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Sports

Four seniors to lead Trojans on the mat

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IOWA CITY– Four seniors, three of whom have state tournament experience, will lead the West High Trojan varsity wrestling program in the 2015-2016 season.

CCA swimmer Hruby signs letter of intent with Northwestern

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmer Emma Hruby signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at the high school.

Women of Troy open with a win

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DAVENPORT– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2015-2016 varsity basketball season with a 50-44 win at Davenport Assumption Saturday, Nov. 28.
Rachel Saunders led West High with a game-high 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Logan Cook added a dozen points while Ali Tauchen put up nine.
The Knights were ranked ninth in Class 3A in the preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and dropped to 0-2 on the season. West High was unranked in Class 5A and moved to 1-0.

Magic on Melrose: Iowa 40 -Purdue 20

Hawk Talk

Hawks clinch the West

I was at the Iowa-Michigan State game in 1981 when Phil Blatcher ran for 247 yards and the Hawks beat the Spartans, 36-7, to clinch their first Big Ten title since 1958.
It was cold, there was snow on the ground and the temperature was in the 20s, but I stayed to the end as a fan in the stands (I was 27 years old).
I was also sitting in the stands when Iowa played Minnesota in 1991. The temperature was 28 degrees.
That was the “snow angel” game.

From Cyclone to Spartan

Lisa Bishop takes over as head hoops coach of the varsity Lady Spartans

SOLON– Normally, she would be a Cyclone in Hawkeye country, but now, Lisa Bishop is a Spartan.
Bishop, 33, has taken the reins of the Solon varsity girls basketball team, and prepared to open the 2015-2016 season Nov. 24 at Vinton-Shellsburg.
But it almost didn’t happen.
She was pregnant with her third child, Zeke (now 7 months old) when the position of head coach for the Lady Spartans was brought to her attention.

Ed Hadenfeldt named Cornell College Alumni Coach of the Year

MOUNT VERNON– Cornell College honored Ed Hadenfeldt of Solon as the 2015 Alumni Coach of the Year during an Oct. 3 ‘C’ Club Breakfast and Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony.
Hadenfeldt, a member of Cornell’s All-Century Football Team, retired last spring after 37 years in coaching and education. He got his start at Sioux City Heelan High School as head wrestling and assistant football and track and field coach.

Clipper girls up to the challenge

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TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity coach P.J. Sweeney addressed the biggest and most obvious question about his Creek Girls in the upcoming season.
“How will you replace the nine seniors that graduated from last year’s team? A team that had its first winning season in 14 years?” he posed. “The simple answer is, it won’t be easy, but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The boys are back... minus the big guy

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TIFFIN– His obvious presence on the hardwood will be missed.
Drew Wagner, at 6’-5”, had the height of a basketball player, and north of 300 pounds, the weight of a football lineman– which he also played for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. It was that combination of height and weight that also made him a dominating offensive machine for the Clippers varsity basketball team last season. Wagner led the Clippers with 14.3 points per game in a 16-7 campaign ending in a Class 3A district final against rival Williamsburg.

Trojans loaded with seasoned seniors

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IOWA CITY– Steve Bergman and his West High Trojans had hoped to win an unprecedented fourth-straight Class 4A State Championship back in March, but were foiled by North Scott in the semifinal round and forced to settle for third place with a consolation round win over Des Moines Hoover.
Bergman, with 30 years of coaching under his belt, is in his 26th season at West and is well-positioned for another run at state with a well-seasoned, battle-tested corps of seniors.

Solitary junior to lead Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– Coach B.J. Mayer returns only one starter from last year’s West High Women of Troy varsity basketball team, but if that worries him, as is his trademark, it doesn’t show.
Ali Tauchen, a junior, is the solitary starter back from the 23-4 squad that fell in a Class 5A State Tournament semifinal game to West Des Moines Valley last March. Three of last year’s starting five– Mikaela Morgan, Dani Craig and Grace Tafolla– were lost to graduation, while fellow junior Emily Halverson isn’t going out for basketball this season.

West High places sixth on MVC All-Division Volleyball Teams

Tauchen earns First Team Honors

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IOWA CITY— Six West High Women of Troy varsity volleyball players earned spots on the Mississippi Valley athletic Conference’s (MVC) All-Division Volleyball Teams for 2015. The list, released on Tuesday, Nov. 3, shows Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Anna Fluent as the Valley Division (West’s home in the conference) Athlete of the Year while Cedar Falls’ Matt Johnson is the division Coach of the Year. Katie Busswitz, of Cedar Rapids Prairie, is the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year while Lynnette Stecklein, also of Prairie, is the division Coach of the Year.

It don’t come easy

The headline was a song in 1971 by Ringo Starr which really tells the story about the Hawkeye football season.
The Minnesota Gophers were in town last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium and to say the game was electric would be an understatement.
The black-out crowd, the retro all-black jerseys and when they played “Back in Black” like they do to start the game, you knew it was going to be special.