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Sports

Creek Girls roll past Indee

CCA earns sixth consecutive win, 60-33, at Indee

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INDEPENDENCE– P.J. Sweeney and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity basketball team notched their sixth consecutive win Tuesday, Jan. 9, on the road in Independence, 60-33, against the Mustangs.
Karsyn Stratton, a sophomore, led the attack with 20 points for CCA as the Clippers dominated throughout the contest. The Creek Girls took the first period 18-6 and held off a 15-point rally from the Mustangs in the second period to hold a 27-21-halftime lead. The Clippers pounded Indee 21-4 in the third for a 48-25 lead going into the final quarter.

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Mount Pleasant lights up Liberty, 76-51

Rash of turnovers

NORTH LIBERTY– A two-game winning streak for the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team ended Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home as the Mount Pleasant Panthers took a 76-51 victory. The Liberty Lightning, aka “The Bolts,” were basking in the glow of a Saturday, Jan. 6, win over Clear Creek Amana. The Bolts had made a strong second half effort in the 58-45 victory.

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West’s Rosenthal a Coach of the Year

IOWA CITY– The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association recently announced selecting 23 coaches from around the country as 2017 Coaches of the Year. Iowa City West High’s head girls’ soccer coach, David Rosenthal, was among the honorees.
Rosenthal, a native of Waterville, Maine, has been at West High for 24 years as a Spanish teacher and has coached for 23 years after attending the University of Iowa for graduate school and student teaching at West.

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Trojans wipe out Warriors

IC West soaks CR Washington, 122-53

CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s boys swim team celebrated Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 9, at home (Coralville Recreation Center) with a pair of wins over the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors.
West High’s varsity washed the Warriors away, 122-53, while the junior varsity (JV) crew took a 114-55 win.
Varsity individual winners included Lane Griffis (200- and 500-yard freestyle events), Izaak Hajek (200-yard individual medley (IM) and 100-yard butterfly), Brennon Keen (50-yard freestyle) and Ben Berhow (100-yard breaststroke).

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Creek Boys rock the mats at Regina

CCA defeats Lone Tree, HLV and IC Regina

IOWA CITY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers improved to 7-7 in dual meets, including a 7-3 showing since the start of 2018, with a quad meet sweep Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Iowa City Regina against the Regals, Lone Tree and Hartwick-Ladora-Victor (HLV).

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Spartans sweep Anamosa, Maquoketa

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers lost only two matches while sweeping a home double dual against WaMaC Conference foes Anamosa and Maquoketa Jan. 4.
The Spartans crushed Anamosa, 70-6, and clobbered Maquoketa, 75-6.
Solon gave up a pin in each meet.

Road wins for Lady Spartans

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
VAN HORNE– The Solon Lady Spartans ended the week in Van Horne on Friday, Jan. 5, with a second consecutive road win as they exited the court to the traveling crowd’s cheers, following their final moment dribbling away the clock, defeating the Benton Community Bobcats, 44-42.
It was the team’s second win in as many nights, raising their record for the season to 5-7.

Second half comeback not enough

Solon boys pick up 1st home loss against Benton

SOLON– A second-half flurry wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, and Solon’s varsity boys basketball team picked up its first home loss of the season to Benton Community Friday, Jan. 5.
The 68-61 defeat dropped the Spartans to 6-3 on the season. The Bobcats improved to 6-2.
“We shot too many outside shots, and did not attack early,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “That affected our defense as well.”
Solon dropped into an 18-9 hole in the first quarter and found itself down 18 points at the half, 39-21.

Clippers struck by Lightning

Liberty boys hand CCA boys 58-45 loss

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NORTH LIBERTY– Stu Ordman and the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team improved their record to 5-6 with a 58-45 home win over Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday, Jan. 6. The Lightning handed the Clippers their second loss in two days as the Creek Boys fell the night before to Central Clinton, DeWitt and dropped to 2-7.

Creek Girls escape Lightning Bolts

CCA tops Liberty, 64-58

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NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, extending its winning streak to five games and improving its record to 6-4. The Clippers defeated Central Clinton, DeWitt, 50-38, Friday night and faced the Liberty Lightning in a varsity girl-boy doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Bolts fell, 55-32, Tuesday, Jan. 2, at home to Dubuque Hempstead and were topped 64-58 by the Creek Girls for their second-consecutive loss and a 5-7 record.

Creek Boys top double dual

CCA wrestlers defeat CPU and Liberty High

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CENTER POINT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers swept a double dual (triangular) meet Thursday, Jan. 4, in Center Point versus the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) and the Lightning (Bolts) from Liberty High.
The Clippers edged past the Pointers, 42-41, with Andrew Rohret (145 pounds), Kyle Pitlick (195), Jonah Upah (285) and Sam Stevens (113) all winning by fall over CPU’s Dylan Clark, Collin Bantz, Derek Besick and Matt Hearn.

Iowa City West clobbers Dubuque Wahlert

Women of Troy fry the Golden Eagles, 76-28

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DUBUQUE– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy improved their varsity basketball record to 8-2 Friday, Jan. 5, on the road at Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School. West High fried the Wahlert Golden Eagles, 76-28, and delivered Wahlert’s fifth loss in a row and a 3-8 record.
West High exploded out of the gate with a 26-point effort in the first period while giving up only 10 points. West led 48-18 at halftime and held a very comfortable 62-24 lead going into the final period.