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Sports

Double OT

Clipper girls open the season with dramatic win

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– PJ Sweeney’s debut as the new head coach for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers couldn’t have been more dramatic.
After trailing by two points at the end of the first half, the Clippers and Mount Vernon Mustangs tied at the end of regulation play Nov. 25 to send the game into overtime.
But one overtime period wasn’t enough; it took two to settle the game, 83-71, for Sweeney’s and the Clippers’ first win of the season.

West’s Women of Troy open with road win

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MASON CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy opened the 2014-2015 season with a 69-61 win on the road in Mason City Tuesday, Nov. 25.
West High was led by Dani Craig, who sat out all of last season with an injury, and her 25-point effort. Ali Tauchen was the only other West player in double digits with 10 points.
West was ranked fifth in Class 5A preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) and finished the 2013-14 season with a 12-11 record. The Mohawks were ranked 10th by the IGHSAU.

Young Clippers ready to rumble on the mats

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TIFFIN– It’s no exaggeration to say this year’s Clear Creek Amana varsity wrestling squad is a “young team.”
Half the squad is made up of freshmen.
Jared Carder, in his fourth year as the head coach for the Clippers, faces an interesting dilemma. On the one hand, he has the most guys going out for wrestling than at any point in his tenure. On the other, 14 out of 26 wrestlers are freshmen. Three seniors are back in the line-up: Connor Murphy, Daniel Brechtel and A.J. Schropp. Murphy took third in district competition last year.

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