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Sports

Hawkeye women so close

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women lost their first game last week, with 11th-ranked Florida State knocking off the Hawks, 94-93.
When I go to a men’s or women’s basketball game, I like to go a little early to watch them warm up. When I went to the women’s game last week, I was impressed with how good the Hawkeyes’ shooters were.
The team was shooting lights out in warm-ups making eight in a row, then 10 in a row and then seven straight.
I know that doesn’t always show up in a game, but it sure did last Wednesday.
The Hawks were 14-15 in the first quarter and made 15 straight going into the second quarter.

Alumni Basketball Tournament, Dec. 30

ment will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.

Buzzer-beater moves Solon to 2-0

Krutzfeldt 3-pointer gives Solon the 55-54 win over Marion

SOLON– Ben Krutzfeldt’s 3-pointer at the buzzer won it for the Spartans.
Down by two in the closing seconds to Marion, The Spartans inbounded at the far end of the court to A.J. Coons who drove the ball and dished it off to Krutzfeldt for a deep three that swished the net.
Solon, down by seven points to start the fourth quarter, scored 22 points in the final period to steal away a 55-54 victory over the Indians Dec. 1 in Solon.
“Ben hit a great shot,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing noted. “That was set up by A.J. Coons.”

Lady Spartans defeat Demons at home

Solon downs Washington for 2nd win, 53-46

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SOLON– Solon’s Brianna Smith returned to the Lady Spartans’ home court on Saturday, Dec. 2, arguably in an effort to wash the bitter taste of the 64-18 loss to Marion the night before from every Solon fan’s memory. Shooting 5-5 from the arc, Brianna Smith led the 1-2 Lady Spartans with 22 points to a 53-46 win over the 1-2 Washington Demons while exorcizing a few from the night before on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Wild Wrestling Win

Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty costs Raiders as Solon beats W’burg

SOLON– The Solon varsity wrestling team started its season with a doozy.
The Spartans came away from a home dual meet with Williamsburg Nov. 30 with a one-point win, 32-31, awarded to Solon on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final match of the night.
“The Williamsburg meet was definitely one to remember,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams.
The Raiders returned most of the lineup from a team that finished second in the WaMaC, Williams said, while the Spartans graduated seven seniors who amassed more than 1,000 career wins.

No. 1 Marion routs Solon Women

Lady Spartans pick up second loss, 64-18

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MARION– On Friday, Dec. 1, the Lady Spartans found out what it is like to meet a No. 1-ranked team as they headed to Marion to face the Indians. Suffice it to say it was an eye-opening, 64-18 loss.
“I hope we can take some pride in the fact that we never gave up,” Coach Lisa Bishop said. “That Marion group has been playing together for a long time, year round. They know each other very well and have worked extremely hard on their game in the off-season. They should be rewarded and I think they will be state champs.

Lady Spartans stumble

S. Tama outpaces Solon, 51-47

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SOLON– The Lady Spartans paced the South Tama Trojans on Tuesday, Nov. 28, but fell a few steps shy in the final quarter, losing 51-47.
“I think we let the game get away due to foul trouble, not taking care of the ball, and missed free-throws,” Coach Lisa Bishop commented. “Big credit to South Tama for capitalizing on each of those mistakes.”
Solon’s starting lineup for the second game of the season included juniors Saige Hauer, Gabby Marty, Abby Smith and Erin Kerkhoff led by senior Brianna Smith.

Women of Troy remember “Flash” with a win

IC West downs CR Xavier, 49-30

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IOWA CITY– “Flash” is gone, but far from forgotten. Austin Schroeder, better known to the Iowa City West High community as “Flash,” was born on Aug. 13, 1999, and died on April 28, 2015, from cancer. “Flash” was diagnosed with T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, Stage 3, in April of 2014 and lost a valiant fight against the disease a year later.
“Flash” was remembered Friday, Dec. 1, as the West High Women of Troy dedicated the first home game of the regular season in memory of him.

Creek Boys rally, comes up short

Dyersville Beckman wins, 48-42

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TIFFIN– A tie at the end of the first period turned into a deficit for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boy’s basketball team.
It was a deficit they came close to overcoming, but came up short in the end as Dyersville Beckman Catholic handed the Clippers a 48-42 loss in the season opener Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Tiffin.

Wrestling Bolts debut

Liberty varsity splits with Xavier and Cedar Rapids Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s first varsity and junior varsity (JV) wrestling squads made their debut Thursday, Nov. 30, in a double dual with Cedar Rapids Xavier and Cedar Rapids Washington, at Xavier.
The Liberty Lightning zapped the Washington Warriors, 42-38, in varsity action and fell to Xavier, 12-6.
Liberty’s Klein Thoensen (145 pounds), Ashton Barker (152) and Jacob Morgan (170) won by fall against Washington’s Caleb Velasquez, Hashim Herz and Kyree Harrison, respectively. Drew Snyder (138) and Peter Woodward (152) won by fall over Xavier’s Kyle Wilkins and Derrick Skala.

Creek Boys 28th at Indee wrestling invitational

Cochran cracks top 10

INDEPENDENCE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers joined 30 other teams from around the region at Independence High School’s Cliff Keen Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, in Independence. The Clippers scored 46 team points for 28th place in the event, which was won by Fort Dodge with 386.
Tanner Cochran was the only Clipper to post a top-10 finish with a seventh-place showing at 220 pounds.

Lightning strikes 3-pointers for girls’ first win

Saunders’ 15 points lead Liberty in 44-43 win over MV

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girl’s basketball team picked up its first win Monday, Nov. 27, at home against the Mount Vernon Mustangs. The Lightning flashed for a 44-43 win to improve its inaugural record to 1-2 after losses to Fairfield (54-28) and Waterloo West (54-29).
Liberty trailed 11-6 after the first period and was down 24-21 at halftime. The gap widened in the third period with the Lightning lagging behind 37-30 going into the final quarter. However, an 11-0 run in the final 2:30, including a trio of 3-pointers in the final minute sparked a historic finish for Liberty.