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Sports

Women of Troy bite the Bulldogs

Iowa City West wins, 3-2, over Bettendorf and returns to state volleyball tournament

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy overcame the Bettendorf Bulldogs’ tricks for a sweet treat on Halloween, as they pulled off a 3-2 win in a Class 5A regional volleyball final and advanced to the 2016 state tournament for the third consecutive year.

Iowa City West has five First Team picks

Women of Troy earn MVC swimming honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2016 girls swimming All-Division selections Monday, Oct. 31, with five Iowa City West High students earning First Team honors.
Linn-Mar’s Kelsey Drake was named the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year while Dubuque Wahlert’s Emily Snyder and her staff picked up the division Coach of the Year title.

Mississippi Division Selections:
200-freestyle: First Team – Alleyna Thomas. Honorable Mention – Mae Grahs.
200-IM: First Team – Melanie Housenga, Lilly Ernst. Honorable Mention – Jennifer Du.

Women of Troy 28th at state swimming

Ames takes team title at Nov. 5 meet in Marshalltown

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MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High swimmers competed in six out of 12 events Saturday, Nov. 5, at the 2016 State Swimming and Diving Meet at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA, and placed 28th out of 32 teams in total points. Ames won the team title with 341 points while Johnston lagged behind in second place with 197. Iowa City High was 23rd with 19 points. West put a dozen team points in the books.

Norris and Ford are First Team picks

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2016 All-Division Volleyball Selections Monday, Nov. 1, with seven Iowa City West High players earning First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention or All-Academic berths.

2016 Iowa City West High boys bowling preview

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IOWA CITY– West High bowler Patrick Wood won the Class 3A State Bowling Tournament back in February. Odds are he would put up an equally impressive showing in the 2016-2017 season for Mike Mellecker and the Trojans. However, he’s moved out of town and his days in West High green are over.
But, Mellecker, the 10-year coach for West’s boys and girls bowling teams, is encouraged by the fact he has six returning varsity winners with a lot of match time.
On the flip side, though, he’ll need all six to be in top form on a squad with an even dozen bowlers.

Experience and newcomer alike boost Women of Troy on the lanes

IOWA CITY– Mike Mellecker has a problem, but it’s one he’s happy to have. Mellecker is the 10-year coach of the Iowa City West High boys and the girls bowling programs. His girls program went 4-10 overall last year with a 3-8 showing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). He’s got 10 starters back, including an All-Conference Second Team selection and two Honorable Mention picks. Mellecker also has a bunch of newcomers to the sport.
So what’s his problem? What to do with so much firepower.

2016-17 CCA girls’ basketball preview: All of the pieces are in place for success

Clear Creek Amana varsity girls’ basketball

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TIFFIN– P.J. Sweeney took over the top spot for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball program in 2014 and has exuded optimism throughout his tenure. On the eve of the 2016-2017 season, Sweeney is even more encouraged and optimistic than ever about the Clippers’ prospects.
“With four-and-a-half starters and nine letter-winners returning, we have plenty of experience coming back,” Sweeney said.
But the news only gets better for the Creek Girls.

Hawkeye men REBUILD

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What do you do when you lose four seniors who combined to win 89 games in the last four years?
Media Day for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 5 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and plenty of optimism was around.
You start rebuilding by bringing in a top recruiting class, led by power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 253), rated a four-star recruit.
Add three Iowa players, who grew up Hawkeye fans, and Isaiah Moss (6-5, 192), a guard that could redshirt.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery says Cook has the tools to be a star in the Big Ten.

Hawkeye Women RELOAD

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The Iowa women’s basketball team returns four starters and a freshman class ranked seventh in the nation, so it’s not a surprise head coach Lisa Bluder is ready for the season to begin.
“I really feel that we are the deepest we’ve been in a long time,” said coach Bluder. “I think we are the most balanced that we’ve been in a long, long time.”
It starts with preseason All-Big Ten pick, Ally Disterhoft.
What else can you say about the former West High Trojan named Miss Basketball her senior year in high school?

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Girls Basketball: Practice has started. Games are played on Saturdays in November and December, starting Nov. 5, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. The schedule is posted on the Solon Parks and Recreation website.

Spartans take round one

Win over bobcats advances Solon to face No. 1 Pella Friday, Nov. 4, at home

SOLON– After several dreary days, the sun peeked from the heavens and shone favorably on the Spartans.
Benton Community’s Bobcats traveled to Solon for the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs and the Spartans’ responded with an offense that wracked up 49 points and a defense that limited the Bobcats to just 14.
That effort places the Spartans on a collision course with No. 1-ranked Pella on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.

Shafer leads Solon girls to 15th place at state cross country meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls showed they were up to the challenge with a 15th place showing in the 2016 Class 3A state cross country meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge.
Though ‘last’ in that championship field, they outpointed every 3A team sitting at home for the day. Their finish matched a slow, steady improvement from middle of the pack showings early in the season to conference and district meet runner-up finishes and a No. 14 ranking from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches heading into state.