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Sports

Spartans outlast Cardinals in 2-OT thriller

MAQUOKETA– The Spartans already had one overtime win under their belts this season, why not another?
And why not make it two overtimes?
That’s what it took for Solon to down the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-51, Friday on the road in Maquoketa.
Austin Miller made two free throws with 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the Spartans the lead for good, and Maquoketa’s subsequent pass was deflected, preventing the Cardinals from getting off a shot before time expired.

Winning streak continues

67-50 win over Hempstead makes 59 consecutive wins

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It was a decisive win for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 3, as the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead rode into town. The winning streak continued for West. Yet coach Steve Bergman was not the happiest man on Melrose Avenue.
“We’ve played better than we played tonight,” he said in a post-game interview. “It was a game without much flow. We had a tough time staying out of foul trouble.” But, “you’ve got to win them. We didn’t play great and still won, so that’s a good thing.”

Clippers pick up a win from Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– Nile Rourke summed it up very succinctly.
“It feels good to start the New Year off right.”
The junior was talking about his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ 55-44 win Thursday night (Jan. 2) at home against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The win improved the squad’s record to 3-5 and took away some of the sting of a pre-Christmas loss to West Branch. “It was good to be in control and to keep it for the whole game. We’ve had trouble finishing games, so it’s about time we played a full game and finished and won a game,” Rourke said.

Hawkeye Women 12-2

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team finished the non-conference schedule with a 88-62 win over North Dakota at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Saturday.
“I thought we had a slow start, but once we got into the flow of this thing our fast break really got us back into this game,” said head coach Lisa Bluder. “Three-point shooting at the end of the half really helped.”
That’s the fun part of watching this team… when they get on a roll.
It all starts with Samantha Logic, who had 21 points and eight assists.

Hawk men on break

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team had a nine-day layoff before opening the Big Ten season at home against Nebraska, Tuesday, Dec. 31.
In the Hawkeyes’ last game, which was at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Dec. 22, they rolled over Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 86-61, and raised their record to 11-2.
It was great to see Josh Oglesby back. The 6-6 sharp shooter from Cedar Rapids hit his first four shots, all 3-pointers and scored 13 points. He played 20 minutes, had two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

West splits with CR Xavier

Trojans still undefeated, girls slide further behind

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Neither (freezing) rain, nor sleet, nor slippery roads could keep the men’s and women’s varsity basketball double-dip against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier from occurring Friday, Dec. 20, in the Iowa City West home gym.
It was a split night for West with the Women of Troy coming up short, 49-46, and the Trojans pounding the ball for a 75-41 win. Mikaela Morgan led the women with 16 points and nine rebounds while David Dileo led the way for the men with 19. Wyatt Lohaus had 18 points.