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Sports

Lightning shocks CCA Clippers

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s first varsity volleyball squad got its first home win on Tuesday, Aug. 29, sweeping the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, 3-0.
The Bolts fell to Solon, 3-1, the week before in the school’s first home match.
The win gave the Bolts their second victory of the season moving to 2-4 while handing the Clippers their fifth loss for a 3-5 showing early in the season.

Independence Mustangs trample CCA Boys 35-7

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
INDEPENDENCE– The Independence Mustangs stampeded over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football Clippers, 35-7, Friday, Sept. 1, in Independence.
The non-district loss knocked the Creek Boys to 0-2 ahead of district play, which begins Friday, Sept. 8, at Dubuque Wahlert (0-0, 2-0).
Cade Gallagher scored the Clippers’ only touchdown of the night on a 1-yard scamper while Mitch Evans nailed the point-after kick.

Lightning girls eighth at Bob Brown Invitational

Logan blazes a trail for the Bolts

igh’s girls cross country team rallied for a eighth-place showing Thursday, Aug. 31, in Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational at Kickers Soccer Park, in Iowa City.
Monticello won the meet with 42 team points, followed by runner-up Marion and Solon. The Regina Regals were seventh, while the Bolts finished eighth with 239 team points. Clear Creek Amana was 10th.
McKenzie Logan blazed a trail for the Bolts with a seventh-place finish in 21:30.44.

Creek Boys fall to Panthers in opener

TIFFIN– The 2017 varsity football season opened on a sour note for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, as Mount Pleasant won 14-7 in non-district action in Tiffin Friday, Aug. 25. The loss soured the debut of new Head Coach Gabe Bakker and Iowa City West High transfer Ethan Postler.

Iowa City West downs Southeast Polk, 37-27

PLEASANT HILL– Iowa City West High began its campaign to return to the UNI-Dome and the state football championships with a week one win on the road over Southeast Polk. The Trojans dropped the Rams, 37-27.

Year One for Liberty runners

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High is open for business which includes a slate of varsity athletic programs, including girls’ cross country.
Tonya McDonough is the head coach for the Lightning’s program and counselor at North Central Junior High, in North Liberty.

West swimmers best CR Jefferson, 138-47

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy swimmers opened the 2017 season with a road trip to Cedar Rapids Jefferson, sweeping victory as the varsity won, 138-47, and the junior varsity (JV) picked up a 125-46 win.
Sophomore Lily Ernest broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.06 seconds. Lilian Zhu previously held the record.
“We are hoping it’s the first of many records to be broken this season,” Assistant Coach Jordan O’Donnell said.

Creek 2017 volleyball season begins

CCA falls in Mount Vernon quad, splits in Grinnell’s tournament

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GRINNELL– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball squad has started the 2017 season with a mix of success and frustration in a pair of tournaments.
The Creek Girls opened Thursday, Aug. 24, with an appearance in a quad meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana and Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon. The host Lady Mustangs shut out the Creek Girls, 2-0, with 25-22 and 25-17 wins over CCA. Shauntina Williams had six kills with three from Claire Schwarting. Zoey Boehme made 11 assists, Cheyanne Bunch had four assists and Jordan Neely came up with eight digs.

Solon rolls 3-1 in the Lightning Bolts’ debut

NORTH LIBERTY– The pep band introduced the official fight song as cheerleaders rallied the Bolt Nation Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school. The Lightning Bolts are fielding sophomore and varsity squads this year after dressing a freshman team last year at Iowa City West High.
The Solon Lady Spartans took on the Bolts to open the season in a non-conference match-up. Liberty is unaffiliated this year, joining the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018.

Linebackers, defensive backs and special teams

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of Iowa football preview. This week, I’ll start out with the Hawkeye linebackers, the core of the defense.

Linebackers

Josey Jewell (6-2, 236) is a prototypical Hawkeye player.
Jewell was lightly recruited with Upper Iowa and UNI the only two schools to recruit him and offer a scholarship.
Iowa came in late and the rest is history.

Madison Craig third at State Fair JELL-O Competition

DES MOINES– Madison Craig, of Solon, took third place in the Desserts category of the JELL-O competition, judged at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Entries were judged on taste, originality and best use of JELL-O.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

Spartans sting ‘Stangs 19-0

Special teams triumph in season opener

MOUNT VERNON– It was another for the record books, 15 and counting.
This time the Spartans emerged from Ash Park, on the Cornell College campus, amid the clamor, victorious. Solon defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 19-0, on Friday, Aug. 25, to kick off the varsity football season.
As the last 45 seconds of prep time ticked off prior to the start of the game, AC/DC’s “Are You Ready” drifted from the sound system as the Mustangs and Spartans prepared to take the field. It served as a song of reckoning for the Mustangs.