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Sports

Solon VB players earn WaMaC honors

MOUNT VERNON– Four Lady Spartan volleyball players have received all-conference honors.
The WaMaC Conference released its all-conference selections Oct. 19 for both East and West Division All-WaMaC Volleyball Teams.
Senior Grace Keith and junior Rachael Nelson were named to the Second Team, while juniors Taylor Moore and Abby Smith were named to the Honorable Mention squad.
Solon finished the season with a 3-4 conference record and a 15-20 record overall.
Maggie Willems, of Mount Vernon, was named Coach of the Year for the East Division.

Trojans shut out the Bulldogs

West High returns to Class 4A championship to face Dowling again

CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Trojans will meet the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:06 p.m. in the UNI-Dome for the 2017 Class 4A state football championship.
It’s a rematch, and the Maroons prevailed 23-10 in last year’s championship bout.
The Trojan defense held Bettendorf scoreless in a 23-0 semifinal win Friday, Nov. 10, in the UNI-Dome. The win was the second shutout of the season for West High and ended the Bulldogs’ season at 10-2.

Reward for 10 Trojans on National Signing Day

Ten West High student athletes declare their plans

IOWA CITY– Relief and excitement mingled Wednesday, Nov. 8, as 10 Iowa City West High student athletes participated in a National Signing Day event in the West High cafeteria.
Athletic Director Craig Huegel recognized Logan Cook, Rachael Saunders, Michael Schilling, Kylie Heisdorffer, Braden Houston, Ruby Martin, Colby Greene, Maddie Laffey, Chandler Haight and Keimoney Lang.

2017-18 West Boys Basketball preview

Trojans ready to defend state championship

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IOWA CITY– The 2017-18 season for the defending Class 4A state champion Iowa City West High varsity boys basketball team has the potential to open with a milestone for head coach Steve Bergman.
Bergman, in his 28th season with the Trojans, has a 499-143 record coming into the new season. Bergman already has 500 career wins, with a 544-179 record overall, but is on the doorstep of 500 wins at West.

CCA Varsity Boys Basketball preview

an athletic work in progress

CCA Varsity Boys Basketball preview
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TIFFIN– Brandon Clubb’s first year at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball program was rough. Several key student athletes graduated, and he was replacing longtime coach Steve Ottoson. For the superstitious, it was also his 13th year as a coach with a dozen years at North Tama (Traer), where he compiled a 165-137 record. He hit rough seas with the Clippers and a 2-20 record overall, 0-18 WaMaC record and 0-14 WaMaC West Division showing.

The call of duty leads to interim coach for Clipper grapplers

CCA Varsity Wrestling preview

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TIFFIN– Military obligations led Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Head Varsity Wrestling Coach Kyle Forness to take a leave of absence this year, leading to the appointment of Jackson Litterer as Interim Head Coach for the 2017-18 season.
The Clippers went 8-12 overall last season with a 3-7 showing in the WaMaC Conference.
District qualifier Andrew Rohret is back in the line-up at 145 pounds as a junior. Senior Tanner Cochran (220 pounds) and sophomore Sam Stevens (106 pounds) round out the returning starters for the Creek Boys.

UNBELIEVABLE

Hawk Talk

Iowa upsets No. 3
Ohio State, 55-24

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa’s first game ever against Ohio State was in 1922 and the Hawkeyes won, 12-9.
The Hawks actually won the first three of four and four out of the first eight, but since then only 11 more wins in the last 85 years, including last Saturday’s 55-24 upset.
That’s 15 victories since the series started.
The overall record is now 15-47-3.

Solon crushes West Delaware, 54-14

Spartans to UNI-Dome to face unbeaten Xavier in 3A semi

SOLON– Solon’s defense made statements all season and Coach Kevin Miller challenged the offense.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the Spartan offense answered resoundingly, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 54-14, to advance to the state semifinals to face Cedar Rapids Xavier, the only other 11-0 team in Class 3A football.
“This was the first time, this season, we put all three phases together. Overall, I thought we executed at a high level and we valued the football. Defensively, we played well, other than a couple of plays where we failed to execute our assignments,” Coach Miller commented.

The tradition continues

Wartburg’s homecoming against Loras serves as reunion for five Spartan families

WAVERLY– Wartburg College’s homecoming was a bit of a reunion for five Spartan alum on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Zimmerman field, following the Knights’ win over the Loras Duhawks, 42-11. Wartburg senior Chris McNutt and sophomore Brandan Childs met former high school football teammates Loras sophomores Spencer Lawson and Dalton Vislisel along with freshman Jarod Clevenger and their families joined together at the Wartburg “W” at midfield following the game.

Solon Parks & Rec

Boys Basketball grades 3-6:

Registration will start around Nov. 17, with a coaches meeting to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Games are played on Saturdays in January and February, tentatively starting Jan. 20, in the Lakeview Elementary gymnasium. Registration forms will be distributed to Solon students through the school and also available on the Solon Parks and Recreation website and at City Hall.

Trojans return to the UNI-Dome

West High pushes past Cedar Falls, 27-9

Bettendorf awaits IC West in Class 4A semifinal

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IOWA CITY– They’re going back to “The DOME.”
Iowa City West High’s varsity football Trojans knocked off Cedar Falls for the second time this season Friday, Nov. 3, at home in a Class 4A state football quarterfinal, and punched their ticket to a Friday, Nov. 10, semifinal with Bettendorf.
The Trojans won, 27-9, thanks in part to a big second half.

A diamond in the rough no longer

CCA improves the baseball diamond in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Next spring, when the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers hit the diamond in Tiffin to start the 2018 baseball season, they may well sing John Fogerty’s 1985 hit Centerfield: “Well, a-beat the drum and hold the phone. The sun came out today. We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. A-roundin’ third and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man. Anyone can understand the way I feel…”