Iowans go bowling Iowa and ISU end football seasons with bowl victories Joe Eken Staff Writer It is customary for birds to fly south during the winter to escape the colder temperatures, but this year the feathered flocks were followed by throngs of Iowa college football fans. Supporters of both Iowa and Iowa State flew to Florida and Arizona by the thousands to cheer on their teams as they participated in the bowl mania that annually sweeps through the nation during the holidays. For Hawk fans, the season had been a roller coaster ride of last second victories and heartbreaking losses, all of which culminated in 10 wins and a berth in the Orange Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The key match up between the two teams pitted Iowa’s stingy defense ranked tenth in the country - against the vaunted triple option attack of Georgia Tech. Iowa’s defense dominated the contest from the start. The Hawks jumped out to a 14-0
first half lead before the Yellow Jackets ran an interception back for a touchdown to keep the game close at 14-7. Tech managed to get within three early in the fourth quarter, but a late 32 yard touchdown run by Brandon Wegher sealed a 24-14 victory for the Hawkeyes. Iowa held Georgia Tech to 155 yards of total offense capping off an 11-2 season and finishing ranked seventh in the polls. The Iowa State Cyclones had a memorable season as well. Under first year coach Paul Rhoads, the Cyclones battled through their schedule to come out 6-6 and earn a place in the Insight Bowl against Minnesota. After a slow start, the Cyclones responded to a Golden Gopher field goal with two touchdowns, the second coming on a 38 yard pass just before the half. Minnesota came back in the second half, cutting the deficit to 14-13 before a late fumble recovery by Iowa State secured a victory. The jubilant sea of Cyclone faithfuls cheered on their first bowl victory since the 2004 Independence Bowl, and Iowa State ended the season at 7-6, a huge turnaround from last season’s 2-10 run. For both Iowa teams the college football season ended in success, and the fans received a little extra present during the holidays.
Warrior Spotlight: Tasha Roundtree 1. How long have you been playing basketball? I started playing basketball in third grade. 2. What is your favorite thing about playing for Wash? How hard my teammates work. 3. How do you prepare for a big game? I listen to music. 4. What do you like to eat before a game? I like to eat Subway. 5. Who is your favorite professional sports team? The Chicago Bulls. 6. Who is your favorite college sports team? The Kansas Jayhawks. 7. What is your favorite pump-up song? “I Get it In.” 8. Who is your favorite professional athlete? Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls. 9.What is your favorite sports movie? “Coach Carter.” 10. Do you play any other sports? I play basketball
Tashsa Roundtree ‘12
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Iowa running back Brandon Wegher secures a victory for Iowa with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Ricky Stanzi.
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Iowa State running back Alexander Robinson maneuvers his way through Minnesota defenders.
Warrior basketball in full swing Ian Fisher Staff Writer The Warrior women’s basketball team started off the new year with three straight victories against Dubuque Wahlert, Iowa City High, and Dubuque Hempstead, averaging a victory margin of 18 points. On Jan. 15, the team suffered a tough loss to top-ranked Kennedy, moving their record to 8-4. After dealing with various complications such as injury and infractions, the men’s team now has a more solid line-up and is looking to improve their record. Josh Ogelsby, ’11, is making an impact, averaging 19 point per game. After going 1-1 against two Dubuque teams at the start of January, the men posted a huge victory over cross-town rival Kennedy, winning 43-42. The women will play their first regional game on Feb. 17. State begins Mar. 3. The men’s first substate game is Feb. 22, with state beginning Mar. 10. Photo by Lauren Hoth “We hope to go to state this year,” said player Ryan Cain, ‘12, dribbles to the hoop Ashley Piper, ’11, adding they will face tough in the Warrior men’s victory against competition from in-town rivals Kennedy and Kennedy on Jan. 15. Linn-Mar.
Swimmers stroke to the season’s end
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recreationally. 11. Does the Washington basketball team have any traditions? We clap before practice ends. 12. What are your hopes for this season? That we will win at least one big game. 13. How do you keep from getting nervous before a game? I talk a lot with my team. 14. What has been your hardest practice ever? When we came back from break. 15. What is your favorite practice drill? Three-on-two.
The month of January is a tough month for the men’s swim team. The athletes are coming out of a notoriously challenging two weeks of Christmas break training. Nonetheless, the men won their first home dual meet against Dubuque Senior, placed first at their home junior varsity swim meet, and placed second at the Jim Voss Invite. “This time of year is always Photo by Lauren Hoth tough for the men’s swim team Swimmer Josh Kehoe, ’11, makes his way across the lane at since they have been training a recent Warrior men’s swimming practice. really hard and are coming out of Christmas break and pool. The Warrior men’s swim team also hopes back into school,” said Megan to put their twenty-eighth state title on the Smith, the assistant men’s coach. Washington pool wall later this season. Returning varsity team member Banning “I’m really looking forward to the end of the Young, ’10, hopes that the team will continue season this year. I think we have a strong team the Warrior winning streak at Districts this year, this year and Coach [Chris Cruise] always pulls securing their 47th consecutive victory. The through for us with taper when we need to race,” Warriors will be put to the test on Feb. 6, when said Young. they host the district meet in the Washington
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