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Sports

CCA x-country battles heat in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG– Heat and humidity added to the challenges of the season-opening meet for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country teams on Tuesday, Sept. 1, as they competed in the Williamsburg invitational. Due to the oppressive conditions, times for the races were changed to later in the afternoon with the junior varsity and varsity teams combined.
Eric Douglass, a senior, led the Clipper boys with a fourth-place finish and the team placed fourth overall behind Mount Pleasant, Mid-Prairie and Marion.

Hawkeye preview

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
This is the final part of Hawkeye football preview 2015.
This week, I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.

Linebackers

Let’s be honest, the linebackers struggled a lot last year.
Iowa gave up 65 big plays last fall. Not all of them were the linebackers’ fault, but when you have two freshmen starting as linebackers, Bo Bower and Josey Jewell, you can expect some growing pains.
The Hawks gave up an average of 168.3 yards on rushing defense last fall, sixth best in the Big Ten.

Lights... Camera... Lightning!

Weather delays football opener, but Regals hold on for 21-13 win over Spartans

IOWA CITY– As the wave of Solon players rolled down the steps toward the field Friday, Aug. 28, there was a definite energy in the air.
The fans felt it. The players were poised, ready to start the football season.
Players for Solon and Iowa City Regina took to their respective sides of the field and the captains strode out for the coin toss.
It was time… and then it was postponed 30 minutes due to lightning.
The players left the field, not to return.

Kennedy’s Dralle too much for Trojans

West falls, 34-31, in first game of season

CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s Trojans opened the 2015 varsity football season with a 34-31 loss on the road at Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday, Aug. 27. The Cougars’ Tyler Dralle stymied the Trojan defense, rushing 40 times for 265 yards and four touchdowns.

Clippers face Storm and Pointers in first game

CP-U upends CCA, 17-10, in soggy season opener at home

TIFFIN– Center Point-Urbana has been known as “The Stormin’ Pointers” for many decades. Friday, Aug. 28, in Tiffin, they stormed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ homeport for a 17-10 season-opening win. Mother Nature stormed, too, with rain throughout much of the game and an hour-and-a-half lightning delay.

West’s Butler inherits swim/dive team with 10 returning starters

Former Hawkeye record-setter to lead Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy Swimming and Diving Team has a new head coach for the 2015 season. Byron Butler, a three-time individual state champion in Wisconsin and former University of Iowa Hawkeye swimmer, took the position in late May after Rob Miecznikowski stepped down. Butler twice was a state champion in the butterfly, and once in the backstroke. West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby noted Butler’s times qualified him for automatic All-American status.

Women of Troy make a big splash against Jefferson

West opens swimming season with 134-50 win over J-Hawks

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CORALVILLE– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2015 swimming and diving season with a 134-50 win over the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Individual winners included Erica Hsu in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, Alleyna Thomas in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke, Elaina Martz in the 50-meter freestyle, Ariel Roghair in the 100-meter freestyle and Allison Hsu in the 500-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke.

Women of Troy runners win Prairie Invitational

Gabby Skopec, Kolby Greiner and Patrick Karanja earn wins

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CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s girls varsity cross country team opened the 2015 season by winning the 31st annual Prairie Invitational meet on the campus of Prairie High School Aug. 29.
The boys varsity team placed fourth.
The Women of Troy won the meet with 46 team points ahead of Waukee and Linn-Mar. Cedar Rapids Kennedy was ninth, Cedar Rapids Washington was 11th and the host Hawks were 14th while the Xavier Saints were 15th in the 18-team field.

West High’s Women of Troy go 2-3 at MVC/MAC Challenge

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie hosted the 2015 MVC/MAC Challenge volleyball invitational Thursday, Aug. 27, with the West High Women of Troy, North Scott, Pleasant Valley and Bettendorf participating.
West won two out of three matches, picking off Pleasant Valley 2-1 (21-19, 16-21 and 15-12) and North Scott 2-0 (21-6 and 21-11) before falling 2-1 to Bettendorf (21-14, 19-21 and 12-15).

Kids Day at Kinnick

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A couple of observations from Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium.
The defense rules.
Drew Ott and company had nine unofficial sacks, knocked down some passes at the line of scrimmage and didn’t give up a lot of big plays.
Last year, Iowa gave up 65 big plays, which means a run or pass play of over 25 yards.
That needs to be cut in half.
The defense also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and it looks like the defense could be carrying the team early in the season.
George Kittle had three catches, mostly over the middle.
Kittle needs to step up until Jake Duzey gets healthy.

Spartan football 2015

Solon opens gridiron season at Iowa City Regina Friday

SOLON– It’s just one game.
But it is against Iowa City Regina.
The Solon varsity football team will open its season on the road Friday, Aug. 28, in Iowa City against the Regals, and while Head Football Coach Kevin Miller knows you can’t put too much into one game, a lot of people will be watching the annual non-conference rivalry.
“This is a nine-game schedule. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and focus simply on one game,” Miller said after concluding practice Tuesday.

NLYBS Fall Fun Ball starts Monday, Aug. 31, partners with Diamond Dreams

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fifth year in a row, North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will be providing a fun, relaxed baseball/softball experience for boys and girls ages 6-13.
The season will consist of five sessions, on Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 31, skipping Sept. 7, and ending Oct. 5. Rain make-up will be Oct. 12.
The sessions will focus on skill development for half of the time and half will be spent scrimmaging.