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Sports

Mistakes plague Clippers in loss to Mid-Prairie

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Turnovers and penalties took a heavy toll on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 6, as they entertained the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie, Wellman.
The Hawks took the non-district contest, 27-13.
The game opened on a sour note with a fumble on the Clippers’ first possession, giving the Hawks a drive toward the goal line. CCA held them from scoring a touchdown, but Mid-Prairie still managed a field goal for a 3-0 lead.

West sweeps East

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Two out of three wasn’t bad.
The West High Women of Troy swept the Waterloo East High Trojans 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home in varsity volleyball action. West took the first set 25-18, but it was a hard-fought win.
“We weren’t ready to play that first one, were we?” coach Kathy Bresnahan asked rhetorically afterward.

Clipper runners enjoy respite from the heat at Williamsburg

Keith, Douglass lead the way for CCA x-country

WILLIAMSBURG– After blistering heat and smothering humidity, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country squads opened the 2013 season with an invitational at the athletic complex in Williamsburg. The host Raiders won the girls’ varsity 4K with 36 team points while Vinton-Shellsburg won the boys’ 5K with 58.
The CCA Clipper girls finished seventh overall with 171 points while the boys were fifth with 112. Chloe Keith was the fastest CCA girl with a 16th-place finish in 18:05 and Eric Douglass posted a seventh-place finish in 17:51.

State experience, untested newbies for Trojan x-country team

IOWA CITY– Mike Parker’s Trojan cross country team will rely heavily on a pair of seniors, a quartet of juniors and a sophomore as they look to defend their MVC super meet championship from last season.

West football rolls past Warriors

Iowa City West, 49, Cedar Rapids Wash, 8

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans improved to a 2-0 record Friday, Sept. 6, on the road at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors were the latest to fall victim to coach Brian Sauser’s crew.
The Warriors scored in the first quarter and led 8-7 before the juggernaut that is West High football kicked into high gear.

REALLY?

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
It was bad enough that Hawkeye fans and players had to deal with high temperatures around 90 degrees and hot sun beating down on Kinnick Stadium, but to lose on a last-second field goal… again?
It was reported that the temperature on the field was 160 degrees!
The last game Iowa played was in November against Nebraska and the wind chill was zero at Kinnick.
It’s not like the Northern Illinois Huskies were a loaf of bread. They only lost one game during the season last fall and that was to the Hawkeyes.

No. 2 Solon sweeps CCA

Season begins with dazzling serves and 3-0 win

SOLON– The No. 2-ranked Solon Lady Spartans defeated Clear Creek Amana (CCA) 3-0 to open the 2013 volleyball season last Thursday.
The Lady Spartans’ serves kept the Clippers off-balance and resulted in a convincing 25-14, 25-8, 25-10 victory.
Solon, which finished second in the Class 4A tournament last year, lost three key players– hitters Kelsey Cave and Kelsey Hinrichs and setter Emma Rickels– to graduation, but it didn’t take long to shake off the rust and reload.

Spartans out of the gates with a win

Solon defeats Mustangs 31-8 on a hot night

MOUNT VERNON– Despite the heat, the Solon Spartans piled up over 400 yards of offense against the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday night, winning the first game of the season on the road, 31-8.
The game was delayed an hour due to excess heat warnings and the freshman/sophomore game was shortened to 8 minute quarters as a precaution.
“The conditions were very oppressive needless to say,” noted head coach Kevin Miller. “Coaches and trainers work cooperatively to educate players about the importance of hydration, rest and nutrition.”

Fun Fall Ball to begin for youth baseball and softball players

NORTH LIBERTY– For the third year, NLYBS will be providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for kids ages six through 10 (rookies and juniors) who want to try playing for the first time, just love the game and want to continue playing for a few more weeks, or are considering playing up a league next spring.

Spartans sweep Clippers in V-ball opener

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball coach Brian Bronzynski has a warning for the rest of the WaMaC teams regarding the Solon Spartans.
“I really believe they are potentially a better team than last year.”
The 2012 Spartans had a 35-5-0 record and made it to the state tournament, falling in the Class 4A Championship to Charles City. Last Thursday, Aug. 29, they opened the 2013 campaign by sweeping the Clippers, 3-0.

Trojans roll over Lions 67-28

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– While many have dwelled on the huge hits to the West High varsity football roster from graduation, coach Brian Sauser and his Trojans honestly couldn’t care less.
That was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.
The 2013 edition of West High Football made a statement Friday, Aug. 30, as it opened the season with a 67-28 home field victory over the Linn-Mar Lions: the program is fine and as strong as ever, maybe even stronger.

Can they break out?

Hawk Talk

This is the final preview of Iowa football. This week I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.