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Sports

5K fun run/walk in honor of Brett Smith will be held in Solon on April 5

Keeping his memory alive

SOLON– Although Brett Smith passed away nearly two years ago, his memory is still strong in the hearts of his friends, family, and community.
Sarah Drea and Brady Smith, first cousins of Brett, are organizing an untimed running and walking event in honor of their family member.
“It’s just a way for us to remember him and share in his memory,” said Drea. “It’s something that’s not sad. We just thought it would be a good way to keep his memory out there, get together, and celebrate his life.”

Three in a row, way to go!

DES MOINES– In 1952, the Davenport High School’s boys’ basketball team won their third consecutive state tournament championship. In 1984, the Royals of Cedar Rapids Regis achieved the “three-peat.” No other team has done that since.
Until last week, when Bergie’s Boys rolled into “The Well.”

Four state track qualifiers return to team

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TIFFIN– A record number of athletes have joined the ranks of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys track and field team, and that gives coach Tony Brack a reason to be optimistic.
“This will provide a developing depth to our team,” the coach said. “The future of CCA track and field will continue to dominate with our experienced upperclassmen leading and helping our new members.”

Women of Troy at Dickinson Relays

Yokom second in 3,000 meter

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CEDAR FALLS– The 2014 indoor track and field season continued last Monday (March 10) as the Iowa City West High Women of Troy traveled to the UNI-Dome for the Dickinson Relays.
Ashlynn Yokom placed second in the 3,000-meter run with a seed time of 10:40.00 and an actual finish of 10:45.21 for the best finish of the squad in the no-points-scored meet.

Trojans run in Waverly

Baller wins the long jump

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WAVERLY– Iowa City’s West High Trojan track and field team ran in its first meet of the 2014 season Tuesday, March 4, at Wartburg College. The indoor meet was a no-points scored affair, however Alexander Baller won the long jump with a 20’-8” leap.

Results as provided by Wartburg College, finals only:
55-meter dash: 1, Rico Gafford, Des Moines Dowling Catholic, 6.54.
200-meter dash: 1, Corbin Lowe, Waukon, 23.20. 13, Matthew Huff, IC West, 24.79. 15, Tyler Eads, IC West, 25.27.

West High Trojans place in Dickinson Relays at UNI-Dome

Greiner and Gardarsson second in 800 and 1,600 runs

CEDAR FALLS– Girls track and field teams converged on the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Monday, March 10. The next day, it was the boys’ turn. Iowa City West High’s Trojans joined a plethora of teams from across the state in the no-points-scored indoor meet.
Kaleb Greiner and Daniel Gardarsson both posted second-place finishes with Greiner taking second in the 800-meter run in 1:59.84, and Gardarsson taking second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:30.27.

Hawkeye women get 2nd in big 10

The Iowa women traveled to Indianapolis last week and made it to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament before losing to Nebraska, 72-65.
They knocked off Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State along the way.
The game against Illinois last Thursday was the third time Iowa played the Fighting Illini this season.
They won for the third time, 81-62, but not without some challenges.
Samantha Logic picked up two quick fouls, sat out for a while, came back in, got her third foul and Illinois took a one-point lead, 27-26, with 4:22 left in the first half.

Hawkeye men end regular basketball season

Iowa finished the regular season with a road trip to Michigan State and a home game against Illinois.
What a sad way to end a once-promising season.
Can you believe Iowa was sitting at 8-4, ranked 10th in the nation and some were predicting a possible Final Four?
Then the roof fell in.
The Hawkeyes’ 86-76 loss to the Spartans last Thursday was really frustrating.
Michigan State hosted Illinois on Saturday, March 1, and lost 53-46.
The Spartans scored 50 points against Iowa... IN THE SECOND HALF!
State shot 39 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range against Illinois.

Hawkeye wrestlers place second

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University of Iowa senior Tony Ramos won the 133-pound Big Ten title during championship round action of the conference tournament Sunday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Hawkeyes finished second in the team standings with 135 points, trailing only Penn State’s 140.5 points.
Nine Iowa wrestlers finished in the top five of their respective brackets, the most of any school. All nine place winners earned an automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Spartans run at Demon Indoor invite

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

Indoors, large competitive field, no team scores… Solon’s first meet of the year was a good chance to look at what’s out there for the 2014 season. Nearly 30 schools from 1A to 4A were looking over their early season prospects as well.
“Not a lot of highlights. We’re nursing a few injuries right now,” noted coach Brent Sands, coming out of the Washington (IA) High School’s Demon Invitational, held at the University of Iowa’s indoor track March 4.

Trojans ready for championship three-peat

West runs over City 74-50 for fourth state tourney trip

By Chris Umscheid
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CEDAR RAPIDS– It was a good night to be a West High Trojan, especially if your name was Nick Gallagher. The senior was second in scoring with 19 points and second only to teammate Wyatt Lohaus (22 points) as the Trojans ran over rival City High 74-50 Tuesday, March 4, in a substate final at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
“He (Gallagher) probably wasn’t at the top of their scouting sheet,” West coach Steve Bergman said with a laugh after the game.

Clipper girls ready to run

TIFFIN– Jane Astor probably isn’t a fan of Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog who’s prognostication of a prolonged winter seemed to be coming true.
Astor, the head coach of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls’ track and field team, and her athletes are itching to get out on the track.
After all, it is rather difficult to run the hurdles in UGGs®.