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Sports

Hawk Talk

Hawkeye road wins

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Hawkeye men and women picked up road wins last week, but first the men got knocked off by Michigan State.
The Hawkeyes gave themselves a good chance to beat the Spartans Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena but came up short and lost their third straight Big Ten game, 62-59.
That was also their third straight loss to a ranked team and Devyn Marble, Iowa’s leading scorer, didn’t play.
Zach McCabe and Melsahn Basabe stepped up with 15 and 14 points respectively. Eric May started for Devyn, hit his first 3-pointer and had seven boards but only scored five points.

Trojans trounce Little Hawks on the mat

IOWA CITY– The West vs. City High rivalry took to the wrestling mat Thursday night at West High as the Trojans easily handled the east-siders 69-6 in varsity action.
Tristen Bowers, Kegan Wakefield, Tyler Hebl, John Milani, Jackson Voigt, Donovan Doyle, Colin Foerstner, Jakeb Bakken and Chris Walters all won by fall.

Solon girls snap three-game skid

SOLON– Bouncing back from three straight road losses, the Lady Spartans needed a little home cooking.
They got it against Dyersville Beckman Friday night.
Solon’s girls defeated Beckman, 61-54, to snap a three game losing streak, all of them coming in visitor’s uniforms.
The Lady Spartans had chalked up narrow defeats to Western Dubuque and non-divisional WaMaC foe Clear Creek Amana before a 50-39 loss at Mount Vernon last Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Solon had some opportunities, but cold shooting put the Lady Spartans in a bit of a hole against the Mustangs.

Solon put three in finals at Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– The Solon wrestling team advanced three to the finals of the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational at Solon this past Saturday. Brian Haight at 132 pounds, Matt Quinn at 184, and heavyweight Logan Linderbaum finished runner-up for the Spartans.
West Branch won the tournament with 165 points, outdistancing Iowa Valley. Solon finished in seventh place.
Other place winners for Solon included :
Bailey Redlinger: sixth at 106 pounds;
Louis Gnida: third at 113 pounds;
Trevor Yahr: sixth at 126 pounds;
Danny Whitmore: fifth at 195 pounds;
Max Turkal: sixth at 220 pounds.

Clipper JV girls take Solon Spartans 60-49

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed though, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.
Kelly Noska, a junior, put in 15 points while sophomore Kiley Seelman had 12 with a trio of 3-bombs. Sophomore Kelsey Hall had a 9-point night and sophomore Alexa Sweeney added in 2.

Hawk Talk

Wrestlers still undefeated

Spartans capsize CCA Clippers

SOLON– The Spartans came out to play in the third quarter.
After building and losing a first-half lead, Solon’s varsity basketball squad held Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to 10 points in the second half and waltzed away with a 71-43 win Friday night.
“I thought it was our best overall second half of basketball we’ve played,” Solon head coach Brad Randall said. “Although we need to be ready to play defense a little earlier.”
Solon held a 6-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, but CCA came back in second quarter to tie and even take a 29-28 lead with three minutes before halftime.

Lady Spartan JV bested by CCA

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.

Girls fall to CCA during Rivalry Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t quite get it together in their first game back on the hardwood after winter break.
Solon fell to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday night, 54-47, in a game held at Cornell College as part of Rivalry Saturday.
Solon trailed early, but fought back to take a 1-point lead going into the fourth quarter, erasing a 6-point halftime margin.
“We struggled with intensity and energy until the third quarter,” said head coach Tony Nicol. “In the third we played like a team with a mission and then for whatever reason we lost momentum.”

Hawk Talk

2012 year in review

2012 is gone and we’ll take a look back at the basketball, wrestling and football seasons.

Lady Spartans stopped short in soccer

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans lost to Mount Vernon 1-0 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal May 29 in Solon.
“Overall I could not be more proud of the girls this year,” said Solon head coach John Tucker. “We had some incredible games and it has been a joy to watch this team grow. I can’t say enough about the teamwork and camaraderie that this team has had. It will be tough to say goodbye to seniors Katherine Carr, Emily Ament and Alex Zierke. They had great careers with us, and hopefully walk away with fond memories and lasting friendships.”

Mebus’ throw hits gold

DES MOINES– Connor Mebus threw the shot put 57 feet, 11.75 inches, shattering his own school record and bringing home a gold medal from the state track meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The monster throw came on his third throw in the preliminaries after he had tossed an impressive 54 feet on his second throw. Mebus peaked at the best time possible, as the second place thrower from Decorah hit 56 feet, 7 inches. Mebus became the 14th state champion for throwing coach Brad Wymer, and the first to come from Solon.