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Sports

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.

Williamsburg edges Solon

Spartans drop opening dual, 47-27

WILLIAMSBURG– It was too big of a hole.
Solon’s varsity wrestling team couldn’t overcome an early 30-point deficit and dropped the opening dual of the season 47-27 to the Williamsburg Raiders Dec. 5 in a rockin’ Solon High School gymnasium.
“We knew going in this would be a very tough dual,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Williamsburg is a very solid team year in and year out. Overall, I thought we wrestled okay even though the final score might not reflect that. We split the 12 contested matches 6-6.”

Solon outlasts Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-47, in home opener

SOLON– The Lady Spartans basketball team claimed its first win of the season in their house, 51-47, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes in a crowded Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Dec. 6. The home stands were well populated as Solon hosted its home opener.

Spartans suffer two-point season-opening loss

Vinton-Shellsburg sends Solon home 0-1

VINTON– It’s two points they’ll have to make up down the road.
Solon’s varsity basketball team came up just shy in a season-opener on the road at Vinton-Shellsburg Dec. 6, falling to the Vikings 58-56.
The Spartans ran out to an 11-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Vikings turned the tables, holding Solon to six points in the second.
Although Solon led 17-16 at halftime, Vinton-Shellsburg took the lead in the third and held the Spartans at bay until time expired.

Solon Spartans recognized as Gazette 2019 All-Area players

Cam-Coons Connection, Broghammer and Andregg continue to receive recognition for football performance

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids-based daily print newspaper and online news source, recognized several Solon Spartan football players as members of its 2019 Gazette All-Area Football Team in a Friday, Dec. 6, publication.

Creek Boys come up short in season opener

Central DeWitt tops CCA, 75-70

DEWITT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys came up a little short in their basketball season opener Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Central Clinton, DeWitt. The Sabers topped the Clippers, 75-70.
The Creek Boys dominated the first quarter with a 21-13 lead, but the Sabers roared back in the second leaving CCA hanging onto a one-point advantage, 32-31, at halftime. DeWitt pulled ahead in the third with a 52-51 lead going into the final quarter.

Bolts light up the Demons

Liberty boys open the season with 74-50 win in Washington

WASHINGTON– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team opened the 2019-20 season with a 74-50 non-conference win over the Washington Demons Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Washington.
The Lightning jumped out to a 29-10 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding lead, 43-23, at halftime. The Bolts continued the onslaught in the second half with a 62-32 advantage going into the final quarter.
Junior Ira Hazeltine led Liberty with 21 points including six three-pointers. Senior Andre Brandon put in 14 points with a dozen from junior Kelby Telander.

Bolts fall in season opener to the Wahawks

Morris and Terwilleger led Liberty in 72-8 loss to Wahawks

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High grapplers opened the 2019-20 season with a 72-8 loss to the Waterloo West Wahawks, at home, on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Jaxon Morris, a freshman, put the Lightning on the scoreboard with an 8-2 decision over West High junior Reese Talaska. Sophomore Elijah Terwilleger won a 16-0 technical fall in 4:25 over West High sophomore Michael Tatum.
The Bolts forfeited at 106, 113, 170, 182, 195 and 220 pounds.

Trojan-Bolts dunk the Tigers

Liberty’s Hajek, Nichols and Keeney post wins in West High swimming victory over Cedar Falls

CORALVILLE– The Iowa City West High boys swimming team notched yet another victory Tuesday, Dec. 3, dunking the Cedar Falls Tigers at the Coralville Recreation Center. The combined West High/Liberty High squad took the varsity meet, 133-37, and the junior varsity (JV) meet, 131-35.
Liberty High swimmers Izaak Hajek, Luke Nichols and Gavin Keeney won in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. Hajek (a senior) won in 22.19 seconds, Nichols (a junior) won in 49.38 seconds and Keeney (a sophomore) won in 1:04.77.

Creek Girls fall to Sabers

Stratton leads CCA with 21 points in 52-47 loss

DEWITT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls dipped to 1-1 on the season with a 52-47 loss to the Sabers of Central Clinton-DeWitt on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The Clippers trailed, 10-5, at the end of the first quarter and continued to trail, 21-16, at halftime. A 14-point third period helped the Creek Girls’ cause leading to a slim, 30-29, advantage going into the final quarter. However, the Sabers outscored the Clippers, 23-17, in the period for the win.