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Sports

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.

West wrestlers win over CRs Jefferson, Xavier

Trojan varsity over J-Hawks and Saints on the mat

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans took both sides of a varsity double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at home as they took down Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 54-13, and pinned Cedar Rapids Xavier 47-21.

Knights joust area teams, emerge victorious

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The eighth grade girls’ basketball team at North Central Junior High (NCJH) went 2-0 Monday, Jan. 23, against South East Junior High.
The Knights’ A, B and C teams took on the Little Hawks at the NCJH gym.
North Central beat South East, 30-19, in the A game and 10-8 in the C game. The Knights fell to the Little Hawks, 18-20, in overtime of the B game.

Clippers split on the mats with Pointers, Mustangs

CCA gets past CP-U, but falls to Independence

TIFFIN– The wrestling Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) split a double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at home against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) and Independence. The Clippers pulled off a 41-30 win over the Stormin’ Pointers of CP-U but fell 39-30 against the Independence Mustangs.

Creek Boys ninth at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Rick Caldwell Invite

Murphy 2nd, Rohert 3rd

Creek Boys ninth at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Rick Caldwell Invite
North Liberty Leader
WAVERLY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers finished ninth in team points at the 2017 Rick Caldwell Invitational hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Waverly. The host Go Hawks won the team championship with 252 points, with Fort Dodge (220), Crestwood (174), Ankeny Centennial (170.5) and Storm Lake (101) rounding out the top five teams.

Creek Boys stumble against Bobcats

Benton Community downs CCA, 76-56

North Liberty Leader
VAN HORNE– The Bobcats of Benton Community handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers their 11th loss of the season Tuesday, Jan. 17, in boys’ varsity basketball. The Bobcats defeated the Creek Boys, 76-56, in Van Horne.
Benton Community took an early lead and won the first period, 16-6, and held a comfortable 36-21 lead at the half. The Bobcats were up 54-35 heading into the final eight minutes.

Trojan win over the Bulldogs makes four in a row

IC West dispatches Bettendorf, 59-45

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans improved to 9-1 on the season as they picked up their fourth consecutive win after a pre-Christmas upset by Cedar Rapids Prairie by biting the Bulldogs of Bettendorf, 59-45, Tuesday, Jan. 17, at home.

Women of Troy put up two more wins

Iowa City West girls win 69-45 over Bettendorf, 62-39 over Cedar Rapids Prairie

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to a 13-1 standing in Class 5A with a pair of road wins over Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids Prairie.
West traveled to Bettendorf on Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a non-conference match-up with the Lady Bulldogs and prevailed, 69-45. West led 18-12 at the end of the first period, and thanks to a 24-point barrage in the second quarter, led 42-21 at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored West High 11-8 in the third period but the Women of Troy took a 50-32 advantage into the final quarter. It was Bettendorf’s second loss of the season.