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Sports

Nick Gallagher

Hawk Talk

When Nick Gallagher was a senior at West High, he planned on going to school at the University of Iowa… and become a basketball manager.
Iowa’s head baseball coach Rick Heller saw Nick pitch in high school for the West High Trojans and asked the hard-throwing right hander if he would like to try out for the Hawkeye baseball team.

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Solon sweeps Central DeWitt

Solon softball squad defeats No. 3 Iowa City West at Ft. Dodge tournament

SOLON– Head softball coach Jim White knew the Central DeWitt Sabers could hit the ball.
The team had hit Solon pitchers well before, and had been kept scoreless in only one game so far in the season.
“We’re not going to be shutting them out,” White said prior to a scheduled doubleheader Monday, June 20.
And he was correct.
But the Solon Lady Spartans, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, are no slouches when it comes to reaching the bases, either.

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42 runs scored in doubleheader split

SOLON– Solon and Central DeWitt took turns slugging the baseball around the park June 20 in Solon.
The two teams scored a total of 42 runs in a doubleheader split, with the Sabers taking game one, 19-4, and the Spartans taking the nightcap, 17-2.
The win moved Solon to a game under .500, to 9-10 for the season.
It was the second home split in a row for the Spartans, which dropped five in a row to some powerful teams before taking one of two against South Tama June 16.

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Spud saves the day

2-run homer gives West a win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– They call him “Spud.”
Monday, June 13, Spud, AKA Spencer Wiskus, a graduated West High senior, was the hero of the night as his two-run homer broke an 8-8 tie with Cedar Rapids Prairie and won the nine-inning nightcap of a varsity doubleheader.

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Clean sweep by Mustangs

Creek girls fall 6-4 and 6-3 to Mount Vernon

OXFORD– The Mount Vernon Mustangs handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a pair of losses Wednesday, June 15, as they swept the Creek Girls in a varsity doubleheader in Oxford. The Mustangs took the opener, 6-4, and survived a seventh-inning Clipper rally to win the nightcap, 6-3.

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Steigleder named MVC Athlete of the Year

2016 All-Division Soccer Selections announced

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Regan Steigleder was awarded the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s Valley Division Athlete of the Year honor. The conference released its 2016 All-Division Soccer Selections Monday, June 13, with the West High junior at the top of the list.
Steigleder scored 21 goals, made three assists and amassed 45 points and a pair of penalty kicks during the regular season.

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Clippers swept by Raiders

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TIFFIN– Cappy’s Boys fell to 6-11 after a pair of losses to Williamsburg Monday, June 13, on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ diamond in Tiffin. The Raiders swept the Clippers 9-4 and 4-3.

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Creek Boys split with Bobcats

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EPWORTH– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers gained a little ground Thursday, June 16, as they improved their record slightly to 7-12 with a split in Epworth. The Clippers fell 6-5 in the first half of a varsity doubleheader with the Western Dubuque Bobcats but rallied back to a 4-1 win in the nightcap.

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“The Greatest” is gone

Muhammad Ali passed away last week and it brought back a lot of memories of growing up in the ‘60s, how I got started following sports and some of my heroes that have come and gone.
First I have to give credit to my dad, who was a fan of all sports, played football and ran track in high school.
Dad and my two brothers watched sports together and I remember him coming to watch us compete in baseball, football and wrestling.

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Spartans take two from CP-U

Vinton-Shellsburg hands Solon doubleheader loss on the road

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) June 8 at home.
Powered by three RBI from Tyler Linderbaum, the Spartans defeated CP-U 6-4 in the first game, and then scored 12 unanswered runs in the nightcap for a 13-7 win.
Junior Nick Hofsommer picked up the victory in game one, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out three and walking three. Sophomore Spencer Wegmann pitched three innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out one.

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Lady Spartans strike out against No. 1 Benton

Solon rolls over Greene County, Fort Madison

SOLON– It was a rematch of last year’s 3A championship game, and this time, Amber Fiser won.
The third-ranked Solon Lady Spartans were limited to three hits and Fiser rolled up 14 strike-outs as No. 1 Benton Community powered past third-ranked Solon, 4-0, in softball action June 8.
Junior McKenna Miller took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking five batters and striking out three.

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Sarah Ferin selected as new head varsity volleyball coach for Solon

SOLON– The Solon Community School District announced Sarah Ferin as the next Head Varsity Volleyball Coach (pending board approval). Ferin recently served as the long time assistant at Xavier High School and brings a wealth of experience in the game.

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