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Sports

Bookend wins

Blazers and Blue Raiders fall to Solon

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity team welcomed the Anamosa Blue Raiders to their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and did just what they had to do. Solon defeated the Blue Raiders, 40-34, and sent them north with a loss.
The varsity Lady Spartans were up by six points in just over a minute of play through the combined efforts of Dakota Doyle, Bryce Hinkel and Hannah Bluder. Anamosa’s coach quickly called a time-out to have an animated conversation with the Raiders’ varsity squad that reverberated in the gymnasium.

Spartans wrestlers take fourth at WaMaC tournament

VINTON– No Spartan champions were crowned, but the Solon wrestling team placed a solid fourth in the WaMaC Conference Tournament held in Vinton Saturday, Jan. 30.
Cole Fritz (145 pounds) and Trevor Nelson (160) took second place at their respective weights, while Ben Carr won his third place match at 126 pounds and Christian Haight (113) came in fourth.
Western Dubuque ran away with the team title by scoring 259.5 points, well ahead of Independence (198), which enjoyed about the same margin over third-place Mount Vernon (155).

Creek Boys fall to Vikings

Cold third quarter dooms CCA, 48-36

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TIFFIN– A goose egg in the third period doomed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys in their battle against Vinton-Shellsburg in Tiffin Tuesday, Jan. 26.
The Clippers fell to the Vikings, 48-36, dropping CCA to 7-7 and improving Vinton-Shellsburg to 11-5.

West High wrestlers place seventh at MVC Super Meet

Brands and Doyle champs, Kelsay second

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Prairie High’s wrestling team won the 2016 MVC Super Meet held Saturday, Jan. 30, at College Community. The West High Trojans placed seventh in team points behind the Prairie Hawks, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Hempstead, City High and Linn-Mar.
Cedar Rapids Xavier, Dubuque Wahlert, Cedar Falls, Waterloo East, Dubuque Senior, Cedar Rapids Washington and Waterloo West rounded out the field of contenders.

Creek Girls rebound against Vikettes

Clipper girls down Vinton-Shellsburg, 51- 48

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VINTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls rebounded from a 62-35 loss on Jan. 22 to Center Point-Urbana and snapped a three-game losing streak as they knocked off Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Vinton.
The Creek Girls held off the Vikettes for a 51-48 win, which improved the ball club to 6-10 overall and dropped the Vikettes to 3-14 with their sixth consecutive loss.
Claire Navara led the Clippers with 19 points, including five 3-point goals, supported by Abbi Kinnaird with 10, while the Vikettes were led by a 20-point effort from Jarrica Speidel.

Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

Women of Troy upset Cougars in OT

IC West edges past Kennedy, 56-55

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy upset sixth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy by one point Friday, Jan. 29, on the Cougars’ home court. West outlasted Kennedy to win, 56-55, after trailing throughout the first half.

Iowa Ranked 4th in the Nation

Hawk Talk

Iowa played two games last week, taking a road trip to Rutgers and winning, 90-76, and hosting Purdue at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Sunday beating the Boilermakers, 83-71.
The last time the Hawks opened the Big Ten season 7-0 was the Big Ten championship team in 1970 that went 14-0 in the conference.
Talk about an offensive team.

Solon boys heat up against Sabers, Bobcats

IC Regina zone slows Spartans up in 56-42 loss

SOLON– It was nice to be back home for the Solon varsity basketball team, if just momentarily.
The Spartans played their first home game since Dec. 21, hosting Western Dubuque Jan. 22, and came away with a 74-58 victory.
It was the second win in a row for Solon, having been victorious on the road Jan. 19 at Central DeWitt in another high-scoring affair, 81-66.
The two-game win streak was broken over the weekend with a 56-42 loss to Iowa City Regina.
The home cooking started early for the Spartans against Western Dubuque.

Lady Spartans win two, lose two in busy week of action

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that featured two sets of back-to-back games, the Solon varsity girls basketball team managed a .500 record.
The Lady Spartans defeated Mount Pleasant and Central DeWitt before falling to Western Dubuque and Iowa City Regina.

Spartans wrestlers go 6-0 in dual action

Solon ups record to 15-3 with wins over Vinton-Shellsburg, Marion

SOLON– The Solon varsity wrestling squad has been taking care of business when it comes to its dual meet schedule.
The Spartans notched dual wins over Waco, Cardinal Community, Maquoketa, Woodward-Granger, Vinton-Shellsburg and Marion in a series of double duals stretching back to Jan. 12.
The Jan. 12 dual with Cardinal Community and Waco wasn’t on the schedule originally, but due to the funeral for Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Spartans bowed out of participating in a Marshalltown tournament Jan. 9.