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Sports

West plucks Prairie Hawks, 3-2 to end regular season

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy closed out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the Prairie Hawks’ nest. It was a hard-fought win, with West taking the first set, 25-22, stumbling in the second for a 25-17 loss, bouncing back to take the third set, 25-16, and back-sliding in the fourth with a 25-18 loss before taking the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Emma Norris led the attack with a dozen kills, backed up by Colby Greene’s 10.

Rough sailing at WaMaC tourney for CCA girls

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MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team entered the second half of the WaMaC Conference Tournament with a berth in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Marion High School.
However, the Clippers were quickly tossed about after a first set 25-22 win over Mount Vernon, as the Mustangs rallied back to take the second and third sets, 25-23 and 15-10.
The loss sent CCA into the extra consolation matches and a 2-0 loss to Dyersville-Beckman, with the Blazers taking the first set, 25-18, and holding the Clippers off in the second with a 26-24 win.

West swimmers 124, Dubuque Hempstead 62

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DUBUQUE– West High’s Women of Troy swimming and diving squad dunked the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead, 124-62, Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the ponies’ pool.
Hempstead swimmers won only two events, the 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle.

Creek girls go 2-1 in WaMaC Pool Play

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MOUNT VERNON— Two days after sweeping the South Tama Trojans, 3-0, on Senior Night, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls trounced the Trojans again, this time 2-0 in WaMaC Tournament Pool Play in Mount Vernon. The Clippers took the two-game match, 21-18 and 21-4, with Ashley Prusha’s nine kills leading the way. Alyssa Weldon added six kills while Lauren Helle had three. Weldon led in assists with nine while Riley Hennes put up eight. Prusha and Sheyanne Koethe had seven digs apiece.

Women of Troy fifth at MVC Sophomore Swimming and Diving

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy placed fifth in team points at the 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Sophomore Swimming and Diving Meet held Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City.
Cedar Rapids Washington won the meet with 392 team points followed by Cedar Falls (346), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (314.5), Dubuque Wahlert (221) and West High (184).

The magic continues, 40-10

Hawk Talk

I want you to think about this for a minute.
If I told you before the season that the Hawkeyes would win at least eight or nine games, I think most of you (including me) would think that would be a decent season.
Now with Iowa winning its first seven games, if Iowa wins ONLY eight or nine, it will be a disappointing season.
What a fun year!
What a tough group of players!
I was worried about Northwestern for two reasons.
First, Iowa played one of its best games of the year last season crunching the Wildcats, 48-7.

Spartans roll over Western Dubuque, 36-7

SOLON– It was Senior Night at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 16 when Solon ran over the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 36-7.
Many moms fought to maintain their composure, lined up at the bottom of the stairs at the east end of the home bleachers, shedding tears as they hugged other senior mothers. Fathers laughed and joked, trying to make light of the situation. It was punctuated with an exclamation point as Dave Durr was met with cheers while executing a full-on ‘80s worm break dance move on his way, with wife Salina, to meet Halston in front of the crowd.

Solon heads into tournaments

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team took advantage of an opportunity for a conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Anamosa on Senior Night Oct. 13.
The game featured the return of sophomore Grace Keith, sidelined since early in the season by an ankle injury.
“The team really looked confident with her back on the floor,” said Head Coach Peter Gustin. “It’s been a slow process incorporating her back in, and her jump count will be limited moving forward.”
Senior Josey Hajek was also back in the lineup after an ankle sprain at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite Oct. 3.

Cross country peaks with state qualifyer Oct. 22

INDEPENDENCE– The competition doesn’t get easier as Solon’s cross country teams head toward season’s end. But will it conclude this week, at the state qualifier? Or next weekend, at the state meet? Coming out of Oct. 15’s WaMaC Super Conference run, both boys and girls need to move up the pack to continue their seasons.

Girls 6th at WaMaC; Three All-Conference runners

Clippers vanquish Vikings on the gridiron

CCA 27, Vinton-Shellsburg 7

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football Clippers improved to 4-4 on the season with a non-district win on the road in Vinton Friday, Oct. 16. The Clippers raided the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and took a 27-7 victory from their WaMaC foes, dropping the Vikings to 2-6 overall.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff and put the Clippers in a 7-0 deficit.

Creek torpedoes Trojans 3-0

Weldon leads CCA with 12 kills on Senior Night

TIFFIN– They went out onto the floor, played their game, made improvements where needed, and ended WaMaC conference play on a positive note, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Jackie Clubb said. The Clippers sank the South Tama Trojans 3-0 in a rather business-like manner Tuesday, Oct. 13, at home on Senior Night.

The Creek Girls took the first set, 25-17, with early kills from junior Lauren Helle and senior Ashley Prusha, and sailed through the second and third sets, 25-17 and 25-12.

Women of Troy ground Golden Hawks, 3-1

Halverson’s 16 kills leads for West High

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IOWA CITY– A pair of juniors led the way to victory Tuesday, Oct. 13, at West High as the 11th-ranked Women of Troy sweetened their Senior Night with a 3-1 win over the Golden Hawks of Dubuque Wahlert.
Emily Halverson led the West offense with 16 kills, backed up by Ali Tauchen’s 15, as the Women of Troy took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-17, before suffering a 17-25 setback in the third set. A hard-fought fourth set settled the match as West took it, 25-21.