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Sports

IC West confounds CR Kennedy, 77-44

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans continued their march to Des Moines, with hopes of defending their Class 4A State Championship, by dismantling the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars 77-44 Tuesday night at home.
The Cougars led briefly, very briefly, at the start of the game by taking a 2-0 lead. After that, it was all West, all the time.
Myzeah Batie-Gaddy scored to tie on his way to an 18-point night. Wyatt Lohaus dropped-in a layup just ahead of the period-ending buzzer, giving the Trojans a 21-7 advantage.

Trojans continue domination on the mat

Iowa City West whips Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Waterloo West

CEDAR RAPIDS– A late December snowstorm only postponed the inevitable for the Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Waterloo West wrestlers. A double-dual meet originally scheduled for Dec. 20 was rescheduled to Thursday night, and for Iowa City West it was worth the wait. Mark Reiland’s Trojans reigned supreme defeating the Kennedy Cougars 60-22 and the Waterloo West Wahawks 68-8.

Local riders compete at state team sorting finals in Illinois

BRIMFIELD, Ill.– Area residents had a good weekend Dec. 1 and 2 at the Illinois State Team Sorting Finals held in Brimfield, Ill. Almost 200 teams competed and the high money winner for the weekend was Robert Sentman of Tiffin. Robert also won a buckle for the Level 2 Division and tied for the Masters (over 50 class) Buckle. Winning the Open buckle was Josh Cochran of Williamsburg. Matt Collins of North Liberty won the Novice Buckle and Nicholas Collins won the Beginner Buckle.

Hawk Talk

Chris Street remembered

I doesn’t seem like it was 20 years ago last Saturday that Chris Street died in an auto accident.
The Hawkeyes honored Chris by beating Wisconsin, the only undefeated team left in the Big Ten, 70-66, before a jam-packed, very loud and excited crowd.
I remember that night of the accident 20 years ago as I was sitting at home watching TV around 7:30 p.m.
I got a call from Deanna Slade, who was a neighbor of mine.
Deanna asked me, “Is there a football player named Chris Street?”
I said, “No, he plays basketball.”

Spartans rally against Regina

SOLON– It’s not easy being consistent.
After battling a tough Anamosa team tooth and toenail, Solon’s varsity basketball squad fell prey to the Cardinals of Maquoketa last week, collecting a third loss on the season before surging back against Iowa City Regina the next night.
The Spartans moved to 10-3 overall last week, solidifying their position behind Western Dubuque on the top of the WaMaC East heap.
Solon used a 23-point fourth quarter to push past Anamosa at home last Tuesday, taking a 56-48 victory from a hungry Raider team.

Solon wrestlers take second place at CPU dual meet

CENTER POINT– The Solon varsity wrestling team turned in a solid performance with a second place finish at the Center Point Dual Meet Tournament held this past Saturday. The team won three meets and lost two in the round-robin format.
Scores were as follows:
Solon 38, New London 42
Solon 64, Clayton Ridge 12
Solon 26, CPU 52
Solon 43, Oelwein 33
Solon 46, Mid Prairie 30

Jirak’ed!

CPU standout leads Pointers past Clippers, 65-48

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Joshua Jirak pounded in 37 points to lead the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers past the struggling Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Tuesday night on the Clippers’ home hardwood. The Pointers took the late-starting varsity game 65-48, dropping the Clippers to 2-11 as the regular season heads for the home stretch.

Clippers win, then fall, on the mat

CCA wins double dual at English Valley, give it up to Benton Community, Vinton-Shellsburg

NORTH ENGLISH– A tough season got a little brighter Monday, Jan. 14, as Jared Carder’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity wrestlers won a double dual meet against English Valley and Lone Tree at North English.
Colton Beckler took an 8-2 decision from Lone Tree’s Jake Viner at 126 pounds, Jacob Wessling won by fall in 3:02 at 138 pounds against Thomas Tryon of Lone Tree and Nate Langrehr took the 145-pound match with a win by fall in 1:10 over Lone Tree’s Drake Dauber. At 152 pounds, Stephen Jensen pinned Lone Tree’s Trevor Rogers in 4:39.

Spartans keep lid on Mustangs

Villagrana’s free throws lift boys at Beckman

SOLON– The Solon Spartans received a good growing experience courtesy of Dyersville Beckman Friday night.
Solon came out of Dyersville with a slim 57-55 win thanks to a pair of free throws by Solon point guard Emilio Villagrana.
“It was a very hard-fought, extremely physical game,” said head coach Brad Randall of the win. “You come out of there with a win, and you’ve really done something.”

Cougars claw bowling Trojans

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars swept the Iowa City West Trojans Thursday evening at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center. The Kennedy boys won 2,703 to 2,535 while the Kennedy girls won 2,445 to 2,182.
Heath Schintler and Katelyn Kelly led the Trojans with 341 and 339 pins respectively.
West High is in action again Friday, Jan. 25 at home at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City against Dubuque Senior with a 3:15 p.m. start time.

Boys’ top five:
1. Doug Svoboda, CRK, 379.
2. Troy McKiernan, CRK, 378.
3. Seth Nutt, CRK, 368.
4. Kyle Custer, CRK, 366.
5. Heath Schintler, ICW, 341.

Trojans trounce Little Hawks on the mat

IOWA CITY– The West vs. City High rivalry took to the wrestling mat Thursday night at West High as the Trojans easily handled the east-siders 69-6 in varsity action.
Tristen Bowers, Kegan Wakefield, Tyler Hebl, John Milani, Jackson Voigt, Donovan Doyle, Colin Foerstner, Jakeb Bakken and Chris Walters all won by fall.

Women of Troy hold off Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs

West girls up to the challenge

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy repelled a threat from the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday, Jan. 8, pulling off a 55-46 MVC victory on their home court.
Laynie Whitehead put West on the scoreboard early in the first period, and West took a 9-1 lead prompting the Mustangs to call for a time-out. Ally Disterhoft hit the first of two 3-pointers late in the quarter for a 16-7 lead. The Mustangs galloped back in the second, out-scoring West 13-11. West held a 27-20 lead at the half, with 12 of those points coming from Disterhoft.