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Sports

Wrestlers lose a close one, 19-17

Hawk Talk

Before the meet started, Iowa would be favored in five matches, Michigan in four with one a tossup.
That was before Michael Kemerer (157 pounds) was ruled out with an injury.
Spencer Lee (125) did his thing by crushing Drew Mattin, 15-0, to get a technical fall.
Spencer is so dominant on top that he can tilt most opponents on their back for a five count.
He did that three times.
“How about that Spencer Lee,” said head coach Tom Brands. “Bonus points were at a premium. We needed to be sharp, a lot sharper at 10 weights than we were but bonus points kept us in there.”

Hawks crush Badgers

Hawk Talk

For the first time in quite a while, Iowa’s men played solid from tip-off to the buzzer and rolled over Wisconsin, 85-67.
For the first time in quite a while, the Hawks did a great job of rotating on defense and held Wisconsin to 22 percent shooting from 3-point range.
For the first time since Iowa beat Illinois (Jan. 11), the Hawkeyes had five players in double figures.
For the first time since the Hawks beat Illinois, basketball was fun again in Iowa City.
Freshman Luka Garza set the tone with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Linderbaum, Hoyle win WAMAC titles

Solon 2nd at WaMaC

MAQUOKETA– With two champions and 11 total place winners, Solon’s varsity wrestlers took second at the WaMaC Conference wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 27, at Maquoketa.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum cruised to the title at 285 pounds, while junior Mike Hoyle dominated some quality opponents for the top spot at 182.
The Spartans had five wrestlers in the finals, with sophomores Zeb Gnida (120) and Jax Flynn (160) and senior Zach Wegmann (220) grabbing runner-ups.

Spartans hold off Blazers, 66-61

Solon racks up conference wins against Beckman, Anamosa

SOLON– The Spartans were able to avenge a road loss from earlier in the season, holding off the Dyersville Beckman Blazers, 66-61, at home Friday, Jan. 26.
Beckman handed Solon’s varsity boys a 70-60 loss in Dyersville Dec. 15.
The win, paired with a 59-57 nail-biter at Anamosa Jan. 23, moved the Spartans to 11-6 on the season with four games remaining.
Solon jumped out to a 27-12 first-quarter lead against Beckman, but the Blazers clawed their way back before halftime and only trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter.

Solon girls move to 5-13

Losses to Anamosa at home and Dyersville on the road

DYERSVILLE– The week was not kind to the Lady Spartan varsity basketball team, which dropped two games the week before Senior Night, falling to 5-13 for the season.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Solon hosted a game against the Anamosa Blue Raiders who marched over them, 46-25, and then on Friday, Jan. 26, the Lady Spartans succumbed, on the road, in Dyersville, to the Beckman Catholic Blazers, 46-32.

CCA ends regular wrestling season with losses

Spartans and Sabers spoil Creek Boys’ Senior Night

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School honored its wrestling program seniors Monday, Jan. 22, as part of a quadrangular meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana (CPU) and Central Clinton, DeWitt.
Jake Neuzil and Tanner Cochran were recognized along with managers Molli Emerson and Madison McCarty. Unfortunately, the Solon Spartans and Central DeWitt Sabers spoiled the celebration with both squads defeating the Clippers.

Boats and Bolts meet on the gridiron

IHSAA announces new football districts and playoff process

IOWA CITY– A new football rivalry may be a byproduct of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) new districts for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The IHSAA released the new alignments Thursday, Jan. 25, a day after announcing changes to the qualifying system for postseason playoff games.

Repeat loss for Women, historic win for boys

IOWA CITY– History repeated itself and history was made Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Iowa City West High School as the Women of Troy fell to their crosstown rival City High for the second time this season. The Little Hawks defeated the West High girls, 53-40, at City High on Dec. 12 and kept their record perfect, at 16-0, with a 79-70 win in the first half of a varsity doubleheader.

Trojan wrestlers fourth at Super Meet

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s varsity wrestlers finished the day fourth in team points at the 2018 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Super Meet Saturday, Jan. 27, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School.
Iowa City, City High took the team championship with 221 points, followed by Cedar Rapids Prairie with 203. Dubuque Hempstead was the third-place team followed by the West High Trojans with 162.5.
Nelson Brands won the conference championship at 160 pounds while Graham Gambrall won at 132.

Fairfield takes both at Liberty doubleheader

Trojans best Lightning on the hardwood

Fairfield takes both at
Liberty doubleheader
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NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls and boys basketball teams both fell victim to the Trojans of Fairfield High School Friday, Jan. 26, at home in a varsity doubleheader.
The Liberty girls fell 67-46 to Fairfield, trailing throughout the contest. The Trojans led 12-10 at the end of the first period and were up a commanding 40-22 at halftime. Fairfield poured in 21 points in the third period to take a comfortable 61-33 lead into the final quarter.

Clipper wrestlers 12th at WaMaC meet

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MAQUOKETA– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) sent eight men to the 2018 WaMaC Conference Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Jan. 27, at Maquoketa High School and ended up with the most points scored (68.5) and a 12th-place finish, the second-best ever for the Clippers at a WaMaC tourney.
Sam Stevens produced the Creek Boys’ best finish with a third-place showing at 113 pounds while Andrew Rohret and Tanner Cochran were fourth at 145 and 220 pounds, respectively.
West Delaware took the Team Championship with 214.5 points while Solon took the runner-up spot with 195.0.

King and Queen Pins split

West and City High bowlers split in rivalry match

IOWA CITY– The King and Queen Pin have split for one year. The pins, traveling trophies for the annual rivalry match between Iowa City West High and Iowa City, City High bowlers, went their separate ways Friday, Jan. 26, after the Trojans and Little Hawks met at Colonial Lanes. The West High girls kept the Queen Pin for the second year in a row, and ninth time since 2004-05 when the couple debuted, while the City High boys claimed the King Pin for the first time since 2010-11. The Trojan boys have also been keepers of the pin nine times since 2004-05.