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Sports

Clippers ready to set sail on the trails

CCA cross country returns two seniors, state qualifiers

TIFFIN– 2013 was a good year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity cross country team. Coach Jane Astor is looking for a repeat at the least, and perhaps an even better finish this year.
Astor, in her 23rd season with the Clippers, also coaches the girls’ varsity team along with assistant Ben Robison.

Special Teams

Hawk Talk

Media day was last Monday and the next three weeks I’ll be breaking down the special teams, the offense and defense.
I’m starting with the special teams this year because Iowa has to replace one of the best kickers ever to play for the Hawkeyes... Mike Meyer.
The 6-2, 190-pound player from Dubuque finished second in career field goals (61) and career scoring (324 points).
Only Nate Kaeding did better with 67 field goals and 373 total points.
Mike also set a school record with 122 straight PATs. Nate held the record with 60 straight.

Solon football opens Aug. 29 hosting Regina

SOLON– Kevin Miller and his Solon Spartans varsity football team have their work cut out for them as the 2014 season quickly approaches.
“In my opinion, this is the toughest district in the state,” Miller said. The Spartans are in Class 3A, District 4 along with Central Clinton-DeWitt, Western Dubuque, Maquoketa, Marion, Dubuque Wahlert and Cedar Rapids Xavier. “From top to bottom there doesn’t appear to be a weak opponent. Every week we are going to prepare to play at the highest level.”

2014 Solon Varsity Football Schedule

Friday, Aug. 29 Home vs. IC Regina
Friday, Sept. 5 at Mount Vernon
Friday, Sept. 12 at CR Xavier
Friday, Sept. 19 Home vs. Marion
Friday, Sept. 26 Home vs. Washington
Friday, Oct. 3 at Central Clinton, DeWitt
Friday, Oct. 10 Home vs. Maquoketa
Friday, Oct. 17 at Western Dubuque
Friday, Oct. 24 Home vs. Dubuque Wahlert

Trojans looking for a fun (and successful) cross country season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Brian Martz has seen a lot in 26 years of coaching, including 10 at Iowa City West. This year, however, Martz has more reasons to smile than ever.
“I’m excited for this freshman class,” he said. “This is the largest group we’ve had for several years now, and there is some talent among them.” The multitude of underclassmen join a program led by six seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.

Seniors to lead the way in CCA football

Aug. 29 is first game, at Center Point-Urbana

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TIFFIN– Last year, in his first season with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, Matt Hughes and his co-coach and father Ronnie Hughesintroduced a new system, changing things from the way predecessor Rodney Walls conducted business on the gridiron. While the Clippers put up some wins they ended up with a 4-5 record.
This year, Hughes expects a better outcome.