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Sports

West Looking for improvement

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IOWA CITY– 2015 was a disappointing season for the West High Trojans on the varsity gridiron. The team posted a 4-7 record with four losses to open the season, including a three-point season-opening loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy, a 33-0 shutout loss to West Des Moines Valley and a 14-12 loss to rival City High in the annual Battle of the Boot.

Lightning will strike this fall

Liberty High to field freshman athletic teams in ’16-‘17

NORTH LIBERTY– While construction still continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, some future students will compete in the school’s uniforms this school year.
Principal Scott Kibby confirmed the Liberty Lightning Bolts will be in action, albeit at the freshman level, for the 2016-2017 school year.

Clear Creek Amana boys cross country An interesting season ahead

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TIFFIN– “This could be an interesting year for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country,” said coach Ben Robison about the 2016 season.
Robison is in his second year at the helm of the varsity program, which lost its top two runners from last season to graduation.
“But, we are bringing back two 2015 state qualifiers. I’m looking for our three other seniors to step up and fill varsity spots,” he said.
He’s also hoping for big things out of some freshmen.

Iowa football schedule: Part two

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This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye 2016 football schedule.
Last week I took the first six games; Miami (Ohio), Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Purdue.
I believe that Iowa should be favored in all six games.
This week I’ll look at the final six games.

Oct. 22: Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are coming off a 10-3 (6-2 in the Big Ten) season which included a 23-21 bowl win over USC.

Renegades 10U softball wins USSSA tournament

The Renegades 10U Softball Team won the USSSA State Tournament in Des Moines. The team was 39-7 heading into the National Championship in Branson, Mo. on July 11-16. Back row: Lilah VanScoyoc, Addison Fishman, Grace Laubenthal, Claire Ernst, Delaine Tyler and Kylie Hamers. Front row; Kaly Thomas, Isabelle Mehmen, Brynlee Slockett, Kaelin Moores, and Isabella Tafolla. Coaches are: Tiffany Fishman, Kevin Hamers and Meagan Moores. (contributed photo)

11U Spartans win tourney in Des Moines

The Solon Spartans 11U baseball team won a state tourney in Des Moines over the Fourth of July weekend. Front row: Ryan Rassmussen, Sean Stahle, Oaken Foster, Nathan Schadler, Quinton Heineman; Second row: Blake Timmons, Rhyse Wear, Landon Shive, Austin Bell, Aiden Doyle, Adam Smith. Coaches: Nathan Wear, JP Heineman, Kyle Stahle and JT Timmons. (contributed photo)

Fifth annual youth triathlon draws a crowd to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Denise Barnhouse crouched on the edge of the indoor pool, coaching a swimmer as he struggled to finish the final 25 meters of a 100-meter swim. Cheers roared from the pool observation deck above, urging the boy on and out of the water toward the bike waiting for him outside.
His last place finish in the swim portion was irrelevant, said Barnhouse, owner of Tri-Fit Agape in North Liberty and co-director of the Just Tri! Youth Triathlon.
“It’s all about making it fun for the kids,” she said. “Once you put the competition brain on them, the fun doesn’t last long.”

Three Trojans named to INA’s All-State Baseball teams

Miller earns First Team berth

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IOWA CITY– Three West High baseball players were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2016 All-State Baseball teams.
Austin Miller, a senior, earned a First Team berth as a pitcher while Connor McCaffery, a junior, was a Second Team pick as an outfielder. Izaya Ono-Fullard, also a junior, earned a Third Team spot as a utility player.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Spencer Van Scoyoc, a senior outfielder drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, was named Captain of the Class 4A team.
Class 4A First Team

CCA kick off 2016 football season Jake McVey

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TIFFIN– Country music star Jake McVey returns to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football turf on Friday, Aug. 12, to help the Clippers kick off the 2016 season with their second annual Friday Night Lights event.
Varsity coach Matt Hughes began the new Clipper football tradition last year in an effort to come up with a unique fundraiser for the program.
“I like to think outside the box in a lot of things I do and do things that are different,” he said last year.

Time for some football

Hawk Talk

Last season, the Hawkeye football team took us to a place that hasn’t happened since 1922; an undefeated football season.
The Hawks also went undefeated in 1921.
A lot of things fell into place, like Marshall Koehn’s 57-yard field goal as time ran out against Pittsburgh. Iowa won, 27-24.
How about Nate Meier knocking the Nebraska offensive guard back to step on the quarterback, who tripped and fumbled. Faith Ekakitie recovered on the Iowa 4-yard line. The Hawks won, 10-6.

Solon football preferred parking spots available now

SOLON– Beginning Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will sell preferred parking spaces for Friday night and post season football games. There are 43 spots in the lot with 12 of the spaces reserved for handicapped parking available on a first-come-first-serve basis at each home football game for cars bearing the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven are reserved for game administration, and the other 24 are available to the community for purchase.

Spartan streak ends in semifinal

Solon tests eventual 3A champ Harlan at state tournament

DES MOINES– The Spartans gave the Cyclones a run for their money.
Solon made its comeback, but too many mistakes against the second-ranked team in the state resulted in a semifinal exit from the 3A state baseball tournament Friday (July 29) in Des Moines.
No. 2 Harlan defeated unranked Solon, 7-5, at Principal Park, ending a five-game winning streak for the Spartans dating back to the last game of the regular season.