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Sports

You can come home again

All-time Spartan scorer Lesan on the JV bench

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The high school hasn’t changed that much since 2007.
“There’s some small things here and there, but it’s still got some of the old marks I remember,” said Matt Lesan. “I went down to my old locker and it’s still got the green ink stain that happened in 2005.”
Lesan, 27, the leader in career points for the Solon boys basketball program (1,841), returned to his old team last year, this time as the coach of the junior varsity (JV) squad.

Trojans roll to sixth consecutive state tourney appearance

West High wins, 50-30, in substate final

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans punched their ticket to the 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament with a 50-30 win over rival City High Tuesday, March 1, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. It will be the sixth consecutive state tourney appearance for coach Steve Bergman and the Trojans with championships in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Seven West High Women of Troy named to MVC All-Division Basketball

Saunders named to First Team

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IOWA CITY– The 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) All-Division Girls’ Basketball selections were announced Wednesday, Feb. 24, with seven members of the West High Women of Troy named.
Rachel Saunders, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, was named to the Valley Division’s First Team. Saunders made 37.4 percent of her field goals, 34.9 percent of her 3-point goals and hit 66.3 percent at the free throw line with an average of 9.7 points per game and 223 points total. She averaged 2.1 rebounds and made 43 assists, 30 steals and seven blocks this season.

Eleven West High athletes sign college letters of intent

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IOWA CITY– Eleven athletes at West High signed letters of intent to play college sports Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Antonio Sanchez signed to play soccer for Drake University in Des Moines. Sanchez, a middle/forward, scored five goals and made 10 passes in the 2015 season and was a First Team pick for the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division’s All-Division honors.

Five Clippers earn WaMaC West Division basketball honors

CCA’s Miller and Neubauer pick up First Team spots

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TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball players were named to the 2015-2016 WaMaC Conference’s West Division teams.
Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer were First Team picks for the Clippers with Miller, a senior, leading the team with 340 points this season, an average of 14.8 per game. Miller shot 45.4 percent from the field, was a 37 percent 3-point shot-maker and hit 75.8 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Miller had 30 assists, 38 steals, two blocks and 59 rebounds this season.

Trojans run at Demon Indoor

Karanja second in 1,600 run

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MOUNT VERNON– West High’s Trojan track and field team competed in its second indoor meet of the season Friday, March 4, at the Washington Demon Indoor held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Patrick Karanja finished second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:37.27 for West High’s best finish of the day. Nate Jelinek was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 53.76 seconds and Jared Sams-Merriweather was in an eight-way tie for fourth place in the high jump by clearing 5’-8”.

Hawks continue to slide

It wasn’t a fun week for Hawkeye wrestling and basketball fans (like me).
Last Monday, the second-ranked wrestlers lost their first match of the year, 21-17, to fourth-ranked North Carolina State.
Both teams won five matches but NC State had more bonus points.
Then on black (and gold?) Wednesday the women lost at Penn State, 81-68, then the men lost at home to Wisconsin, 67-59.
This is really tough to write about.
I have been a Hawkeye fan since I was 9 years old.

Coach Ottoson bids farewell

Xavier Saints bring down the curtain on CCA’s season;

CEDAR RAPIDS– When the final horn sounded Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School gym, the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints walked off the basketball court as the Class 3A District 9 Champions. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers walked off the floor with their season over.
Their coach, Steve Ottoson, walked off the court for the final time as a 40-year career (with 21 at the helm of the CCA program) came to its end.
Xavier (15-8 overall) took the contest, 53-42, and advanced to the 3A Sub-State No. 5 Final Monday, Feb. 29, at Iowa City West against Mount Pleasant (18-5).

IC West Trojans roll over Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West dumps CR Jefferson 73-48 in substate semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High boys’ basketball juggernaut rolled over the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Friday, Feb. 26, in Iowa City with a 73-48 victory, which set up a rematch with rival City High for the Class 4A Substate No. 6 championship and a trip to the state basketball tournament.

Three Clippers on WaMaC All-Division basketball teams

Erin Navara earns Second Team honors

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TIFFIN– Three Clear Creek Amana (CCA) athletes were named to the WaMaC conference’s 2015-2016 Girls’ All-Division basketball teams. The list, released on Wednesday, Feb. 24, had no Clippers on the First Team.
Erin Navara, a junior, was a Second Team pick while junior Abbi Kinnaird and senior Natalia Turner were Honorable Mention selections.

Warriors ruin West’s state tournament hopes in overtime

Waukee nips IC West, 70-68

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WAUKEE– The 2015-2016 basketball season ended Tuesday, Feb. 23, for the West High Women of Troy exactly 14 miles from their desired destination, Wells Fargo Arena, and the 2016 Class 5A State Tournament.

West High’s Wood is 3A bowling champion

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DES MOINES– West High’s Patrick Wood won the Class 3A boys’ individual bowling championship Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Wood, a junior, bowled 243 and 248 for a total of 491, six pins better than Johnston’s Drew Hicks, for the win.
Wood punched his ticket to Des Moines with a 453 score and second-place finish in a Class 3A regional tournament on Feb. 16. He was the only West High bowler to advance out of the regional competition and the first to win a state championship in the history of the program.