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Sports

Bolts blitz the J-Hawks

Kelby Telander leads Liberty High with 27 points in 83-66 win over CR Jefferson

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys improved to 2-0 on the season with an 83-66 home win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The Bolts found themselves in a six-point hole down 19-13 at the end of the first period, and were outscored 26-20 in the second period for a 45-33 halftime deficit. A 35-point assault by the Bolts in the third, while holding the J-Hawks to only 10 points, lifted Liberty to a 68-55 advantage going into the final eight minutes.

J-Hawks take close one from the Lightning’s ladies

Liberty falls 56-52 to CR Jefferson with 12 points from Brynlee Slockett

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s varsity girls got two games in for the 2020-2021 season before the Christmas break, but were kept on the hunt for their first win after a Tuesday, Dec. 22, trip to Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, and a battle on the hardwood with the J-Hawks.
Jefferson pulled out a 56-52 win improving to 1-2 while dropping the Lightning to 0-2.

Creek Boys raid the Raiders

Swails and Withrow put up 17 points each in CCAs 77-52 win over Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys solidified their top-of-the-WaMaC West standing with a 77-52 win over rival Williamsburg in a WaMaC West showdown Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the Raiders’ gym.
The Clippers found themselves sinking at the end of the first period as the Raiders knocked holes in the “Boats” for a 19-9 lead, but a 25-point effort by CCA in the second gave the boys in blue a 34-27 halftime advantage. The onslaught continued in the third as the Creek Boys pounded in the baskets, outscoring the Raiders 23-14 for a 57-41 lead going into the final quarter.

Creek Girls survive the Raiders

Traetows 14 points lead CCA in 63-60 win over Williamsburg

TIFFIN Clear Creek Amanas (CCA) varsity girls gave themselves an early Christmas present as they held off a challenge from WaMaC West rival Williamsburg Tuesday, Dec. 22, at home in the final game of 2020. The Clippers pulled out a 63-60 win over the Raiders to improve to 6-1 overall, and a perfect 6-0 to lead the conference.

Raiders second in home swimming invitational

CCAs Braxton McGrath wins twice for Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG Clear Creek Amanas Braxton McGrath was a double-winner for the Williamsburg Raiders boys swim team in their home invitational meet on Tuesday, Dec. 15. McGrath and Jaxon Strank swim with the Raiders under a program sharing agreement. McGrath took the 100-yard butterfly in 54.07 seconds and won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.71 seconds. Strank took the No. 2 spot in the butterfly in 57.31 seconds.

Lady Spartans dissect Indee, 81-22

Defensive-minded Lady Spartans end season on high

INDEPENDENCE– The Lady Spartans put an exclamation point on the 2020 portion of this season’s varsity basketball campaign with an 81-22 win over the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
It was the Lady Spartans’ fifth win in a row, providing a 6-2 season record and 6-1 conference record, perching Solon atop the WaMaC East standings followed by Marion (3-4, 3-2), Beckman Catholic (3-5, 3-4), West Delaware (2-5, 1-4), Maquoketa (2-7, 1-5) and Mount Vernon (0-5, 0-5).

Boys roll past Indee

Bluder scores 21 first-half points against Mustangs

SOLON– It’s easier to win when your opponent doesn’t score.
Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team racked up 16 steals and forced Independence into 29 turnovers in a lopsided 73-39 victory at home to close out 2020 Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The Spartans have rolled up six straight victories since opening the season with a 61-56 loss at Central DeWitt and now sit at 6-1 (4-0 in the WaMaC Conference East Division).

Cougars sweep the Trojans

IC West’s combined bowling teams fall to CR Kennedy in season opener

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s combined (with bowlers from Liberty High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA)) girls and boys bowling teams opened the 2020-2021 season Friday, Dec. 18, at home against Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The Cougars swept the Trojans, with the varsity boys falling 2,938 to 2,505, the junior varsity (JV) boys falling 2,593 to 2,084, and the varsity girls falling 2,341 to 2,044. Kennedy did not bring a JV girls squad, which led to something of an inter-squad scrimmage.

Bolts outlast the Hawks in season opener

Liberty boys power past CR Prairie for 68-62 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys battled back from an early deficit to take a 68-62 season-opening win Friday, Dec. 18, at home over the visiting Prairie Hawks from Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Ira Hazeltine, a senior, put Liberty on the scoreboard for an early 2-0 lead, but a three-pointer from Prairie showed the Bolts the contest would be a tough one. Prairie went on to take the first period 20-13 with seniors Ethan O’Donnell, Kelby Telander, and Grayson Tyler, and junior Max Beckman putting up points for Liberty.

Prairie Hawks get the better of the Bolts

CR Prairie spoils Liberty girls’ season opener with 61-45 loss

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls were finally able to hit the floor to open the 2020-2021 season Friday, Dec. 18, at home as Cedar Rapids Prairie visited. However, the evening was spoiled for the Lightning as the Hawks soared to a 61-45 win.

Creek Boys spoil season opener for Indee

22 points from Withrow in CCA’s 65-49 win over Independence

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team improved to 3-2 on the season handing the Independence Mustangs a season-opening loss Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Mustangs’ corral.
Indee galloped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first period, but a 23-point barrage by the Clippers led to a 31-28 halftime advantage. The Mustangs kept the game close, trailing the Creek Boys by six points at the end of the third as CCA led, 49-43. The Clippers put up a 16-point effort in the final eight minutes holding their hosts to only six points for the 65-49 win.

Creek Girls roll over Indee’s Mustangs

Clubb leads CCA with 12 points in 62-24 win over Independence

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team improved to 4-1 on the season shelling the Independence Mustangs, 62-24, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at home.
The Clippers pounded Indee, 18-2, in the first period and built a 29-8 lead at halftime. A 17-point barrage by the Creek Girls ensued in the third period for a 46-15 advantage with a 16-point onslaught in the final eight minutes.
Calia Clubb led all with a dozen points and dominated the boards with 10 rebounds. Emily Sly and Ava Locklear produced 11 points each with 10 from Morgan Etscheidt.