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Sports

Harlan sends CCA home with 3-0 semifinal sweep Nov. 13

Clippers’ historic cruise at state ends early

CEDAR RAPIDS– While the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers only made it to the semifinals of the Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament, that’s farther than any CCA team has been since 1999.
The Harlan Cyclones blew through the U.S. Cellular Center Thursday, Nov. 13, and swept the Clippers 3-0 to end CCA’s bid for a state championship. The defending 4A Champion Cyclones had little trouble winning 25-12, 25-16 and 25-13 to end the CCA season at 27-10. Harlan was led by 2013 Class 4A Player of the Year Jess Schaben with 18 kills.

Nightmare on Elm (Gopher) Street

Hawk Talk

One of the many things I have wondered about in sports is how does a team, that’s made of the same players, look so good one week and then look like somebody else the next?
That’s what happened Saturday at Gopherland as the Hawkeyes got smoked by Minnesota, 51-14.
The week before, the headlines in the Gazette read “A NEAR PERFECT EFFORT” in Iowa’s 48-7 win over Indiana.
This week the headline read “A whipping up north.”
After the Indiana win, there were hardly any negative messages on almost all of the Hawkeye message boards.

Hawkeye women open strong

I know Iowa’s 119-57 win last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena was against St. Ambrose, an NAIA school, but there are a lot of good things to like about the victory.
I was a little surprised when Whitney Jennings started in place of Melissa Dixon, but Lisa Bluder, Iowa’s head coach, said Melissa was injured early on and is just starting to get back on track.
Melissa came off the bench and had 19 points in 19 minutes including five 3-pointers.
I really liked what the four freshmen brought to the game.

Iowa wrestlers ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

Could this be the year the Hawkeyes break out with an NCAA championship?
It’s been four years since Iowa stood on top of the college wrestling world.
Brent Metcalf (149) and Jay Borschel (174) plus redshirt freshman Matt McDonough (125) each won titles that year.
The Hawks have nine wrestlers ranked in the top 10 according to Intermat.
It starts at 125 with Thomas Gilman ranked fourth.
Thomas was 16-3 last year but gave way to Cory Clark, who moved up to 133.
Thomas is more of a technical wrestler while Cory reminds me of Tony Ramos, who won the title last year at 133.

No. 2 Solon moving on

Solon defeats Iowa Falls in first round of state tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS– The quest is still alive.
After two straight second-place finishes in 4A, Solon’s Lady Spartans dropped to Class 3A this year and have made it to the semifinals of the state tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids again.
Solon’s volleyball team defeated No. 8 Iowa Falls-Alden, 3-0, in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, Nov. 11.
After trading runs in the opening set, Solon settled in with aces serves by seniors Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith and closed the game out on a 5-0 run, 25-17.

Spartan football season still a success

MANCHESTER– Even though the season ended for the Solon football team prior to the championship game, there’s no arguing the success of the 2014 campaign.
The Spartans ended the year 9-2 after losing to West Delaware 28-14 in a second round 3A playoff game on a soggy field in Manchester Nov. 3.
Solon had a 14-12 halftime lead but was held scoreless in the second half.
“The second half the field conditions weren’t ideal and I believed it negated some of our speed,” said head coach Kevin Miller.

Made it to state, and into the history books

Clipper girls see first state tourney since 1999 for CCA

MARENGO– After watching the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football team make history this fall with the most wins in a season, a district championship and a play-off appearance, it was the volleyball team’s turn to add a new chapter in Clipper history.
The ladies earned their first trip to the State Volleyball Tournament since 1999 with a 3-0 sweep of Cedar Rapids Xavier at Iowa Valley High School in Marengo on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Clippers were listing early in the first set, down 1-6, which prompted coach Jackie Clubb to call an early time out.

IC West volleyball falls in first round

Women of Troy end 2014 season with a 28-12 record

CEDAR RAPIDS– Unranked Iowa City West did what it could to put a dent in No. 1 Bettendorf’s perfect record.
But after winning the second set and tying the Class 5A first round match 1-1, West could go no farther in the state volleyball tournament.
The Women of Troy dropped out of the Class 5A tournament with a 3-1 loss to Bettendorf in opening round action Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
West battled tough in the first set, taking advantage of six Bettendorf attack errors before falling, 25-21.

Warriors blitz West to end Trojans’ season

CR Wash 44, West 19 in 4A Quarterfinal

CEDAR RAPIDS– The road to the UNI-Dome and a bid for a state football championship in Class 4A for the Iowa City West High Trojans ended at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids as the Trojans’ nemesis, the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, rolled over them 44-19 in a quarterfinal round game Friday, Nov. 7.
“This is the one team that can match up with our guys and they certainly did that,” West coach Garrett Hartwig said, noting, “we were just out-matched a little bit, and the credit goes to Wash.” Hartwig said, “(the Warriors) have just so many guys that can get you.”

West High well represented at State XC

Girls place fourth, boys ninth

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FORT DODGE– Iowa City West High sent both the Trojans and Women of Troy to the 2014 Iowa High School Cross Country Championship held Saturday, Nov. 1, in Fort Dodge in a bid for the Class 4A title.
Johnston won the girls meet, while the Women of Troy were fourth in team points. Linn-Mar won the boys 4A meet with the Trojans finishing ninth overall. Megan Schott from Des Moines Roosevelt won the girls meet in 14:11.6 and Daniel Soto of West Des Moines Valley High won the boys meet in 15:24.2.

West, CCA swimmers qualify for state

MARSHALLTOWN– The following qualified for the 2014 State Swimming and Diving Meet, to be held Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Marshalltown Community YMCA.
1-meter diving– Jacintha Thomas, IC West. Alex Aaberg, IC West.
200-yard medley relay– IC West.
200-yard IM– Erica Hsu, IC West. Sarah Ritchie, IC West.
500-yard freestyle– Hsu, IC West.
200-yard freestyle relay– IC West.
100-yard backstroke– Tessa McRoberts (CCA), Williamsburg.
400-yard freestyle relay– IC West.

West’s Thomas dives for new state record

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MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High’s Jacintha Thomas made history Friday, Nov. 7, at the Girls State Swimming and Diving Meet as she set a new record while winning the 1-meter dive competition.
Thomas scored 561.10 to take the title, breaking the previous record of 535.70, which was set in 1982 by Mary Fischbach from Fort Dodge. The runner-up to Thomas, Maggie James of Ames, also broke the record with 555.70.