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Sports

North Liberty Recreation Center

Recreational Swim Team
T/Th 6:30-7:30 p.m. Is your child interested in joining a swim team but just not sure if they are ready for the competitive level? If so, our new swim team is perfect. Minimum requirements: Must be able to swim one length of the pool freestyle and one length backstroke. Limited number of participants so sign up early. Contact the NLRC for fees and schedule.
Family Fun Fridays at the aquatic center
Families swim at a reduced price. Standard adult supervision rules apply. No swim on March 17 or April 14. Price is for family of four.
Date Time Family Add’l

Trojans get the best of the Creek Boys

CCA leads through three periods but falls, 58-49

North Liberty Leader
TAMA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys came close to earning their second win of the season Monday, Dec. 19, on the road in Tama. The Creek Boys held the lead through three quarters of basketball against South Tama, but an 18-point effort by the Trojans in the fourth period capsized and sank the Clippers, 58-49.
CCA won the first period, 19-10, and had a slim 32-28 advantage at halftime. A basket separated the squads at the end of three periods with the Creek Boys up, 42-40.

Hawkeye men cruise over UNI

I thought the Hawks had a good chance of knocking off the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers last Saturday in Des Moines, but a 23-point win?
Are you serious?
It just seemed like everything Iowa did was successful and everything UNI did wasn’t.
One of the toughest things to teach freshmen is defense.
Not just man-to-man defense, but zone defense, help defense and communicating on defense.
Iowa starts two freshmen, a redshirt freshman, one sophomore and a senior.
Only Peter Jok and Ahmad Wagner played together last season.

Solon High School announces alumni weight room hours

SOLON– The Solon High School weight room will be open for use by alumni.
At no time throughout the school day should any former student be in the high school lifting. The weight room will be available for use from 5-6:30 p.m. during the week until Dec. 22. While school is not in session, the weight room will be available from 12-1:30 p.m. When school resumes on Jan. 3 it will be open again from 5-6:30 p.m.

Solon takes first at North Linn

Spartans suffer narrow loss to fourth-ranked Western Dubuque

TROY MILLS– It takes a team to come out on top.
That’s exactly what the Solon varsity wrestlers proved last weekend at the North Linn Varsity Lynx Invitational. All the Spartans showed up to wrestle Saturday, Dec. 17, in Troy Mills, taking first place ahead of Williamsburg.
“Anytime you can get all 14 wrestlers to place and score points as a team, that’s a great thing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “That’s how you’re going to win tournaments like that– getting contributions from all 14, not just the champions.”

Lady Spartans drop two close games to WaMaC foes

SOLON­– Eight points was the difference in two conference basketball games for the Solon varsity girls last week.
The Lady Spartans dropped a pair of close games: at home against Anamosa Dec. 13, and on the road at Beckman Catholic Dec. 16.
Anamosa overcame 24 points by Solon senior Josie Durr with 35 total free throws to pull out a 52-47 win in Solon.
The Lady Spartans played evenly with the Raiders throughout the game. The two teams were tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and Solon trailed by two points, 24-22, at the half.

Clippers clobbered by Vikings

CCA falls to 1-3 with 73-38 loss to Vinton-Shellsburg

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Vikings have been celebrated in popular lore as a band of ruffians pillaging and plundering all in their path. Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Vikings of Vinton-Shellsburg lived up to that moniker as they rolled over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, 73-38, in a WaMaC conference varsity match up in Tiffin.

2nd annual winter games Feb. 3 and 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Snow has arrived and Beat the Bitter– North Liberty’s celebration of winter games and good cheer– is back with two days of winter fun on the tundra of Penn Meadows Park on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb 4. 

Creek Girls scuttle Vikettes

CCA improves to 4-3 with 50-17 win over Vinton-Shellsburg

North Liberty Leader
VINTON– After three losses to ranked teams, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls got back on the winning track Tuesday, Dec. 13, with a 50-17 win over the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg in Vinton.
CCA took a 15-7 lead after the first period and were up, 30-11, at halftime. The Creek Girls completely shut down the Vikettes in the third period, taking the quarter, 15-0, for a 45-11 lead going into the final period.

City High wrestlers beat West, 33-31

One freshman, two points seal Trojans’ fate

IOWA CITY– It all came down to a pair of freshmen in the final match of the night as rivals Iowa City High and Iowa City West High met in a dual meet Thursday, Dec. 15, at West High.
The City High Little Hawks took the Junior Varsity (JV) meet 51-22 with West High’s Kaleb Williams taking a 16-7 major decision (MD) from City’s Matt Rew in the 120-pound match and West High’s Alec Shifflet pinning City’s Jack Bacon in 1:16 for the 160-pound match.

Creek Boys 10th at Lynx wrestling invitational

Murphy third at 138 pounds

North Liberty Leader
TROY MILLS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clipper wrestlers traveled to the frozen northern edge of Linn County and North Linn High School Saturday, Dec. 17, for the 2016 Lynx Invitational. The Clippers finished 10th in a 13-team field led by champion Solon (236.5 points). WaMaC rivals Williamsburg and Center Point-Urbana were second (218.0) and fifth (118.5), respectively, while the host Lynx were fourth (119.0).
Quinn Murphy had the best day for CCA with a third-place showing at 138 pounds.

Indians and Trojans pin the Clippers

Creek boys falls to Marion and South Tama

North Liberty Leader
MARION– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity wrestlers dropped both legs of a triangular meet against the Marion Indians and South Tama Trojans Thursday, Dec. 15, at Marion High School.