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Sports

Clipper girls fourth, boys fifth at Bob Brown Invitational

Smith, Bandy ace the hurdles

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City Regina moved its annual Bob Brown Invitational to City High on Saturday, March 28, where the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls placed fourth in overall team points and the boys finished fifth.
Davenport Assumption won the girls’ meet while Anamosa took the boys’ competition.
The host Regals were second in girls’ action and fourth for the boys.
Mia Smith and Tanner Bandy were individual winners for CCA with Smith victorious in the 100-meter hurdles and Bandy acing the 110-meter hurdles.

Oh so Sweet 16

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeye women finally did it... they are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time in Lisa Bluder’s coaching career.
It’s also the first time the Hawks made the Sweet 16 since 1996 as they beat a good Miami team, 88-70.
Last Sunday, before a crowd of over 7,000 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes played Iowa basketball.
That is balanced scoring (five in double-figures), great passing (17 assists), taking care of the ball (only 14 turnovers), bench scoring (Iowa 16, Miami 5) and cleaning the glass (Iowa 44 rebounds, Miami 35).

Iowa men advance against Davidson, fall to Zags

The Hawkeye men won their first game Friday but got knocked out by a pretty good Gonzaga team, 87-68, Sunday in Seattle, Wash.
The Zags reminded me of a combination of Purdue’s big boys down low and Wisconsin’s 3-point shooters.
It’s tough to beat anyone that shoots 61.5 percent from the floor (32-52) and 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-16).
The Bulldogs go into the Sweet 16 with a 34-2 record and have the talent to get to the Final Four.
The Hawkeyes needed to play at their best to beat the Zags.

Wrestlers finish second

The Iowa Hawkeyes scored 84 points and finished second to Ohio State, which had 102, last Saturday at St Louis.
Iowa had six All-Americans and Cory Clark (133) was the only Hawk to make the finals, losing 11-8.
Thomas Gilman (125) and Brandon Sorenson finished fourth while Bobby Telford came in fifth.
Mike Evans lost two matches in overtime and placed sixth for the third year in a row.
Senior Nathan Burak (197) placed seventh.

Lady Spartans tackle field at early WaMaC East indoor meet

MOUNT VERNON– Coming off the WaMaC East Division meet March 21 at Cornell College, Solon’s girls can point to throws and longer sprints as a couple bright spots heading toward the season’s first outdoor action March 31 at Tipton.
Team scores are not kept during the WaMaC indoor meets; with coaches experimenting with their lineups and some schools in the middle of spring break. But it does provide a peek at the strengths and potential weak spots once the outdoor season begins.

Mehaffey Bridge “Walk And Bike First” event to allow limited pedestrian/bicyclist traffic across March 28

IOWA CITY– As construction moves forward on Mehaffey Bridge, which spans the Iowa River/Coralville Reservoir in unincorporated Johnson County, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors announced a special “Walk and Bike First” event that will allow residents to get a preview of the new bridge at a leisurely pace. Parking will be available at the boat ramp.

North Bend to hold 5K, 1-mile fun run April 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Bend Elementary Parent Teacher Group (PTG) will host the second annual, family-friendly 5K and 1-mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 11.
The 5K will begin at 9:15 a.m., and the 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. Both events will start and end at North Bend Elementary School, 2230 St. Andrews Dr., North Liberty. There will be color stations along both routes. 

Finding balance in a kayak

Local kayak fishing enthusiasts cast around for new club members

NORTH LIBERTY– If you think you couldn’t reel in a 25-pound catfish in a kayak, Scott Shrader would prove you wrong.
Shrader, of North Liberty, has always been a fisherman. As a child, he went bass fishing with his father and competed in fishing tournaments as he got older.
He bought a kayak because he also loved paddling around on the water, and a kayak offered something a little different.
“Kayaking a relaxing sport, and you don’t have to deal with the gas and maintenance and expense of having a motor boat,” said Shrader.

Plenty of competition for Clipper boys

CCA take the field for 2015 soccer season

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TIFFIN– In his fifth year leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer program, coach Tim Benson (50-20-2-career record) has an enviable problem.
“My concern is making sure we have the right 11 guys on the field as 25-plus guys will be competing every day, not just with our competition, but with each other for playing time.”
The swelled ranks give Benson some depth to work with on the pitch as the Clippers sail into an always competitive WaMaC West Division.

West girls bring experience, chemistry to tennis court

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IOWA CITY– In any endeavor experience counts, and for the West High Women of Troy, experience on the tennis court could well lead to a season of success. Coach Amie Villarini returns five of six starters from last year’s 9-4 (MVC) and 9-6 (overall) team.

Clippers perform at WaMaC Indoor Meet

Smith wins in 60 m. hurdles

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MOUNT VERNON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) was among its WaMaC counterparts Saturday, March 21, at the Conference Indoor Meet held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Mia Smith won the 60-meter hurdles in 9.85 seconds with Natalie Brimeyer taking second place. In addition, Karen Bolenga placed third in the 55-meter dash and fourth in the long jump. Madelynn Langridge, Brimeyer, Riley Hennes and Megan Lukas finished second in the 4x400.

CCA and West girls in action at ISU indoor meet

Nock and Brimeyer are top place finishers

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AMES– The indoor track meet season continued Monday, March 16, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West High girls track teams joined athletes from across the state at the Lied Recreation Facility on the campus of Iowa State University for the 22nd Iowa State Girls High School Classic.
Top-five finishers for the West High Women of Troy included freshman Bailey Nock taking third in the 1,500-meter run, Emmie Skopec finishing fourth in the 3,000-meter run and Valerie Welch’s fifth-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles.