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Sports

CCA’s Douglass 24th at State XC

FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana’s Eric Douglass, a junior, finished 24th in the 2014 Iowa High School Cross Country Championship held Saturday, Nov. 1, in Fort Dodge. Douglass’ time was 16:59.1.

Bowl Committee

Hawk Talk

I had a good feeling last week before Iowa hosted Northwestern Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
After Iowa played one of its worst games in a couple of years against Maryland and lost 38-31 two weeks ago, I thought Iowa would bounce back against the Wildcats.
Why?
Kirk Ferentz might not be the best coach ever, but he is a stand-up guy and the players respect him.
Also Iowa has some great leaders, especially the four captains.
You start with All American Brandon Scherff, who led the offensive line to its best day... no sacks and the Hawkeye running backs averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Hawkeye women think big

The Iowa Hawkeye women won 27 games last year, which tied for the second-most in school history.
The Hawks finished second in the Big Ten Tournament and return four starters, including all-world point guard Samantha Logic.
Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring and assists, plus the Hawks set a school record for scoring offense in 2013-2014, averaging 78.2 points per game.
The Hawkeyes are ranked 19th in the preseason AP top-25 poll.
So when I say there was excitement and optimism at media day last Thursday, you can see why.

Spartans fall to West Delaware after win against Assumption

Rainy Monday gets Solon down

MANCHESTER– Against Davenport Assumption last Wednesday, the big play helped Solon.
At West Delaware Monday night, the big play hurt.
And the second half turned out to be pivotal in both.
The Solon football team fell out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 28-14 loss at Manchester Nov. 3, and concluded the season with a 9-2 record.
The Hawks held the Spartans scoreless in the second half after Solon had taken a 14-12 lead into halftime.

Still Alive

Lady Spartans sweep Beckman in regional final

CENTER POINT– The Lady Spartans are headed back to the state volleyball tournament.
Solon defeated Dyersville Beckman 3-0 Tuesday night, Nov. 4, at Center Point to capture the Class 3A Region 7 championship and a berth in the 3A state tournament which begins Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

No. 2 Lady Spartans sweep Northeast Goose Lake in Class 3A regional semifinal

SOLON– There was no slow start to this one.
Solon’s volleyball team dealt a 25-4 loss to Northeast Goose Lake in the first set of a Class 3A Region 7 semifinal Oct. 30 in Solon, and went on to sweep the Rebels for a chance at a state tournament berth.
The win put the Lady Spartans in the Region 7 final against Dyersville Beckman Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Center Point (see sidebar).

Trojans survive Lin-Mar Lions with upset win

MARION– They never say die.
The Iowa City West High Trojans were down 31-34 with just over two minutes left in the game Monday, Nov. 3, as they faced the Linn-Mar Lions in the second round of Class 4A playoffs. A drive of over 90 yards ensued and ended with Yeshuwa Hicks making an 8-yard run for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game. After Connor Gordon’s extra point kick, the Trojans had a 38-34 lead and the win.

CCA’s historic season ends in first round

TIFFIN– An historic season for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football came to a gut-grinding and heart-breaking end Wednesday, Oct. 29, on the home turf as the Cardinals of Newton held on for a 23-21 win in a Class 3A first round playoff game.
“It was a hard-fought game, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Matt Hughes said. “We started slow, that proved to be the thing that killed us.”
The Clippers found themselves in a 14-point hole in the first quarter as Newton scored on a 4-yard rushing play with 7:05 left in the period and followed that with a 50-yard touchdown reception.

Clippers advance to regional final on 3-0 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers volleyball team advanced to a Class 4A regional final match-up with Cedar Rapids Xavier after defeating the Fort Madison Bloodhounds 3-0 in a regional semifinal at home Thursday, Oct. 30.
The Clippers won 25-11, 25-16 and 25-20.

West High girls sweep Muskies, Polk

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy made it two thirds of the way to the state tournament with wins over Muscatine and Southeast Polk in Class 5A regional quarterfinal and semifinal action.
The tournament trail started at home Monday, Oct. 27, as the 3-23 Muscatine Muskies visited for a regional quarterfinal match. West had little trouble pulling off a 3-0 sweep and earning the trip to Southeast Polk for the semifinal match.

Football team raises $3,750 for Solon Legion

Melissa Ashton and Alisa Ham present Solon American Legion Commander Chris Croy and Color Guard member Dan Bartlett with a check for $3,750 during halftime of the Solon-Marion varsity football game Sept. 19. The Solon football team raised the money leading up to Armed Forces Night Sept. 19 at Spartan Stadium by selling patriotic T-shirts, sweatshirts and flags. The proceeds will be used for veterans programs supported by the Solon American Legion such as Wounded Warriors Project, Honor Flights and Fisher House. (contributed photo)

Spartan Wrestling Club starts with “Meet the Coaches Night” Nov. 10

SOLON– As the temperature outside begins to drop, the action in the Solon wrestling room starts to heat up and this year is no exception as the Spartan Wrestling Club is preparing to begin another season. While the emphasis will continue to be on learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun, the Spartan Wrestling Club is making several changes this year in an effort to become a more competitive wrestling club. The first significant change is the addition of club head coach Dale Handley.