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Sports

Four Spartans heading to state

Gnida, Steuhm, Evans and Linderbaum to wrestle in Des Moines this week

MARION– It’s off to Des Moines for four Solon wrestlers.
Louis Gnida (120 pounds), Kade Steuhm (132), Lance Evans (220) and Logan Linderbaum (285) qualified for the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament Saturday, battling their way through the district meet at Marion.
“We have high hopes and expectations for the kids down in Des Moines,” said head coach Brooks McLaren. “They are all capable of winning matches down there and we hope to see all four of them on the awards stand.”

Girls end regular season with a win

SOLON– The Lady Spartans ended the regular season on a high note.
Solon defeated Marion 42-33 Tuesday, Feb. 11, finishing 9-12 and winning three of its last four games.
“The Marion game was satisfying on many levels,” said head coach Tony Nicol. “We were without two starters– Ali Herdliska and Madi Shafer– due to injury and illness. Any time you can beat a team that beat you earlier in the year it is a great accomplishment, especially without two starters.”
The Lady Spartans out-scored Marion 13-5 in the second quarter to take the lead and then salted the game away late.

Free throws cost Spartans at home

SOLON– Solon shot the ball well from the free throw line.
But Assumption and Central DeWitt were nearly perfect.
Davenport Assumption’s Evan Wadsager was 14-14 from the line and Central DeWitt shot 33-34 to keep the Spartans at arm’s length during back-to-back home losses last week.
Solon fell to Davenport Assumption 70-66 Thursday night and lost to Central DeWitt Friday, 54-44.
“We really did some good things offensively,” head coach Brad Randall said of the Assumption game. “That’s probably the best job we’ve done scoring against them.”

City still no match for West High

Little Hawks 41, Trojans 73

IOWA CITY– It was probably like déjà vu for the City High Little Hawks last Tuesday night as once again the West High Trojans trounced them on the hardwood.
In early January, the Trojans journeyed across town to administer a 70-34 pounding of their rivals. In the Feb. 11 rematch, the second half of a girl-boy doubleheader in a packed West High gym, the Trojans came away with a 73-41 victory.

City sours Senior Night for Women of Troy

City 58, West High 42

IOWA CITY– Last year the West High Women of Troy beat rival City High 55-42 in a Class 5A regional final for the right to compete in the state tournament.
Last Tuesday night the City High Little Hawks got some revenge with a 58-42 win on Senior Night for West.

Trojan swimmers triumph at state

MARSHALLTOWN– Another state championship trophy will be going into the case at West High as the Trojans won the 2014 state swimming meet Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Community Y in Marshalltown. West High dominated the 11-event meet with 205 points for the title. Runner-up Cedar Rapids Washington finished with 136 and City High finished in a tie for 19th place with Boone with six points.

Trojans send nine wrestlers to state

Prairie wins district, West High second

NEWTON– Nine West High wrestlers will compete at the 2014 state meet this week at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Tanner Rohweder (113 pounds), Chris Walters (126), Jakeb Bakken (132), Tyler Hebl (145), Nathan Kelsay (152), John Milani (160), Donovan Doyle (182), Micah Kelsay (220) and Aydan Wynos (285) earned the right to fight by placing either first or second in a Class 3A district meet Saturday, Feb. 15, in Newton.

CCA’s young man from Moldova

Exchange program in spotlight

TIFFIN– The Republic of Moldova, was founded on Aug. 27, 1991, after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. The small country, squeezed between Ukraine to the north, east and south, and Romania to the west has a population of just over 3.5 million.
Moldova is also home to Dan Zalucean, an exchange student attending Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school this year. The 17-year old is a senior and is part of a U.S. State Department initiative to improve relations with former Soviet countries.

Lady Spartans too much for CCA to handle

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

Half the team with a chance at state

Seven Spartan wrestlers advance to district meet Saturday at Marion

MOUNT VERNON– Seven Solon wrestlers have advanced to compete at the district meet Saturday at Marion, the last step toward a berth at state.
Solon’s varsity wrestling program placed third at the sectional meet held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Mount Vernon, with a score of 218 points, just off the pace set by sectional champ Mount Vernon (242) and second place Williamsburg (227).
But more importantly, seeding was decided for the sectional meet, with the champion and runner-up advancing to the district tournament.

Spartans fall to Mustangs on the road

MOUNT VERNON– It was one of those games.
The Solon boys fell to the Mount Vernon Mustangs on the road Tuesday night (Feb. 4), 69-55.
“They (Mount Vernon) played well, and it was just kind of a buzz saw,” said Solon head coach Brad Randall. “It just wasn’t one of our best defensive games.”
The Spartans trailed by only five points at halftime, but every time the Spartans made a run, Mount Vernon’s Andy Decamp seemed to be there to match it. “He just shot the ball so well,” Randall said. “Even when we defended him well.” Decamp finished the game with 22 points on 8-12 from the field.

Another Friday, another blowout

West Trojans dominate East

IOWA CITY– One week after blowing out Cedar Rapids Prairie in a continuous clock-shortened game the West High Trojans rolled over their counterparts from Waterloo East, 73-34, Friday, Feb. 7, at home. It was the second pummeling of East delivered by West this season; the teams met in Waterloo in January with Bergman’s Boys winning 83-40.