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Sports

Hawk Talk

Tough weekend for the Hawkeyes

Last weekend wasn’t fun for Hawkeye basketball and wrestling fans.
The men’s basketball team blew a 19-point first half lead and lost at Nebraska, 64-60, on Saturday.
The wrestlers lost two meets to Minnesota and Missouri finishing fourth at the National Dual meet in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon and night.
On Sunday, the Iowa women got beat 66-46 by Nebraska.

Hawkeye Wrestling

We’ll start with wrestling.
Led by a pin from Tony Ramos, the Hawkeye wrestlers knocked off Cornell 21-16 in the first round of the National Dual meet championship last Friday.

No dance for Spartans

Panthers’ second half sends Solon home, 51-33

IOWA CITY– Turnovers and a suffocating Mount Pleasant defense spelled trouble for the Spartans.
Solon fell in the Class 3A Substate 5 final, 51-33, to the defending champion Panthers Monday night at Iowa City West.
The Spartans held a 14-point lead at one point in the first half, but a wound-up Mount Pleasant team started hitting the 3-pointers they missed earlier in a second half that saw only one made field goal by Solon until the game was in its final minute.

Solon Archery club members qualify for state competition

Eight Solon Archery Team members qualified for the state archery shoot in Des Moines March 2. State qualifiers were Jarrett Manifold, Jordan TePoel, Mathieux Rehnke, Rodney Wittich, Brianna Pike, Jonathen Rehnke Eric Swartzendruber and Nicole Breese (not pictured). (contributed photo)

New class, new trophy, new challenge

Women of Troy return to state tournament after beating City

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy are going back to the Girls State Basketball Tournament. A decisive 55-42 win over City High Tuesday night at Cedar Rapids Prairie in a Class 5A regional final punched their ticket, and put the ladies on track for their third consecutive tourney appearance.
West led the third meeting this season of the crosstown rivals throughout, edging past 11-10 after the first period and taking a 21-19 lead into the locker room at the half.

Evans places 5th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– People who do not know Solon 195-pound wrestler Lance Evans would have given him little chance of even qualifying for this year’s state wrestling meet, let alone placing in the tournament.
He sustained a severe knee injury this past summer, which required surgery, and was only cleared to start practicing during the week prior to the sectional tournament.
Evans went on to win both sectional and district championships in qualifying for the state wrestling tournament in Des Moines and won four matches, bringing home a fifth-place medal.
His match results were as follows:

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling
When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.

Big Ten champs

While I was talking about the Hawkeyes’ new football recruits last week, the Iowa wrestlers finished the Big Ten season undefeated, the men’s basketball team picked up a couple of wins and the women’s basketball team is in a big time slump.

Iowa wrestling

When the Hawkeyes knocked off Nebraska, 31-7, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10, they also won the Big Ten duals title.
Two days before, the Hawks took down Illinois, 25-12, but Matt McDonough lost his first match of the year.

Spartans aiming for state tournament

Solon heading for showdown with Keokuk (?) Thursday

SOLON– It’s one down, two to go for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans eliminated Washington from the playoff picture Monday night, 58-40, setting up a Thursday meeting with either Fairfield or Keokuk at Washington for the District 10 championship in Class 3A.
The winners of District 9 and District 10 will meet Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Substate 5 for a chance to go to the state basketball tournament in Des Moines.
Solon blew the game open, but it didn’t happen until the second half.

Hawk Talk

21 new Hawkeyes

It’s time to take a break from basketball and wrestling and talk about Iowa’s new football recruits.
I got a chance to sit down with Reese Morgan last Wednesday to talk about the new kids on the block.
Reese, who coached the offensive line for eight years, is now the defensive line coach.
First I had to ask him about Marshal Yanda, former Hawkeye offensive lineman, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl.
Reese not only helped recruit him but coached him, too.

Happy ducks and happier hunters

Conservation group puts the emphasis on local wetlands

SHUEYVILLE– Since 1911, Delta Waterfowl has been committed to preserving the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. For a year now, the Hoosier Bay Chapter has been organizing and making plans for the future of local waterfowl and hunting, specifically in their namesake Hoosier Bay, located south of Ely in the Atherton Wetland.
The group with around 30 members is headquartered in Shueyville and covers a 50-mile radius.

Fighting to a bitter end

Dowling derails Trojan grapplers’ run for State Dual Meet

IOWA CITY– Two “firsts” occurred Wednesday night in the West High gymnasium.
One, the Trojans won’t be going to the state dual meet in Des Moines for the first time in a decade.
The other, the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons will be going for the first time since 1993. The Maroons bested West by one point, winning a Class 3A Regional Dual Meet, 35-34.

Creek’s Murphy places fourth in district meet

Connor Murphy was the only Clear Creek Amana Clipper to advance to a Class 2A District Wrestling Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 9, at Solon High School. Murphy is shown here battling Max Wehage of Vinton-Shellsburg in first round action. The sophomore placed fourth, falling to Wehage in 5:07, and to Jaret Probasco of South Tama in the Third Place match in 1:55.