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Sports

Hawkeye women on the brink

The Iowa women had two games last week and needed both of them to have a chance of getting back to the NCAA tournament.
They won the first one at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Thursday, beating Northwestern 78-59.
Then they went to Purdue on Sunday and lost, 72-52.
Iowa started strong against the Wildcats and finished strong even though Bre Cera and Christina Buttenham were held out because both had suffered concussions in practice.
You start with balance.
Lisa Bluder went with eight players and all eight contributed.

Spartan Grapplers Take State

Spartans earn 1st title

DES MOINES–They did it as a team.
That’s how Solon head coach Blake Williams explained the Spartans’ first-ever state championship title, which the boys brought home Sunday from the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines after narrowly beating No. 1-ranked New Hampton, 96.5 to 96.

Solon’s Josie Durr signs with Hawkeyes

Solon senior Josie Durr signs her letter of intent to play soccer for the Univerity of Iowa Hawkeyes during a ceremony Feb. 1 in the Solon High School media center. Durr had 46 of Solon’s 70 goals in the 2016 season, and has 108 goals for her career. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Spartans edged by Wahlert, then defeats Williamsburg in regular season finale

DAVENPORT– Dubuque Wahlert’s 5-15 record coming into the Class 3A District 7 playoffs was deceptive.
The Golden Eagles played a 4A schedule, with a fistful of single-digit losses to established programs and wins against Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Solon’s Spartans entered the 3A district basketball semifinals with a record of 13-8 and had just ended the regular season with a resounding 53-34 win over Williamsburg.
The two clashed in Davenport Monday, Feb. 20, and despite scraping back to take a fourth-quarter lead, the Spartans fell in a 71-68 cliffhanger.

Reflections from a wrestling coach

Special to the Economist

Written after losing the team state dual final, 45-23, to New Hampton
As a wrestling coach for the past 10 years, I would consider every team I’ve worked with a special team. That being said, some teams stand out among the excellent and rise to a higher level. This was most certainly the case for this year’s Solon wrestling team. When speaking of excellence, it is not necessarily warranted with on-mat accomplishments, although this team has many.

2017 CCA Youth Little League registration open

TIFFIN– Registration is now open for the 2017 Youth Little League Season. Be part of a 40-year tradition by joining others on the diamond this year. Leagues are offered for pre-K through seventh grade. Regular registration is open until Feb. 28, after which late fees will incur. More information is available at tiffin-iowa.org.

West High’s Brands earns 2nd state wrestling championship

Rohweder fifth, Von Rabenau and Aguirre finish eighth

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Nelson Brands took his second state wrestling title Saturday, Feb. 18, at the 2017 State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Brands defeated Johnston’s Elliot Pohlmeyer with a 28-13 technical fall in the first round and defeated Des Moines Lincoln’s Shawn Brown in the quarterfinals with a fall in 3:18. Brands took an 8-6 decision from Waverly-Shell Rock’s Austin Yant in the semifinals before earning an 11-9 decision over Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge in the 152-pound championship match.

CCA’s 53-40 win over Benton Community first postseason win in over a decade

TIFFIN– They extended their season and made history doing so.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team knocked off Benton Community, 53-40, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game for the first postseason win in the program’s history in well over a decade.

West High’s Nelson Brands shares Athlete of the Year honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley high school athletic Conference (MVC) announced its 2016-17 Wrestling All-Division selections Monday, Feb. 13. Doug Streicher and his staff at Linn-Mar took Coach of the Year honors along with Matt Orton and his staff at Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the Mississippi Division, which Iowa City West High belongs to.
West High’s Nelson Brands, a junior, and Jefferson’s Matt Culver, a senior, share the Division’s Athlete of the Year honors.

First round loss leads to consolation bracket woes

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) only wrestler to qualify for the 2017 state individual tournament found rough sailing in the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. Quinn Murphy, a 138-pound senior, fell in 56 seconds in the first round, forcing him into the consolation brackets. Murphy won a 15-0 Technical Fall over CLGL’s Mitch Van Beek in the first round of consolation action, but lost a 9-8 decision in the second round to Tanner Abbas of CGD in the second round to end his tournament appearance.

Women of Troy halfway to state with win over Lady Bulldogs

IC West cruises past Ottumwa 73-37 in 5A regional semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to being one game from the 2017 Class 5A state tournament with a 73-37 pounding of the Lady Bulldogs from Ottumwa Saturday, Feb. 18, at West High in a regional semifinal game.
The Women of Troy held nothing back as they ran up a 23-7 lead in the first period with the first seven points coming from Rachel Saunders, who opened the game with a 3-point basket. Logan Cook made it 11-3 with a rebound and basket while Paige Beckner and Katie McGrane added three points at the free throw line in the quarter.

Senior Day win for the Iowa wrestlers

Hawk Talk

The Iowa wrestlers opened the weekend Friday night at Indiana crushing the Hoosiers, 33-7.
That was Iowa’s 22nd straight road dual win.
Senior day was on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the Hawks handled the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 27-9.
Thomas Gilman (125 pounds) and Michael Kemerer (157) both had pins for the Hawks against the Hoosiers, but first I have to talk about Gilman’s pin the week before against Minnesota.