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Sports

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent

Martin takes the spotlight with Michigan decision

North Liberty Leader
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

Solon Economist
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.

No champions for CCA at WaMaC wrestling tournament

Clippers 14th in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers placed 14th overall at the 2017 WaMaC Conference Tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, at Williamsburg High School. None of the Clippers were crowned champions in the tournament, which was won by Solon with 221.5 team points. Host Williamsburg was second with 172.5.
Quinn Murphy and Ethan Taylor (138 and 285 pounds, respectively) were the highest-placing wrestlers for CCA with fourth-place showings. Samual Stevens (106) was a fifth-place finisher.

West High Trojans fourth at MVC wrestling tournament

Brands earns Outstanding Wrestler honor and 152-pound championship

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WATERLOO– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands earned the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s Outstanding Wrestler honors and was crowned the conference champion at 152 pounds Saturday, Jan. 28, at the conference tournament at Waterloo West High School.
Cedar Rapids Prairie took the team title with 224.5 points, followed by City High (188), Dubuque Hempstead (176.5) and Iowa City West (146.0).

Trojans roll over Little Hawks, again

Iowa City West High upends City High, 82-38, in crosstown rivalry rematch

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans swept the crosstown rivalry boys basketball series with City High Tuesday, Jan. 24, with an 82-38 win at City High. West rolled over the Little Hawks, 78-27, at West High on Dec. 13.
The Trojans took a commanding 21-8 lead at the end of the first period and built a 46-16 lead by halftime. West High took a 70-31 lead into the final eight minutes.

West High Girls’ Basketball

Lady Tigers bite the Women of Troy

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CEDAR FALLS– The Lady Tigers of Cedar Falls High School gave the Iowa City West High Women of Troy their third loss of the season Friday, Jan. 27, in Cedar Falls. The Tigers topped West High, 75-66, after taking the first period 21-12 and leading West 38-24 at halftime. West rallied back in the third quarter but still trailed 51-44 going into the final period.