six.
Iowa, which has a deep bench, was outscored 37-17 on bench points, lost the turnover battle, 18-9 and was behind 10-2 on fast break points.
Not getting back on defense and leaving open shooters had the Hawks’ five-game winning streak stopped.

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Hunting and fishing licenses expire Jan. 10

Hunting and fishing licenses start to expire Jan. 10

DES MOINES– Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase their 2018 license before their 2017 license expires. Annual Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10. License holders who purchased the three-year option should check the date range printed on their license for expiration.
Iowa’s 2017 hunting seasons began closing in January (see list).
Small Game– Pheasant: Jan. 10; Quail, gray partridge, ruffed grouse and squirrel: Jan. 31; and Cottontail rabbit: Feb. 28.

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Optimist Club basketball contests

At old middle school gym Jan. 28

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 28, at the former Solon Middle School (Iowa Street) gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

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How sweet it is

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Iowa breaks drought with comeback over Boston College, 27-20

The bowl steak of losing five straight was snapped as the Hawkeyes took care of business in the second half, beating Boston College last week in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
When I am watching a game, I’m thinking of different headlines.
Before the game, when I thought the Hawkeyes would win, I was going with “Finally.”
After the second quarter was over and Iowa was not looking good and trailing 17-10, I thought “Not again.”

Almuni return for basketball

SOLON– Some familiar faces returned to the court for Solon over the weekend.
Despite sub-zero temperatures outside, six teams of Solon alumnus gathered at the Solon High School and Middle School Saturday, Dec. 30, for the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament.
Sponsored by the Solon Athletic Booster Club, the double elimination tournament featured games held at the high school and middle school gymnasiums.
Proceeds benefit the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and the Solon boys basketball program.

Solon Parks & Rec

Yoga: 

SESSION 2 OF YOGA. Carol Daly (carolt.daly@gmail.com), a certified yoga instructor and physical therapist, will teach another session of yoga in Solon during January and February. It will start Jan. 8 and run for 10 classes. She currently teaches at the Rolling Hills Yoga Studio in Mt. Vernon, as well as community yoga classes. She is trained in ParaYoga, but has also studied Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Iyengar, and Bikram traditions. The classes will be on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-7 p.m. in the auditorium lobby of the Iowa St.

Trojans finish 2017 on top

West High trounces East High, 86-55

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans finished 2017 with a 7-0 record thanks in part to trouncing the Waterloo East Trojans, 86-55, Friday, Dec. 22, at home.
West pulled ahead 18-11 at the end of the first period and bombed the visiting Trojans 24-15 in the second quarter for a 42-26 advantage at halftime. West High continued to punish East High with 23 and 21 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Lady Spartans rebound on the road,

Solon girls hold off West Delaware 49-40

MANCHESTER– Juniors Erin Kerkhoff, Gabby Marty, Taylor Ryan and Abby Smith, along with senior Brianna Smith started, in Manchester, as the Lady Spartans took the court, clad in their charcoal colored travel uniforms, against West Delaware. The Lady Spartans made Christmas special this year, snatching a win from the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, before the Christmas break on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Spartans rule at solon duals

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SOLON– Despite defeating Keokuk and Vinton-Shellsburg in the opening rounds of the Solon Duals Dec. 21, Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams was not satisfied.
“The first two duals we were not wrestling to our potential and were getting out-fought in some situations,” Williams said. “Our challenge to the team was to go out and wrestle six minutes as hard as they could.”
In the way was Prairie City-Monroe (PCM), No. 6 in the dual rankings (Solon is ranked No. 13).