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Sports

IC West boys tame CR Kennedy, 83-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans extended their win streak to eight consecutive games with an 83-53 pounding of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Trojans rocketed to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding 44-18 lead at halftime. The Cougars’ best period came in the third with a 21-point counter-attack, but the West High juggernaut was still ahead 60-39 heading into the final quarter.

Cedar Rapids Prairie bests Iowa City West, 44-21

Prairie Hawks top Trojans on the mat

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Prairie took down the Iowa City West High Trojans in the final dual meet of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 2, at Prairie High School with the Prairie Hawk varsity winning, 44-21.
Nelson Brands (152 pounds) pinned Prairie’s Morgan Hood in 1:58 while Guy Snow (220) pinned Prairie’s Alex Heisdorffer in 4:59. Tyler Yoerger (170) won 5-3 in sudden victory (SV) against Prairie’s Justis Kruse while Alex Aguirre (120) won a 3-2 decision over Prairie’s Ted Zangerle and Carter Rohweder (160) took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Tyger Whitters.

West sends eight to state swimming

Martin the No. 1 seed in 50-yard freestyle

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DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans qualified eight athletes in nine events for the 2017 State Swimming Meet at district competition Saturday, Feb. 4, at Southeast Polk High School.

Clippers chart their futures on Signing Day

Seven CCA athletes sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– With family, teammates and coaches watching, seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school athletes put pen to paper and formalized their plans for college athletics Wednesday, Feb. 1– National Signing Day. While the day typically involves football players signing national letters of intent with NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) member schools, athletes in other sports, and/or planning on attending non-NCAA schools often participate as well.

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent

Martin takes the spotlight with Michigan decision

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IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes participated in a National Signing Day event Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the high school. While the day signifies the first day a senior can officially sign a Letter of Intent to play football for an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member school, athletes from other sports, and those who will attend non-NCAA schools also typically participate as they declare their collegiate sports plans.

No. 4 Iowa defeats No. 3 Ohio State, 21-13

The Hawks needed this win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Friday.
Iowa’s wrestlers won six of 10 matches, had a technical fall and a major decision, and they did it without Cory Clark wrestling.
It’s always good to open with Thomas Gilman getting things started at 125 pounds with a 23-8 technical fall which gave the Hawkeyes a 5-0 lead.
I was looking forward to watching Cory Clark, ranked second, go up against top-ranked Nathan Tomasello at 133.
Gilman and Tomasello faced off last year at 125 with Thomas winning two of three matches.

CONFERENCE CHAMPS

Spartans on course to host regional dual Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

WILLIAMSBURG– Victory was long overdue for the Solon wrestling team, which won its first conference tournament in 30 years on Saturday, Jan. 28, on the mats at Williamsburg Junior-Senior High School.
The Spartans amassed 221.5 points over Williamsburg’s 172.5 and Western Dubuque’s 163.5, claiming their premier WaMaC title and first conference win since scoring the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Conference plaque in 1987.

Spartans win at home, lose at Dyersville

Loss to Blazers snaps four-game win streak

SOLON– After holding off Anamosa at home, the Spartans lost a close one on the road at Beckman Catholic Jan. 26 to break a four-game winning streak.
Solon’s varsity basketball team had won four games over a five-day span, concluding with the 47-34 win over Anamosa Jan. 24. After a one-day break, it was off to Dyersville to face Beckman Catholic, and although the Spartans led going into the fourth quarter, the Blazers held Solon to only six points in the final eight minutes for a 52-49 win.

Close win, close losses for Lady Spartans

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had the lead heading into the fourth quarter of three games, but could hang on for just one victory.
Solon’s varsity girls took a 40-37 road win over Anamosa Jan. 24, but lost in overtime to Beckman Catholic at home Jan. 27 and fell in a shootout at Maquoketa by two points Monday, Jan. 30.
The Lady Spartans dropped to 6-12 on the season.
At Anamosa, Solon overcame a slow start.

Changes coming to WaMaC and MVC

WaMaC loses two schools; Liberty joins MVC

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DES MOINES– Changes to the WaMaC and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018 will likely lead to some new competitors for the Solon Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
Liberty High School, under construction in North Liberty, has been accepted into the MVC starting with the 2018-19 academic year, making it a 15-team conference. Liberty will be an independent school for its first year (2017-2018) before joining the conference.

Creek Girls clobber the Vikettes

CCA waylays Vinton-Shellsburg, 56-18

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) rebounded from a 69-58 road loss at Center Point-Urbana on Friday, Jan. 20, by pounding the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes, 56-18, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Bolts ground the Golden Eagles

NORTH LIBERTY– The Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert became the latest to fall to the Lightning Bolts of Liberty High Saturday, Jan. 28, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The Bolts won 64-52 on “Pack the Gym” day, which also featured a mini-pep rally after the reserves’ “fifth quarter” game.
The Bolts flashed to a quick 6-2 lead thanks to Andre Brandon and Isaac Bender. The game tied four times in the first period before the Bolts pulled ahead to win the quarter, 20-17.