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Sports

Game Time

Hawk Talk

NORTH LIBERTY– The Game Time League started July 6 and all of Iowa’s freshmen basketball players are not only playing, but looking good.
The Hawkeyes’ incoming class, ranked seventh in the nation, possesses a combination of size, shooters and ball handlers.
Start with Makenzie Meyer, a 5-10 guard from Mason City who was named 2016 Iowa Miss Basketball.
Meyer helped Mason City to their first-ever state championship in girls basketball in 2016.
She was a four-time all-conference pick and a three-time all-state selection.

Solon’s one run holds up in district baseball final

Ira deals two-hit shutout to Mount Vernon

SOLON– They were two Cool Hand Lukes.
But Solon’s Luke Ira got the better of Mount Vernon’s Luke Eldred and the Spartans advanced to a substate baseball final July 20 against Fairfield.
Ira threw a two-hit shutout and a single first-inning run held up as the Spartans upset the Mustangs, 1-0, Monday, July 18, in Solon.

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Heartbreak on Melrose

Davenport West upsets Iowa City West, 5-3, in regional softball final

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– If not for a first inning grand slam, Iowa City West High’s 5-3 loss in a Class 5A regional final softball game to Davenport West may well have been a 3-1 win.
The sixth-ranked Women of Troy faced the 11th-ranked Falcons Tuesday, July 12, in Iowa City on the final stop for either team before heading to Fort Dodge and the 2016 State Softball Tournament.

Seven Creek Girls earn WaMaC All-Conference softball honors

Murray, Navara nab First Team spots with 91 combined hits

OXFORD– The WaMaC athletic conference released the 2016 All-Conference Softball picks for the East and West Divisions on Wednesday, July 13, with seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity players earning spots on the list.
Benton Community’s Eric Stenberg was named the West Division’s Coach of the Year as the Bobcats posted a 37-2 record overall and 18-0 conference showing in the regular season to lead the division.

First Team:
Grace Murray (junior), Claire Navara (junior)

Nine Women of Troy earn MVC honors

Adara Opiola named MVC Valley Div. Athlete of the Year

IOWA CITY– Nine West High varsity softball players earned Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division honors on the 2016 list released Wednesday, July 13.
Senior Adara Opiola earned the Division’s Athlete of the Year honor, along with Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Tianna Drahn. Kennedy’s Dan Gratz and his staff picked up Coach of the Year honors and the Cougars were named the division Team Champion.

Prime Time is back…finally

Hawk Talk

The Prime Time League (PTL) opened in North liberty on Thursday, June 30, two weeks later than normal.
Hawk fans got to see four of the new recruits and they were as good as advertised.
Starting with Tyler Cook, the 6-8, 240-pound big man was a four-star recruit coming out of St. Louis. He showed power, speed and a great presence around the basket.
Tyler is able to dunk with either hand and might be the best athlete Fran McCaffery has recruited.
The big guy finished with 27 points and eight rebounds in his first game.

Just Tri! Fifth Annual Youth Triathlon Aug. 7 at NLRC

NORTH LIBERTY– Tri-Fit Agape and the North Liberty Aquatic Center will host North Liberty’s annual youth triathlon: Just Tri! on Sunday, Aug. 7. Kids of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to swim, bike and run, with participant awards handed out upon completion. Participants must have a helmet for the bike portion to participate. The event is for participation only; times will not be recorded. Registration is required for the age group the child will be on race day. There is no rain date. The fee is $25 (resident) and $30 (non-resident). The transition opens at 7:15 a.m.

Creek Girls shut out Indians in regional quarterfinal

CCA wins, 10-0, over Marion

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team advanced to a Class 4A Region 5 semifinal game with Oskaloosa after wiping out the Marion Indians, 10-0, in five innings in the quarterfinal round Thursday, July 7, in Oxford.
The Clippers were the visitors in the contest and took full advantage of having the first at-bat with two runs in the top of the first inning, followed by one in the third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth.

Women of Troy whack the Warriors

IC West beats CR Washington 11-1 in regional semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy defeated Cedar Rapids Washington 11-1 in a five-inning Class 5A Region 5 semifinal game Saturday, July 9, on the West High diamond.
The win advanced West to a Tuesday, July 12, regional final game against Davenport West in Iowa City with the winner heading for the 2016 state softball championships in Fort Dodge.

Trojans sweep Little Hawks in annual two-day doubleheader

IC West wins, 11-1 and 6-3, over City High

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans’ record improved to 27-6 with a sweep of cross-town rival City High in a two-day doubleheader Monday and Tuesday, July 4 and 5.
The Trojans put on their own fireworks show during an afternoon matinee on Independence Day with the 11-1 pounding of the Little Hawks at home. City put up one run in the top of the third, which was answered with two West High runs in the bottom of the inning. A seven-run barrage from the Trojan bats occurred in the fifth with two more runs in the sixth.

CCA takes two from South Tama, 10-0 and 12-6

Creek boys end regular season at .500

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity baseball team finished the regular season with a home doubleheader sweep of South Tama Friday, July 8. Capy’s Boys knocked off the Trojans 10-0 and 12-6. The pair of wins improved CCA’s record to 19-19 and marked the third straight year the team finished at .500 or above. Coach Brent Henry noted, “Seniors Jake Neubauer and Robby Swails are members of the winningest four-year stretch in the program’s history.”