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Sports

Eighth grade Spartans win tournament

The eighth grade Solon Spartans were the tournament champions at the Texas Roadhouse Tournament on Dec. 7 in North Liberty.  Team members pictured include: (front row) Lucas Born, Ian Johnson, Colton Spillman and Michael Simpson; (back row) Rocky Lensing, Clay Gerdin, Trevor Schuchman, Carson Yakish, Adam Bock and Coal Flansburg. (contributed photo)

Trojans roll over Prairie Hawks

IC West, 76, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 40

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY– Connor McCaffery led Iowa City West to a 76-40 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) win over the visiting Prairie Hawks from Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday, Jan. 2.
McCaffery, a sophomore, put up 18 points to top all scorers in a game that was overshadowed by the sophomore game, which preceded it.
It took four overtime periods to settle that contest, with Prairie pulling out the 88-83 win. In contrast, the varsity Trojans’ win seemed anticlimactic.

Bounce back win

Hawk Talk

After two straight losses to instate rivals, the Hawkeye men’s basketball team needed a win to get some confidence back.
They got that last week with an 80-70 win over the North Florida Ospreys.
North Florida came into the game with a 7-5 record with one of their wins coming at Purdue, 73-70.
They also lost to UNI, 66-49, and Northwestern, 69-67.

Hawkeyes roll

The Penn State women came to Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Sunday.
The Nittany Lions are in a rebuilding stage, coming into the game with a 3-8 record. Last year, they were 24-8, 13-3 in the conference and won their third straight Big Ten conference championship.
I thought the Hawkeyes would play them tough at home but never expected a 77-52 blowout.
Iowa jumped out to a 16-1 lead, led 41-24 at half and cruised to its first Big Ten win of the season.

Clipper wrestlers top Indians, fall to Trojans

CCA splits in South Tama

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TAMA– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers took a dual meet with the Marion Indians Thursday, Dec. 18, at South Tama High School, and then fell to the host Trojans.
Luke Wingert took a 12-3 major decision over Marion’s Aaron Cleppe in the 106-pound match, CCA’s Daniel Brechtel won his 113-pound match by pinning Ian Kelly and Ethan Taylor took a 5-1 decision from the Indians’ Kyle Van Meter in the heavyweight match.
CCA’s Jordan Delaney won by fall in the 120-pound match against South Tama while Quinn Murphy pinned the Trojans’ Lansin Lacina.

Trojans take Little Hawk swimming invitational

Keen, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays set meet records

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IOWA CITY– The West High swimmers continued their winning ways Saturday, Dec. 20, by winning the Little Hawk Invitational at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojans took the meet with a top team score of 389 while the City High Little Hawks placed fifth.

Trojan wrestlers compete in the Battle of Waterloo

WATERLOO — The Trojans of Iowa City West High fought through six dual meets over two days as they competed in the Battle of Waterloo Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20 at Young Arena in downtown Waterloo.
The Trojans split the tournament with wins over Western Dubuque, Crestwood and Pleasant Valley but fell to Union, North Scott and Valley, West Des Moines.
West travels to City High on Thursday, January 8 to take on the rival Little Hawks in a varsity, JV and JV reserve meet starting at 6:00 p.m.

Iowa City West (ICW) 39.00 Epworth, Western Dubuque (EWD) 28.00

IC West swimmers 96, CR Kennedy 74

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s swimmers splashed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars 96-74 Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Kennedy High School.

Jake Rudock

Hawk Talk

Jake Rudock has received mixed reviews in his second season as a Hawkeye signal caller.
Some fans think C.J. Beathard should be the starting quarterback.
Jake just finished his junior year with a bowl game coming up. In two seasons, he’s passed for 34 touchdowns, which is the eighth-most in program history and has a 14-10 record as a starter. Jake has 4,787 yards passing, which is also the eighth-most in school history.

Dixon hits 10 3-pointers against Drake

WOW!
What a game for the Hawkeye women against Drake Sunday in Des Moines.
I’m writing the story Monday morning and I’m still impressed.
You start with Melissa Dixon making 10 3-pointers and finishing with 31 points.
No one has ever made that many threes in a Hawkeye uniform.
Then you have Drake’s Lizzy Wendell scoring a Knapp Center-record 43 points.
Finally, the game ends with Samantha Logic taking a pass with nine seconds left and the game tied at 98-all. She took it down the right side, banked in a shot with three seconds left and Iowa wins its ninth game of the season, 100-98.

Panthers roll over Iowa men

I knew Iowa would have a tough matchup against the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers Saturday in Des Moines.
UNI has talent, depth and a couple of former West High Trojans that would probably be Hawkeyes if Fran McCaffery had offered them.
Jeremy Morgan, a sophomore for UNI, is a starter and played 14 minutes against Iowa, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.
Iowa only had one scholarship when Jeremy was coming out of high school and Peter Jok was signed by the Hawks.
Peter came off the bench playing 20 minutes, scoring four points and had four rebounds Saturday.

Lady Spartans hit winter break undefeated

Solon moves to No. 11 in 3A with wins over West Delaware and Central DeWitt

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans finished the first half of the season without a loss.
The Solon girls basketball team moved to 8-0 Friday with a road win over West Delaware in Manchester, handing the Hawks their second loss of the year.
Likewise, earlier in the week, Solon halted a six-game winning streak for Central DeWitt. Against DeWitt, senior Ali Herdliska led Solon with 18 points and shot 50 percent from the 3-point line.
At Manchester Friday night, it was junior Dakota Doyle’s turn.