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Sports

So close; Clippers’ season ends in OT

Benton Community 60, CCA Clippers 59

North Liberty Leader
VAN HORNE– Basketball season is officially over at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
The Bobcats of Benton Community closed the book on the Clippers’ season Monday, Feb. 24, in a Class 3A District 10 semifinal at Van Horne with a 60-59 win in overtime. Benton held a 12-9 lead at the end of the first period, but a 19-point effort by the Clippers in the second quarter led to a 28-22 advantage at the half. CCA stretched their lead to 39-28 going into the fourth period.

Roy versus Devin

Hawk Talk

Since I did a comparison of Lisa Bluder’s first team in 2000-2001 and this year’s women’s team, I thought it would be interesting to compare Dr. Tom Davis’ first team in 1986-1987 and Fran’s team this year.
Roy Marble, a sophomore at the time, was one of the many stars that helped lead Iowa to a record 30 wins and five losses.
Roy’s team averaged 87.2 points per game. This year’s team, led by his son Devyn, is averaging 84 points.
Roy’s team had 10 players averaging over 11 minutes per game, Devyn’s team has 11 players averaging over 10 minutes.
Neither team would wear each other out.

Doubleheader

Last Saturday, the Hawkeye men played Wisconsin at Carver at 11 a.m. while the women took on the Wolverines at Michigan. Their game started at 12:30 p.m.
I don’t like losing to the Badgers. Before the season started, the Hawks were leading the all-time series, 79-78.
After Wisconsin’s 79-74 victory Saturday, they now lead the series, 80-79.
You had four Hawkeyes in double figures, Iowa had more bench points (35-21), more rebounds (35-33), but the Badgers had four more 3-pointers (8-4).
Iowa led by one with a minute to play, but couldn’t finish.
Tough game... tough loss.

Co Big Ten champs

The University of Iowa wrestling team won seven of 10 matches to defeat No. 15 Wisconsin, 28-10, and earn a share of the Big Ten title Sunday.
Cory Clark and Tony Ramos opened the dual with pins, and Nick Moore recorded his team-high fifth major decision to help Iowa improve to 7-1 in conference duals. The Hawkeyes share the Big Ten dual title with Minnesota and Penn State, and in two weeks Iowa returns to Madison to challenge for the Big Ten tournament title.

Spartans trounce South Tama

Three in a row for Solon boys

SOLON– The Spartans will have a chance for their 11th consecutive district title Thursday when they face Benton Community at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
Solon’s boys defeated South Tama 82-36 in a District 10 semifinal Monday, Feb. 24, at Van Horne to set up the showdown with the Bobcats, who came from behind to defeat Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in overtime.
Solon had its own close call with CCA Friday, Feb. 21, in a makeup game against the Clippers in Tiffin. The Spartans edged away with a 68-62 win to end the regular season on a winning note.

Season’s end

Lady Spartans fall to North Scott after defeating Maquoketa in first round

ELDRIDGE– The season came to an end for the Lady Spartans over the weekend, but not without a valiant effort.
Solon’s girls fell to North Scott in a Class 4A Region 3 semifinal Saturday at Eldridge, 63-51.
After falling behind by 13 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans played the Lancers evenly the rest of the way.

Linn-Mar Lions end season for Women of Troy

West falls in regional semifinal, 46-37

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
MARION– They fought hard to the bitter end, but a strong second half performance by the Linn-Mar Lions ended the season for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Saturday night, Feb. 22, in the Lions’ gym.
Linn-Mar took the Class 5A regional semifinal game, 46-37.

Six point spread seals win for Solon, 68-62

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

CCA boys: Clippers end regular season with 6-14 record

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers overcame a first half deficit, but still fell prey to the Solon Spartans Friday night, Feb. 21, at home on Senior Night.
CCA honored seniors Cody Wagner, Jacob Klingeman and Josh Dillon between the sophomore and varsity games.
The Spartans took the sophomore contest 72-62 and the varsity tilt 68-62.

West wrestlers stopped short of championships

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans crowned no champions at the 2014 State Wrestling Tournament held last Thursday (Feb. 20) through Saturday (Feb. 22) in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The team placed seventh overall in team points with 59, while Bettendorf placed first with 162. Chris Walters’ third-place finish at 126 pounds marked the highest finish in the tournament for West. Tanner Rohweder (113-pounds) was fourth, John Milani (160) placed fifth, Donovan Doyle (182) posted a seventh-place finish and Micah Kelsay (220) had an eighth-place showing.

We Run second anniversary Lucky Run to be March 29

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run, LLC, is celebrating its second anniversary with a Lucky Run. Register for the 1K, 5K or 10K run that will be held on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m. at the North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty. Participants will receive a finishing medal and T-shirt for their entry fee. Register at www.werunllc.com/Lucky_Run.php. Portions of the race proceeds will benefit local youth fitness and Soles4Souls. Direct questions to kris.tharp@werunllc.com or call 319-626-2426.

Most wins ever

When the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Northwestern last week 90-84, Lisa Bluder not only passed Vivian Stringer for the most wins (270) in school history, she topped Tom Davis, the former men’s head basketball coach.
What are the chances of head coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball teams to finish their careers with exactly 269 victories?
All five Iowa starters were in double figures, with Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic leading the way.
That’s the way Lisa coaches basketball, and why she has been so successful.