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Solon Storm 12U Small Town Baseball World Series Champs

The Solon Storm 12U baseball team won the Small Town Baseball Championships in Grinnell in June. In so doing, the team qualified for the Small Town Baseball World Series in Marshfield, Wisconsin, in July. The Storm proceeded to go 5-0 over the three-day tournament, to be crowned Small Town World Series Champions 2014. Team members include: (front) Nolan Pattison, Lucas Walker, Joe Stahle, Brayton Bair, Cael O’Neill, Sullivan Steen, Niko Longo, Peyton Herdliska, Luke Van Roekel and Cole Arduser. (not pictured A.J.

Come on, feel the noise

TiffinFest 2014 to welcome biggest act yet

TIFFIN– Something big is about to hit the small town of Tiffin.
And it’s going to make a really loud noise when it does.
TiffinFest committee members Melissa Fontanini and Lyndsie Schnoor, co-owners of Bella Sala reception and banquet facility in Tiffin, didn’t hesitate when the opportunity came for their business to sponsor this year’s headline entertainment for the annual community festival.

Lady Spartans take second`

Dallas Center-Grimes holds Solon to one hit in 4A title game

FORT DODGE– One hit was not enough to win a championship.
The Solon Lady Spartans fell to No. 1-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes, 5-0, in the 4A softball championship Friday.
Solon’s powerful offense could muster only one hit against Dallas Center-Grimes pitcher Paige Lowary, and ended up toting the runner-up trophy off the Harlan Rogers Park diamond in Fort Dodge for the second time in three years.
It was the first shutout of the season for Solon.

Paws to read and laugh out loud

TIFFIN– Where can you find sassy puppets, magic tricks, jumping snakes and a trained flea circus?
Children fround them all at Springmier Library in Tiffin on July 9, when puppeteer and performer Maggie Erdmann presented Paws to Read, a fun presentation that uses puppets, magic and audience participation to encourage kids to find their favorite books in their local libraries. Springmier Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program wrapped up July 30 with a final celebration and prizes for those who completed their reading logs. (photos by Lori Lindner)

District champs!

Wagner’s run gives CCA 3-2 edge over Vinton-Shellsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers earned another achievement for the 2014 baseball season Monday, July 21, by winning the Class 3A District 9 championship with a 3-2 win over the Vikings of Vinton-Shellsburg in Williamsburg.
The Clippers went up on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning as Tanner Bandy smacked a line drive over the left field fence for a solo home run, giving CCA a 1-0 lead. The Vikings tied the game in the fourth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

Lady Spartans overpower Clippers 15-4

Solon women unload 21 hits on CCA

FORT DODGE– Solon head coach Jim White really wanted that first run.
In the top of the first inning, the Lady Spartans came up with three clutch two-out singles to score first against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in a 4A quarterfinal at the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge Monday.
A year ago, Solon had been ranked No. 3 and came into the state tournament with only two losses, but the unranked Washington Demons jumped out to a 3-0 lead and the Lady Spartans didn’t recover.
This time, against a familiar foe in the CCA Clippers, it was another story.

In a pickle

North Liberty Pickleball mixer grows each year

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s a unique group of people who are delighted to find themselves in a pickle.
Local Pickleball aficionados hosted their fifth annual North Liberty Pickleball summer gathering at the Penn Meadows Park tennis courts, a sort of invitational tournament that is more fun than competition, and includes a potluck picnic and social time. Games are played round robin-style so players mix with others from all over the state.

Clippers advance in district baseball

WILLIAMSBURG– Conventional wisdom has it that it is tough to beat a team three times in one season, let alone in one week. But the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers baseball team dashed that notion as well as South Tama’s hopes of advancing toward the state championship Friday, July 18, in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 9 semifinal baseball game in Williamsburg. The Clippers trounced the Trojans 10-3 to go on to face Vinton-Shellsburg in a district final Monday, July 21.

Rainy Day Blues

Blues 2014 rained out, but not washed up

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s enough to make one wonder; does Mother Nature have something against the blues?

Hot streak for CCA girls

Clippers put up wins over Marion, CR Xavier, Davenport N.

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OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity softball team hit a late-season hot streak.
The Clippers ended the regular season on a positive note with a 19-17 record thanks to a doubleheader win Monday, July 7, over the Marion Indians. A pair of regional wins boosted the record to 21-17.

St. John Lutheran Church in Ely begins new addition

SOLON– To accommodate the incredible growth in population within the Ely community, St. John Lutheran Church is taking steps to create more space for worship, fellowship and classroom learning.
“Our mission is to be a presence in Ely and to provide services for the needs of this community,” explained Pastor Erika Uthe. “Our hope and goal really is to let people know that there is a place for them and that they will always be welcome here no matter what. This addition helps us to provide the space.”

Community of hope

RunLuly 5K to benefit Haiti medical clinic

NORTH LIBERTY– Local efforts to build community are reaching well beyond this state’s borders.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have joined with World Wide Village, the nonprofit organization with a mission to assist the people of Haiti, to develop a medical clinic, professional learning center, agri-business facility and a stronger spiritual community in the cities of Williamson and Luly, Haiti.