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Sports

Familiar faces abound for Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will be banking on experience on the court in the 2016 season. Coach Randy Dolson, in his third year with the program, brings back six starters from last year’s 27-12 squad that posted a 5-3 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record for a fourth-place finish.

New district, new opportunities for Creek Boys

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XC Girls Giving it all they’ve got

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TIFFIN– There may not be very many of them on the course this season, but the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers cross-country squad will make their presence known.
“Our numbers and experience are our weakness,” coach Jane Astor said. “Our attitudes and work ethic are our strengths.”
Astor, with 26 years at CCA, returns two starters, both sophomores, to the varsity lineup: Kaylie Barker and Ally Loren.

The Iowa Hawkeye offense

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This is the first of a three-part series.
For the next couple of weeks, I’ll talk about the University of Iowa football team’s offense, defense and special teams.
Like I said last week, I missed my first football media press conference in 15 years.
Two of my homeboys, Terry Intveld and Brian Fleck, were the “next-man-in” and took pictures and got some quotes.
Terry has been taking pictures for me for at least seven or eight years.

Volleyball runs in her family

Meet new Solon High School varsity volleyball coach Sarah Ferin

SOLON– After Peter Gustin stepped down in February to take a position as volunteer assistant coach at the University of Iowa, the stars aligned perfectly for Sarah Ferin to take over as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach of the Lady Spartans.
The timing couldn’t have been better and Solon is the perfect place for the Cedar Rapids native and former assistant coach of the Xavier Saints to embark on the next phase of her career.

Solon baseball players named to All-WaMaC teams

Sophomore Luke Ira named first team

SOLON– Five Solon varsity baseball players earned WaMaC conference East-Division baseball honors for the 2016 season.
The selections were announced Thursday, July 21.
Sophomore shortstop Luke Ira made the First Team, while senior third baseman Patrick Maston and sophomore first baseman Tyler Linderbaum received Second Team honors.
Sophomore Eric Weetman and senior Dillon Drake were named Honorable Mention.

Solon High School wrestling team participates in Luther’s Team Wrestling Camp

DECORAH– The Solon High School High School wrestling team participated in the 2016 Luther College Team Wrestling Camp in Decorah.
The 2016 Luther wrestling camps, directed by Luther Head Wrestling Coach Dave Mitchell, have grown into some of the largest and most recognized athletic camps in the Midwest. There are six wrestling camps on Luther’s campus each summer that include more than 1,000 wrestlers and 150 coaches.
Recent clinicians have included several Olympian, NCAA champion and All-American wrestlers, including Cael Sanderson, Brandon Slay and Brent Metcalf.

Party on the turf

Annual kick-off event raises money for CCA football

TIFFIN– The 2nd annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football Kick-Off to Friday Night Lights was held Friday, Aug. 12, at the high school stadium in Tiffin. The event serves as a fundraiser for the football program as well as a way to build excitement for the coming season.
Headlining the event again this year was contemporary country music artist Jake McVey, who had the students dancing on the sideline. McVey and his bass player even jumped off the stage and rocked out among the students at one point.

West Looking for improvement

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IOWA CITY– 2015 was a disappointing season for the West High Trojans on the varsity gridiron. The team posted a 4-7 record with four losses to open the season, including a three-point season-opening loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy, a 33-0 shutout loss to West Des Moines Valley and a 14-12 loss to rival City High in the annual Battle of the Boot.

Lightning will strike this fall

Liberty High to field freshman athletic teams in ’16-‘17

NORTH LIBERTY– While construction still continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, some future students will compete in the school’s uniforms this school year.
Principal Scott Kibby confirmed the Liberty Lightning Bolts will be in action, albeit at the freshman level, for the 2016-2017 school year.

Clear Creek Amana boys cross country An interesting season ahead

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TIFFIN– “This could be an interesting year for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country,” said coach Ben Robison about the 2016 season.
Robison is in his second year at the helm of the varsity program, which lost its top two runners from last season to graduation.
“But, we are bringing back two 2015 state qualifiers. I’m looking for our three other seniors to step up and fill varsity spots,” he said.
He’s also hoping for big things out of some freshmen.

Iowa football schedule: Part two

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This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye 2016 football schedule.
Last week I took the first six games; Miami (Ohio), Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Purdue.
I believe that Iowa should be favored in all six games.
This week I’ll look at the final six games.

Oct. 22: Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are coming off a 10-3 (6-2 in the Big Ten) season which included a 23-21 bowl win over USC.