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Sports

Clippers face Storm and Pointers in first game

CP-U upends CCA, 17-10, in soggy season opener at home

TIFFIN– Center Point-Urbana has been known as “The Stormin’ Pointers” for many decades. Friday, Aug. 28, in Tiffin, they stormed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ homeport for a 17-10 season-opening win. Mother Nature stormed, too, with rain throughout much of the game and an hour-and-a-half lightning delay.

West’s Butler inherits swim/dive team with 10 returning starters

Former Hawkeye record-setter to lead Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy Swimming and Diving Team has a new head coach for the 2015 season. Byron Butler, a three-time individual state champion in Wisconsin and former University of Iowa Hawkeye swimmer, took the position in late May after Rob Miecznikowski stepped down. Butler twice was a state champion in the butterfly, and once in the backstroke. West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby noted Butler’s times qualified him for automatic All-American status.

Women of Troy make a big splash against Jefferson

West opens swimming season with 134-50 win over J-Hawks

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CORALVILLE– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2015 swimming and diving season with a 134-50 win over the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Individual winners included Erica Hsu in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, Alleyna Thomas in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke, Elaina Martz in the 50-meter freestyle, Ariel Roghair in the 100-meter freestyle and Allison Hsu in the 500-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke.

Women of Troy runners win Prairie Invitational

Gabby Skopec, Kolby Greiner and Patrick Karanja earn wins

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s girls varsity cross country team opened the 2015 season by winning the 31st annual Prairie Invitational meet on the campus of Prairie High School Aug. 29.
The boys varsity team placed fourth.
The Women of Troy won the meet with 46 team points ahead of Waukee and Linn-Mar. Cedar Rapids Kennedy was ninth, Cedar Rapids Washington was 11th and the host Hawks were 14th while the Xavier Saints were 15th in the 18-team field.

West High’s Women of Troy go 2-3 at MVC/MAC Challenge

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie hosted the 2015 MVC/MAC Challenge volleyball invitational Thursday, Aug. 27, with the West High Women of Troy, North Scott, Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf participating.
West won two out of three matches, picking off Pleasant Valley 2-1 (21-19, 16-21 and 15-12) and North Scott 2-0 (21-6 and 21-11) before falling 2-1 to Bettendorf (21-14, 19-21 and 12-15).

Kids Day at Kinnick

Hawk Talk

A couple of observations from Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium.
The defense rules.
Drew Ott and company had nine unofficial sacks, knocked down some passes at the line of scrimmage and didn’t give up a lot of big plays.
Last year, Iowa gave up 65 big plays, which means a run or pass play of over 25 yards.
That needs to be cut in half.
The defense also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and it looks like the defense could be carrying the team early in the season.
George Kittle had three catches, mostly over the middle.
Kittle needs to step up until Jake Duzey gets healthy.

Spartan football 2015

Solon opens gridiron season at Iowa City Regina Friday

SOLON– It’s just one game.
But it is against Iowa City Regina.
The Solon varsity football team will open its season on the road Friday, Aug. 28, in Iowa City against the Regals, and while Head Football Coach Kevin Miller knows you can’t put too much into one game, a lot of people will be watching the annual non-conference rivalry.
“This is a nine-game schedule. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and focus simply on one game,” Miller said after concluding practice Tuesday.

NLYBS Fall Fun Ball starts Monday, Aug. 31, partners with Diamond Dreams

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will be providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for boys and girls ages 6-13.
The season will consist of five sessions, on Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 31, skipping Sept. 7, and ending Oct. 5. Rain make-up will be Oct. 12.
The sessions will focus on skill development for half of the time and half will be spent scrimmaging.

Five seniors to lead CCA in 2015 volleyball

Clippers hope to return to state

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TIFFIN– History was made last year by the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team as they appeared in the state tournament for the first time since 1999 and only the third time in school history. The Clippers, under first-year head coach Jackie Clubb, knocked off Cedar Rapids Xavier, 3-0, in a Class 4A Regional Final to earn their state tourney berth. CCA went on to take down Sioux City Bishop Heelan, 3-2, in the state 4A quarterfinals before falling, 3-0, to Harlan in the semifinal round.

Depth and experience will fuel West’s drive toward the top

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IOWA CITY– Last year, West High’s Women of Troy made it to the state tournament in Cedar Rapids under first-year coach Randy Dolson. The team posted a 28-12 record overall after falling, 3-1, to Bettendorf in the quarterfinal round. The team lost three seniors– Madi Miller, Mikaela Morgan and Laynie Whitehead– but Dolson is confident the 2015 squad will be a force to contend with.
Six juniors– Emma Norris, Ali Tauchen, Emily Halverson, Maddie Fay, Madi Ford and Gabi Delsing– make up the core of the starting line-up.

West XC boys rebuilding

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans under coach Brian Martz are rebuilding and reloading for the 2015 cross-country season. The Trojans finished ninth in overall points at last year’s state meet.
Akash Borde was the highest-finishing West runner at the state meet with a ninth-place finish. Borde was among the runners lost to graduation, but Martz returns seniors Nick Feeley (44th at State) and Matthew Schneider (70th) and junior Ali Ali (57th).

Talent in abundance for CCA cross country

Robison takes over boys’ program

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TIFFIN– It’s a mix of change and consistency for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross-country teams this season. Ben Robison has taken the top spot in the boys’ program after a year as an assistant and a year as the middle school coach.
Robison takes over a program fourth in the state qualifying meet last year and returns three seniors and three juniors: Jake Tener (senior), Eric Douglass (senior), Kage Hinricks (senior), Luke Wingert (junior), Ben Oxley (junior) and Wyatt Sedlacek (junior).