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April 14th

Hawkeye defense

Hawk Talk

The last couple of weeks, I talked about the Iowa offense.
The next couple of weeks, I’ll look at the Iowa defense and special teams.
First, I have to comment about Desmond King, Iowa’s All-World defensive back.
When I say All-World, I mean Desmond was a unanimous consensus All-American, won the Jim Thorpe award, won the Jack Tatum award (voted the best defensive back in America), was the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year and unanimous All-Big Ten selection, yet he’s coming back for his senior year.
Good for you Desmond, who promised his Mom he would graduate.

James (Jim) W. Calef

James (Jim) W. Calef, 79, of Latimer, previously of Solon, passed away Friday April 8, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Mason City after a short illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Faith Baptist Church in Hampton.

Dear terrorist

Food For Thought

Dear terrorist,
I address you as “dear” because, unlike you, I believe all life is precious and worthy of my concern. It is because of that concern for life I write this letter to you. You will probably pay little heed to what I have to say, but I am a mother and am accustomed to having my advice ignored, at least at the moment it is offered. I have found, sometimes, the same advice that was once so nonchalantly tossed aside will be resurrected and considered more seriously at a later time. There is always hope.

April 8th

Spartan varsity boys track 4th at Tipton Early Bird Co-ed meet

TIPTON– In the 13-team field, the Solon varsity boys track team scored 64 points to take fourth behind West Branch (80), Anamosa (87), and Mount Vernon (102) at the Tipton Early Bird Co-ed Meet on Tuesday, March 29.
The Spartans managed 13 of their team points in the field portion, putting themselves in scoring positions for each event.
In the discus, Solon’s Jackson Walker took fifth with a 128-00 throw, scoring two points for the team. Ben Wilkerson finished 13th after a 111-10 throw, and Tyler Lindebaum grabbed 22nd with his 90-4.

CCA boys run at ISU Boy’s Classic

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AMES– A small detachment of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School boys track and field team ran in the Iowa State Boy’s High School Classic indoor meet on Tuesday, March 15, in the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.
Cole Liebe posted the Clippers’ best individual finish with a 34th-place showing in the 3,200-meter run in 11:05.84 while the 4x800-meter relay team was 26th in 9:08.74.

Iowa State announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

AMES– The Iowa State Letterwinners Club announced Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2016. Eight former Cyclone stars will be inducted into the Iowa State Hall of Fame, on Sept. 23, in a special ceremony at the Sukup End Zone Club in Ames. Inductees will be honored at halftime of the Iowa State-San Jose State football game on Sept. 24.
The Iowa State Hall of Fame was established in 1997, and 168 Cyclone legends have been enshrined.

Clippers run at WaMaC Indoor meet

Swails and Tener second, Schwarting and Roller third

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MOUNT VERNON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school’s track and field teams competed in the 2016 WaMaC Indoor Meet Saturday, March 19, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Andrea Rolling and Corrine Schwarting were the highest-placing girls for the Clippers with Rolling taking third place in the high jump by clearing 4-8 and Schwarting clearing the 60-meter hurdles in 10.26 seconds for third place.
Robby Swails was second in the shot put with his 45-3 throw while Jake Tener was second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:48.37.

West High Trojans run at MVC Indoor meet

Feeley and Ali win distance events

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CEDAR FALLS– The UNI-Dome was the site of the 2016 Mississippi Valley Conference Men’s Indoor Meet on Monday, March 14, with the Iowa City West High Trojans participating.

2016 Iowa City West High boys soccer preview

Trojans set to take on the “Toughest conference schedule in Iowa”

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IOWA CITY– After having hopes of a historic “four-peat” Class 3A State Soccer Championship dashed in a disappointing 11-8 season last year, the West High Trojans are ready to tear up the turf in 2016.
The team won it all in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010 before pulling off a historic “three-peat” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. With five of the last six state champion trophies in their display case, you can bet coach Brad Stiles and company are hungry for another shot at the title.

Trojans go 3-0 in home soccer Classic

IOWA CITY– Sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range– with gusts up to 50– coupled with temperatures in the 40s iced various varsity girls’ track meets Saturday, April 2, but on the soccer pitch at West High, it was business as usual. The West High Trojans hosted their Trojan Classic on Friday and Saturday with City High, Pleasant Valley, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids Washington, Linn-Mar, Muscatine and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic participating.