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Sports

Hawkeye men don’t

The Hawkeye men played two games last week, losing at home to Minnesota, 64-59, and then losing again at Northwestern on Sunday in overtime, 66-61.
The Hawks came into the Minnesota game with a two-game winning streak, having crushed Michigan at Ann Arbor, 72-54, and then beating a pretty good Maryland team at home, 71-55.
Iowa shot over 60 percent in each of those wins, did a great job of moving the ball and in the Michigan win, had all five starters in double figures.
Those two games were probably the best basketball the Hawks have played so far this year.

Six Spartans heading to state

Cole Fritz and Kade Steuhm take first place at districts

SOLON– Six Solon wrestlers will take to the mats this week for the 2015 state tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Louis Gnida (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (138), Kade Steuhm (145), Graeson Dall (152), Trevor Nelson (160) and Logan Linderbaum (285) all qualified for a berth in the tournament after finishing in the top two places at the 2A district meet held Feb. 14 in Solon.
Fritz and Steuhm finished in first place at the district meet, while Gnida, Dall, Nelson and Linderbaum finished second. Ten Solon wrestlers made it to the district meet for a chance at a trip to Des Moines.

Season ends against Benton Community

Lady Spartans fall to Bobcats after regular season win at Beckman

SOLON– Back in December, the Lady Spartans traveled to Benton Community and handed the Bobcats a 53-50 home loss.
Saturday, night, Benton Community returned the favor.
The Bobcats brought the Solon varsity girls basketball season to a close in the opening round of Class 3A district playoffs Feb. 14, out-scoring the Lady Spartans 20-10 in the fourth quarter for a 49-41 win.
Solon’s girls finished the season with a 13-9 record.

Spartans fall to Beckman, rebound against Mt. Pleasant

SOLON– With just under three minutes remaining, Solon had tied Dyersville Beckman 62-62 with two free throws by Streeter McIlravy.
But after a Solon time-out, Beckman rattled off seven unanswered points and went on to hand the Spartans a 75-67 loss Feb. 10 in Solon.
After taking a 18-14 lead at the end of the first period, Solon was out-scored 22-15 in the second quarter by Beckman and trailed 36-33 at the half.
The Spartans tied it up late in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Jacob Coons and took a 50-48 lead on a tough runner in the paint by Emilio Villagrana.

Clipper girls finish regular season with winning streak

CCA 72, Independence 34

TIFFIN– It was arguably the best performance of the season for the 11 seniors on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls basketball team as they knocked off the Independence Mustangs Tuesday, Feb. 10. It was also the last time they would play on their home floor.
The Senior Night 72-34 rout of the Mustangs brought down the curtain on the regular season and sent the Clippers to postseason play, all on the road, with a 13-8 record.

West sweeps City again in doubleheader

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY– For the second time this season, West High faced its crosstown rival City High on the basketball floor in a varsity girls-boys doubleheader, and for the second time this season, the Women of Troy and the Trojans emerged victorious over the Little Hawks.

West High swimmers earn All-Division honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) high school athletic association released its 2015 Boys Swimming All-Division selections on Monday, Feb. 9. The conference is divided into two divisions, Mississippi and Valley, with Iowa City West High in the Valley Division. Six Trojan swimmers earned First Team honors along with two relay teams.
Dan Ducios of Dubuque Senior was named Coach of the Year while Senior’s Ben Colin was named the division’s Swimmer of the Year.

2015 MVC Boys Swimming Valley Division All-Division Selections:

One Clipper, six Trojans advance to state wrestling

Connor Murphy will represent CCA

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JOHNSON COUNTY– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West will be represented at the 2015 State Wrestling Tournament following first- and second-place showings at district meets held Saturday, Feb. 14.
At Solon: Connor Murphy took second place at 120 pounds after losing an 11-1 major decision to Jacob Fenske of Davenport Assumption in the first place match.

Trojans fall in Regional Duals

Loss to North Scott closes door on state dual meet

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ELDRIDGE– A rough night on the wrestling mat, Wednesday, Feb. 11, cost the West High Trojans a trip to the State Dual Meet in Des Moines. The Trojans slipped past the Clinton River Kings 36-34 but fell 40-26 to the host North Scott Lancers in regional dual action.

West High swimmers take all at state meet

200 medley, 400 freestyle relay teams set new records

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MARSHALLTOWN– The West High Trojans put the exclamation mark on a swimming season punctuated by new meet and school records by not only winning the 2015 State Swimming Meet in Marshalltown, but also by setting two new records in the process.
The 200-yard medley relay manned by Mark McGlaughlin, Matt Anderson, Oliver Martin and Will Scott set a new record with their 1:33.39 performance. Likewise McGlaughlin, Martin, Scott and Aidan Keen set a record of 3:02.98 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Hawkeyes sign 21

I knew this was going to happen by I’m still amazed by it.
Do you realize that my hometown of Moville, (population of less than 1,400 and 15 miles east of Sioux City) signed as many football recruits as Des Moines (population more than 206,000)?
When Landon and Levi Paulsen came on board as Iowa Hawkeyes last week, it was a great day for the Woodbury Central Wildcats and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Moville, the home of the Wildcats, consolidated with Climbing Hill (population of around 130) in 1962.

10 Spartans advance to district meet

Gnida collects 150th career win, Linderbaum suffers first loss

DAVENPORT– Ten Solon wrestlers will advance to the district tournament Feb. 14 with a chance to advance to the state tournament.
The varsity Spartan wrestlers finished second to No. 2 Davenport Assumption at the 2A Sectional 13 meet Saturday, Feb. 7, and will host the district tournament Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at noon.
The top two wrestlers from each sectional tournament advance to districts, and the top two wrestlers from each district qualify for the state tournament Feb. 19-21 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.