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Sports

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.

One and done

The Hawkeyes got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament in the first round last week in Chicago.
Penn State, which Iowa beat in overtime during the season, came from behind in the second half and took down the Hawks, 68-57.
I don’t know too many teams that are going to win when you only shoot 15-57 (26.3 percent) from the floor, 7-32 (21.9 percent) in the second half.
Three-point-land wasn’t any better as the Hawks were 3-15 (20 percent) for the game.
Iowa dominated the glass, 49-34, but when you can’t score inside or outside, especially in the second half, it isn’t pretty to watch.

Hawkeyes go to the dance

The Iowa Hawkeyes picked up a seventh seed and will play the Davidson Wildcats this Friday, March 20, in Seattle, Wash., in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats finished 24-7, 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 conference.
The ‘Cats averaged 79.9 points per game and gave up 69.0.
They shot 40 percent (337-849) from 3-point range and average 19 3-point shots per game.

Congratulations Samantha

Samantha Logic was named second team All-American last week by ESPN.
Samantha is the first Hawkeye in 21 years to be named All-American.
What a great career and what a great player Samantha is.
Sam is the only player in NCAA history to have at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.
Samantha was a top-10 recruit coming out of Wisconsin and the reason Melissa Dixon was ready to walk-on at Iowa.

Keeping the memory alive

Second Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk to be held on April 11

SOLON– Although Brett Smith passed away nearly three years ago, his memory is still going strong in the hearts of his friends, family and community.
The son of Jeff and Carmen Smith of Solon, Brett was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in January of his senior year at Solon High School. He was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics but was later sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and passed away there on April 16, 2012.

New Zumba session begins March 24

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the first session, Kelsey Karsten has agreed to teach another session. It will again be 10 classes, every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30-7:15 p.m., starting March 24. The location this time is the Solon Methodist Church Family Life Center gymnasium. Cost of registration is a 10-punch card: $50 for city residents; $60 for non-city residents. Walk-ins are welcome for a $10 fee or an unused punch from a previously purchased punch card.

Want to get in shape for the summer? Try Boot Camp

cluding resistance training and body weight exercises. This 10-week strengthening class (Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:15 p.m. starting March 24) will be instructed by Lindsay Olson. Lindsay is an ACE certified health coach and has done personal training at the North Liberty Recreation Center. Her e-mail address is lindsayolson@gmail.com. Classes will be held in the lower level of St. Mary Church Parish Hall. Cost of punch card is $50/city residents; $60/non-city residents. Unused punches from previously purchased punch cards can be used or you can walk-in for a $10 fee.

Junior/Senior Baseball and Softball coaches meeting March 25

Coaches meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon Parks and Recreation office (223 S. Iowa St.). Practices scheduled to start the week of March 30. Games scheduled to start the week of April 30.