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Sports

CCA falls, 6-5, but rallies back to wallop CPU, 15-3

Cappy’s Boys split with Stormin’ Pointers

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CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team, known as “Cappy’s Boys” after their unofficial mascot, moved to a 17-19 record with a split against the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana in a doubleheader Tuesday, July 5, in Center Point.
The Pointers pulled off a lead change in the sixth inning of game one to take a 6-5 win, but the Clippers regrouped and pounded the Pointers, 15-3, in a six-inning nightcap.

Lake Macbride State Park named to top U.S. fishing, boating list

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon, was recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing.
“I’m not surprised by this recognition,” said Nick Rocca, Lake Macbride State Park ranger. Rocca talked to many park users and campers that come from near and far to fish Macbride. “They always have good things to say about coming to Macbride to fish.”

Solon girls punch ticket to state tournament

Late-inning heroics lift Lady Spartans in regional final

SOLON– With two strikes in the count, Nichole Oberthien laid down a bunt.
The play went to the plate, where Tara Lance slid wide of the tag to give the Lady Spartans a sixth-inning 4-3 lead over Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
In the top of the seventh, Solon added two more insurance runs, the first of which prompted Solon Head Softball Coach Jim White to leap in the air joyously and repeatedly along the third base sideline.

Spartans tackle CR Kennedy after doubleheader sweep at Maquoketa

SOLON– The Solon varsity baseball team bounced back from a sweep at the hands of Western Dubuque to take two games from the Maquoketa Cardinals July 8 in Maquoketa.
The Spartans won 5-2 and 10-3 to move to 17-16 on the season.
The Cardinals built a 2-0 lead that held up through six innings, but Solon erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh to take control in the first game.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION has begun and lasts through the first week in August. All pre-K thru fifth grade Solon students should have brought home a registration form. Pre-k through fourth graders may register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/. More registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or may be picked up at City Hall. Games will be on Monday nights for Pre-k through fourth grade and Tuesday nights for fifth-sixth grade. The coaches meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon City Hall.

Alexa, Ally and Hailey

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This is the second part of a two-part story on Iowa’s three seniors.
Last week, I talked about Alexa, who led the Hawkeyes in 3-pointers, and Ally, who was second team All-Big Ten last season.

This week, I’ll finish up with Ally and talk about Hailey Schneden, who was a walk-on and earned a scholarship.
Ally has had a really good career for the Hawkeyes and the good news is she has a year left.
As good as Ally is in college, she had an even better career playing for the West High Trojans.

Lady Spartans host semifinal July 8

Girls close out with sweep of Western Dubuque, split at Ottumwa tournament

OTTUMWA– The Solon varsity softball team ended its regular season 29-9 after splitting a pair of games at a weekend tournament in Ottumwa.
The Lady Spartans defeated No. 8 (4A) Fairfield, 4-3, then fell in six innings to unranked Southeast Polk, 3-1.

Spartans split with Williamsburg and Benton Community

Linderbaum walk-off grand slam wins it against Raiders

SOLON– A grand slam by sophomore Tyler Linderbaum in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Solon Spartans a walk-off victory against Williamsburg June 29 in Solon.
Powered by Linderbaum’s homer, the Spartans stole a 14-10 win from the Raiders and earned a doubleheader split. The Raiders defeated Solon, 5-2, in the other half of the twin bill.
Linderbaum finished the win with a double, a home run and six RBI to lead the team.
The Spartans started the game in the hole, trailing 8-1 at the end of four innings, but came alive in the bottom of the fifth for seven runs to tie the game.

Division III overlooked, underrated

Iowa NCAA DIII schools aim for a well-rounded student-athlete

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa has 15 colleges and universities affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A few, aligned with the association’s top tier of programs, or Division I schools, are very well known. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University are popular among potential students, student athletes and fans of college sports. Lesser known are the Division II and Division III schools.

Women of Troy split with J-Hawks on Senior Night

Opiola, Libby and Klosterman homer for West High

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy settled for a split with the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Senior Night varsity doubleheader Tuesday, June 28, in Iowa City.
West took the opener with a sudden-death 10-9 win after Taylor Libby knocked a tie-breaking solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jefferson took a quick 2-0 lead, with a two-RBI double, in the top of the first inning and extended it, with two more runs, in the second with the bases loaded.

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 Boys sweep Redbirds

CCA wins 6-0 and 3-2 over Maquoketa

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MAQUOKETA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team gained a little ground Friday, July 1, as they improved to 16-18 overall in the wake of a doubleheader WaMaC conference sweep of the Maquoketa Cardinals in Maquoketa.
Cappy’s Boys pounded the Redbirds 6-0 in the opener and held onto a one-run lead for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.