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Sports

The Bolts look to make some noise

Liberty High varsity boys soccer preview

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re young, they’re relatively untested and they’re ready to learn. Liberty High School’s first varsity boy’s soccer team faces a challenging schedule across multiple classes and conferences in its inaugural season. Liberty officially joins the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) this fall.
Ben Watson, formerly an assistant coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson (boys) and Cedar Rapids Washington (girls), is leading the Lightning, AKA “The Bolts.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to start during the first year of a new program,” Watson said.

Clippers return to the pitch

CCA varsity boys soccer preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys 2017 soccer season ended on a sunny Saturday in May as the Marion Indians won a Class 2A substate final, 1-0. The loss prevented the Creek Boys from competing in the state tournament, marking the final performance from seniors Jackson Pettinger, Nick Ritchie, Sam Evans, Pau Alberich, Oscar Espinoza, Trey Godbolt, Erick Martinez, Tony Zapata, Wyatt Sedlacek, Tyreke Williams, Seth Mass, Florian Wenland and Ian McDonald.

Lee is champion

Hawk Talk

Spencer Lee took care of business at the NCAA wrestling championships in Cleveland last weekend. He capped of a five-match run with a 5-1 victory in the finals at 125 pounds.
Talk about domination.
Two technical falls, both were 18-0 wins.
Spencer followed that up with a pin over sixth-ranked Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), and a pin over second-ranked Nathan Tomasello, who beat Spencer in the Big Ten championship, 3-2.
The finals saw Spencer jump out to a 5-0 lead over fourth-ranked Nick Suriano and won, 5-1.
How about Spencer scoring 60 points and giving up four?

Hawkeye women one and done

Hawk Talk

This wasn’t the way I thought the season would end for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
The Hawks were on a roll, playing their best basketball and winning seven straight before losing to Minnesota 90-89 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
It was a matchup of the Iowa inside game with All-American Megan Gustafson and the depth of the Creighton guards.
Megan came through with 29 points and 17 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes in Iowa’s 76-70 loss.
Iowa dominated the paint with a 36-22 advantage and had a 39-28 advantage on the glass.

Spartan Brianna Smith scores 14 in WaMaC Senior Shootout

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
VAN HORNE– The Lady Spartans’ Brianna Smith participated in the 2018 WaMaC Senior Shootout on Saturday, March 17, at Benton Community High School, in Van Horne.
Smith joined Sophie Wilt, Taylor Zaruba and Sydney Volkenant, from Anamosa; McKenzie Arens from Beckman; Hannah Ambrosy from Maquoketa, Lauren Collier from West Delaware; and McKenzie Maahs from Western Dubuque competing on the WaMaC East team, coached by Anamosa’s Jacky Leighty.

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.

Reiland resigns

HOF wrestler coached Trojans for 19 years

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Head Wrestling Coach Mark Reiland resigned on Monday, March 19, ending a 19-year career at West. Reiland won two state titles and was a four-time state-placer at Eagle Grove High School (1984-1987) and earned an NCAA championship in 1991 and two All-American honors while attending the University of Iowa.

Creek Girls run

Roller and 4x400 relay standout for CCA

Roller and 4x400 relay standout
for CCA
North Liberty Leader
AMES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was out for spring break, but that didn’t stop the girls track and field team from competing in Iowa State University’s High School Classic Indoor meet Monday, March 12, in the Lied Recreation Center in Ames.
Andrea Roller had the Clippers’ best individual finish with 14th place (12-way tie) in the high jump after clearing 4-10. CCA’s 4x400 relay team took 12th in an invitational race, while the 800-meter sprint medley relay came in 13th.

Caruthers and Austin West win at Pella

Caruthers and Austin West win at Pella Indoor Meet
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PELLA– Iowa City West High’s Trojan track and field team wrapped up the indoor portion of the 2018 season with the Pella Indoor Meet at Central College in Pella.

West girls tennis preview

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity girls tennis team finished third at the state tournament last year after being crowned division co-champions and posting a 20-2 record overall.

Iowa Print Sports Writers Boys All-State Team

West High’s McCaffery and Sims make the cut

DES MOINES– The fledgling Iowa Print Sports Writers’ Association (IPSWA) released its second All-State basketball teams Tuesday, March 13, with picks for boys basketball. The new association, which takes over the All-State selections formerly made by the Iowa Newspaper Association, debuted with girls all-state picks on March 6.

Creek Boys run in High School Classic

Johanson and the 4x800 relay post top-10 finishes

AMES– Elements of Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity track and field team competed in the 2018 Iowa State Boys High School Classic indoor meet Tuesday, March 13, in the Lied Athletic Recreation Facility on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
Seb Johanson had the best individual finish in the seven events run by the Clippers with a seventh-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles. The Creek Boys’ 4x800-meter relay team also brought home a seventh-place finish out of 61 teams represented in the event.