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Sports

Alexa, Ally and Hailey

Hawk Talk

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.

Clippers and Blazers split doubleheader

CCA falls 7-6 to Beckman, back with 4-3 win

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TIFFIN– Cappy’s Boys split a varsity doubleheader Wednesday, June 29, at home against the Blazers of Dyersville Beckman Catholic, dropping the opener, 7-6, and rallying back to a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

Creek Boys split with Mustangs

CCA wins, 7-1, and falls, 5-2, to Independence

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INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ varsity baseball team moved to 13-17 overall after splitting a varsity doubleheader Monday, June 27, in Independence with the Mustangs.

Three returning seniors: Ally, Alexa and Hailey

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women have three seniors to lead the team next season, hopefully back to the NCAA tournament.
All three have different leadership qualities and are important in the chemistry of the team.
To start with, Ally Disterhoft was voted second team All-Big Ten last year and started in 84 of 103 games.
Alexa Kastanek played in 99 games, with 20 starts, and led the Hawkeyes with 56 3-pointers last season.

Goodbye Bob

Legendary Iowa broadcaster Bob Brooks passed away last weekend.
I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Bob a little bit when I started covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader in 2001.
The thing that made Bob so special was that he treated everyone the same.
Whether you were a high-profile coach, like Hayden Fry, or a weekly sports writer like me.
He also had time to talk and I loved to talk to him about those great Hawkeye football teams in the ‘50s.

Solon clobbers Anamosa

Lady Spartans score 32 runs while allowing none

SOLON– In took only six innings for the Lady Spartans to score 32 runs in a doubleheader sweep over Anamosa June 27.
Solon’s varsity softball squad defeated Anamosa, 12-0 and 20-0.
The Lady Spartan pitchers– McKenna Miller and Kayla West– limited Anamosa to a single hit between the two games.
In the 12-0 win, senior Monika Bevans hit her 12th home run of the season and collected three RBI. Senior Sydney Lawson also homered, her second of the year, and scored three times.