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Sports

Little Hawks’ Invitational

West High swimmers beat City by four points for 5th

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IOWA CITY– For the second time in one week, Iowa City West High’s Trojan swimmers defeated crosstown rival City High by four points.
The first came on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when the squads met in the Mercer Park Aquatic Center for the annual rivalry dual meet, which West High won 87-83.
The second came Saturday, Dec. 16, as the teams tangled in City High’s Little Hawk Invitational.

City High wins rivalry dual meet

Little Hawks take down Trojans

City High wins rivalry dual meet with West
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IOWA CITY– City High won bragging rights over crosstown rival West High Thursday, Dec. 14, as the Little Hawks swept the Trojans in a wrestling dual meet. City High’s varsity won, 63-16, with the junior varsity (JV) Little Hawks prevailing, 72-6.
Nelson Brands put points up for West by pinning City’s Dominic Waikel in 1:40 in the 145-pound match, Ashton Stumpf took a 15-4 Major Decision (MD) from City’s Brandon Lalla in the 182-pound match and Enutifia Gamia won at 220 pounds by pinning City’s Jason Lemus in 3:47.

Bolts earn first varsity win

Liberty High boys down Washington, 61-49

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NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity boys basketball team picked up its second win of the season, and first home win, on Monday, Dec. 11, as they flashed past the Washington (Iowa) Demons, 61-49. The win occurred on the heels of a 61-55 loss in overtime to Center Point-Urbana on Saturday, Dec. 9, and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Swimming Trojans survive

IC West edges past City High, 87-83

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IOWA CITY– West High gets to keep “The Golden Speedo” for another year. The traveling trophy for the crosstown rivalry between City High and West High was claimed Tuesday, Dec. 12, after the West High Trojans slipped past the Little Hawks, 87-83, in the Mercer Park Aquatic Center, in Iowa City.
Lane Griffis was West’s lone individual champion, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.91. Griffis, Ben Berhow, Izaak Hajek and Michael Kimball picked up West’s only relay win in the 200-yard freestyle, as well, winning in 1:34.71.

Gatorade Player of the Year

West High’s Evan Flitz is state’s best QB

IOWA CITY– West High’s standout quarterback, Evan Flitz, was named the 2017 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year. The Gatorade Company announced Flitz’s selection Monday, Dec. 11.
“The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Flitz as Iowa’s best high school football player,” a press release from Gatorade said. Flitz is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award, to be announced later this month.

Cy-Hawk week

Hawk Talk

Last week, the Hawkeye women traveled to Ames on Wednesday to play the Cyclones, the men went to Cyclone country on Thursday.
The last time the Iowa Hawkeye women beat the ‘Clones in Ames was 1989.
I was 35 years old and the Iowa football team was coming off a 5-6 record, 3-5 in the Big Ten.
I remember the last game at Kinnick Stadium, which was a 43-7 knockdown by Minnesota. The fans were booing at the end of the game with Matt Rodgers at quarterback.
It wasn’t pretty.
Of course, the team would bounce back in 1990, win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl

Hawkeye men play two

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The Iowa men didn’t fare as well against the Cyclones in their trip to Ames last Thursday, losing 84-78.
A couple of stats that jump off the page in the loss include turnovers and free throws.
The Hawks turned the ball over 18 times, and Iowa State scored 28 points off turnovers.
The second was Iowa going 1-8 (12.5 percent) from the free throw line, and 0-5 in the first half.
The ‘Clones came through shooting 15-20 (75 percent) from the charity stripe.
It’s called the charity stripe because you get to shoot with nobody covering you.

Iowa wrestlers

Hawk Talk

For the second meet in a row, the Hawks lost the first three matches and trailed 12-0. But they came back to beat 16th-ranked Rutgers, 25-13, last Friday.
For the second week in a row, heavyweight Sam Stoll ended the match with a pin to give Iowa the win.
“We’re going to be in the funny farm if we have to keep digging ourselves out of holes,” said head coach Tom Brands. “We know we have good guys at every weight. It’s not even about winning. It’s about wrestling the entire match. Nothing in life works if you wrestle only part of it.”

Spartans roar past Sabers

Solon picks up 1st loss after slow start at Epworth

SOLON– It was smooth sailing against Central DeWitt, but the Spartans couldn’t shake the sleepies against Western Dubuque.
The Solon varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its third win and first loss last week, rolling past Central DeWitt at home Dec. 5, but falling on the round at undefeated Western Dubuque Dec. 8.
Hosting the Sabers, the Spartans jumped out to a 15-9 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 66-39 victory, fueled by 25 points from senior Ben Krutzfeldt.
Krutzfeldt is leading the team in scoring so far this season with an average of 18 points per game.

Lady Spartans drop third in a row

This week wasn't kind

SOLON– Another week, another three games on the hardwood for the Solon girls’ basketball team, but this week wasn’t as kind as the last.
The Lady Spartans started the week on the road Tuesday, Dec. 5, falling behind early against Central Clinton, in DeWitt, being outscored the first two quarters, 11-8 and 12-3, but rallied in the third quarter outscoring the Sabers, 14-5, setting up a sprint to the finish that found Solon only able to match Central Clinton’s performance, 7-7. The Lady Spartans fell, 35-32, in a close, low-scoring affair.

Spartans pick up dual wins

The Spartans posted comfortable victories over Dyersville Beckman and Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers picked up a pair of dual wins Dec. 7 in Mount Vernon.
The Spartans posted comfortable victories against Dyersville Beckman (53-21) and host Mount Vernon (51-16).
“Anytime you can get two conference wins on the same night is a good night,” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams said.
Aidan Dall (126 pounds), Andy Brokaw (138) and Jax Flynn (152) pinned their Beckman opponents, while Zeb Gnida (120) picked up a technical fall. Mike Hoyle (182) and Adam Bock (195) each won decisions for the Spartans.

Grapplers solid at Cliff Keen Invitational

Linderbaum, Hoyle and Wegmann lead Spartans

Linderbaum, Hoyle and Wegmann lead Spartans

INDEPENDENCE– Powered by its veteran grapplers, Solon’s varsity wrestlers finished 10th at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Independence Dec. 1-2.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum won the tournament championship at 285 pounds, senior Zach Wegmann finished fifth at 220, and sophomore Zeb Gnida (120 pounds) and junior Mike Hoyle (182) each took sixth place.
Solon had two other wrestlers– juniors Aidan Dall (126 pounds, 10th) and Andy Brokaw (138 pounds, 10th) place in the top 10.