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Sports

Trojan-Bolts victorious over the Lions

Liberty’s Hajek, Brotherton, Skelley, Nichols, Keeney and Petersen win for IC West and Liberty High against Linn-Mar

CORALVILLE– ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all across the pool, final warm-up laps were swum, Lions “roared” and the Trojan-Bolts let out a war whoop before notching yet another home dual meet win Tuesday, Dec. 17, as the Linn-Mar Lions visited Iowa City West.
The West High-Liberty High combined team swept the Lions with the junior varsity winning, 133-37, and the varsity taking a 119-51 victory.

Spartans pick up wins at South Tama duals

Solon falls to Indee, Nebraska powerhouse

TAMA– Solon’s varsity wrestlers picked up steam over the weekend at the South Tama County Duals.
The Spartan grapplers went 3-2 with big wins against Vinton-Shellsburg, Iowa City Regina and Des Moines East, and narrow losses against highly-ranked Independence and Omaha Burke of Nebraska.
“I thought our wrestlers improved with their effort and fight from Thursday (dual losses to West Delaware and Lisbon),” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams said. “In both meets we lost, we competed. We stressed that before each meet to go out and compete.”

Lady Spartans break Mustangs, 60-12

Solon 2-2 on season after defeating Independence

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team moved to 2-2 on the season following a 60-12 breaking of the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at home. Both Solon and Independence entered the fracas with 1-2 records but it was Independence who left the gym sadly disappointed. It was a banner night for the Lady Spartan program as the junior varsity team was also victorious earlier in the evening, 42-25.

Solon loses in 2OT to Benton

Spartans turn it around Saturday against CPU

SOLON– It could have been a soul-crushing loss.
But the varsity Spartan basketball team shook it off.
After watching a nine-point first-half lead evaporate, Solon fell in double-overtime to Benton Community, 57-52, in the home basketball opener Friday, Dec. 13.
And when the Spartans hosted the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) the next day, they fell in a 16-0 hole before their first points hit the scoreboard in the second period.
When the final horn sounded, however, Solon emerged with a 48-46 win.

Flynn, Shive and Poynton receive overdue recognition

Cam Miller named Your Prep Sports 2019 Player of Year

IOWA CITY– Yourprepsports.com, a website providing prep sports coverage in Johnson and Cedar Counties in Iowa, named Solon Spartan linebacker Jax Flynn its 2019 Defensive Captain, and provided some overdue recognition of Flynn’s performance this season, while naming its 2019 Your Prep Sports Area Football Team. Fellow Spartans Carson Shive and Seamus Poynton received recognition, as well.

O’Connor and Withrow power Creek Boys to first win of the season

CCA soars past West Delaware, 85-62

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its first win in the early part of the season Tuesday, Dec. 10, at home, against the West Delaware Hawks. The Clippers shelled the birds, 85-62, as nine Creek Boys put up points, with senior Nick O’Connor and junior Christian Withrow leading the way with 25 apiece.

Lightning moves to 3-0 with win over East High Trojans

Brandon’s 19 points leads Liberty past Waterloo East

WATERLOO¬– Liberty High’s Lightning (AKA: the “Bolts”) moved to 3-0 on the season Friday, Dec. 13, with a road win over the Waterloo East High Trojans. The Bolts shocked the Trojans 72-61, dropping East High to 2-3 overall.
The Bolts lit up the scoreboard for a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, and held a 28-23 halftime advantage. Liberty put up a 24-point effort in the third and led 52-41 going into the final period.

Creek Girls blast the Hawks

Double digits from Clubb, Stratton and Traetow lead CCA past Hawks, 49-25

MANCHESTER– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 49-25 win over the West Delaware Hawks on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Manchester.
The Clippers took a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and pounded the Hawks with a 22-point second period to lead, 29-15, at halftime. A 20-point second half secured the victory for the Creek Girls.

Liberty’s ladies get first win of the season

Avery Gaudet’s 19 points leads the Lightning past Waterloo East

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak, and picked up its first win of the 2019-20 season Friday, Dec. 13, at home against the Waterloo East Trojans. The Lightning flashed to a 66-41 win after losses to Waterloo West (66-46), Keokuk (40-31), Cedar Rapids Washington (69-35), and Dubuque Senior (54-49).

CCAs Sam Stevens earns 100th win

Clippers go 2-1 at Vinton-Shellsburg quad meet

VINTON Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior wrestler Sam Stevens earned his 100th career victory Thursday, Dec. 12, pinning Vinton-Shellsburgs Brady Ortner in 3:08 in a 126-pound match. Stevens is only the ninth CCA wrestler to achieve 100 victories.
The Creek Boys went 2-1 in the quad meet with wins over Alburnett and Vinton-Shellsburg and a loss to South Tama.

Prairie Hawks sweep West High on the bowling lanes

Liberty’s Bys and Roggy, and CCA’s Ripperton lead Trojan teams

CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Prairie pulled off a clean sweep Friday, Dec. 13, as its varsity boys, varsity girls, junior varsity (JV) boys, and JV girls defeated Iowa City West High at Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids.
West’s varsity boys fell 2,817 to 2172 with Liberty High’s Ryan Bys leading the Trojans with 371. Clear Creek Amana’s Stirlen Roberson bowled 299 for West, and Liberty’s Cameron McKnight bowled 228. The JV boys fell 1,851 to 1,791 with Liberty’s Garrett Roggy leading the West High squad 282.

Forfeits hurt Bolts against the Cougars on the mat

Brownsberger, Morris and Franklin get pins as CR Kennedy sweeps Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Fifteen forfeits, seven varsity and eight junior varsity, put the Liberty High wrestlers in a hole they couldn’t dig out of Thursday, Dec. 12, in a home dual meet against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Cougars swept the Lightning, 67-12 (varsity) and 75-6 (JV).
Ian Brownsberger and Jaxson Morris scored the Bolts’ varsity points as Brownsberger pinned the Cougars’ Tyler Bartels in 1:54 in the 120-pound match. Morris pinned Levi Heskje in 1:56 for the 126-pound contest. Austin Franklin earned the Lightning’s JV points pinning Alex Clay in 1:10 for the 126-pound match.