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Sports

Creek Girls escape Vikettes’

CCA holds off Vinton-Shellsburg upset bid, 49-42

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 2-4 with a 49-42 win over the Vinton-Shellsburg (VS) Vikettes on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at home.

Creek Boys capsized by the Trojans

South Tama pushes past CCA, 70-52

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys attempted to ride a wave of momentum in the wake of a Dec. 12 win (the first of the season) over Benton Community as they took on the visiting Trojans of South Tama. Unfortunately for the Creek Boys, the wave quickly turned into a riptide as the Trojans capsized the Clippers early and took a 70-52 win Dec. 15.
CCA trailed throughout the contest and went from a five-point deficit at 16-11 at the end of the first period to a 33-19 gap at halftime.
South Tama led 42-30 going into the final quarter.

Little Hawks upset Women of Troy

City High tops West High, 53-40, now No. 1 in 5A

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IOWA CITY– City High’s Little Hawks moved from No. 3 in Class 5A basketball to the top spot after upsetting the West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Dec. 12, at City High.
The Little Hawks won the contest, 53-40, and knocked West from No. 2 to the No. 3 spot in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings issued Thursday, Dec. 14.
West High held a 14-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter and was up, 18-15, at halftime following a low-scoring second period, which saw only four West High points and five City High points in the quarter.

Lightning scorches the Tigers

Liberty boys defeat Tipton, 60-49

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TIPTON– The Liberty High varsity boys basketball squad is quickly learning how to travel and navigate an oddball schedule.
The team, in its first year, is not affiliated with any athletic conference (Liberty will officially join the Mississippi Valley Conference in the 2018-19 academic year). This means rather than playing a typical schedule against conference opponents, the Lightning play on atypical days against pretty much any team with an open date or looking for an extra game.

Creek Boys snap losing streak

CCA beats Vinton-Shellsburg

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VINTON– Brandon Clubb and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak to pick up their first win of the 2017-18 season Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Vinton, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. CCA won the varsity contest, 60-50.
The Creek Boys held the lead throughout the game, leading 17-15 at the end of the first period and holding a 29-21 advantage at halftime. Darius Moore led the Clippers with 22 points, while Tyler Schrepfer contributed 16 and Jordan Wolfe added eight. T.J. Bollers led the Creek Boys on the boards with seven rebounds.

Dubuque and Waterloo defeat Liberty wrestlers

Rams, Trojans give Lightning a tough night

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WATERLOO– Liberty High’s inaugural varsity wrestling team was handed a setback Thursday, Dec. 14, in a double dual at Waterloo East High School against the Trojans and Dubuque Senior’s Rams.
East defeated the Lightning, 54-12, with Liberty’s Jared Alger (132 pounds) taking a 10-6 decision from East’s Brayden Good, Ashton Barker (152) taking a 12-8 decision from East’s Antonio Rodriguez and Jacob Morgan (160) pinning East High’s Andrew Mora in 2:43.

Little Hawks’ Invitational

West High swimmers beat City by four points for 5th

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IOWA CITY– For the second time in one week, Iowa City West High’s Trojan swimmers defeated crosstown rival City High by four points.
The first came on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the squads met in the Mercer Park Aquatic Center for the annual rivalry dual meet, which West High won 87-83.
The second came Saturday, Dec. 16, as the teams tangled in City High’s Little Hawk Invitational.

City High wins rivalry dual meet

Little Hawks take down Trojans

City High wins rivalry dual meet with West
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IOWA CITY– City High won bragging rights over crosstown rival West High Thursday, Dec. 14, as the Little Hawks swept the Trojans in a wrestling dual meet. City High’s varsity won, 63-16, with the junior varsity (JV) Little Hawks prevailing, 72-6.
Nelson Brands put points up for West by pinning City’s Dominic Waikel in 1:40 in the 145-pound match, Ashton Stumpf took a 15-4 Major Decision (MD) from City’s Brandon Lalla in the 182-pound match and Enutifia Gamia won at 220 pounds by pinning City’s Jason Lemus in 3:47.

Bolts earn first varsity win

Liberty High boys down Washington, 61-49

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NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity boys basketball team picked up its second win of the season, and first home win, on Monday, Dec. 11, as they flashed past the Washington (Iowa) Demons, 61-49. The win occurred on the heels of a 61-55 loss in overtime to Center Point-Urbana on Saturday, Dec. 9, and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Swimming Trojans survive

IC West edges past City High, 87-83

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IOWA CITY– West High gets to keep “The Golden Speedo” for another year. The traveling trophy for the crosstown rivalry between City High and West High was claimed Tuesday, Dec. 12, after the West High Trojans slipped past the Little Hawks, 87-83, in the Mercer Park Aquatic Center, in Iowa City.
Lane Griffis was West’s lone individual champion, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.91. Griffis, Ben Berhow, Izaak Hajek and Michael Kimball picked up West’s only relay win in the 200-yard freestyle, as well, winning in 1:34.71.

Gatorade Player of the Year

West High’s Evan Flitz is state’s best QB

IOWA CITY– West High’s standout quarterback, Evan Flitz, was named the 2017 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year. The Gatorade Company announced Flitz’s selection Monday, Dec. 11.
“The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Flitz as Iowa’s best high school football player,” a press release from Gatorade said. Flitz is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, to be announced later this month.

Cy-Hawk week

Hawk Talk

Last week, the Hawkeye women traveled to Ames on Wednesday to play the Cyclones, the men went to Cyclone country on Thursday.
The last time the Iowa Hawkeye women beat the ‘Clones in Ames was 1989.
I was 35 years old and the Iowa football team was coming off a 5-6 record, 3-5 in the Big Ten.
I remember the last game at Kinnick Stadium, which was a 43-7 knockdown by Minnesota. The fans were booing at the end of the game with Matt Rodgers at quarterback.
It wasn’t pretty.
Of course, the team would bounce back in 1990, win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl