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Sports

Thomas takes first in diving, breaks own meet record in Kennedy’s swimming invitational

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy swam to a third-place finish in team points Saturday, Sept. 27, at the 2014 Cougar Invitational hosted by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Pleasant Valley won the meet with 714 team points while the Cougars were second with 551.5 and West ended the day with 398.5. Rival City High was fifth with 156 points.

Hello C.J.

Hawk Talk

Some of my homeboys from the Lodge have been telling me C.J. Beathard should be the starting quarterback for the Hawkeyes.
I like C.J., but when your starting quarterback, Jake Rudock, is completing 67 percent of his passes, has five touchdown passes and two interceptions it’s hard to pull the switch.
Jake injured his leg before halftime of Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh with Iowa trailing 17-7.
C.J. played the whole second half and Iowa came back for a wonderful 24-20 win over Pittsburgh.
What if C.J. doesn’t get hurt? Does he still go in?

Still No. 1

Lady Spartans sweep Maquoketa at home

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had yet to shut out an opponent at home.
Strike that off the list.
Solon took care of business against conference foe Maquoketa 3-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 16, moving to 12-3 on the year and atop (with several others) the WaMaC East Division.
The Lady Spartans dispatched the Cardinals easily in the first two sets by identical scores of 25-16, then fended off the dreaded swing in momentum and put away the match in the third set, 25-20.
Jordan Smith and Jordan Runge combined for 19 of Solon’s 34 kills and seven of the team’s eight service aces (Smith had five).

Defense smothers Indians in 21-7 win

Solon holds Marion out of end zone for three quarters

SOLON– Following a shutout loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, the Solon Spartan football team was looking for improvement.
Friday’s 21-7 home win against the Marion Indians was a step in the right direction.
“We had a better week of practice,” summarized head coach Kevin Miller.
Solon also had the services of starting running back Brandon Kramer, who missed the Xavier game due to injury.
Kramer and quarterback Brandan Childs logged over 150 rushing yards for the Spartans offensively, helping to fuel three scoring drives.

Runners look to step on the gas and close the gap

Girls second, boys eighth at Solon Invitational

SOLON– The gap is narrowing, but there’s still work to do as Solon’s girls head into the middle of their cross country season.
Solon came within two points of the team title Tuesday at their nine-team home invitational, but settled for runner-up to WaMaC rival Williamsburg.
A week before, Solon ran third in the Benton meet, 27 points behind the Raiders. “The girls ran their best race of the year as a team,” assessed coach Emy Williams. “They did move the pack up from (Benton) compared to these same teams. They got out strong and kept it during the whole race.”

Trojans roll Little Hawks 30-6 in annual battle

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They got it back.
Last year, cross-town rival City High won the traveling trophy known as “The Boot” with a 14-7 win at City. The loss was the first of only two in what became a 9-2 season for the Trojans.
This year, the West High crew already had two losses (27-6 against West Des Moines Valley and 28-0 to Cedar Rapids Washington) in the books ahead of facing the Little Hawks in a bid for bragging rights and the coveted Boot. On the other side of the ball was a Little Hawk crew looking for its first win of the 2014 season.

Women of Troy sweep Dubuque Senior High 3-0

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy overhauled the Rams from Dubuque Senior with a 3-0 win Tuesday, Sept. 16, at home while doing a little fine-tuning of their own.
Coach Randy Dolson rolled out a new line-up with some new faces to the varsity squad, new roles for some of the veterans, and an 8-6 record. The Rams entered the contest with a 3-8 record and put up a bit of a challenge. West had a 6-0 lead early in the game with back-to-back kills from senior Laynie Whitehead. Whitehead went on to lead the Women of Troy with nine kills on the night.

CCA moves to 2-0 in Class 3A

Clippers 28, Fort Madison 8

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FORT MADISON– Week four of the high school football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the road in Fort Madison to meet the Hounds. The Clippers sailed to a 28-8 victory putting the hounds back in their kennels and improving to a 3-1 record overall and 2-0 in Class 3A District No. 5.

Top-10 finish for CCA Middle School runner Barker

TIPTON– The junior varsity and varsity races were cancelled at the Tipton Cross Country Invitational, held in Tipton’s City Park on Tuesday, Sept. 9. However, the middle school runners soldiered on in a 1.5-mile course.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) sent a handful of runners with Kaylie Barker and Ally Loren representing the girls and Noah McNeil and Trevor King for the boys.
Barker, an eighth grader, finished seventh in 10:39 to lead the Clippers. Loren, also an eighth grader, was 44th in 12:24. McNeil, a seventh grader, was 34th in 10:59 while King, also in seventh grade, was 36th in 11:04.

Trojans outpace Little Hawks at City’s XC invitational

IOWA CITY– The West High cross country Trojans won rival City High’s Little Hawk Invitational Thursday, Sept. 18, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course. The Trojans’ 37 team points bought the win. City High was fourth in the four-team field with 68.
Akash Borde led West with a third-place finish in 16:22.2.
In junior varsity action (JV), City High prevailed with 26 team points to win, with the Trojans a close second with 29. Ethan Trepka led the JV boys for West with a third-place finish in 18:17.6.

Women of Troy sixth at City High invitational

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy finished the 2014 Little Hawk Invitational swim meet with a sixth-place finish in team points Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Mercer Park Aquatics Center in Iowa City. Cedar Falls won the meet with 398 points while host City High was eighth with 95. Ten teams competed for 2,080 total points awarded.
West’s Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 515.35 while teammate Alex Aaberg was second with a score of 438. Erica Hsu won the 200-yard IM in 2:14.21 and finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:18.40.

Girls unbeaten at home

Fall to CR Prairie at Linn-Mar tournament

SOLON– Even when they were down a handful of points, there was the feeling the Solon Lady Spartans would come back.
And come back they did, overcoming a four-point deficit to win the first set 25-22 against the Williamsburg Raiders Sept. 11, and eventually taking the match, 3-1.
Solon, ranked atop the Class 3A schools in volleyball, took the second set 25-16, but left the door open for the Raiders after Williamsburg captured the third game, 25-18. The Lady Spartans righted the ship and put away the Raiders 25-18 in the fourth set.