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Sports

Hawkeye men REBUILD

Hawk Talk

What do you do when you lose four seniors who combined to win 89 games in the last four years?
Media Day for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 5 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and plenty of optimism was around.
You start rebuilding by bringing in a top recruiting class, led by power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 253), rated a four-star recruit.
Add three Iowa players, who grew up Hawkeye fans, and Isaiah Moss (6-5, 192), a guard that could redshirt.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery says Cook has the tools to be a star in the Big Ten.

Hawkeye Women RELOAD

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women’s basketball team returns four starters and a freshman class ranked seventh in the nation, so it’s not a surprise head coach Lisa Bluder is ready for the season to begin.
“I really feel that we are the deepest we’ve been in a long time,” said coach Bluder. “I think we are the most balanced that we’ve been in a long, long time.”
It starts with preseason All-Big Ten pick, Ally Disterhoft.
What else can you say about the former West High Trojan named Miss Basketball her senior year in high school?

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Girls Basketball: Practice has started. Games are played on Saturdays in November and December, starting Nov. 5, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. The schedule is posted on the Solon Parks and Recreation website.

Spartans take round one

Win over bobcats advances Solon to face No. 1 Pella Friday, Nov. 4, at home

SOLON– After several dreary days, the sun peeked from the heavens and shone favorably on the Spartans.
Benton Community’s Bobcats traveled to Solon for the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs and the Spartans’ responded with an offense that wracked up 49 points and a defense that limited the Bobcats to just 14.
That effort places the Spartans on a collision course with No. 1-ranked Pella on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.

Shafer leads Solon girls to 15th place at state cross country meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls showed they were up to the challenge with a 15th place showing in the 2016 Class 3A state cross country meet Oct. 29 in Fort Dodge.
Though ‘last’ in that championship field, they outpointed every 3A team sitting at home for the day. Their finish matched a slow, steady improvement from middle of the pack showings early in the season to conference and district meet runner-up finishes and a No. 14 ranking from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches heading into state.

Iowa City West upsets Bettendorf

Trojans live to fight another day with 24-17 win in first round of 4A playoffs

BETTENDORF– They puzzled the pundits and baffled the Bulldogs as Iowa City West High’s 10th-ranked Trojans pulled off a 24-17 upset over No. 5 Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 28, in the Bulldogs’ kennel to survive the first round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
Bettendorf has often been a wrench in the gears of the Trojan football juggernaut, having knocked West out of championship contention in 2011 with a 45-13 pounding, and again in 2013 (27-24) as well as during the regular season in 2014 and 2015.

Women of Troy sweep the Muskies and dominate the Bulldogs

Iowa City West advances to state volleyball

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble with the Muskies of Muscatine in a Class 5A regional semifinal volleyball match Tuesday, Oct. 25, at West High, sweeping the visitors, 3-0. West took the first and second sets, 25-11, and finished the match with a 25-12 final in the third set. They advanced to the Region 6 Final Monday, Oct. 31, at West High against Bettendorf, who beat West in late August in tournament play, 2-1, and brought a 20-11 record into the final.

Creek Boys race to 14th place

Sedlacek 42nd, Kaylie Barker 60th at Fort Dodge

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FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was represented in the 2016 State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Oct. 29, in Fort Dodge by the varsity boys and Kaylie Barker.
The Creek Boys placed 14th in team points in the Class 3A meet, which was won by Mount Vernon-Lisbon. Wyatt Sedlacek led the Clippers with a 42nd-place finish in 17:14.1. Barker was the sole Creek Girl to qualify for the meet and posted a 60th-place finish in 20:38.5.

Results as posted by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
Class 3A Boys

West High runners fifth at state cross country

Nock wins girls race, Ali leads the boys

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FORT DODGE– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy and Trojans both placed fifth in team points in the 2016 State Cross Country Meet held Saturday, Oct. 29, in Fort Dodge.
West’s Bailey Nock won the Class 4A Girls race in 18:06.9, a full three seconds ahead of second-place runner Jessica McKee of Johnston. Johnston took the team championship with 26 points, followed by Dubuque Hempstead (91), City High (121) and Cedar Falls (137) with the Women of Troy fifth with 166.

Williamsburg-CCA swimmers 9th in regional meet

State meet eludes Roberson, Grefe

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PLEASANT HILL– The Williamsburg Raiders swim team, with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmers (Aariana Roberson and Taylor Grefe), will not be represented at the 2016 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown after failing to qualify any events in a regional meet Saturday, Oct. 29, at Southeast Polk High School.
Ames won the Regional Championship with 566 points, while the Raiders placed ninth out of nine teams with 58.

Results as posted by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

West High XC runners receive MVC honors

Gabby Skopec named Athlete of the Year, Mike Parker named Divison Coach of the Year

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IOWA CITY– Fourteen West High cross country runners earned All-Division honors in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). The conference named First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention picks on Monday, Oct. 24, for both the Mississippi Division (home to West High) and Valley Division.
West High’s Gabby Skopec was named the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year with coach Mike Parker selected as the Division Coach of the Year. Skopec was also a First Team pick with teammates Bailey Nock and Claire Ronnebaum.

XC Girls on to state

Justus just misses qualifying for boys

“I’m so excited for the kids.”
– Solon coach Emy Williams.
“We wanted to do it for Emy.”

–Solon runner Erin Kerkhoff.

SOLON– When both parties are that excited, something good has to happen. As results went up near the finish line of the Oct. 20 Class 3A state-qualifying cross country meet, it became official. Solon’s girls will be in the starting box at the 2016 state meet.