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June 5th, 2016

Define the word “play”

Food For Thought

There was a time when the boys of summer were really boys and what they did was play baseball– with the emphasis on the word “play.” Most of the time, their games were variations of the game because there were seldom enough players to make up two teams for a regulation game. The equipment consisted of whatever bats, balls and mitts the boys involved happened to own or borrow, and the playing field was a vacant lot if they were lucky, or the middle of the street if they were not.

Tom Wall, “gentle giant” of farming

IOWA CITY– When asked if Tom Wall had any hobbies, longtime friend Gary Milder paused for a long moment before answering:
“Working on the farm.”
Wall died May 26 after a truck collided with his tractor on the outskirts of Solon.
Wall, of rural Iowa City, was killed when a semi tractor struck his farm tractor at the intersection of Morse Road and Vincent Avenue Thursday, May 26. He was 55.

May 25th

2016 CCA baseball preview

Young Clippers ready to navigate WaMaC fields

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TIFFIN– Brent Henry and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team will have to do without six seniors who graduated with the Class of 2015 (Chase Rourke, Travis Bowman, Killian Walters, Tanner Bandy, Nile Rourke and Stephen Jensen).
Cappy’s (the un-official mascot of Clipper Baseball) Crew, led by these six men, posted a 21-19 record overall and 14-16 WaMaC conference showing last season.

2016 IC West baseball preview

Trojans relying on experience on the mound

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans embark on their continuing quest for a state baseball championship as they take to the diamond for the 2016 season. Under 23-year head coach Charlie Stumpff, the team has been the runner-up four times: 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015 but has yet to win the title. Stumpff and company accrued a 34-12 record overall last season and went 20-6 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Jung is MVC Valley Division Athlete of the Year

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Jiung Jung was named the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division’s 2016 boy’s tennis Athlete of the Year. The conference released its picks for All-Division tennis honors on Wednesday, May 18.
West Coach Mitch Gross earned Division Coach of the Year honors while the West High Trojans were named the division’s Team Champion with a 14-0 record.
Jung, a junior, put up a 14-0 match record, a 28-1 set record and a 168-32 game record and was a unanimous First Team pick.

Women of Troy fall to Lions in Regional Tennis Final

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WATERLOO– The West High Women of Troy dropped a Class 2A Regional Final Tennis Match to the Linn-Mar Lions Saturday, May 21 at Byrnes Park in Waterloo. The Lions took the match 5-3 to advance to the first round of State Team Tournament competition on Monday, May 23 in Eldridge.
West defeated Cedar Falls 5-1 in a Semifinal Match earlier in the day to advance to the showdown with the Lions. Emma Koch, Abby Jans, Kaily Speer, Vivian Mitchell and Elise Chang posted wins in the singles match against Cedar Falls.
The Lions defeated West a few weeks ago 8-1 in Iowa City.

Boys pound Panthers, 7-0

TIFFIN– Tim Benson’s Creek Boys ended the regular varsity soccer season with their fifth-consecutive win as they pounded the Panthers of Monticello, 7-0, for a Senior Night win. The victory boosted the Clippers’ record to 12-4 while sinking the Panthers to 1-12. The Clippers also claimed the WaMaC West Division Championship, after falling to Center Point-Urbana early in the season, then sailing past the Stormin’ Pointers with the better record at the end.

Girls survive visit from Mustangs, 2-1

TIFFIN– The final home game of the 2016 regular high school soccer season was a night of celebration for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
First was a 2-1 win over the Mustangs of Mount Vernon, improving the Creek Girls’ record to 13-4 while dropping the Mustangs to 5-9.

Women of Troy 4th at state co-ed meet

Haight, Welch, Saunders shine for West, Tener tops for CCA

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DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy took fourth place in team points at the 2016 State Track and Field Co-ed Meet held Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, at Drake University in Des Moines. Waukee took the Class 4A team title with 83 points, followed by Pleasant Valley (77) and Urbandale (60).

Saving Sugar Bottom’s hardwood trees

Bur Oak Land Trust launches campaign to purchase more Big Grove timber

SOLON– Imagine you’re in the heart of Iowa City on a busy day– cars, people and concrete.
Now think about being 7 miles away, standing in the middle of the Bur Oak Land Trust’s Big Grove Preserve, a centuries-old forest populated with tall hardwoods– calm and quiet, broken only by the occasional songbird.