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Sports

West splits with City on the hardwood

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity boys basketball team posted its 44th consecutive win Tuesday night with a 67-34 pounding of their rival, the Little Hawks, at City High.
The Trojans jumped out to a 19-8 lead in the first period and were up 36-14 at the half.
Three Trojans, Jeremy Morgan, Wyatt Lohaus and Austin Swank were in double-digits with 19 points for Morgan while Swank had 14 and Lohaus contributed 13 to the cause. Jason Stewart had an 8-point game, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy scored 6, Chike Ukah had 4 and David Dileo put in 3. Morgan sank a trio of 3-pointers as well.

Last-second foul dooms Lady Spartans at Beckman

DYERSVILLE– It apparently wasn’t meant to be.
The basketball gods conspired against the Lady Spartans last week in their season finale, snatching away a winning season with a 53-52 loss against Beckman on the road at Dyersville.
“I have watched the end of the game probably 15 times and can just shake my head,” noted Solon head coach Tony Nicol.
Solon’s girls held a 1-point lead with 8.1 seconds on the clock after the two teams had battled neck and neck in the second half.

Three close, exciting wins for boys

SOLON– Three tough games.
Three points difference.
Three great wins.
The Solon boys took the best shots Beckman, West Branch and Williamsburg could give, and left the court standing each time last week.
The Spartans went to the wire in each game (and overtime against West Branch), winning by 3 points in each contest with eerily similar scores.
Solon defeated Beckman 48-45 in the last home game of the regular season last Tuesday (Feb. 5), then went on the road for back-to-back games at West Branch (50-47 OT) and Williamsburg (48-45).

Three to state meet

Lance Evans, Louis Gnida and Logan Linderbaum advance

SOLON– The Solon wrestling team advanced all three of its district qualifiers to the state tournament to be held later this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The trio consisting of 113-pounder Louis Gnida, 195-pounder Lance Evans, and heavyweight Logan Linderbaum had a near-perfect day, combining to win five of the six matches they wrestled.
Gnida took first place in impressive fashion, winning by decision 8-1 in his first match, before pinning his opponent in the finals.

Hawk Talk

No. 1 Penn State falls

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The Hawkeye wrestlers took down the Nittany Lions, 22-16, last Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
What a great meet!
What a great crowd (15,000-plus)!
What a great win!
It’s been three years since the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA title.
Iowa has one loss this year to Oklahoma State, but is the only unbeaten team left in the Big Ten.
Matt McDonough, Derek St. John and Mike Evans won one-point matches, Tony Ramos got a pin and Mark Ballweg got a major to lead the Hawkeyes.

Defensive gem

Spartans stymie Mustangs, 52-31

SMOUNT VERNON– It was the best game of the year defensively, said head coach Brad Randall.
The Solon varsity boys dismantled the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 52-31, last Tuesday (Jan. 30), their only game of the week.
But the Spartans have a full slate this week, including senior night hosting Dyersville Beckman Feb. 6 and road trips to West Branch and Williamsburg Thursday and Friday.
In Mount Vernon, Solon held the Mustangs to 13 first-half points and led 44-23 at the end of three quarters.

Feeling optimistic

Lady Spartans play top WaMaC teams tough

SOLON– Sometimes, a loss can feel okay.
Even though the short-handed Lady Spartans didn’t come away with a win last week against Mount Vernon and Western Dubuque, they gave the two top teams in the conference a run for the money.
With different starters sidelined for each of the home varsity matchups, the girls dropped to 10-10 on the season with a single game remaining.

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

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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.