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Sports

Three-peat

Hayden Taylor makes Solon history Marty places 6th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– Hayden Taylor willed himself to a third state title.
The Solon junior dominated the Class 2A field at 160 pounds and took his place at the top of the podium during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday, Feb. 20.
Taylor worked his way to the title match with a technical fall in the first round, a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and a major decision in the semifinal.
He squared off against second-ranked, undefeated Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the 160-pound final, earning a 7-2 victory.

Lady Spartans victorious in epic semifinal

Solon knocks off Monticello, 50-48, in overtime

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team’s best game thus far this season, Solon bested the Monticello Panthers, 50-48, in an overtime battle of the ages.
Solon started the game as they had many this season, with a strong first quarter, building to a 15-10 lead at the end of one with both the Levin sisters, MaKinley and Callie, scoring five points in the first quarter.

Spartans blow by Demons

Solon closes out regular season with wins Substate semifinal Feb. 25

SOLON– Solon’s boys are back to their winning ways, just in time for the postseason.
The Spartan basketball team finished its regular season with a three-game win streak, edging Center Point-Urbana (CPU) on the road and then racing out of the gates against the Washington Demons at home.
Solon fended off the Stormin’ Pointers, 60-54, in Center Point Feb. 16, then cruised to a 62-38 victory over the Demons Feb. 18 in Solon.
Washington came into the game with a 14-5 record and its own three consecutive wins, including over Clear Creek Amana.

Solon down Trojans to advance

SOLON– On to the next round.
Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team advanced to a Class 3A Substate 4 semifinal with a 64-30 win over South Tama at home Feb. 22 in quarterfinal playoff game.
The Spartans will host Maquoketa Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. for the right to play in the Substate 4 final, scheduled for March 1 at a site to be determined.

Lady Spartans halted by Knights, 49-36

Solon derailed by Assumption in 3A Region 7 championship

CLARENCE– It took three Davenport Assumption Knights– Dawsen Dorsey (14 points), Ava Schubert (14) and Anna Wohlers (11)– to derail the Lady Spartans’ express during the 2020-2021, COVID-modified season. Solon traveled 30-minutes north to North Cedar High School, neutral territory for both teams, to meet and ultimately succumb to the Davenport Assumption Knights, 49-36, in a Class 3A regional final Feb. 20.

Indians end Creek Girls’ season with regional semifinal upset

Calia Clubb leads CCA with 12 points. but Marion wins 54-36

TIFFIN– The 2020-2021 varsity season ended for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls Saturday, Feb. 20, with a surprising 54-36 loss to the Marion Indians in a Class 4A regional semifinal game in Tiffin. The Clippers, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, knocked off Marion in last year’s regional championship to earn their first-ever girls state basketball tournament appearance. Also, the Creek Girls defeated the Indians 51-41 in Marion earlier this month.

Cougars end the Bolts basketball season

Liberty girls fall, 47-37, to Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 5A regional quarterfinal

CEDAR RAPIDS The 2020-2021 varsity girls basketball season ended for Liberty High Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy as the Cougars won a Class 5A regional quarterfinal, 47-37.
Kennedy entered the contest No. 15 in the final weekly rankings of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) while the Lightning were unranked all season.

Bolts tangle with Cougars, emerge abraded

Kelby Telander puts up nine to lead Liberty in 59-43 loss to CR Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team suffered its third consecutive loss since returning from quarantine, tangling with the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Kennedy High School. The Cougars eviscerated the Lightning, 59-43, to drop the Bolts to 5-4 overall (3-4 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division while improving to 14-6 overall and 9-4 in the MVC Valley Division.

CCA’s Stevens has short but historic time in Des Moines

2nd freshman in school history to earn a spot in the state wrestling tournament falls early

DES MOINES– Freshman Jack Stevens (113 pounds) accomplished something many high school wrestlers only dream about: competing in the state tournament. Stevens qualified with a second-place finish in the Class 3A District 7 state qualifying meet on Saturday, Feb. 13, and became only the second freshman in CCA history to do so. Stevens was the only Clipper to advance to state this year.
Stevens’ first round match on Thursday, Feb. 18, against Fort Dodge’s Max Bishop ended in a loss by technical fall (16-0). The Predicament had Bishop No. 5 in 3A in the Feb. 10 rankings.

Creek Boys are top of the WaMaC West again

Withrow’s 25 points leads CCA in 76-74 win over Benton Community Clippers claim second West Division championship

VAN HORNE– They are the champions again.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team pulled off a nail-biting 76-74 win over Benton Community on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and claimed the WaMaC West Division championship in the process. The Clippers, defending their title from last season, went 12-0 in the division and 16-2 in the WaMaC as a whole, finishing the regular season at 17-5 overall for their first back-to-back conference championship.

Senior Night success for the Creek Boys

Withrow puts up 26 points, Schrepfer sinks five three-pointers in 85-66 win over West Delaware

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School recognized 16 seniors (five varsity girls and 11 varsity boys) Friday, Feb. 12, during a girl-boy varsity doubleheader against West Delaware Friday, Feb. 12, and celebrated a 46-39 win for the girls, and an 85-66 win for the boys.

Wildcats claw West High’s bowlers

Cameron McKnight wins against Durant

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojans bowling team tangled with the Durant Wildcats Monday, Feb. 8, at Colonial Lanes, and ended up getting clawed as Durant took the varsity boys match, 2,677 to 2,603. However, West’s Cameron McKnight won the individual title with 392. Durant did not field a junior varsity (JV) boys’ squad, but the Trojan JV boys bowled anyway with Alexander Rohm bowling a 290.