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Sports

Preview: Clippers hope doing the little things better will lead to success

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TIFFIN– With two early-season indoor meets already in the books, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys track coach Ben Robison was excited by the prospects for a successful season for his Clippers. At the same time, the second-year coach knows he and the “Creek Boys” are in for many challenges.

Preview: A strong nucleus returns for the Creek Girls

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TIFFIN– Good finishes in early season indoor meets coupled with success last season have given Clear Creek Amana girls track and field coach Jane Astor a sense of optimism and confidence. Astor, who has 27 years with the program, and assistants Teri Schultejans (10 years) and Bob Broghammer see strength on a number of fronts for the “Creek Girls.”
“We have a strong nucleus back and have gained some strong sprinters and middle distance athletes,” Astor said. “The indoor meets (at Wartburg and Cornell) highlighted strength at 200 (meter dash) and 400 (meter dash).”

West High track & field

West High boys run in final indoor meet of the season

Caruthers, Low, Nugent, Murley, 4x400 and 4x800 all victorious
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PELLA– The Iowa City West High Trojans ran in their final indoor meet of the 2017 season Friday, March 17, at the Central College Boys High School Meet at Central College in Pella.

A trio of Trojans make INA’s All-State Basketball Team

Lane and the McCafferys earn spots

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DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) released the 2017 Boys All-State Basketball selections with three Iowa City West High standouts earning spots on the Class 4A teams.
Devontae Lane, a senior, was named to the First Team as a backcourt player, Connor McCaffery, also a senior, earned a utility player spot, and Patrick McCaffery, a sophomore, was named to the front line of the Second Team. Lane averaged 15 points per game heading into the state championship game. Connor McCaffery averaged 19.6 and Patrick averaged 13.9.

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet

Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet
Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy
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CEDAR FALLS– The 2017 indoor track season continued Tuesday, March 14, for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy as they competed in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Indoor Meet at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Bailey Nock won the 3,000-meter run in 10:25.50, with teammate Gabby Skopec right behind her running a 10:33.75 for second place. Skopec also took second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.63.

Women of Troy pick up four wins at Demon Relays

Welch, Haight, 4x800 and 1,600-medley find gold
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MOUNT VERNON– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy track and field squad competed Thursday, March 9, in the 2017 Demon Indoor Relays hosted by Washington (Iowa) High School and held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

Creek Boys get track time at ISU’s Classic Indoor Meet

Gerard posts best individual finish for CCA

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AMES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team shared the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus with athletes from across the state Tuesday, March 14, in the Iowa State High School Classic Indoor Meet hosted by Iowa State University.
Nick Gerard posted the best individual finish for the Clippers with a 23rd-place finish in the long jump with a 18-5 3/4 leap. CCA’s 4x800-meter relay team had the Clippers’ best finish with a 17th-place showing in 8:51.87. The Creek Boys competed in five events at the meet.

Knocked out in DC

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I certainly didn’t see this coming.
The Hawkeyes were on a four-game winning streak going into the Big Ten Tournament.
They started the streak on Feb. 21 with a 96-90 overtime win against Indiana at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Last week at the Big Ten Tournament in Washington, D.C., the Hoosiers scored 95, Iowa 73.
The basketball season reminds me a little like the way the football season ended.
The Hawkeye football team won its last three games in the regular season, knocking off No. 2 Michigan plus beating Illinois and Nebraska.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated.

CHAMPIONS

DES MOINES– They were on a mission, and the mission was accomplished.
“This has been our goal since the beginning,” Connor McCaffery said in postgame comments Saturday, March 11, in the interview room at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines after the West High Trojans knocked off defending State Class 4A champions West Des Moines Valley, 64-50, to claim the title. The Valley High Tigers denied the Trojans the championship last year by defeating West, 46-39.

Clipper track and field boys run under the dome

4x800 takes third at Dickinson Relays

CEDAR FALLS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team competed in the 2017 Dickinson Relays Tuesday, March 6, at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.

Creek Girls run indoors with the Demons

CCA’s Lacina fourth in 400-meter dash

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MOUNT VERNON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field team competed in the 2017 Washington (Iowa) Demons Indoor Relays Thursday, March 9, at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.