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Sports

Women of Troy go 3-1 in home tourney

West wins over Oskaloosa, Mt. Pleasant, and pounds Lisbon

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy spent part of their Independence Day weekend hosting their annual Rick Doran Classic softball tournament and posted a 3-1 record.
Waukee and North Scott finished the two-day tournament at 4-0 while West, West Des Moines Valley, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Pleasant Valley went 3-1. Oskaloosa, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids Xavier and West Liberty ended up at 2-2 while Davenport North, Charles City, Waterloo East and Mount Pleasant had 1-3 outings. Davenport West, Benton Community and Lisbon were all winless at 0-2, 0-2 and 0-4 respectively.

Clipper boys split with Beckman

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DYERSVILLE– Cappy’s Crew hit a rough patch on the road Wednesday, July 1, in Dyersville as they faced the Beckman Blazers in a varsity doubleheader. The Blazers took the opener, 4-3, despite a three-RBI effort from Tanner Bandy.
The Clippers regrouped and took the nightcap with a 1-0 shutout thrown by Kobey Schlotman.
Beckman scored first in the opener, putting a run across in the bottom of the first inning.

Prime Time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Prime Time (PT) is back for its 29th season. It’s come a long way since playing in the City High and West High gyms with no air conditioning.
Five of the six new Hawkeye recruits are playing and I thought they all looked like they can add to an already good core coming back.
“The first thing you notice about the freshman class is a ton of athleticism,” said senior point guard Mike Gesell.

Win streak snapped

Lady Spartans top No. 1 5A Iowa City West; Ira pitches perfect game against No. 11 4A Keokuk

SOLON­– Jim White said he’s coached teams with more offensive power than his current roster of Lady Spartans.
The team members may be out to prove him wrong.
Solon’s varsity softball team knocked 12 home runs over a span of 10 games and improved to 31-3 Monday night with a doubleheader sweep at Anamosa.
The Lady Spartans won 6-0 and 15-0 against Anamosa after going 3-1 over the weekend at their own Solon Classic tournament.

Spartans find offense against CCA Clippers

Solon rebounds from shut-outs against Central DeWitt

TIFFIN– After being shutout for two games against Central Clinton of DeWitt, the Solon varsity baseball team needed a clutch hit to get the offense going.
Dillon Drake delivered.
The Solon junior hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score freshman Ryne Schooley and deliver a 3-2 victory at home against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) June 25.
“It was a big moment for our team as we had lost momentum in giving up the tying run after getting the first two outs in the top of the seventh,” said Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney.

Six Spartans earn WaMaC soccer honors

West and Doyle First Team picks

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SOLON– Six Solon Spartans earned spots on the 2015 WaMaC East Division All-Conference Boys Soccer rosters. The annual selections were released on Thursday, June 11, with Andrew West and Dylan Doyle named to the First Team.
West, a senior, started in all 19 games this season and was credited with one assist. In addition he made one of two Penalty Kick (PK) attempts. Doyle, a junior, started in 18 of 19 games and put in a dozen goals for Solon with three assists.

Spartans sweep Clippers

Solon takes pair from CCA, 13-6 and 3-2, in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Soggy conditions at Spartan field led to a last-minute move to Tiffin for the annual baseball clash between Solon and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) on Thursday, June 25, in WaMaC conference baseball. When the dust settled, the Spartans had swept the Clippers 13-6 and 3-2, improving their record to 12-11 while dropping CCA below the .500 mark to 10-12.
Despite the move, the Spartans remained the home team on the scoreboard and faced the Clippers in their road blue uniforms.

CCA earns championship at Grinnell tournament

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GRINNELL– After a disappointing double-loss to rival Solon, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers headed west for a Saturday, June 27, tournament in Grinnell and came home with the championship.
The host Tigers pounded the North Mahaska Warhawks, 9-1, in the tourney opener with the Clippers scuttling the Nevada Cubs, 8-1, in the second game. The Cubs knocked off the Warhawks in the third game, 10-3, setting the stage for the Clippers and Tigers in the championship and an 8-2 CCA win.

Matt Harding named West Division Coach of the Year

Clipper girls named to WaMaC All-Conference teams

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity soccer coach Matt Harding was recently named the WaMaC athletic conference’s 2015 West Division Coach of the Year. Harding, in his third year with the program, led the Clippers to a 16-2 record.
The conference released its 2015 West Division All-Conference Girls Soccer selections on Thursday June 11, with four Clippers earning spots on the First Team.
Hannah Bormann, a sophomore, led CCA with 38 goals this season and was credited with 18 assists.
Kelsey Hall, a senior, scored 15 goals and made 17 assists.

Six Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference soccer honors

CCA’s Jacobson and Buffard named to First Team

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TIFFIN– The WaMaC athletic conference released its West Division All-Conference Boys Soccer selections for the 2015 season on June 11, with six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers earning spots on the First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Jon Jacobson and Pierre Buffard were First Team picks for the Clippers. Jacobson, a senior, scored 14 goals this season and had five assists. Buffard, also a senior, was responsible for seven goals and credited with three assists.

Game Time

Hawk Talk

Game Time is back for its 15th season at the North Liberty Recreation Center on every Wednesday night until July 29.
Three of the four Hawkeye newcomers are playing and they all looked good in their debuts last Wednesday, June 17.
Tania Davis, a quick athletic guard and the top-rated recruit in the class, opened with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists as her team won, 103-76.

Lady Spartans win 10th in a row

Solon softball team runs the table at Fort Dodge tourney

SOLON– Since a road defeat to No. 1 Benton Community, the Solon varsity softball team has rattled off 10 victories in a row.
The 3A second-ranked Lady Spartans won a two-day tournament against ranked opponents in Fort Dodge over the weekend and fended off upset bids at home against West Delaware and 3A No. 5 Center Point-Urbana in the week prior.
At Fort Dodge, Solon defeated 2A No. 7 North Union (13-0), Atlantic (4-0), 5A No. 9 West Des Moines Dowling Catholic (1-0) and 4A No. 5 Fort Dodge (12-3) to run the table.
Solon outscored its opponents at the tournament, 30-3.