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Sports

West sweeps the Golden Eagles off the lanes

CCA’s Roberson and Ripperton, and Liberty’s Jones help lead IC West past Wahlert Catholic

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Trojan and Women of Troy bowling squads opened 2020 on a winning note as they swept the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School off the lanes Friday, Jan. 3, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.
West’s varsity boys won 2,303 to 2,298 with Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson the runner-up with 334 behind individual winner Will Kamentz of Wahlert (340). Liberty High’s Robert Jones won the junior varsity (JV) match and led the team to a 2,228 to 1,810 victory.

Lady Spartans bid adieu to 2019 with 54-47 win

Solon defeats one-loss Beckman at home

SOLON– “A win tonight would make Christmas stuffing taste better,” Assistant Coach Jim Smith said on Friday night, Dec. 20, in the heat of the fourth quarter during a varsity basketball game between the Lady Spartans and the Beckman Trailblazers.
Solon hung on, following a one-point deficit, 18-17, in the first quarter, to build a seven-point lead at the half, 30-23. A tight battle in the third quarter, during which Beckman rallied to outscore Solon, 15-11, to trail, 41-38, before the Lady Spartans rebounded to triumph, 54-47, over a previously 6-1 Trailblazer team.

Solon 5th at Fort Madison Invitational

Taylor, Gnida and Flynn take 1st

FORT MADISON– Powered by three individual champions, Solon’s varsity wrestlers placed fifth in the 18-team Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 20-21.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds), Zeb Gnida (152) and Jax Flynn (170) provided 154 of the Spartans’ 374 points with first-place finishes.
Twelve Solon wrestlers earned points in the two-day tournament heading into the holiday break.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the team title with 487 points, with Dubuque Hempstead (421.5) and host Fort Madison (421) neck and neck for runner-up. New London edged Solon out of fourth place by seven points.

Liberty girls end 2019 1-6

City High soars past the Lightning, 87-31

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls’ basketball squad ended 2019 on a sour note. The City High Little Hawks flew by them for an 87-31 win on Friday, Dec. 20. City took a commanding 30-8 lead in the first quarter and held a 54-16 halftime advantage. The Little Hawks pounded in 22 points in the third, holding the Lightning to only six, for a 76-22 lead going into the final period.
The loss dropped the Bolts to 1-6. It was Liberty’s second consecutive loss after a Dec. 13 win on the road against Waterloo East.

Creek Boys drop rough one to Stormin Pointers

CPU snaps CCA win streak with 57-37 loss

CENTER POINT The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys dipped to 4-3 as the Stormin Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) snapped the Clippers four-game winning streak Friday, Dec. 20, in Center Point. The Pointers defeated the Creek Boys, 57-37, in a game marred by the ejection of the Clippers student section by the officials in response to shouts of bull s*** by the students voicing their objection to foul calls.

Trojan-Bolts top field at Little Hawk swimming invitational

Liberty’s Hajek and West’s Pinter set meet records

IOWA CITY– The combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High boys swim team closed out 2019 winning the 2019 Little Hawk Invitational hosted by Iowa City, City High on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center.
West High’s Trojan-Bolts won with a team score of 426 points, topping the eight-team field. City High was fifth with 250, while fellow MVC rival Cedar Falls was sixth with 183. Ankeny took the runner-up spot with 358 team points.

Clippers 10th at Ft. Madison wrestling invitational

Stevens and Scranton place second at 126 and 132 pounds

FORT MADISON– The Clear Creek Amana wrestlers competed in Fort Madison’s invitational tournament on Saturday, Dec. 21, and finished the two-day event 10th in team points out of 18 teams participating.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the tournament with 487.0 team points, Dubuque Hempstead was the runner up with 421.5 and Solon was fifth with 374.0.
Sam Stevens (126) and Kael Scranton (132) finished second, while Jayden Massey (120) was fourth for CCA

Little Hawks slip past Bolts

Liberty Boys suffer first loss of the season to City High, 41-38,

NORTH LIBERTY The City High Little Hawks snapped Liberty Highs four-game winning streak with a slim, 41-38, win over the Lightning Friday, Dec. 20, at Liberty High.
The Bolts took a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored, 13-4, in the second as City built a 24-16 halftime advantage. The Lightning rallied in the third but still trailed, 34-31, going into the final period.
Junior Kelby Telander led the Lightning with a team-high 14 points, while Sam Funke and Andre Brandon contributed eight points each.

Solon threatens but Central DeWitt triumphs

Closer than appeared, Lady Spartans fall to Sabers, 55-39

SOLON– The Lady Spartans hosted the 6-0 Central DeWitt Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Solon High School, their second game in as many days and they turned in a solid performance closing within eight points of Central DeWitt on numerous occasions before falling, 55-39.
Central DeWitt amassed a 15-0 lead when Solon took a second timeout, with a few ticks over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The timeout discussion worked as Solon stopped the hemorrhaging and scored its first points of the game, trailing 15-2 at the end of the first period.

Wrestlers split with Central DeWitt, Maquoketa

Cardinals edge Spartans, 39-37

DeWITT– Solon’s wrestlers narrowly missed sweeping a double dual at Central DeWitt Dec. 19.
The Spartans pulled away late against the host Sabers, 54-30, but were edged by the Cardinals, 39-37, in a dual decided in the final match.
Against Maquoketa, Solon came back from a 30-15 deficit to take the lead near the end of the meet, but the slim margin was not enough to withstand losses in the last two matches of the evening.
The Spartans started with a modest 3-0 lead on a 6-2 decision by Gage Marty (220 pounds) over Maquoketa’s Lane Stender.

Spartans push Sabers, but fall, 62-38

Solon draws to within three in third quarter

SOLON– In the third period, Solon had Central DeWitt’s lead whittled away to three points on a breakaway by sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska.
It forced a Saber timeout and had Solon Head Coach Matt Lesan pumping his fist on the sidelines.
But Central DeWitt senior Tucker Kinney was not to be denied and his game-high 27 points led the Sabers past the Spartans in the fourth quarter for a 62-38 win in Solon Dec. 17.
The loss moved the Spartans to 2-4 on the season.

Creek Boys improve to 4-2 with win over Indee

Potter leads CCA with 16 points in 56-45 road win in Independence

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 56-45 road win against the Independence Mustangs Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Clippers, fresh off their upset win over the Marion Indians, took a 19-10 first quarter lead, and were up 28-25 at halftime. The Mustangs crept ahead in the third period to take a 36-35 lead into the final quarter.