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Sports

Solon Optimist Club basketball contest winners announced

SOLON– The Solon Optimist Tri-Star Basketball Contest 2015 was held on Jan. 25 at the Solon Middle School gym. The event was held in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.
Optimist members present assisting in the event presentation were: Denny Gruber, Master of Ceremonies and the shooting contest; Joe Krob, dribbling contest and awards presentation; Terry Krob, shooting contest and winner announcements; Rick and Sandy Thorington, registration and scoring summary and Marv Stastny, set-up and photography.

Women of Troy return to state tournament

IOWA CITY— After sitting out the 2014 Girls State Basketball Tournament, the West High Women of Troy returned to the Wells Fargo Arena after knocking out Muscatine and Pleasant Valley in Class 5A Regional competition.
The Muskies were pan-fried in Iowa City on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Semifinal Round 54-28, while the Spartans of Pleasant Valley were foiled 45-27 in Iowa City, during the Regional Final on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Trojans earn All-Division bowling honors

Kreiss on girls First Team, Wood makes boys Second Team

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IOWA CITY— The Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC) announced its 2014-2015 All-Division selections for conference bowlers on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Home to Iowa City West High, the Valley Division named Victor Baccam, of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, the boys Division Athlete of the Year while Cedar Falls’ coach Brad Baker was named boys coach of the Year.
Rylea Bennett, of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, earned Girls Athlete of the Year honors with Scott Holman, from Cedar Falls, named the Girls Coach of the Year.

Morgan named Athlete and, B.J. Mayer Coach of the Year

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

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IOWA CITY— The starting five for the West High Women of Troy Varsity Basketball Team found spots on the Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC)’s 2014-2015 All-Division teams. The list, issued by the MVC on Wednesday, Feb. 25, lists First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.
Mikaela Morgan was named Athlete of the Year along with Steph Botkin of Cedar Rapids Kennedy and was a unanimous First Team pick. Senior Dani Craig was also a unanimous First Team pick.

Stokes is a unanimous All-Conference First Team pick

four members of the Clear Creek Amana varsity squad named All-Conference

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TIFFIN— The WaMaC High School Athletic Conference issued its 2014-2015 All-Conference basketball selections on Wednesday, Feb. 25, naming four members of the Clear Creek Amana varsity squad.
Hanna Stokes was a unanimous First Team pick while Lexi Kinnaird earned a berth on the Second Team.
Hannah Mougin and Kiley Seelman were named to the Honorable Mention Team.
The Clippers finished the season with a 13-9 record, the first time in four seasons the team ended with a winning record.

Raiders’ run ends Clippers’ season

Boys beat S. Tama, fall to Williamsburg on tournament trail

IOWA CITY— It was a familiar foe in a different setting as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers faced rival Williamsburg for the third time this season in a Class 3A Boys District Final game at Iowa City West High on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Raiders won 52-49 in January, 59-51 in early February and took Thursday’s contest 50-37. The win ended the season for the Clippers and sent Williamsburg to the Substate 5 battle, taking place on Monday, March 2, against Fort Madison in Muscatine for a chance at playing in the State Tournament.

Bumps in the road

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The Iowa women had two road games last week and lost both of them.
The Hawkeyes opened up last week playing at Minnesota, the Hawks’ third game in six days and Iowa lost, 93-80.
Then Iowa traveled to Ohio State on Saturday and lost, 100-82.
That’s the first time the Hawkeye women lost back-to-back games all year.
The Gophers came out smoking, hitting six of their first eight shots, including four 3-pointers.
Minnesota came into the game shooting 33 percent from 3-point range, but shot 66.7 percent (8-12) against Iowa.

Two straight blowouts

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men had two games last week.
They smoked Rutgers 81-47 on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then traveled to Nebraska on Sunday and double-smoked the Cornhuskers, 74-46.
I’m not sure the Rutgers game was a “must-win,” but if Iowa is going to make the NCAA tournament, it was pretty important.
Isn’t it fun to watch the Hawkeyes play the way we think they should be playing every game?
I know the Scarlet Knights lost nine in a row before playing Iowa, but Northwestern had lost 10 straight before beating the Hawks.

Top-ranked wrestlers fall

The number-one rated Hawkeye wrestlers got knocked off Sunday, 18-12, in the finals of the National Duals.
Iowa opened up the Duals last Saturday at Carver with a 44-3 domination over Chattanooga and a 24-8 win over fifth-ranked Cornell.
The Hawkeyes had five pins in the win over Chattanooga (Cory Clark, Michael Kelly, Mike Evans, Sammy Brooks and Bobby Telford).
Iowa also had a tech fall by Brandon Sorensen at 149 pounds.
Thomas Gilman was the only loss, 3-1 in overtime.

Spartans advance

Solon defeats Marion in district semifinal

MARION– The season is still alive for the Solon boys basketball team.
The Spartans traveled to Marion for a Class 3A District 8 semifinal Monday night and came away with a 42-32 victory, advancing to the district final against Cedar Rapids Xavier Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Solon led most of the way against the Indians, sparked by Emilio Villagrana’s three 3-pointers. Villagrana and Streeter McIlravy each scored 11 points for the Spartans, while Jacob Coons added 10.

Fritz, Linderbaum, Gnida place at state

DES MOINES– It was a tough draw for the Solon Spartans at the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines last week.
Solon qualified six wrestlers and three of them placed, but two faced a No. 1-ranked opponent and one faced the second-ranked wrestler in the state, all in the first round.
Senior Logan Linderbaum (285 pounds) and Louis Gnida (126) finished their high school careers in sixth and seventh place respectively at the tournament while unranked junior Cole Fritz placed sixth at 138 pounds.

Six Trojans see action at state wrestling

Rohweder’s third place is West’s highest

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DES MOINES– Tanner Rohweder’s third-place finish was the highest among the six West High Trojans to take to the mats of the State Wrestling Tournament held Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Rohweder defeated Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Nolan Hromidko in a 4-3 decision during the third place match at 120 pounds.
Donovan Doyle placed fourth at 182 pounds, John Milani was seventh at 170 and Aaron Stumpf was eighth at 113. Nate Kelsay (160) and Blake Moser (285) did not place after early losses.

3A-113 (8th)