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Sports

Liberty’s McPherson earns MVC Valley Division 2nd Team honors

Three Bolts named to Girls All-Division Basketball teams

NORTH LIBERTY– Three Liberty High varsity girls were named to the 2019-2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Girls Basketball All-Division Selections list for the Valley Division, released on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Senior Sam McPherson was a Second Team pick after leading the Lightning in scoring with 217 points in the regular season. McPherson recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.
Freshman Keiko Ono-Fullard and senior Isabel Smith were both named to the Valley Division Honorable Mention team.

Mustangs stomp on Bolts’ state tourney dream

Liberty boys fall 52-49 in substate semifinal to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The 2019-2020 varsity basketball season came to a sudden end for the Liberty High Lightning Friday, Feb. 28, on the road at Dubuque Hempstead in a Class 4A substate semifinal game.
The Mustangs stomped on the Bolts’ hopes for a state tournament appearance by topping Liberty, 52-49. Hempstead previously knocked off Liberty 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 28.
Liberty trailed throughout the contest with the Mustangs leading 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime and 37-25 at the end of the third.

Two Bolts sign Letters of Intent for the Hawkeyes

Woody and Cannon commit to U of I Track and Field

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High student athletes Drake Woody and Taylor Cannon signed Letters of Intent for the University of Iowa’s Track and Field programs Monday, Feb. 24.

Lady Spartans continue receiving accolades

Holtkamp, Levin, LaDage and Holubar receive additional recognition

SOLON– It may be a few weeks divorced from the Lady Spartans’ exit from the postseason, but the recognition of the Lady Spartans’ performance continues.
The WaMaC Conference East Division released its selection of conference players and several Lady Spartans received recognition as part of their 2019-2020 campaign which ended with a 9-13 overall record, 5-7 in the WaMaC East.
Sophomore Kaia Holtkamp was selected for the 2019-2020 WaMaC East All-Conference Girls Basketball First Team.

Two champs!

First-ever twin titles for Solon

DES MOINES– It was the first time in school history Solon had two state champs in the same year.
It was also the first time Solon had a two-time winner.
Hayden Taylor and Jax Flynn ascended to the top of the podium at the Iowa Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, capturing titles at 145 and 170 pounds, and propelling Solon’s wrestling team to a fourth place finish in Class 2A.
For Taylor, it was the second consecutive title; Flynn became the seventh state champ in school history.
Both had to overcome big challenges on their way.

Lady Spartans’ Holtkamp and Holubar recognized for season performances

Two Lady Spartans receive postseason recognition

SOLON– Following the Lady Spartans basketball team’s exit from the postseason, with a final season record of 9-13, following a 64-55 loss, at home, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, some tears were shed after the young team showed great improvement in only its second season under Head Coach Jamie Smith.

2020 Top three Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestlers of the Year announced

Solon’s Hayden Taylor among finalists for Top three Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestlers of the Year

BOONE– Fareway and BodyArmor present the Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestlers of the Year Awards, in coordination with IAwrestle and the Iowa High School Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA). Three finalists from each of the three state wrestling classes, regardless of their year in school and weight class, were selected by fan and IWCOA committee votes. In addition, three women finalists were selected for the Ms. Wrestler Award. All winners will be announced at War at West Gym, on March 14, in Cedar Falls.

Creek Boys end regular season as WaMaC West Co-Champs

Schrepfer, Potter and Withrow power CCA to 74-58 win over Benton Community

VAN HORNE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball history was made on the road Tuesday, Feb. 18, as the Creek Boys defeated Benton Community, 74-58, and claimed a share of the WaMaC West Championship.
The Clippers finished the regular season with a historic12-2 record in the West Division (14-5 in the conference, 16-5 overall) and tied with rival Williamsburg for the first WaMaC Divisional Championship in school history. It is also the first conference basketball championship for the Clippers since 2000-2001.

Creek Girls cruise past the Dutch

Meagan Harvey sinks eight 3-pointers in 75-59 Class 4A regional semifinal win

TIFFIN– Karsyn Stratton got the ball from Calia Clubb in the opening tip-off, and seconds later gave Clear Creek Amana (CCA) a 2-0 lead Saturday, Feb. 22, in a Class 4A regional semifinal at home against the Pella Dutch. The Creek Girls, driven by a desire to continue their season, and fueled by a fired-up student section, rolled past the Dutch 75-59 to advance to the regional final, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, (after this edition’s deadline) at Marion High School against the second-ranked Marion Indians.

Trojans, Bolts and Boats try to bowl their way to state

CCA’s Stirlen Roberson finishes sixth in 3A district tourney

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s bowling teams, comprised of student athletes from West, Liberty High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) competed in a joint Class 3A state qualifying (district) meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Lancer Lanes, in Cedar Rapids.
The Trojans, Bolts and Boats came up short in sending anybody to the state meet, set for Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Cadillac Lanes, in Waterloo, as both the Trojans and Women of Troy finished sixth in their six-team fields.

Bolts run into trouble as regular season ends

Liberty High falls to IC West and CR Wash

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team hit a three-game losing streak as the regular season drew to a close with losses to Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa City West and Cedar Rapids Washington ahead of the final game, on the road at Dubuque Senior.

From a Bolt to a Lady Mustang

Liberty’s Sam McPherson signs with Mount Mercy

NORTH LIBERTY– The leading scorer for the Liberty High Lightning has set her future in motion. Senior Sam McPherson, leading the Bolts with 217 points ahead of the postseason, recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.