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Sports

Another big win for wrestlers

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The seventh-ranked Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off the third-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The crowd was big (over 13,000), the atmosphere was electric and you had the two most storied programs in wrestling.
Oklahoma State has won 34 NCAA titles, Iowa 23.
The third-most titles are eight by Iowa State.
The Cowboys have 1,098 dual wins, the Hawkeyes 995.
The Hawks now have a 13-11 advantage in Iowa City.
You start with Spencer Lee at 125 pounds and end with Sam Stoll at 285.
Both picked up key wins.

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A much-needed win

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The Hawkeye men finally got in the win column last week in the Big Ten at Illinois pulling out a 104-97 overtime win.
I didn’t see this coming.
Iowa starting the Big Ten 0-5, that is.
Before the season, I thought the Hawks had a chance to have a good season and have a shot of getting in the NCAA tournament.
I didn’t see Christian Williams transferring and Connor McCaffery suffering illness and injury and not being able to play.
Connor was planning on redshirting but that changed when Christian transferred. Now it looks like that is back on the table.

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Tough loss for women

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The Purdue Boilermakers came to Carver last Saturday and knocked off the Hawkeyes, 76-70.
This loss hurt in more ways than one.
Iowa’s two losses came against teams that were ranked higher.
Florida State was ranked 13th when they beat Iowa, 94-93, in Iowa City on Nov. 29. The Hawks had five players in double figures, including Tania Davis, who had 14 points and five assists. Makenzie Meyer had six points and five assists.

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Solon 2nd, place 13 in home tournament

Linderbaum only champion, at Ed Hadenfeldt

SOLON– It was a respectable second-place showing for the varsity Spartans wrestling team.
Solon hosted its Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational Saturday, Jan. 13, and while Lisbon captured the team title, the Spartans crowned one champion and placed a total of 13 on their way to runner-up.

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Close loss, close win

Spartans rebound from last-second Mt. Vernon loss to topple Regina

IOWA CITY– One day you’re on the wrong end of a bad beat, the next day, you’re back on top.
Such was life for the Solon varsity boys’ basketball team last week.
After bouncing back from their first home loss of the season with a road win at Maquoketa Jan. 9, the Spartans saw an early lead escape and fell at Mount Vernon on a last-second bucket Friday, Jan. 12.
Solon turned around Saturday with a 48-42 win at Iowa City Regina, holding the Regals to their lowest point total of the season and allowing only 14 points over two quarters of play.

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Lady Spartans drop two at home

Solon girls lose in final moments against Maquoketa Cardinals

SOLON– The Lady Spartans stumbled the week of Jan. 8-12, dropping a close game on Tuesday, Jan. 9, against the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-49, in the final minutes and falling short the second half, 41-28, facing Highway 1 rivals the Mount Vernon Mustangs on Friday, Jan. 12.

Bergie’s Trojans

West High racks up home win No. 79 with 69-42 victory over Linn-Mar

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IOWA CITY– Seventy-nine. That’s how many consecutive wins the Iowa City West High Trojans have on their home court.
Nine, the number of wins this season for the Trojans, with zero losses. One recent victim was Linn-Mar, which dropped to 5-4 after Bergie’s Boys pounded them 69-42 at West High School Jan. 9.

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West overhauls CR Warriors, 72-50

Women of Troy wallop the Warriors

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy posted their sixth consecutive win Friday, Jan. 12, at home with a 72-50 pounding of Cedar Rapids Washington’s Warriors.
The first period was a back and forth battle with the Warriors edging out West High 9-8, but the momentum quickly shifted in the second with B.J. Mayer’s Women of Troy blasting the Warriors 19-8 for a 27-17 halftime lead. West outscored Washington 22-20 in the third on its way to the 22-point advantage at the end.

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Waverly-Shell Rock defeats Liberty, 52-32

Go Hawks make it a no-go for the Lightning girls

WAVERLY– The “Go Hawks” of Waverly-Shell Rock kept the Liberty High varsity girls basketball team searching for its first win of 2018 with a 52-32 loss Friday, Jan. 12, in Waverly.
The Lightning lagged behind early as the Go Hawks took a 14-5 lead at the end of the first period and were ahead 20-12 at halftime. Liberty trailed 36-23 going into the final quarter, which was their brightest of the night with a 12-point effort, however the Go Hawks’ 16-points carried them to victory.

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CCA boys drop to 2-8

Indee Mustangs ride away from Creek Boys

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team dropped to 2-8 Tuesday, Jan. 8, with a 72-66 loss at home to the Mustangs of Independence.
The Mustangs put the Creek Boys in a 13-6 hole at the end of the first period and extended their lead to 33-27 at halftime despite a second-quarter rally by the Clippers. The momentum shifted in the third period as Brandon Clubb’s crew battled to a 57-50 advantage going into the final eight minutes. The Mustangs, however, rallied back for the win.

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J-Hawks sweep the lanes against Trojans

Stark, Mohr, Little and Strauser lead West High against CR Jefferson

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s bowling squads all fell to the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Friday, Jan. 12, at May City Bowling in Cedar Rapids.
The J-Hawk varsity girls defeated the Women of Troy 2,705 to 2,387, with Jefferson’s Aryana Benesh winning with 394 while West High’s Alexie Little led the Trojans with 378. Jefferson’s junior varsity (JV) girls won 2,335 to 1,423, with the J-Hawks’ Becca Moffatt winning with 337 while West’s Lauren Strauser led with 205.

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“No defense.”

Indians get the best of the Creek Boys

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Big first half propels Marion past Clear Creek Amana, 60-37

MARION– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) head coach Brandon Clubb summed up his team’s performance on the road Friday, Jan. 12, in Marion in just two words.
“No defense.”
The Clippers suffered their fourth consecutive loss to the Indians, falling 60-37, and dropping their record to 2-9. The Indians, on the other hand, improved their lot in life to a 5-6 showing while snapping a three-game losing streak.

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