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Sports

O’Connor leads the way for CCA runners

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OSKALOOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country squad picked up its second team title of the 2016 season with a win Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Oskaloosa Invitational. The Creek Boys topped the 13-team field with 46 team points, led by freshman Nick O’Connor’s third-place finish in 18:25.6.

City bests West, 20-7

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IOWA CITY– City High keeps “The Boot,” a bronzed boot traveling trophy, for another year. The Little Hawks claimed it from the West High Trojans, 14-12, in last year’s annual battle of the cross-town rivals, and upset the Trojans, 20-7, Friday, Sept. 16, for the right to keep it another year.
City came into the contest ranked 10th in Class 4A with a 2-1 record, while the Trojans were ranked fifth with a 3-0 showing as they took to the gridiron for the rivalry on their Homecoming night.

Iowa trounces ISU, 42-3

Hawk Talk

I’ve got to admit I was a little nervous coming into this game.
The Cyclones always play above their talent and record when they play the Hawkeyes.
Plus, the road team has won the last four contests, but it wasn’t meant to be last Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.
I’m not a big fan of night games for a couple of reasons.
I don’t like to wait all day to watch Iowa play, especially at home and trying to get out of Kinnick after the game is brutally slow.
The sideline was also really packed because it was Iowa-Iowa State.

Lady Spartans fall to No. 5 Mustangs, 3-0

SOLON– The varsity volleyball Lady Spartans fell in three sets to fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon Sept. 6 in Solon.
The loss dropped Solon to 4-7 on the season.
The Mustangs brought the offense in the 3-0 win (25-18, 25-19, 25-14), racking up 38 kills against the Lady Spartan defense.

Spartans blow past Chiefs

Solon rebounds with 42-0 conference win over Keokuk

SOLON– Storms abounded across the Iowa farmscape on Friday, Sept. 9, forcing back the start time of Solon’s game against the Keokuk Chiefs to 8 p.m. The winds picked up and the first leaves of the fall began their chaotic dance across the streets of Solon as Acivities Director Zach Wigle’s tweet warned the Spartan faithful of the delay just as the deluge began its slow progression over the field.

Girls 7th, boys 10th at Tipton’s Tiger Invitational

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
TIPTON– A hot day. A crowded, winding course. But Solon’s cross country teams turned up a variety of bright spots. Solon’s boys counted two top-25 runners with their 10th-place finish in the 21-school Tiger Invitational, Sept. 6, at Tipton City Park. The girls notched seventh place and placed two top-20 runners among the 20 teams and 107 varsity runners there.

Nicol and Kerkhoff finish 1-2 among Solon runners

Clippers 3-0 with win over Golden Eagles

CCA withstands Dubuque Wahlert, 24-14

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers stayed in the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-14 Class 3A District 4 win over Dubuque Wahlert at home on a rainy night where the ground game reigned supreme.
The Golden Eagles struck in the first quarter, capping off a long drive with a 1-yard run to score.

CCA defeats Benton Community, 3-2

Creek Girls overcome Bobcats

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls volleyball team watched a 2-0 lead turn into a 2-2 tie before charging back to a fifth-set win, and a 3-2 final for their seventh win of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at home against Benton Community.
The Creek Girls took the first set, 25-16, and the second set, 25-13, but the momentum shifted to the Bobcats in the third set with Benton taking it, 25-19. Benton took the fourth set, 25-21, forcing the fifth set, which the Clippers took in a hard-fought battle, 15-13, after dominating early.

West beats City, 3-1, in the Battle for The Spike

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy defeated their crosstown rivals the Little Hawks of City High, 3-1, Tuesday, Sept. 6, at home in the annual Battle for The Spike, a golden railroad spike traveling trophy.
Last year, West won the match, 3-2, to reclaim the prize after a 2-3 five-game match the year before saw the Little Hawks fly away with it.
Chandler Haight, Emma Norris and Ali Tauchen made 11 kills each, Maddie Fay had 42 assists, Haight made one solo block and Gabby Klemme and Emma Norris both had a pair of ace serves in the fray.

IC West goes 3-1

Women of Troy win City’s JV Invite

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IOWA CITY– The West High Junior Varsity (JV) volleyball squad and West Des Moines Dowling’s team placed first and second, respectively, with 3-1 showings in City High’s 2016 JV Invitational Tournament Thursday, Sept. 8.
The City High Little Hawks were third with a 2-2 effort, followed by Ottumwa (1-3) and Burlington (0-4.)

Women of Troy go 4-1

IC West falls to Mt. Vernon in championship in home court Caroline Found Extravaganza

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy were knocked out in the semifinal round of their home Caroline Found Extravaganza tournament Saturday, Sept. 10, as Mount Vernon swept West, 2-0, and went on to win the tournament championship. West High went 3-0 in pool play with wins over Pella Christian (21-6, 21-5), Marshalltown (21-6, 21-10) and Mount Vernon (21-18, 21-16). West downed West Des Moines Dowling 2-0 (25-12, 25-22) in the quarterfinals.

Creek Boys third, Creek Girls 10th at Bob Brown Classic

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park was the site of the 2016 Bob Brown Cross Country Classic, hosted by Iowa City Regina High School. Clear Creek Amana (CCA) joined the field of competitors with the varsity boys placing third in team points, while the girls were 10th overall.
Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the boys meet with 25 team points, followed by Marion (63), CCA (118), Calamus-Wheatland (136) and Anamosa (157) in the top five. Monticello took the girls meet with 53 points followed by Marion (69), Mount Vernon-Lisbon (71), Solon (126) and Anamosa (140).