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Sports

Gridiron warriors earn INA All-State honors

West, CCA represented in sports writers’ picks

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DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) announced its 2014 All-State Football Teams Tuesday, Nov. 25. Sports writers from across the state on the INA’s selection committee made their picks for Class A, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 8-man.
Iowa City West High’s John Milani and Oliver Martin were named, as was Clear Creek Amana’s Drew Wagner.

West bowling splits with Xavier in season opener

Wood, Roth lead Trojans on the lanes

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IOWA CITY– The West High bowlers started the 2014-2015 season with a split against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.
The Women of Troy took the varsity match 2,056-1,786 and were led by Erica Roth’s 345, while the Trojans fell 2,881-2,843. Patrick Wood led West with a 491. The junior varsity boys also lost to the Saints 2,345-2,180 and were led by Ryan Stark and his match-high 373. The Saints did not bring a girls junior varsity squad, however the West JV girls had three bowlers in action led by Asha Irani’s 201.

So close

Hawk Talk

I’m not big into moral victories, but Iowa fought the heavily-favored Wisconsin Badgers to a knock-down, drag-out 26-24 loss Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
If the Hawks convert their second two-point conversion with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter... Iowa had just scored and trailed 19-17.
The Badgers were favored by 10 and I don’t know anyone except Bob Brooks and KCRG’s Scott Saville that picked the Hawkeyes to win.
When Iowa went into halftime down 16-3, I was ready to throw in the towel.
Thanks, Iowa, for proving me wrong.

Iowa women win Hawkeye challenge

The Hawkeye women opened up their Hawkeye Challenge by knocking off Pepperdine 97-68 Friday night.
Melissa Dixon went 6-11 on 3-pointers, scored 20 points and Samantha Logic had 12 points and nine assists, but it was the freshmen that stepped up.
Whitney Jennings showed why she was named Miss Basketball at Indiana last year. The 5’6” freshman scored 11 points, had five assists, no turnovers and three steals.
Christina Buttenham was 3-3 from 3-point range, had three assists and one steal.
Chase Coley and Carly Mohns combined for seven points and 10 rebounds.

Crazy weekend for the Hawks

It was another one of those crazy weekends for Hawkeye fans and me.
It started last Thursday as the Hawkeye men’s basketball team played Texas in Madison Square Garden and lost to the Longhorns, 71-57.
Friday morning, starting at 9 a.m., the Iowa wrestlers beat Baker University 55-0, Iowa Central 49-3, and Cornell 55-0 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Friday afternoon the men’s basketball team played Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, lost 66-63, and then the Hawk women played Pepperdine at Carver at 7:30 p.m. and they won, 97-68.

New chapter for Spartan basketball

Jason Pershing takes over as head coach for Solon boys program

SOLON– After 21 years the Solon Spartans boys’ varsity basketball program has a new head coach.
Jason S. Pershing took over the program earlier this year, replacing veteran coach Brad Randall who resigned at the end of last season in February. Pershing is used to working among legendary coaches such as Dick Breitbach at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Chris Robertson at Linn-Mar and at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Solon Boys Varsity Basketball

Solon Boys Varsity Basketball

Tues. Dec. 2 AT South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5 HOME vs. Benton Community 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 9 AT Maquoketa 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 12 AT Anamosa 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 16 AT Central Clinton-DeWitt 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 19 HOME vs. West Delaware 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 20 AT Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 6 AT Clear Creek Amana 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 9 HOME vs. Western Dubuque 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 13 HOME vs. Mount Vernon 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 16 AT Dyersville Beckman 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 20 HOME vs. Anamosa 7:30 p.m.

Sovers named Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year

SOLON– Mark Sovers has been recognized by the Iowa Football Coaches Association as the 2014 Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year. Sovers is a physical education instructor at Solon’s Lakeview Elementary and has served as an assistant football coach at Solon High School since 1995. “I am honored and humbled by this recognition. There are so many coaches who are deserving of this award, including the other coaches on our staff. This recognition is the result of the quality programs, student-athletes, and strong support we have here in Solon,” Sovers said.

Marching Clippers

Marching Clippers cap successful season

Clipper boys look to improve on the hardwood

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Steve Ottoson sees experience and depth on the Clippers’ side this season in boy’s varsity basketball. Last season, the Clippers posted a 6-15 record overall and were 6-12 in the WaMaC. Ottoson, with 20 years at CCA and a 170-237 career record, looks for a better showing in the 2014-15 season.
Leading the Clippers are five returning starters: seniors Nile Rourke, Drew Wagner, Keyan McAreavy and Mitch Stopko, along with junior Jake Neubauer.

CCA Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule

Tues. Dec. 2- HOME Vs. West Delaware, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5- AT Dyersville Beckman, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 6- HOME Vs. Iowa City Regina, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 9- HOME Vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 12- AT Center Point-Urbana, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 16- HOME Vs. Marion, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 19- AT Benton Community, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 20- AT West Branch, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 6- HOME Vs. Solon, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 9- AT South Tama, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 13- AT Williamsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 16- HOME Vs. Independence, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 20- HOME Vs. CP-U, 7:30 p.m.

Five state champions lead West High swimmers

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IOWA CITY– Five state champions are back in the lineup for the West High men’s swim team this season. Last year, the team went 10-0, placed second in regionals and won the state meet. With a large returning state meet contingency and added depth, the Trojans look to make a big splash.