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Sports

Lady Spartans win fourth in a row, then stumble against Mustangs

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team started the week on Tuesday, Jan. 12, by extending its winning streak to four in a row defeating the Maquoketa Cardinals, 51-32.
However, the Mount Vernon Mustangs stole their momentum Friday, Jan. 16, beating Solon, 62-46.

Spartans lights out against Maquoketa before falling to Mustangs

MAQUOKETA– It’s been a hard winter for the Solon Spartan varsity basketball team.
The Spartans overcame a four-game slide Jan. 12 with a convincing 92-78 road win over Maquoketa, handing the Cardinals only their third loss of the season.
Solon broke the game open in the second and third quarters, out-scoring Maquoketa 48-23 in those two periods, entering the fourth quarter with a 62-43 lead. The Cardinals were held to 12 and 11 points in the second and third quarters.

Iowa men 3-0 in the Big Ten

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The Hawkeyes took care of business last week with a 77-66 win over Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
This had to be a tough game for the Hawks to get up for.
They opened the Big Ten season with a win over No. 1 Michigan State at home and then beat 13th-ranked Purdue on the road before they played Nebraska, which lost its first two Big Ten games.
Iowa was down 10-0 before Jarrod Uthoff got warmed up.

Spartan wrestlers edge Hawks, dominate Sabers

SOLON– The varsity Solon wrestlers swept a meet with West Delaware and Central DeWitt Jan. 7, moving to 9-3 on the dual season.
The Spartans edged out West Delaware, 37-34, and then dominated Central DeWitt, 45-18.
“The West Delaware meet was very close,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each team won seven matches, but we had more bonus points. Of our seven wins, five of them were by fall and one was a major decision. That was the difference in the meet.”
The match started at 126 pounds, and Ben Carr put the Spartans on the board with a 39-second pin over West Delaware’s Jordan Rausch.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.

Sign up now for youth baseball, softball

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website. 

Clipper boys keep Raiders winless

CCA defeats Williamsburg, 58-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-5 overall while keeping arch rival Williamsburg winless at 0-9 Friday, Jan. 8, in the Clippers’ homeport of Tiffin.

J-Hawks pose no trouble for Trojans

West High wins, 76-50, over CR Jefferson

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans had little trouble with Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an MVC Valley Division clash Tuesday, Jan. 5, at West. The Trojans took the first period, 21-4, and never looked back on their way to a 76-50 win, their first of 2016, on the heels of a 70-57 loss Jan. 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Maple Grove.
Devontae Lane closed the first period with a buzzer-beating three-point shot, providing a bookend to Alex Henderson’s period-opening three-pointer. Lane did it again at the end of the third, giving West a 57-31 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Women of Troy knock off Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West 61, CR Jefferson 56

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy got back on the winning path Tuesday, Jan. 5, with a 61-56 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest.
West edged Jefferson, 17-15, in the first quarter but trailed, 30-25, at the half. A 14-point third period rally put West up, 39-37, heading into the final quarter of play.
Rachel Saunders led West with 13 points, backed up by Lauren Zacharias with 12, Maddie Huinker with 11 and Emma Koch with 10 points.

West wrestlers second in home Lepic Duals

Alburnett takes down Trojans to win championship

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IOWA CITY– For the second time this season, the West High Trojan wrestlers found themselves plundered by the Alburnett Pirates. The Class 1A powerhouse knocked off the Trojans, 44-34, for the championship in West’s 24th annual Tom Lepic Duals Saturday, Jan. 9. The Trojans also fell prey to the Pirates on Dec. 18 in the Battle of Waterloo tournament.

Cedar Falls Tigers take three out of four from Trojan bowlers

JV girls strike a win for West

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IOWA CITY– The West High junior varsity (JV) Women of Troy bowlers spoiled a perfect sweep by the Cedar Falls Tigers Friday, Jan. 8, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City. The Tigers knocked off the varsity boys 2,967 pins to 2,720; dropped the JV boys 2,588 to 2,376 and struck the varsity girls 2,242 to 1,937.

IC West swimmers dunk Muscatine Muskies, 106- 54

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CORALVILLE– The West High Trojans drenched the Muscatine Muskies, 106-54, in a varsity boys swim meet Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
The Trojans won all but two events: the 100-backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay. Will Scott took the 200 and 100 freestyle, Lane Griffis won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, Noah Bruns took the 50 freestyle, John Li won the 100 butterfly and Ben Berhow was tops in the 100 breaststroke.