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Sports

Ya gotta have heart– and guts– to go for the Spike

Women of Troy gut out 3-2 win over City for the Spike trophy

IOWA CITY– West High varsity volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan can be blunt, doesn’t mince words, and gets right to the heart of it. Tuesday, Oct. 8, during the annual battle with City High for The Spike, she went to the heart of her team and made them take a look inside themselves.

Ruining the Raiders’ night

Clear Creek Amana picks up 48-19 win on the road at Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, under first-year coach Matt Hughes, picked up their third win of the 2013 season Friday night against the Anamosa Blue Raiders at Anamosa. The Clippers pounded Anamosa 48-19, improving their record to 3-4 with two regular season games left.

Booted!

West High suffers first 2013 loss, loses the Boot

IOWA CITY– It had to happen sooner or later. However, the West High Trojans probably would’ve preferred to suffer their first loss of the 2013 season after The Battle for the Boot.
The City High Little Hawks stymied and denied the Trojans with a 14-7 win Friday night at City, taking the golden Boot in the process. West captured The Boot last year in a 44-0 shutout at home, ending a City streak. The night started out on a promising note as the sophomores pounded out a 48-20 win.

Defensive

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

There is a reason that Michigan State is rated one of the best defenses in the country... they are really good!
The Spartans held the Hawkeyes to 23 yards on the ground, 13 first downs and Iowa had the ball for only 22:47 minutes. Also, the Hawks didn’t get a first down until about five minutes left in the first half.
Here we go again.
Last year at this time the Hawks were 4-2, 2-0 in the Big Ten and beat Michigan State, 19-16 in overtime.
This year Iowa is 4-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten and lost to the Spartans, 26-14.

Lady Spartans overwhelm Raiders

SOLON– The Anamosa volleyball team looked like a deer in the headlights.
The Solon Lady Spartans rattled off 10 straight points behind the serving of junior Taylor Nearad and never looked back, sweeping the Anamosa Raiders 3-0 in a conference match-up last Tuesday in Solon.
Nearad was a serving machine for the Lady Spartans, going 24-27 with 10 aces from behind the service line. No other Lady Spartan had more than seven serves.
Solon won 25-6, 25-12 and 25-6, with liberal substitutions throughout the match.

Big score

Spartans roll up 64-3 win over Anamosa Raiders

SOLON– It didn’t take long to see where this game was going.
Solon’s Jordan Wymer took the opening kickoff 97 yards down the Spartan sideline for a touchdown, and it was off to the races.
Moments later, Solon intercepted Anamosa quarterback Austin Seehusen deep in Raider territory. Two passes to Nathan Hawkins later, there was less than a minute elapsed on the clock, and Solon had taken a 14-0 lead over the winless Anamosa Raiders.
The Spartans rumbled to a 64-3 win Friday night, moving their record to 5-1 on the season, and an unblemished 3-0 in conference play.

Girls first, boys second at Williamsburg invite

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s girls scored a team and individual title at the Williamsburg invitational cross country meet Sept. 30.

Miracle on Melrose

West pulls out 39-35 win in final minute

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Football teaches young men many life lessons in addition to the fundamentals of the game. One such lesson is to never give up in the face of adversity.
Friday, Oct. 4, the West High Trojans applied that lesson and in the process retained their perfect record this season with a homecoming win over Dubuque Hempstead.

Rolling the Regals

Clippers pick up win with 3-0 sweep of Iowa City Regina

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team may be young, without any seniors, but they can still put up a fight and rule the night. Such was the case Monday, Sept. 30, when Iowa City Regina visited for a non-conference match. The Clippers took care of business in three-straight, winning 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.

Dubuque Hempstead beats West volleyball 3-1

IOWA CITY– The fourth-ranked in Class 5A Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs took a win away from the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Oct. 1, on the volleyball court. The Mustangs won 3-1 in varsity volleyball action.
West came up short 25-23 in the opening set, rallied to a 25-21 win in set two, and fell 25-21 and 25-15 to close-out the match.

The pig stays home

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Talk about deja-vü all over again.
Last year, Minnesota was 4-0 when it came to Iowa City.
The Gophers were a good running team and were playing good defense last season.
This year, Minnesota was 4-0 coming into to the Iowa game.
The Gophers’ running game is one of the best in the Big Ten and their defense was bigger and stronger.
Last year, Iowa won 31-13 and Mark Weisman rushed for 177 yards (8.4 per carry). Iowa led 24-0 at half.
This year Iowa won 23-7 and Mark ran for 145 yards (6.1 per carry). Iowa led 17-0 at the half.
Can you say domination?

307 yards

Solon quarterback Jacob Black rushes for near-record yardage in 35-14 win over Sabers

DeWITT– The Central DeWitt Sabers just could not figure out Solon quarterback Jacob Black.
Black was 0-4 from the pocket and finished with a quarterback rating of 0.0, but he did something no other Solon quarterback has done, and that’s rush for 300 yards.
Black compiled 307 yards rushing on 26 carries Friday night, just shy of the school individual record of 329 yards set by Randy Beranek in 1978, to lead the Spartans to a 35-14 win of the Sabers of Central Clinton at DeWitt.
“I don’t think we have had a 300-yard rusher for over 20 years at Solon,” remarked head coach Kevin Miller.