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Sports

Lady Spartans earn sweep over Cardinals

MAQUOKETA– Just what the doctor ordered.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team swept Maquoketa (25-17, 25-17, 29-27) on the road Sept. 15.
The Lady Spartans welcomed Josey Hajek back into the lineup and she contributed two solo blocks and five kills.
Solon is still without Grace Keith, but Jessica Heick was there to help pick up the team with 10 kills and six service aces. The Lady Spartans as a team racked up 11 aces against the Cardinals. Grace McCarty added three while Mikayla Long and Rachel Nelson each added one. Nelson had 16 assists to lead the team, while McCarty had 23 digs.

CCA beats Ft. Madison, 27-14, on soggy Homecoming night

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was the second home game of the season for Clear Creek Amana and Homecoming Friday, Sept. 18, as the Fort Madison Bloodhounds visited Tiffin. It was also the second time this season that near-constant rain fell and the second time a lengthy lightning delay made for a long night.
However, it was also the Clippers’ first win of the season as they scrubbed the dogs, 27-14, and improved to a 1-0 record in district play and 1-3 record overall.

Women of Troy slam the Rams

West wins, 3-0, in volleyball

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DUBUQUE– The West High Women of Troy swept the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 3-0, in varsity volleyball action Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Dubuque. The Women of Troy, led by Ali Tauchen’s 10 kills, won 25-21, 25-16 and 25-7, and, in the process, improved their ranking by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union from 10th in Class 5A to sixth.

Women of Troy sixth at Little Hawk swimming invitational

West’s Erica Hsu wins 500 freestyle

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IOWA CITY– The Mercer Park Aquatic Center was the site of the 2015 Little Hawk Invitational swim meet hosted by Iowa City High on Saturday, Sept. 19. The West High Women of Troy joined seven other teams and finished sixth in overall team points with 184. Ankeny won the meet with 398 points, MVC foe Cedar Falls was second (340) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy was third (319). The host Little Hawks were eighth in points with 131.
Erica Hsu picked up West’s only win, taking the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.34. She also took second in the 200-yard IM in 2:12.10.

Women of Troy win Heartland Cross Country Classic

Durian wins JV race, while Skopec leads in varsity

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AMES– The meet summary described the conditions Saturday, Sept. 19, as “60 (degrees), perfect” for the 10th Heartland Cross Country Classic hosted by Des Moines Roosevelt High School and held at the Iowa State University Cross Country Course in Ames. The West High Women of Troy were “perfect” in the sense they won the meet, leading a field of 25 teams in total. West also aced MVC foes City High (seventh), Linn-Mar (10th), Cedar Falls (12th) and Cedar Rapids Prairie (24th).
Gabby Skopec led West with a sixth-place finish in 19:24.

Hawkeye State

Hawk Talk

I thought about this story even before the game started.
Hawkeye nation was reeling from losing two of the best football and basketball players in program history.
Iowa lost Tyler Sash and Roy Marble last week, and even though the Hawks beats the ‘Clones last Saturday, 31-17, it still was a tough week for Hawkeye fans.
The only game I ever went to in Ames was in 2009.
Iowa trailed 3-0 before exploding for 35 straight points and cruising to a 35-3 win.

Xavier pulls off fourth quarter comeback

Interception halts Solon drive in final seconds, 22-19

SOLON– After hopefully exorcizing their demons with the 35-14 win over Mount Vernon, Solon looked poised to put it together when they battled Xavier on Sept. 11.
But it was not to be.
Cedar Rapids Xavier mounted a 93-yard fourth-quarter drive to drop Solon’s Spartans to 1-2 on the season with a 21-19 win Friday at Spartan Stadium.

Trisha Coberly third at Benton Community invitational

Cross country times drop

ATKINS– With a couple more new faces, Solon’s girls locked in fifth place Saturday at the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet.
Senior Trish Coberly was third overall during the annual Run Through the Woods, in Atkins. That’s the top individual finish for the Spartans this season. Freshman Erin Kerkhoff was within a few seconds all the way, taking 12th and collecting her first varsity (top-15) medal. Solon’s boys matched the fifth-place team finish. Senior Simon Düster was 16th overall. Senior Joe Regan was 18th.

West wins annual battle against City High, 3-2

We like the spike!

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They took back The Spike.
West High’s Women of Troy took possession of the traveling trophy, consisting of a golden railroad spike mounted on a plaque, after defeating rival City High, 3-2, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the West High gymnasium. The City High Little Hawks won the coveted trophy last year, by the same margin, in their gym.
City was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the Women of Troy were 10th.

Warriors’ offense too much for Trojans

West falls to CR Wash, 42-13

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans fell to 0-3 on the season with a 42-13 loss to Cedar Rapids Washington, in a non-district meeting of the Mississippi Valley Conference rivals, Friday, Sept. 11, on the Trojans’ turf.
A scoreless first quarter gave way to three Washington touchdowns before halftime.
With 9:31 left in the first half, the Warriors scored on a short run. Wash scored again with 59 seconds remaining on a touchdown pass and ended the half with another pass into the West High end zone in the final five seconds and took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.

Clippers football falls to 0-3 with 28-7 loss to Washington

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WASHINGTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sank to an 0-3 record in the 2015 varsity football season as they opened district play with a 28-7 loss on the road to the Washington Demons Friday, Sept. 11.
Washington’s Ryan Reighard challenged the Clipper defense running for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Aaron Akers ran for 126 yards to lead the CCA offensive effort. Evan Downes, sporting his Clipper-blue Mohawk, returned a Demon punt 17 yards for a touchdown to prevent the shutout.

Clipper boys win Tipton Invitational

Hinricks wins JV race, Douglass takes third in varsity cross country

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TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys cross country coach Ben Robison called his team’s performance in the Tipton Invitational “one of, if not the best, top-to-bottom meets I’ve ever seen.”
The Clipper boys won the meet, besting a field of 18 teams plus four incomplete teams.
Eric Douglass took third place in the varsity race with a time of 17:35, with teammate Jacob Tener not far behind in seventh place.