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Sports

5th Annual Turkey Trot Saturday, July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting its Fifth Annual Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m., in conjunction with Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to those in need.
This chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park, in North Liberty. Afterward, runners and volunteers are welcome to continue the fun at North Liberty Blues & BBQ!

Creek Boys sweep the Stormin’ Pointers

Hallett’s pair of homers clinch 11-inning opener

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team swept the visiting Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Monday, June 26, at home in 18 innings.
The Clippers took an 11-inning opening game, 9-8, and sent the Pointers back into their kennels, 10-2, in the nightcap.
Tyler Hallett was the hero of game one as he put the Creek Boys on the scoreboard with a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning, belted out a triple in the seventh, and ended the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to break an 8-8 tie.

Muskies upset Trojans under threatening skies

Muscatine beats IC West, 6-3

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY– Lightning in the western sky ended a non-conference varsity contest between the Iowa City West High Trojans and the Muscatine Muskies Wednesday, June 28, in Iowa City.
The Muskies took the six-inning game, 6-3, after scoring one run in the top of the first inning and two in the second.
The Trojans put up a run in the bottom of the second when Lucas Karwal grounded out allowing a run to score, while a passed ball brought in the second Trojan, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Ben Swails Direct Selection for 2017 USSA All American Games 13U Baseball

DES MOINES– Ben Swails, an eighth grader at Clear Creek Amana Middle School, was a Direct Selection for the 2017 USSA All American Games in 13U Baseball. Swails tried out in Des Moines on June 9.
There were only two selections from Iowa selected in 13U. Swails will play on the Central National team Aug. 6-12 in Orlando, Fla., at the ESPN World Wide Sports Complex.
A fundraiser will be held at Throttle Down in Tiffin on July 21 from 5-8 p.m. to help with the costs.

Trojans whack the Golden Eagles

West sweeps Wahlert, 13-3 and 6-5

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DUBUQUE– Iowa City West High’s varsity baseball Trojans improved to 23-6 Monday, June 26, sweeping the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic, in Dubuque.
West took the opener, 13-3, with a pair of big innings. The Trojans put five runs on the scoreboard in the top of the second and had four in the sixth. One West High runner scored in the first and third innings and the Trojans added two in the fifth.
The Golden Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the third and once in the fourth.

Creek Girls split with Stormin’ Pointers

7-4 loss, 10-0 shutout win for CCA against CP-U

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers and the Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers split on the softball diamond Monday, June 26, in the varsity doubleheader in Oxford.
The Pointers pulled off a 7-4 win in the opener with a six-run effort in the top of the fourth inning and an insurance run in the seventh. Abbi Kinnaird and Ainsley Schrock ended a four-inning drought with an RBI groundout by Kinnaird and a two-run homer from Schrock. Karsyn Stratton belted out a solo homer in the seventh for CCA’s fourth and final run of the ballgame.

Creek Boys get sixth consecutive win

CCA scraps Anamosa 13-4 and 10-6

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ANAMOSA– Cappy’s Boys from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swept the Blue Raiders of Anamosa in a varsity doubleheader in Anamosa Friday, June 30, and put up their sixth consecutive win. The Clippers took the first game 13-4 and closed out the evening with a 10-6 win, improving their overall record to 13-17 while dropping Anamosa to 1-28.

No. 1 Bobcats take two from the Creek Girls

Benton Community wins, 9-5 and 14-8

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity softball team became the latest victims of number one (in Class 4A per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s June 22 weekly rankings) Benton Community Bobcats on Wednesday, June 28, at home. Benton took the opener, 9-5, and blasted the Clippers, 14-8, in the nightcap.
Benton started game one with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning, but the Creek Girls took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. The lead was short-lived however, the Bobcats scored two runs in the second and two more in the fourth.

Some of my favorite Hawkeyes

Hawk Talk

I’ve talked about how I became am Iowa Hawkeye fan.
It all started in 1963, when I was going into the fourth grade class at Woodbury Central in Moville. The Neustrom twins, Tim and Terry, came into my class from the other third grade. Their dad Bob, got them on the Hawkeye bandwagon.
We became friends right away and soon I was riding on the Hawkeye wagon and have been ever since.
In November of 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and in February of 1964, the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show so fourth grade was a pretty important year in my life.

White named national softball coach of the year

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.

Preparing for postseason

Lady Spartans sweep Maquoketa, go 3-1 at home Classic

SOLON– Head Coach Jim White wanted his team to be challenged over the weekend at the Solon Classic softball tournament, and they were.
The Lady Spartans went 3-1 at their weekend tourney, defeating Mediapolis, City High and Des Moines Lincoln before falling to Iowa City West.
Coupled with a home sweep of Maquoketa June 22 and a split with Western Dubuque June 26 and Solon moved to 25-10 on the season.
The Lady Spartans dropped from No. 5 to No. 7 in Class 3A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings issued June 22.

Spartans take doubleheader from Williamsburg

Solon drops two at home to league-leading Western Dubuque

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s varsity baseball team took a pair of games on the road at Williamsburg June 22.
The Spartans held the Raiders just two runs over the course of a doubleheader, both on leadoff home runs by Williamsburg senior Derek Greiner, one against Solon freshman Cam Miller, one off junior Luke Ira.
Solon rebounded in both games to shut the Raiders down, while cranking up the offense in 9-1 and 10-1 wins.
Miller captured the win in the 9-1 opener, striking out eight and walking three while giving up only two hits over six innings, including Greiner’s lone earned run.