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Sports

Offense + defense equals 11-0 start

Emily Ira strikes out 29 in two games as Lady Spartans roll

SOLON– When the offense is sputtering, put Emily Ira on the mound.
Twice in the last week, Coach Jim White’s Lady Spartan softball team was able to preserve an undefeated season by riding strike-out happy Ira’s pitching arm.
Ira struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over Benton Community (No. 4 in Class 3A), and 13 against Highland in a 4-0 win over the weekend.
But in fairness to the rest of the Solon pitching staff and the team’s defense, no one scored an earned run against the Lady Spartans last week.

West girls: fourth appearance in a row at Cownie Park

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will face Dubuque Hempstead today at 5:30 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A Girls State Soccer Tournament.
West earned the right to compete after knocking off the Muskies of Muscatine 2-0 Monday, June 9, in a regional final on the home pitch.
Heelah Nadler knocked in the first goal seven minutes into the second half for a 1-0 lead, and Emma Cooper put away the insurance goal with just over seven minutes remaining in the match.

State championship hopes scuttled for Clipper boys

DES MOINES– It wasn’t the ending they wanted, and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers did everything they could to prevent it. In the end however, the Bluejays of Perry ended the Clippers’ state soccer tournament appearance by handing Tim Benson’s team a 2-1 loss in the quarterfinal round Thursday, June 5, at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.
It was the third trip in four years for the squad, and the third time a championship was denied them.
Perry dominated the first 10 minutes of the match and scored in the ninth minute for a 1-0 lead.

Trojans knock out Valley, Cedar Rapids Wash at state tourney

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans were well on their way to a third straight state soccer championship when heavy rains at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines on Saturday, June 7, postponed the finals match between West and Johnston to Tuesday, June 10 (during production of this edition).
The Trojans, under coach Brad Stiles, have earned four of the last five state championships. A win against Johnston would mean the first three-peat for boys soccer.

CCA girls go down in regional final

IC Regina 4, CCA 1

TIFFIN– The No. 3 Iowa City Regina Regals sank the State Soccer Tournament hopes of the sixth-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Monday night, June 9, in a Class 1A girls’ regional final at Iowa City West.
The Regals ended CCA’s season with a 4-1 loss and a 15-3 record.

Raiders hand Clippers first loss

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team split a doubleheader Thursday, June 5, at home with the Blue Raiders of Anamosa, and picked up their first loss of the season.
The Clippers took care of business in game one with a 6-2 win fueled in part by a four-run effort in the fourth inning off of a pair of singles. A Chase Rourke RBI homer in the sixth sealed the win. Anamosa scored one run in the third and one in the fifth.