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Sports

Gyms to close Monday, Aug. 14, for floor refinishing

NORTH LIBERTY– Beginning as early as Monday, Aug. 14, the Robert and Jones gyms at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., will be closed so their floors can be refinished. The closures are expected to last through Sunday, Aug. 20.
In addition to the closures, some patrons may find the vapors from the floor finishes unpleasant, though they are not harmful, particularly on the indoor track, cardio and weight areas.
This work is not expected to affect the recreation department’s hours of operation.

Five Trojans, one Clipper make First Team picks

IHSBCA and INA recognizes West and CCA baseball players

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COUNCIL BLUFFS– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) announced its picks for 2017 All-District Teams with student athletes from Iowa City West High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) making the cut.

“Bolt” your driveway through Thursday, Aug. 31

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, Creek Girls honored by IGCA

All-State, All-District softball teams announced

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AMES­– The Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association (IGCA) recently announced its picks for 2017 All-State, Academic All-State and All-District Softball Teams with Iowa City West and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) players earning spots.
CCA’s Abbi Kinnaird was named to the Class 4A All-State Second Team and the 4A Northeast All-District Team. The senior started and played in 39 games and hit with a .433 batting average. She had 52 hits including six homeruns, one triple and eight doubles. She drove in 31 runs and scored 34 times. Kinnaird also stole five bases this year.

2017 Hawkeye Football schedule

Hawk Talk

It’s time to talk football.
Officially, for me anyway, summer is over and Iowa football is up next.
For the next two weeks I’ll look at the schedule, predict if the Hawks will be favored and try to come up with nine regular season wins.
Why nine wins?
Mike Evans, one of my homeboys from the Lodge, and I, have had a bet for the last three years on how many wins the Hawkeyes will have at the end of the regular season.
Two years ago I said 10 wins and the Hawkeyes won their first 12 games.
Last year I also said 10 and the Hawks won eight.

Luke Ira unanimous First Team WaMaC baseball pick

Miller, Linderbaum, Harris and Hofsommer 2nd team; Weetman and Bandy Honorable Mention WaMaC East All-Conference 2017

SOLON– WaMaC East All-Confence 2017 Baseball selections were announced and included six Solon Spartans.
Junior infielder Luke Ira captured First Team WaMaC East All-Conference, unanimous selection honors for his performance during the 2017 season. Ira batted .519, recording 54 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs, and 14 stolen bases during his 2017 season.

Spartan football Preferred parking available now

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

Maroons deny IC West

Still looking for a championship

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s varsity baseball team has gone to the state baseball tournament four years in a row, and for the fourth time has returned home without a Class 4A state championship trophy.
The West High Trojans fell, 8-3, Friday, July 28, to the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic in a semifinal round game at Principal Park in Des Moines.

We Run Spike Night Tuesday, Aug. 8

NORTH LIBERTY– We Run and Saucony will be hosting We Run Spike night Tuesday, Aug. 8, 4-7 p.m. at We Run (555 Highway 965 S., Unit B) in North Liberty.
Get correctly sized and try on several different cross-country spikes. Enjoy some great discounts and gifts with purchases. Please email contactus@werunllc.com with any questions.

Trojans and Stumpff top MVC Mississippi Division

11 West High players named to All-Division baseball teams

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Trojan varsity baseball team returned to Des Moines and the state tournament this week for the fourth consecutive year, and the eighth trip in nine years. The crew, coached by Charlie Stumpff, also topped the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division in All-Division Baseball selections released Friday, July 21.

Prime Time wrap 2017

The Prime Time championship was last Sunday at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
The champion was Vinton Merchants, led by league MVP Jack Nunge, who scored 42 points with 14 rebounds, and Brady Ellingson, who had 20 points and 10 boards.

I went to every game helping with the stats and saw the new Hawks plus the veterans play and will break down my observations of the players.
I’ll start with the two new big guys.
Jack Nunge and Luka Garza both either met or exceeded expectations.

Knocked out in Ninth

Marion defeats Spartans, 4-3, in dramatic substate final

SOLON– In a pitched-battle of a baseball game, it came down to extra innings, and Marion broke through with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to down Solon, 4-3, in a Class 3A substate final July 19.
The Spartans had taken an early 2-0 lead, but Marion responded with three unanswered runs to take a 3-2 advantage. Solon clawed out a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but both teams saw their chances dashed by defense late in the game.