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Sports

Hot start for cross country

IOWA CITY– The early season is sizzling for Solon’s cross country Spartans. Their season opener was held in the morning. In their second meet, the start was pushed back to evening to avoid running in 90-degree heat. On top of that, high school girls are running an extra kilometer this year… with five of them getting their first feel for varsity competition.

Iowa City West High coach shoulders the blame for 33-0 loss to Valley

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans suffered a 33-0 home loss at the hands of the West Des Moines Valley Tigers Friday, Sept. 4, in Week Two non-district varsity football. Earlier in the week, the Associated Press deemed the Tigers the number one team in Class 4A, a ranking West coach Garrett Hartwig dismissed swiftly in discussing the loss.
“Our motto is, ‘It’s not who we play it’s how we play.’ We were not prepared tonight, and that is my fault and I accept responsibility,” Hartwig said.

CCA football team falls 27-7 to MP Golden Hawks

Clippers drop to 0-2

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WELLMAN– Aaron Akers’ 3-yard sprint for a touchdown helped the cause, but wasn’t enough for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers to overcome the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie in Wellman Friday, Sept. 4. The Golden Hawks took the varsity contest, 27-7, dropping the Clippers to 0-2 on the season.

Clippers scuttle Spartans in volleyball triangular

CCA falls to Mount Vernon, Solon handles the Mustangs

SOLON— It was an evening of rivalries as the Solon Lady Spartans hosted the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and the Mount Vernon Mustangs, for a triangular set of volleyball matches Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Women of Troy own the night against J-Hawks

Sophs, JV and varsity all take V-ball wins

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy marched to victory Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson as the sophomores, junior varsity (JV) and varsity teams posted volleyball wins over the J-Hawks.
The sophomores won 3-0 with scores of 21-15, 21-14 and 21-7 while the JV squad swept Jefferson 25-11 and 25-17. Varsity took a 3-0 sweep, winning 25-18, 25-12 and 25-20.
Emma Norris led West with 11 kills and two ace serves, while Ali Tauchen had nine kills and Anna Mabry put up five.

Clipper boys fourth, girls 10th at Bob Brown Invitational cross country meet

Tener brings home 10th-place medal

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IOWA CITY– Kickers Soccer Park was the site of the 2015 Bob Brown Invitational cross-country meet hosted by Iowa City Regina Thursday, Sept. 3. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers participated, with the Clipper boys finishing fourth in team points and the girls placing 10th. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the boys’ race while Monticello took the girls’ team honors. Individually, Monticello’s Matt Manternach won in 17:15.34 and Durant’s Alyssa Williams won in 19:15.31.

Women of Troy go 3-2 in Marshalltown

West falls in invitational semifinal round to Dike-New Hartford

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MARSHALLTOWN– West High volleyball coach Randy Dolson described the Women of Troy’s day at the Marshalltown Roundhouse and Pat Apgar Invitational as “up-and-down.”
West went 3-1 in pool play, defeating Charles City 2-0 (21-18, 21-18), Southeast Polk 2-1 (21-15, 17-21, 15-13) and Iowa Falls 2-0 (21-18, 21-16), but lost to Dike-New Hartford 0-2 (19-21, 13-21). The Women of Troy faced the Wolverines of Dike-New Hartford again in the semifinals, taking the first set, 25-19, and falling, 25-21, in the second forcing a hard-fought third set. West fell, 16-14, in that game.

CCA x-country battles heat in Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG– Heat and humidity added to the challenges of the season-opening meet for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country teams on Tuesday, Sept. 1, as they competed in the Williamsburg invitational. Due to the oppressive conditions, times for the races were changed to later in the afternoon with the junior varsity and varsity teams combined.
Eric Douglass, a senior, led the Clipper boys with a fourth-place finish and the team placed fourth overall behind Mount Pleasant, Mid-Prairie and Marion.

Hawkeye preview

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
This is the final part of Hawkeye football preview 2015.
This week, I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.

Linebackers

Let’s be honest, the linebackers struggled a lot last year.
Iowa gave up 65 big plays last fall. Not all of them were the linebackers’ fault, but when you have two freshmen starting as linebackers, Bo Bower and Josey Jewell, you can expect some growing pains.
The Hawks gave up an average of 168.3 yards on rushing defense last fall, sixth best in the Big Ten.

Lights... Camera... Lightning!

Weather delays football opener, but Regals hold on for 21-13 win over Spartans

IOWA CITY– As the wave of Solon players rolled down the steps toward the field Friday, Aug. 28, there was a definite energy in the air.
The fans felt it. The players were poised, ready to start the football season.
Players for Solon and Iowa City Regina took to their respective sides of the field and the captains strode out for the coin toss.
It was time… and then it was postponed 30 minutes due to lightning.
The players left the field, not to return.

Kennedy’s Dralle too much for Trojans

West falls, 34-31, in first game of season

CEDAR RAPIDS– West High’s Trojans opened the 2015 varsity football season with a 34-31 loss on the road at Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday, Aug. 27. The Cougars’ Tyler Dralle stymied the Trojan defense, rushing 40 times for 265 yards and four touchdowns.

Clippers face Storm and Pointers in first game

CP-U upends CCA, 17-10, in soggy season opener at home

TIFFIN– Center Point-Urbana has been known as “The Stormin’ Pointers” for many decades. Friday, Aug. 28, in Tiffin, they stormed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ homeport for a 17-10 season-opening win. Mother Nature stormed, too, with rain throughout much of the game and an hour-and-a-half lightning delay.