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Sports

Vidhamali sets two-game bowling record

IOWA CITY– The West High boys bowling team knocked over Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday, Dec. 5, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City, winning the varsity match 2,892 to 2,470.
Eric Vidhamali, a senior, set a new West High record with the highest two-game total in the history of the program with 514.
The varsity girls, led by Brooke Kreiss’ 353, fell 2,519 to 2,110. Prairie also took the junior varsity (JV) boys match 2,480 to 2,091 and the girls JV match 1,974 to 1,421.

Heartbreak and disappointment

When I looked at the schedule and the returning players the Iowa Hawkeye football team had coming back this season, I thought there was a good chance the Hawks could win nine or 10 games.
If they would have scored three more points against Wisconsin or one more in regulation against Nebraska they would have... but they didn’t and with the 37-34 overtime loss to Nebraska Friday at Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes fell to 7-5.
That’s really disappointing.
When Iowa was up 24-7 with 8:45 left in the third quarter I thought there was no way the Cornhuskers come back.

Hawkeye Sports

Hawkeye men go 3-0

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team bounced back from two losses in New York and won three games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena last week.
They opened up with a 77-61 win over Pepperdine on Monday. They beat Northern Illinois 70-49 on Wednesday and handled Longwood 77-44 Saturday.
Aaron White led the Hawks with 17 against Pepperdine. Anthony Clemmons and Aaron had 14 versus Northern Illinois while Aaron came up with 19 against Longwood.
For the season, Aaron leads the team averaging 16.7 points per game followed by Jarrod Uthoff who averages 11.6.

Pack the Gym Night for wrestlers Thursday, Dec. 11

SOLON– The Solon Spartan wrestling team is hosting Pack the Gym Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Solon High School gym.
The Spartans will wrestle Dyersville Beckman and arch rival Mount Vernon in a double dual meet.
Come support the Solon wrestling team and pack the gym with Spartan wrestling fans.

Linderbaum, Kramer on 2014 INA All-State Football teams

DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2014 All-State Football selections last week.
Logan Linderbaum of Solon, a 6’2” 245-pound senior offensive lineman, was named to the Class 3A First Team. Linderbaum finished the season with three solo sacks, 13 solo tackles a fumble recovery and a punt return.

Lady Spartan basketball team raising money for Witty Kitties

SOLON– As part of the Lady Spartan Basketball program this year, the team will be taking on a service project to raise money and cleaning supplies for Witty Kitties in Shueyville. 
On Dec. 9, 12 and 16 (all home games) the team will be asking the community to donate money and or cleaning supplies for Witty Kitties.
The team will go to Witty Kitties on Saturday, Dec. 6, to spend time with the cats and help out around the shelter. 

Clipper girls chart a new course

CCA girls set sail for success

TIFFIN– Once again, the girl’s varsity basketball team at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School finds itself with a new head coach after Matt Haas’ departure last spring. However, rather than an outsider coming in, the ladies are now led by former assistant coach P.J. Sweeney. It’s an opportunity for a new direction for the program, which has seen three coaches in the past six years and finished last season at 5-16 overall and 5-13 for seventh place in the WaMaC West Division.

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.