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Sports

Clippers split on the mats with Pointers, Mustangs

CCA gets past CP-U, but falls to Independence

TIFFIN– The wrestling Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) split a double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at home against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) and Independence. The Clippers pulled off a 41-30 win over the Stormin’ Pointers of CP-U but fell 39-30 against the Independence Mustangs.

Creek Boys ninth at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Rick Caldwell Invite

Murphy 2nd, Rohert 3rd

Creek Boys ninth at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Rick Caldwell Invite
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WAVERLY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers finished ninth in team points at the 2017 Rick Caldwell Invitational hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Waverly. The host Go Hawks won the team championship with 252 points, with Fort Dodge (220), Crestwood (174), Ankeny Centennial (170.5) and Storm Lake (101) rounding out the top five teams.

Creek Boys stumble against Bobcats

Benton Community downs CCA, 76-56

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VAN HORNE– The Bobcats of Benton Community handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers their 11th loss of the season Tuesday, Jan. 17, in boys’ varsity basketball. The Bobcats defeated the Creek Boys, 76-56, in Van Horne.
Benton Community took an early lead and won the first period, 16-6, and held a comfortable 36-21 lead at the half. The Bobcats were up 54-35 heading into the final eight minutes.

Trojan win over the Bulldogs makes four in a row

IC West dispatches Bettendorf, 59-45

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans improved to 9-1 on the season as they picked up their fourth consecutive win after a pre-Christmas upset by Cedar Rapids Prairie by biting the Bulldogs of Bettendorf, 59-45, Tuesday, Jan. 17, at home.

Women of Troy put up two more wins

Iowa City West girls win 69-45 over Bettendorf, 62-39 over Cedar Rapids Prairie

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to a 13-1 standing in Class 5A with a pair of road wins over Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids Prairie.
West traveled to Bettendorf on Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a non-conference match-up with the Lady Bulldogs and prevailed, 69-45. West led 18-12 at the end of the first period, and thanks to a 24-point barrage in the second quarter, led 42-21 at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored West High 11-8 in the third period but the Women of Troy took a 50-32 advantage into the final quarter. It was Bettendorf’s second loss of the season.

Iowa stuns Purdue

Hawk Talk

There is nothing like waking up the day after the Hawkeyes knock off a top-20 team.
Last Friday, I woke up knowing Iowa took down the Purdue Boilermakers, 83-78, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night.
This is the same Boilermaker team that thrashed the Hawks, 89-67, on Dec. 28.
In the first game, Purdue scored first, never trailed and outscored Iowa 40-38 in the paint. The Hawks were 13-13 from the free throw line.

OK State downs Iowa

Hawk Talk
The No. 1-ranked Cowboys took out the third-ranked Hawkeyes last Sunday at Stillwater. The Hawks only won three matches, two with major decisions. Three losses by one point– that’s not Iowa wrestling. Top-ranked Cory Clark (133 pounds) lost 6-5 after trailing 5-0 and tying it up. He lost by one more second of riding time by Cowboy Kaid Brock, who was ranked fifth. I’d like to see a rematch in the NCAA tournament. Brandon Sorensen (149) lost 4-3 in overtime and Sam Stoll (285) lost 5-4 as he got taken down in the closing seconds. “This sport is wild,” said head coach Tom Brands.

Mustangs too much for Spartan teams

Friday the 13th losses for boys and girls on hardcourt

Solon Economist
SOLON– It was Friday the 13th, and it proved unlucky for Solon’s varsity basketball teams.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans both fell by double digits to Mount Vernon.
The boys fell to 6-3 with a 60-40 home loss, while the girls were doubled up in Mount Vernon, 56-28. The Lady Spartans dropped to 4-8 on the season.
In Solon, the boys were within striking distance, trailing by five points at halftime, but the Mustangs outscored the Spartans 32-17 in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Spartans second

Lisbon dominates with six champs to Spartans’ four

SOLON– It was a full day of déjà vu for many Solon wrestlers last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational.
The Spartans placed second behind Lisbon after several repeat matchups from last year– including an overtime duel at 160 pounds between senior Trevor Nelson and Wapello’s Rogan Pforts, whom Nelson beat in 2016 to become Solon’s lone champion.

Jim White coach of the year finalist

FARGO, N.D.– The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) announced the advancement of Jim White from Solon High School as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of softball. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois, on the evening of June 21.

Creek Girls ride the Mustangs to victory

CCA rolls over Independence, 70-35

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls improved to 7-4 on the season with a 70-35 pounding of the winless Independence Mustangs Thursday, Jan. 12, at home. The game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10, was postponed due to weather and road conditions to the north.
The Creek Girls jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first period, although the Mustangs regrouped and narrowed the gap to five points. The Clippers lead was never threatened throughout the rest of the game with a 30-19 lead in the second period and a 51-28 advantage after three quarters of play.

Marion buzzer beater in OT sinks CCA, 50-47

Creek Boys nearly upset Indians

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a game with a dramatic finish made for television Friday, Jan. 13, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School gym as the Clippers came close to upsetting the Marion Indians in varsity boys basketball. The Creek Boys were 1-9 entering the contest against the 7-4 Indians and arguably played some of their best basketball so far this season as they forced the game into overtime before falling, 50-47, on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot.