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Sports

Trojans run in Cyclone country

AMES– A day after the Mississippi Valley Conference indoor meet at the UNI-Dome, Iowa City West High sent a detachment of Trojans to Iowa State University for the 21st annual Iowa State High School Indoor Classic. The Tuesday, March 18, invitational meet drew teams from across Iowa.

Hawkeye women win big

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa rolled over the Marist Red Foxes, 87-65, Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a first-round victory in the NCAA tournament.
The game was supposed to be close because the Red Foxes had five players averaging in double figures like the Hawks. They were 27-6 coming into the game, Iowa was 26-8, they were a good passing team and played good defense.
There were a few things missing.

Last man standing

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Tony Ramos has been one of the most exciting wrestlers at Iowa for the last four years. The 133-pound senior from Illinois was missing two things– a Big Ten championship and an NCAA title.
Two weeks ago he won his first Big Ten title and last Saturday at Oklahoma City he picked up his first NCAA championship.
Tony scored two nearfall points in the first tiebreak to defeat Wisconsin’s fifth-seeded Tyler Graff, 3-1, in overtime.

Lions & Tigers & Wildcats?

Hawk Talk

When the Hawkeyes lost their last regular season game to Illinois, 66-63, I thought, or was hoping, that game was going to be the low point of the season.
I really hate it when I’m wrong.
The 67-62 loss to Northwestern last Thursday was not only the lowest point of the season, it came against a team that Iowa has beaten five straight times, the last two times by over 25 points.
Fran McCaffery has some major challenges ahead and the main ones are not even related to Iowa basketball.
I don’t have any kids, but still I couldn’t imagine finding out your 13-year-old son has a tumor.

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.