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April 20th, 2016

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Spring football part four


The last couple of weeks I looked at the Iowa offense, defensive line and linebackers.
This week, I’ll talk about the defensive backs and special teams.

Defensive backs

When you start with Iowa’s defensive backs, it’s a no brainer to start with Desmond King.
Desmond was named consensus All-American, Jim Thorpe winner (which included a Rolex) and won the Jack Tatum award as the best defensive back in America.

The class of ‘52

Food For Thought

“One out of every three people over 80 will fall this year,” my friend Russ wrote to me. Russ is the classmate who went rafting on the Amazon three years ago and the one who bungee-jumped off a bridge in Australia to celebrate his 80th birthday. I doubt if he worries much about falling but he did wonder why, as we grow older, we get shorter and our feet get bigger. I’m not sure I know the answer to that but I suspect it is Mother Nature looking out for us. After all, if we are shorter, we haven’t so far to fall, and with bigger feet, we have a broader base to help keep our balance.

April 14th

Clear Creek Amana defeats Mid-Prairie, 2-0

TIFFIN— Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys opened their 2016 soccer season with a 2-0 win over Mid-Prairie on Tuesday, April 5.
A first half stalemate ended two minutes into the second half when, as coach Tim Benson said, “The Clippers popped the lid off the goal when a corner kick resulted in a Taijon Soukup header attempt.”
The ball landed at Luke Oehlerich’s feet and he proceeded to knock it home from the left side.

Girls wins against Golden Hawks and Lady Spartans

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SOLON– A 3-2 win for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers over the Solon Lady Spartans gave the Creek Girls a 2-0 start to the 2016 season.
The Clippers opened the year Tuesday, April 5, with a road trip to Wellman to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie and posted a 4-0 victory. Hannah Bormann scored twice for CCA while Morgan Carew and Camryn Cory scored one goal each. Amelia Pereira, Alexi Kimm and Erin O’Keefe were credited with assists in the win, while Shauntina Williams, a freshman, earned a shutout as keeper.

Clippers third in Demon Relays

Secrest-Seelman second in 400-meter hurdles

WASHINGTON— Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field team placed third Thursday, April 7, in the Demon Relays hosted by Washington High School.
Mount Pleasant won the cold and windy meet with 145 team points, followed by Mid-Prairie with 86 and the Creek Boys in a 66-point tie with Winfield-Mount Union.

West High defeats CR Jefferson, 3-0

Women of Troy open with exhibition in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS— The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the 2016 preseason high school soccer rankings on Monday, April 4, with the West High Women of Troy at the top of Class 3A. West posted a 19-2 record last season on their way to the 3A Championship.
Later Monday afternoon, West faced Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an exhibition match, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, and won 3-0 in 40 minutes of play.

Trojans fifth at home Hollingsworth Relays

Ali wins 1,600 meter run, Karanja 2nd

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IOWA CITY— The West High Trojans hosted their home meet, the Hollingsworth Relays, Saturday, April 9. Cedar Falls won the meet with 126.5 team points, followed by Pleasant Valley with 88, and a tie for third place between Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Linn-Mar with 74 points each. The Trojans finished the day in the fifth spot with 73. Cedar Rapids Washington, Solon, Ankeny Centennial, Johnston, Davenport Central, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids Xavier rounded out the field.

Spartans edge out Creek Boys

2-1 match settled with Penalty Kicks

TIFFIN— The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

Sign up now for Avenue of the Flags 2016

Flying colors

NORTH LIBERTY– Since 2011, the Optimist Club of North Liberty has been helping North Liberty residents display their patriotism.
The organization’s Avenue of Flags program is now in its sixth year, and the Optimists encourage everyone to sign up to celebrate their American spirit.