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Sports

Spartans wrestlers go 6-0 in dual action

Solon ups record to 15-3 with wins over Vinton-Shellsburg, Marion

SOLON– The Solon varsity wrestling squad has been taking care of business when it comes to its dual meet schedule.
The Spartans notched dual wins over Waco, Cardinal Community, Maquoketa, Woodward-Granger, Vinton-Shellsburg and Marion in a series of double duals stretching back to Jan. 12.
The Jan. 12 dual with Cardinal Community and Waco wasn’t on the schedule originally, but due to the funeral for Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Spartans bowed out of participating in a Marshalltown tournament Jan. 9.

Clipper boys mirror December matchup in overtime loss

Benton Community 62, CCA 57

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a kick in the gut for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Tuesday, Jan. 19, as the Benton Community Bobcats sank the Clipper boys, 62-57, in overtime and snapped a three-game winning streak for the Creek boys.
It was also payback for the Bobcats after the Clippers took an 82-70 overtime win from them back on Dec. 8.

Creek girls take on big dogs of Center Point Urbana

CPU defeats CCA, 62-35

TIFFIN– Entering the contest, some may have seen the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball team (5-9) going up against 15-0 and No. 2 (Class 3A) Center Point-Urbana (CPU) as something of a suicide mission. Clipper coach P.J. Sweeney chose to look at it from a competitor’s point of view. “It’s a chance to play against one of the top teams.”
While the 62-35 CPU win Friday, Jan. 22, was never in dispute, the Creek Girls came out guns blazing on their home hardwood.

Iowa City West boys 61, Bettendorf 49

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BETTENDORF– The West High Trojans improved to 9-3 overall Tuesday, Jan. 19, with a 61-49 road win over the Bettendorf Bulldogs. Devontae Lane led West with 17 points in a game that saw the Trojans take a 14-8 lead in the first period and lead, 21-18, at the half. A 20-point barrage by the Trojans in the third and fourth quarters kept the Bulldogs at bay and sealed the win.
Patrick McCaffery (11 points), Wali Parks (10 points) and Alex Henderson (10 points) supported Lane with double-digit scoring. Parks dominated on the boards with 10 rebounds.

Women of Troy win easily over Bulldogs

IC West 68, Bettendorf 28

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had no trouble with the Bettendorf Bulldogs at home Tuesday, Jan. 19, putting the visiting puppies in the kennel with a 68-28 win.
West dominated the first quarter, 22-4, and built a 37-16 lead at the half. An 18-point effort in the third period kept West ahead with a 55-24 advantage, ahead of a 13-point fourth quarter for the win. The Bulldogs were held to four points in the fourth.

CCA grapplers fall at Independence

Pointers, Mustangs take down CCA in double dual meet

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INDEPENDENCE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers suffered a pair of losses Thursday, Jan. 21, in a double dual meet at Independence against the host Mustangs and visiting Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU).
The Pointers edged-out the Clippers, 39-30, with Ethan Taylor (285 pounds), Andrew Rohret (120), Quinn Murphy (138) and Sam Steckly (152) all winning by fall over the Pointers’ Tyler Carolan, Cameron Garnett, Dalton Hite and Collin Bantz.

West swims past Lions, 104-66

Keen, Scott, McGlaughlin and Martin earn wins

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CORALVILLE– The West High boys swim team continued its winning ways as it swam past the Linn-Mar Lions, 104-66, Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Aidan Keen, Mark McGlaughlin, Will Scott and Oliver Martin posted individual wins with Keen taking the 200 and 500 freestyle, McGlaughlin winning the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly events, Scott taking the 100 freestyle and Martin winning the 100 breaststroke.
McGlaughlin, Keen, Martin and Scott teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay, as well as the 400 freestyle relay.

Trojans 11th at Ed Winger Classic

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URBANDALE– The West High wrestlers battled on the mats of Urbandale High School Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Ed Winger Classic. The Trojans placed 11th out of a 21-team field with West Des Moines Valley taking the team title with 203 points. West High mustered 65 points, tying with North Scott.
Donovan Doyle earned the team’s only individual win by taking the crown at 195 pounds with a 13-4 major decision over Dowling’s Jacob Zachary. Nelson Brands (138 pounds) placed third and Nate Kelsay placed fifth in 182-pound competition.

Creek wrestlers in action at John Byers Wrestling Invitational Jan. 23

Rohret takes first, six Clippers earn top finishes

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WYOMING– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers were in action Saturday, Jan. 23, at Midland Community High School’s John Byers Invitational in Wyoming.
Iowa City Regina won the meet with 164.50 points, while the host Midland Eagles were sixth with 99.0. The Clippers placed seventh in overall points with 84.0 and had seven place-winning grapplers.

Hawkeye women road trip

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had two road basketball games last week, beating Wisconsin, 57-54, and then losing 80-73 at Michigan State.
The win over the Badgers was big for two reasons.
First it snapped a two-game losing streak and any time you can pick up a road win in the Big Ten it’s a good thing for team rankings.
This was another one of those games where Iowa jumped out to a big lead of 16 points at the end of the third quarter, got outscored 19-6 in the fourth quarter, but held on to win.

Women of Troy stumble against Wahlert

Iowa City West High 41, Dubuque Wahlert 51

IOWA CITY– A 21-point effort from Dubuque Wahlert’s Katy Fricano powered the Golden Eagles past the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Jan. 12, and gave West its third loss of the season. Wahlert took the varsity contest as they upset West, 51-41.
The game was tied at 13 at the end of the first period and West pulled ahead, 25-22, at the half. However, the Eagles took the lead in the third enjoying a 38-34 advantage going into the final period.
Freshman Emma Koch was the only West High player in double digits, leading the team with 10 points.

Trojans dominate wrestling Warriors on Senior Night

Iowa City West 57, Cedar Rapids Washington 18

IOWA CITY– Six West High wrestlers were honored on Senior Night Thursday, Jan. 14, as the Trojans hosted the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors in an Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) dual meet. Ben Bertell, Donovan Doyle, Undell Hatchett, Nathan Kelsay, Jordin Robles Quiroz and Aaron Stumpf were recognized along with manager Rowan Haverkamp between the junior varsity (JV) and varsity meets.