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Sports

Bolts ground the Golden Eagles

NORTH LIBERTY– The Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert became the latest to fall to the Lightning Bolts of Liberty High Saturday, Jan. 28, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The Bolts won 64-52 on “Pack the Gym” day, which also featured a mini-pep rally after the reserves’ “fifth quarter” game.
The Bolts flashed to a quick 6-2 lead thanks to Andre Brandon and Isaac Bender. The game tied four times in the first period before the Bolts pulled ahead to win the quarter, 20-17.

No champions for CCA at WaMaC wrestling tournament

Clippers 14th in Williamsburg

North Liberty Leader
WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers placed 14th overall at the 2017 WaMaC Conference Tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, at Williamsburg High School. None of the Clippers were crowned champions in the tournament, which was won by Solon with 221.5 team points. Host Williamsburg was second with 172.5.
Quinn Murphy and Ethan Taylor (138 and 285 pounds, respectively) were the highest-placing wrestlers for CCA with fourth-place showings. Samual Stevens (106) was a fifth-place finisher.

West High Trojans fourth at MVC wrestling tournament

Brands earns Outstanding Wrestler honor and 152-pound championship

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WATERLOO– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands earned the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s Outstanding Wrestler honors and was crowned the conference champion at 152 pounds Saturday, Jan. 28, at the conference tournament at Waterloo West High School.
Cedar Rapids Prairie took the team title with 224.5 points, followed by City High (188), Dubuque Hempstead (176.5) and Iowa City West (146.0).

Trojans roll over Little Hawks, again

Iowa City West High upends City High, 82-38, in crosstown rivalry rematch

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans swept the crosstown rivalry boys basketball series with City High Tuesday, Jan. 24, with an 82-38 win at City High. West rolled over the Little Hawks, 78-27, at West High on Dec. 13.
The Trojans took a commanding 21-8 lead at the end of the first period and built a 46-16 lead by halftime. West High took a 70-31 lead into the final eight minutes.

West High Girls’ Basketball

Lady Tigers bite the Women of Troy

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CEDAR FALLS– The Lady Tigers of Cedar Falls High School gave the Iowa City West High Women of Troy their third loss of the season Friday, Jan. 27, in Cedar Falls. The Tigers topped West High, 75-66, after taking the first period 21-12 and leading West 38-24 at halftime. West rallied back in the third quarter but still trailed 51-44 going into the final period.

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Trojans scuttle the Creek Boys

Clear Creek Amana falls to South Tama, 73-45
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TIFFIN– South Tama’s Trojans scuttled the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team 73-45 Friday, Jan. 27, in Tiffin. It was the second loss of the season to the Trojans for the Clippers after falling 58-49 in Tama back in December.
The Creek Boys trailed 18-15 at the end of the first period and were down 40-23 at halftime and 58-34 going into the final period.

Hawkeye women go 2-0

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women, for the first time this season, won back-to-back games in the Big Ten.
They started at Rutgers and finished at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota.
Iowa had a big 71-59 road win at Rutgers last week.
I know every win is big in the conference, but if the Hawkeyes want to get back to the Big Dance in March, a couple of wins on the road will help.
The Scarlet Knights were 3-0 at home in conference play with victories over Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Penn State drops Iowa, 26-11

Hawk Talk

Going into the Penn State wrestling, meet I had a little better feeling than I did against No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys had every wrestler ranked, while the Nittany Lions had eight ranked, two at No. 1.
Going into the match, the Hawkeyes also had eight ranked, with Thomas Gilman No. 1.
But then the bomb was dropped before the match was started– Sam Stoll (285 pounds) was out for the season with a torn ACL.
Tough break for Sam, who was coming off season-ending knee surgery and had only been wrestling for a month.

Solon first at Herb Irgens Invitational

Four champs make 107-point dent for Spartans

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
IDA GROVE– In a pool of 26 teams, the Solon varsity wrestlers, again, came out on top.
The Spartans finished the first day of the Herb Irgens Invitational with a 22-1 record, determined to keep the winning streak going. By the end of the day Saturday, Jan. 21, the team had garnered another 40 wins and just 19 losses and an impressive 255.5 total points to take the tournament.

Solon fends off Regina, 67-63

Spartans hand Regals fifth loss of the season

SOLON– For the first time in four years, the Solon Spartans defeated the Iowa City Regina Regals on the hardwood.
Solon held off Regina, 67-63, Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of the traditional girls/boys doubleheader, to hand the Regals their fifth loss of the season.
But it was a battle.
Regina shot 50 percent from behind the 3-point line, and whittled down a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Lady Spartans shine at Central DeWitt, struggle against No. 1 Regina, W. Dubuque

Ranked foes lay 29-point losses on Solon girls

SOLON– In this case, one out of three ain’t bad.
Solon’s Lady Spartan varsity basketball team defeated Central DeWitt on the road Jan. 17, but ran into the ranked buzzsaws of Western Dubuque (No. 8, 4A) and Iowa City Regina (No. 1, 2A) over the weekend for a pair of 29-point losses.
Western Dubuque, 11-1 entering the game, throttled the Lady Spartans in the second and third periods on the way to a 65-36 win Friday, Jan. 20. The Regals, sporting a 14-0 record, cruised to a 71-42 victory Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of a traditional boys/girls doubleheader.

Another win for the Bolts

Liberty High boys zap CR Kennedy Cougars, 54-34

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The debut season for the Liberty High School “Lightning Bolts” continued to go well as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars (Green squad) joined the ranks of those zapped by the Lightning Thursday, Jan. 19, in a freshman game at Iowa City West High.