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Sports

Iowa women still have a chance

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had three games last week.
They entered the week 15-10, 5-8 in the Big Ten and need at least four or five wins to get into the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year.
That could include a win or two in the Big Ten Tournament.
They are the only Big Ten team to have made the last eight NCAA Tournaments.
That was a huge dagger to start the week off with a last-second 78-76 loss at Minnesota.

Three Spartans medal at state

Nelson takes second for Spartans

Solon girls fall one short of district title

A road loss to Mount Vernon ends Lady Spartans’ season

MARION– The lights were burning bright with all their LED fury giving the Marion gymnasium the feel of a big stage on Saturday, Feb. 20, as the Solon Lady Spartans and the Mount Vernon Mustangs took the court.

Spartans face Assumption for district title

Feb. 25

MAQUOKETA– It’s anybody’s game now.
The Solon Spartans have reached the Class 3A District 8 final with a 63-53 win over Central DeWitt Monday night and will face Davenport Assumption Thursday, Feb. 25, in Clinton.
The Spartans broke a nine-game losing streak with the victory over the Sabers in the opening round of the postseason played at Maquoketa.
After Solon played Monday night, Maquoketa saw its playoff hopes dashed by four-win Davenport Assumption, 54-51, setting up the Feb. 25 showdown in Clinton at 7 p.m.

Parks & Rec Department

Parks and Recreation commission

Live in the city limits of Solon and interested in being involved in the policy-making for equipment use, maintenance, and conduct of the parks, playgrounds, and programs sponsored by the city? Become a commission member. Information on how to become a member of the commission is available on the city website, solon-iowa.com, under “council boards commissions,” as well as an application, under “applications and forms.” Contact City Hall at 624-3755 for more information.

Cardo Kickboxing

Solon girls upset Union in semifinal

LAPORTE CITY– The Lady Spartans took to the road to continue their season Wednesday, Feb. 17, as they traveled to LaPorte City to meet the Union Community Knights in Class 3A District Region 5 semifinal play. Solon did what they had to once again, shocking many people, as they defeated the 20-2 Union Knights, 51-45.

Clipper boys bedevil the Demons

CCA outlasts Washington, 75-71, in 3A semifinal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Xavier Catholic High School in northeast Cedar Rapids was the sight of an exorcism Monday, Feb. 22, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys bedeviled the Demons of Washington, 75-71, in a Class 3A District 9 basketball semifinal.

Women of Troy pull off a 3-peat

West downs Jefferson, 61-51

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– For the third time this season the West High Women of Troy defeated the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. The third win came Saturday, Feb. 20, at home in a Class 5A regional semifinal matchup as West prevailed, 61-51, to advance to the regional final Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Waukee.

Victory just out of reach for CCA Clipper girls

End season with 44-35 loss

TIFFIN– Coach P.J. Sweeney was baffled. He’d watched every bit of video he could find on the Clinton River Queens and scouted them. He thought he’d cooked up a plan to get the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers through their Class 4A quarterfinal round game against the Clinton River Queens.
But after 32 minutes of basketball and a 44-35 loss, Sweeney and company were performing an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.

Donovan Doyle is MVC Valley Division Wrestler of the Year

Six Trojans named to All-Division squads

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Six West High wrestlers were named to the 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division wrestling squads. The list was released on Monday, Feb. 15, ahead of the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
West High senior Donovan Doyle was named the Valley Division’s Athlete of the Year with a 48-1 record at 195 pounds while Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Matt Orton, Dick Briggs and their staff picked up Coach of the Year honors.
First Team picks from West were Nelson Brands and Doyle. Brands, a sophomore, compiled a 47-3 record.

Wood represents West at State Bowling

Trojans 4th at Regional Tournament

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– West High’s Patrick Wood was the sole Trojan bowler at the State Tournament held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Wood was second in Class 3A Regional competition Tuesday, Feb. 16, with a total score of 453. He was tied for eighth place in Class 3A, out of a field where the district winner advances along with the next five at-large bowlers.
Overall, the West High Trojans were fourth with a total score of 2,613 behind Southeast Polk (3,231), Des Moines Lincoln (2,749) and West Des Moines Dowling (2,644).

Hawkeyes alone on top

Hawk Talk

Iowa went into the weekend tied with Maryland and Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins lost on Saturday at Wisconsin, Indiana lost Sunday afternoon at Michigan State and Iowa beat Minnesota on Sunday night, but first…
Here we go again.
The Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams played last Thursday night… at almost the same time. The women’s game started at 7:30 p.m., the men at 8 p.m.
The good news is that they were both on television, the bad news is that both teams lost.
I’ll start with the women.