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August 29th

Kids Day at Kinnick

Hawk Talk

A couple of observations from Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium.
The defense rules.
Drew Ott and company had nine unofficial sacks, knocked down some passes at the line of scrimmage and didn’t give up a lot of big plays.
Last year, Iowa gave up 65 big plays, which means a run or pass play of over 25 yards.
That needs to be cut in half.
The defense also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and it looks like the defense could be carrying the team early in the season.
George Kittle had three catches, mostly over the middle.
Kittle needs to step up until Jake Duzey gets healthy.

Marie R. Krall

Marie Rose Krall, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Visitation and funeral mass was be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 22, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Marie was born Aug. 28, 1921 in Iowa City, the daughter of Frank and Pauline Shebanek Shimitz. She married Donald Krall on April 19, 1944. Donald passed away Nov. 15, 1987.

The Foxosphere John

Walkin'

As I write this I’m watching a YouTube video of a “breaking news” report by Fox Business that propelled a Clive businessman into the national news.
It was Sept. 29, 2010, Obama was stumping for the mid-term elections, just five weeks away.
Long time Democratic Senator Tom Harkin retired, and there was a close race to determine whether his replacement should be Bruce Braley or Joni Ernst.
Obama was drumming up support for a tax increase on the wealthy. The audience was supposed to be friendly and the scene couldn’t have been any more bucolic.

Lack of imagination

Food For Thought

Doggerel: Poetry with irregular rhythm that does not scan well and is often not intended to be taken seriously. Poor-quality composition: something that is badly written or makes no sense at all.

August 23rd

It’s fun to Just Tri

NORTH LIBERTY– When nearly 100 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 come out on a Sunday to swim, bicycle and run, everybody wins.
That was the scene at the fourth annual Just Tri! Youth Triathlon in North Liberty on Sunday, Aug. 2. Co-hosted by the North Liberty Recreation Department and Tri-Fit Agape of North Liberty, the event is not timed and places are not recorded. Distances of each leg of the triathlon are modified to accommodate three different age brackets.
The intent is as straightforward as its name: organizers just want kids to give it a try.

Talent in abundance for CCA cross country

TIFFIN– It’s a mix of change and consistency for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross-country teams this season. Ben Robison has taken the top spot in the boys’ program after a year as an assistant and a year as the middle school coach.
Robison takes over a program fourth in the state qualifying meet last year and returns three seniors and three juniors: Jake Tener (senior), Eric Douglass (senior), Kage Hinricks (senior), Luke Wingert (junior), Ben Oxley (junior) and Wyatt Sedlacek (junior).
Douglass was 24th in the 2014 State Meet and earned All-Conference honors along with Tener.

Fifteen returning seniors lead West High football

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IOWA CITY– Fifteen experienced seniors will lead the West High Trojans in gridiron battle this season. The Trojans finished the 2014 season at 7-5 overall and 3-1 in Class 4A District No. 7, second behind Pleasant Valley (4-0 in the district). Their season ended in the Class 4A quarterfinals as Cedar Rapids Washington ran over them, 44-19, after first and second round wins over Ottumwa, 28-0, and Linn-Mar, 38-34.

CCA football to build on historic season

“We don’t want to be a one-hit wonder”

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TIFFIN– 2014 was a record-setting year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the gridiron. The team posted a 7-2 record in the regular season and won the first district championship in school history. The Clippers’ season ended in the first round of the playoffs as Newton edged out CCA, 23-21.
The father-and-son coaching duo of Ronnie and Matt Hughes spearheaded a change, not just in tactics on the turf, but in the overall climate of the CCA football program over the past two years.

CCA’s Friday night lights get a little help from a star

Clipper football kicks off the season in a big way with singer Jake McVey

TIFFIN– There are many ways to conduct a fundraiser, but when Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Matt Hughes went looking for a way to raise some additional money for the high school football program, he decided to go big.

Annual Pelican Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will partner with Iowa Audubon for the Fifth Annual Pelican Festival on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., located across the road from the IDNR headquarters at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area, 2564 Amana Road N.W.
This is a free family event and there will be guest speakers on a variety of topics. Prime pelican viewing will be enhanced with spotting scopes provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).