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Sports

Three Solon wrestlers advance at sectional

TIFFIN– The Solon varsity wrestling team crowned two champions and earned a third berth in the district tournament to be hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 9.
Individual champions for Solon at the sectional meet in Tiffin included Louis Gnida at 113 pounds and Lance Evans at 195 pounds. Logan Linderbaum took second place at heavyweight.
Gnida pinned Mount Vernon’s Levi Wade and earned a 9-5 decision over Keaton Sherwood of Benton Community. Evans pinned one opponent and took a 9-0 major decision over Conner Welch of Mount Vernon.
Other results for Solon included:

CCA’s Murphy on to district wrestling tournament

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Connor Murphy placed claimed the championship at 106 pounds, allowing the Clippers wrestler to advance to the district tournament in Solon Saturday, Feb. 9.
According to online statistics, Murphy was the only CCA wrestler to advance during the sectional meet hosted in Tiffin Saturday, Feb. 2.
Other results for CCA included:
• Daniel Brechtel placed fourth at 113;
• Carter Carew placed third at 126;
• Colton Beckler placed sixth at 132;
• Nate Langrehr placed fourth at 138;
• Stephen Jensen placed fifth at 152;
• Beau Gerard placed fifth at 195.

The best in the West

Disterhoft breaks West High record as team trounces Waterloo East

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble beating the Lady Trojans of Waterloo East at home Friday night, taking the MVC contest, 69-28. With West coming into the match-up with a 14-4 record vs. East’s 1-17, the end result was no surprise.

West High boys swim to second place at IHSAA district meet

IOWA CITY– The swimming Trojans of Iowa City West High placed second Saturday in a Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) District Meet held at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center and hosted by City High. West racked up 213 team points in the competition, which featured seven teams. Cedar Rapids Washington won the event with 327 team points, earing their 50th consecutive IHSAA District Championship.

Hawk Talk

Hawkeye wrestlers edge out Minnesota

Hawk Wrestling
The Hawkeyes won five matches, Minnesota won five but Iowa took the meet with a 41-33 advantage in match points Saturday in Minnesota.
The big three– Matt McDonough, Tony Ramos and Derek St. John– led the way with decisions.
It would have been nice for Tony to get one more takedown at 133 to get a major. He won 8-2 but couldn’t get a takedown at the end.
Mark Ballweg had a solid 3-1 win at 141 but it was Nick Moore’s 8-2 decision at 165 that helped put Iowa in front.

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.