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Sports

Trojans earn MVC All-Division honors

Miller, Ono-Fullard, DeLaney named to First Team

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2015 All-Division Baseball selections on Thursday, July 23, with eight Iowa City West High players named to the various teams.
Austin Miller, Izaya Ono-Fullard and Kevin DeLaney were First Team picks in the Valley Division.
Miller, a junior pitcher, compiled an 8-2 record heading into the state tournament in Des Moines with a 2.42 ERA and 46 strikeouts. At the plate, Miller had a .258 batting average with eight hits, including one double.

Clippers Blue softball earns berth in Des Moines tournament

DES MOINES– The CCA Clippers Blue softball team, coached by Scott Ernst, Kelli Ernst and Brian Heeren, traveled to Des Moines to play in USSSA State Class C softball tournament on Friday, June 12. The team battled a number of regional teams and finished in second place. The CCA Clippers Blue team were also invited to play in Kanas City, Mo., in the USSSA National tournament.

Hawkeye schedule

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 5 against Illinois State, which lost to North Dakota State in the championship game in the FCS division.
There is plenty of unrest in Hawkeye land. Iowa finished 7-6 last year and are 19-19 in the last three years.
Is this a make-or-break year for Captain Kirk?
Does Iowa have to win at least eight games to save his job?
I don’t know if I can answer either of those questions, but I will break down the schedule and predict if Iowa will be favored or not.

Solon Trapshooting Team first in nation

Junior Varsity squad, Nicole Breese take first place at national championships

ILLINOIS– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting team took team and individual championships at the 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships.
The event took place July 13 through July 18 at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Ill. Over 2,000 student athletes, representing 40 different states, competed at the Nationals with over 200 student athletes from Iowa that competed. States with highest attendance included: Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Iowa.
Solon student athletes who competed included:
Intermediate/Entry Level (first year Middle School): Denver Haight.

Solon baseball players named all-conference

SOLON– Six members of the Solon varsity baseball team have received all-conference WaMaC honors.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 23, with one Solon player named to the WaMaC First Team, three others named to the Second Team and two more named with Honorable Mention.
Senior Logan Linderbaum was the only starter to receive First Team honors. Linderbaum finished the season with a .413 batting average. He had 33 hits, including 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 23 RBI.

So close.... but no title

Rams deny Trojans, and West High falls 6-2 to Southeast Polk in state championship bid

DES MOINES– For the second year in a row, the Iowa City West High Trojans faced the Rams of Southeast Polk in the Class 4A State Championship baseball game, and for the second year in a row, the Rams walked away with the championship trophy.
West fell 6-2 to the Rams in the Class 4A Championship game on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Principal Park in Des Moines. It was the ninth state appearance for the team and the fourth state runner-up title. The Trojans finished second in 2009, 2010 and 2014; the closest the program has come to a championship.

West defeats Des Moines East, 11-3, in the first round, moves on to state semifinal

DES MOINES- The Trojan baseball team made its first mark at Principal Park this year with an 11-3 win over the Des Moines East Scarlets, in the first round of the state tournament July 29. But the seemingly easy victory wasn’t all smooth sailing.
The Scarlets started the game with an early lead, scoring two points at the top of the first inning and another at the top of the third, giving them a 3-0 lead over West. This lead didn’t last long; by the end of the fourth inning the Trojans had stolen the momentum.

Six Clippers on WaMaC All-Conference Softball teams

Kinnaird, Stopko First Team picks

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TIFFIN– The WaMaC high school athletic conference released its 2015 All-Conference softball teams Wednesday, July 15, with six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earning berths.
Benton Community’s Eric Stenberg earned the West Division Coach of the Year honors and his Bobcats won the conference with an 18-0 WaMaC showing and a 37-3 record overall. Center Point-Urbana was second in the final regular season standings at 13-5 and 26-13, with the Clippers third at 12-6 and 21-16.

IGCA announces 2015 All-District Softball Teams

WEST DES MOINES– The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) announced its picks for the 2015 Al-District Softball teams on Friday, July 17.
Iowa City West High coach Justin Lutjen, in his second year with the Women of Troy, was named the Class 5A East District Coach of the Year after leading the squad to a 34-6 finish on the season.
West High also placed three athletes: Jessie Harder, Adara Opiola and Grace Tafolla on the 5A East squad.

Kali Peschel

Hawk Talk

Kali Peschel has a busy summer getting ready for her senior year.
The 6-1 co-captain from Minnesota spent her first six weeks of summertime in Spain.
Kali is working on a double-major of Spanish and communications. She received seven credits while staying in Spain, learned some of the foreign culture and got to experience a different kind of life.

This Was Their Year

Nearad, Ira combine to power Lady Spartans past No. 2 Benton

SOLON– It was the match-up everyone expected.
Benton Community and Solon had split a regular season doubleheader in Van Horne when the Bobcats were the number-one team in Class 3A, and the Lady Spartans were ranked second.
The rematch in the 3A softball championship game Friday at the Rogers Sports Complex near Fort Dodge didn’t disappoint, at least for Solon fans.
Senior Taylor Nearad’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning provided the margin of victory, and senior Emily Ira struck out 14 batters to power Solon past Benton to a final score of 3-1.

Lady Spartans reach title game with 7-1 win over Stormin’ Pointers

Ira pitches three-hitter; Nearad, Herdliska homer

FORT DODGE– First came the semifinal.
Solon’s Lady Spartans blew past defending 3A champ Clarke in the state softball tournament quarterfinals, but standing in the way on the road to the final was just one more team– No. 8 Center Pont-Urbana (CPU).
The Stormin’ Pointers of the WaMaC West placed second in their half of the conference behind No. 2 Benton Community, and had won nine of their last 10 games heading into the state tournament. CPU had been swept by the Lady Spartans during a regular season doubleheader June 17 in Solon.