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Sports

Early injuries for Hawkeye hoops

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams opened last weekend and both had major injuries.
Let’s start with the women, who won their first two games.
Nicole Smith only got to play three minutes in the exhibition opener before she hurt her knee. She will miss 10-14 weeks after having surgery last Friday.
Coach Lisa Bluder said Nicole worked hard in the off season, was in great shape and ready to help the Hawkeyes inside as she is the tallest player on the team at 6-4.
That leaves nine scholarship players.

Back to the dome!

Solon knocks off No. 2 Decorah on the road

DECORAH– This year, they would not be turned away.
The Solon Spartans upended the No. 2 team in Class 3A Friday night on the road, earning a spot in the state semifinals at the UNI-Dome this Thursday against Washington.
A year ago, the road ended in Decorah with a 35-10 loss.
This year, Solon took the lead and nursed a two-score margin into the fourth quarter, fending off a late rally to defeat the Decorah Vikings, 28-20.

Return Trip to State!

Spartans sweep CCA for third shot at title

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Solon Spartans will make their third consecutive state tournament appearance after defeating the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in three games during a Class 4A regional final at Cedar Rapids Washington High School Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Spartans won 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17 to earn the green state qualifier banner and head for a Tuesday, Nov. 12, battle with Indianola in the quarterfinal round at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Spartans run away from West Delaware

SOLON– It was a perfect storm for Solon.
The Spartans dismantled one of the top offenses in Class 3A last Monday with a 49-20 win over West Delaware.
The victory put Solon into the Class 3A quarterfinals against No. 2 Decorah Friday night, and the Spartans earned a date at the UNI-Dome with a 28-20 win over the Vikings.
But as great as it was to beat the defending state champs, the team that knocked you out of the playoffs last year, the second round match against West Delaware was almost picture perfect, with Solon’s offense, defense and special teams firing on all cylinders.

Clippers can’t stop three straight for Solon

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Solon Spartans will make their third consecutive state tournament appearance after defeating the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in three games during a Class 4A regional final at Cedar Rapids Washington High School Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Spartans won 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17 to earn the green state qualifier banner and head for a Tuesday, Nov. 12, battle with Indianola in the quarterfinal round at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Bettendorf ends West’s season in OT

IOWA CITY– From the start it was apparent it would be a hard-fought battle and the final score would be close as the West High Trojans faced the Bulldogs of Bettendorf Monday, Nov. 4, in a Class 4A second round playoff game on Trojan Field.
The Bulldogs ended the Trojans’ season with a 27-24 win in overtime.

14 West High Trojans named to 2013 MVC All-Division teams

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The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference (MVC) recently released its 2013 MVC Football All-Division selections. Fourteen players from the Iowa City West High Trojans were named to either first team, second team or honorable mention, in addition to an all-academic team.
West High coach Brian Sauser and his staff share coach of the year honors for the Mississippi Division with Dubuque Hempstead coach Bob McIntyre and his crew. Standout West High quarterback Nate Boland earned athlete of the year honors for the division as well.

Women of Troy take seventh at state swimming and diving meet

Thomas, Zhu earn second-place finishes

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MARSHALLTOWN– The fastest high school swimmers in the state met Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA pool for the 2013 girls state swimming and diving meet.
Ames High School won the meet with 302 team points while the Iowa City West High Women of Troy placed seventh with 111. City High placed 21st with 28 points.

A bad loss

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

As good as last week’s 17-10 overtime win was against Northwestern, the 28-9 loss to Wisconsin was a bad one.
Missed opportunities, interceptions, breakdowns in the defensive backfield (again) and Jake Rudock getting hurt.
One of the nice things about this time of year is if the Hawkeye football team loses, I can watch men’s and women’s basketball, like I did last Sunday, and get that losing taste out of my mouth.
I haven’t done the good, the bad and the ugly this year so…
Starting with the good, how about Jordan Canzeri, the redshirt sophomore running back.

Hawk men and women win

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Like I said earlier, I like this time of year because if the Hawkeye football team loses, like they did last Saturday at Kinnick, the men or women’s basketball team can bring winning back to the table.
Both teams won big... one was a good win… one not as good.
I’ll start with the women, who beat Concordia 92-68 Sunday at Carver.
Melissa Dixon hit two 3-pointers in the first 33 seconds and the Hawkeyes were off and running.

Solon dancers compete at solo contest

SOLON– Congratulations to Libbie Randall, Kaytee Berstler and Andria Kakacek for receiving Division I ratings at ISDTA State Solos. Ninety-six dancers competed in Class IV solos at Newton High School. Dancers needed to receive an average of 60 out of 70 points in order to receive this recognition.

Solon dancers compete at state solo competition

SOLON– Congratulations to Libbie Randall, Kaytee Berstler and Andria Kakacek for receiving Division I ratings at ISDTA State Solos. Ninety-six dancers competed in Class IV solos at Newton High School. Dancers needed to receive an average of 60 out of 70 points in order to receive this recognition.