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Sports

Favorite Hawkeyes, women’s basketball

Hawk Talk

I’ve talked about some of my favorite Hawkeye football players and men’s basketball players.
This week I’ll look at my favorite women’s basketball players since Lisa Bluder took over in 2000. That was also my first year covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader.
I didn’t get to see many of Vivian Stringer’s team in the 1980s and ‘90s, but if I did I would probably go with Michelle “Ice” Edwards, Franthea Price and Toni Foster.
All were First Team Kodak All-Americans and Big Ten Players of the Year.

Ira homer, Zach Wegmann single provide Solon power

SOLON– “It’s a long game,” Solon head coach Keith McSweeney reminded his players in the dugout.
It was two innings into a Class 3A District 8 baseball final and the Spartans were already down 4-0 to Central DeWitt. The Sabers had knocked around Solon starter Luke Ira and Central DeWitt sophomore Garrett Finley had not allowed a base runner through three innings.

2017 Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31-Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– The Solon Spartans host the Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31 thru Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium. Cost for the camp is $40 and participants also receive a T-shirt. Grades 2-5 attend the 9-10:30 a.m. session and the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. session is for grades 6-8.
Campers may expect to learn and apply skills applicable to football. Coaches will spend time teaching the fundamental techniques essential to player development in the Spartan program. Campers will play lead up games and participate in various competitions.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY SOON

Lady Spartans, White are all-conference

Heick, Rogers, Hanrahan and Ryan named First Team

SOLON– Eight Lady Spartans and head coach Jim White were honored as the WaMaC Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters Wednesday, July 12.
White was named WaMaC Conference East Division Coach of the Year.
Four Lady Spartans earned First Team Honors in the East Division, with two more on the Second Team and two receiving Honorable Mention.
Senior catcher Jess Heick, junior infielder Madison Rogers, senior outfielder Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore outfielder Taylor Ryan were named to the First Team.

Spartans roll Mustangs in substate opener

Solon Economist
SOLON– Conventional wisdom among sports writers, fans and coaches postulates that it is all but impossible to beat a team three times in one season. The Solon Spartans varsity baseball team proved it is possible with a 6-1 win over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday, July 14, at home in a Class 3A Substate 4 District 8 semifinal.
Solon went up on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans added a run in the fourth when Luke Ira was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and a runner trotted home for a 2-0 score.

Just Tri Youth Triathlon Saturday, July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Swim, bike and run at the City of North Liberty’s annual youth triathlon Sunday, July 30, starting at 7 a.m.
The event is for kids of all fitness levels ages 6 to 14. Routes and distances vary based on age group.
A parent and participant meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at the community center, with packet pick up on Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bolts and Trojans split on the diamond

From classmates to competitors

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Liberty High and Iowa City West High met in a freshman baseball doubleheader Monday, July 10, at West High and ended up in a split. Liberty’s Lightning Bolts took the first game, 12-11, but fell to their former classmates, 7-6, in the second game.

Car wash by Liberty High cheerleaders July 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High School cheerleaders are putting on a car wash Saturday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. at Hills Bank (Zeller Street) in North Liberty.
A car wash is free with donations going toward the cheer team.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

Women of Troy earn MVC honors as Lutjen resigns

CR Jefferson sweeps top spots

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Seven Iowa City West High Women of Troy earned spots on the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) 2017 All-Division Softball selections, released Wednesday, July 12.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson took the Mississippi Division (home to West High) team championship with J-Hawk Coach Brian Erbe and his staff earning Division Coach of the Year while Jefferson’s Avery Guy was the Division Athlete of the Year. The J-Hawks held a 38-4 record ahead of the State Tournament.

Central DeWitt ends Clippers’ season

Sabers win substate game 3-0 over CCA

SOLON– It was relatively quick, but it was far from painless as the Sabers from Central DeWitt ended Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) season in the opening round of Class 3A substate baseball Friday, July 14, in Solon. The Sabers sank the Clippers 3-0 to advance to a Monday, July 17, meeting with Solon in the District 8 final.