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Sports

Creek Boys upset Trojans

Moore basket edges CCA past South Tama, 41-40

TAMA– Head Coach Brandon Clubb’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team rebounded from a 49-21 loss to Vinton-Shellsburg with a 41-40 upset win over the Trojans of South Tama Friday, Jan. 26, in Tama.
The Clippers led 15-6 at the end of the first period and held a slim 25-23 edge at halftime. The Trojans made it a close battle in the third, taking the quarter 32-33 before some last-minute dramatics by the Creek Boys.
“Darius Moore hits a shot to go up by one (point) with about a minute left,” Clubb said. “CCA defends the last possession by South Tama for the win.”

CCA alumnus shooting for RedTails

MARENGO, Ohio– Emily Klein, a graduate of Clear Creek Amana High School, competed in the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) College National Tournament at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, Oct. 27-29, 2017, as a member of the Hawkeye Community College RedTails. A sophomore at Hawkeye, Klein placed 17th overall out of 31 female athletes with 497 birds total over the course of the three-day event.

Road trips for women

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had two road games last week, losing at Nebraska 74-65 and Minnesota, 77-72
For the second game in a row, the Hawks only had two players in double figures, couldn’t hit the outside shot and lost to the Cornhuskers last week at Lincoln.
Megan Gustafson did her best to keep Iowa in the game with 29 points, 18 rebounds, one assist, two blocked shots and a steal.
It wasn’t enough and the Hawkeyes lost their second straight.
The biggest stat was Nebraska going 9-25 from the 3-point line, Iowa 0-7.

Two more losses

Hawk Talk

The men’s basketball season continues to spiral downward with two losses last week.
The Hawks lost a road game to Rutgers, 80-64, and then lost at home to Purdue.
In the Rutgers game, Iowa got beat in almost every category.
Points in the paint: Rutgers 34, Iowa 22.
Points off turnovers: Rutgers, 24-6.
Second-chance points: 14-13.
Fast break points: 16-2.
Bench points: 15-10.
I’ve been saying all season how the Hawkeyes have so much depth in the front court but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them miss more point-blank shots.

Wrestlers lose to 2nd-ranked Ohio State

Hawk Talk

I didn’t think Iowa had much of a chance against the Buckeyes until Spencer Lee got the Hawks going with a big upset at 125 pounds.
Nathan Tomasello was ranked first in the nation coming into the meet, but Spencer did a great job of riding Nathan out the whole second period, getting an escape in the third and with riding time won, 3-2.
What a huge win.
What a fun wrestler to watch.
Iowa won only three more matches as the Buckeyes won the meet, 22-12.

Solon Parks & Rec

Sign-Up for Little Tykes Basketball 3 on 3 Pickup Games: First and Second grade boys and girls are invited to apply the fundamentals they learned in camp to game situations. The Saturday morning games will be held at the Lakeview Elementary gym on Feb. 17, 24, and March 3. Each morning, the attendees will do a fundamental drill or two to warm up and then be divided into teams of three to scrimmage. Starting Jan. 5, register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com. Each registrant will receive a reversible jersey.

Spartans fall short

Coons’ 33 points not enough in OT 63-61 loss

SOLON– The just don’t get much closer than that.
Tied at 57 after a see-saw battle through the first four quarters, Western Dubuque used a 6-4 advantage in overtime to defeat Solon’s varsity boys, 63-61, at home Jan. 19.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 9-5 on the season.
In each of three losses in 2018, Solon has scored 61 points. The last two, on the road at Mount Vernon Jan. 12 and home Friday against Western Dubuque, were 63-61 margins.
The Spartans and the Bobcats were neck-and-neck throughout the game, with the lead never moving past four points in the first half.

Solon wrestlers 2nd at Herb Irgens

Linderbaum 1st, Hoyle, Wegmann 2nd

IDA GROVE– With a champion and two runners-up, Solon’s varsity wrestlers claimed second place in the 25-team Herb Irgens Invitational in Ida Grove Jan. 20-21.
Gilbertville-Don Bosco (ranked No. 1 in Class 1A) won the team title with 251.5 points, followed by Solon with 182.5. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (141.5) and Woodbury Central (137) were neck-and-neck for third and fourth place.
“I really thought our guys wrestled well in the two-day tournament,” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams noted. “We were a solid second ahead of many good teams from Western Iowa.”

Four conference dual victories

Spartans take down Western Dubuque

TIFFIN– The Spartan varsity wrestling squad moved its dual meet record to 17-5 on the season with a pair of conference sweeps.
Solon traveled to Tiffin Monday, Jan. 21, for a rescheduled double dual with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Center Point-Urbana. The Spartans overcame an early Clipper lead for a 46-24 win, then blew past the Stormin’ Pointers, 54-21.
Thursday, Jan. 18, Solon headed up to Epworth for a double dual with Western Dubuque and Central DeWitt. The Spartans overwhelmed the Sabers, 47-24, and scored a solid victory over the Bobcats, 40-24.

Solon girls drop two, now 5-11

Girls hit a skid on the courts

EPWORTH– The week started Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a loss at home, 32-21, to the Central DeWitt Sabers and continued to tumble Friday, Jan. 19, in Epworth with a loss to the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 63-38.
The slow, low-scoring affair on Jan. 16 was the result of four very close periods, however the Lady Spartans were unable to summit a quarter.

CCA nips Benton Community, 73-69

Creek Boys get third win upsetting Benton Bobcats

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys earned their third win of the 2017-18 season in a hard-fought upset against Benton Community Tuesday, Jan. 16, at home. The win improved the Creek Boys’ record to 3-9, while the Bobcats took a dip to 7-6.

Liberty Girls fall to ranked teams

A tough week for the Lightning

CASCADE– Liberty High’s varsity girls basketball team hit a rough patch in its inaugural season, going winless since the start of 2018 after a four-game winning streak to close out 2017.
The Lightning fell Tuesday, Jan. 16, on the road in Dubuque at Wahlert Catholic High School with the Golden Eagles flying high on a 60-38 win. Wahlert improved to 4-10, matching the “Bolts.”