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Sports

Creek Boys fifth at Lynx invite

Sedlacek sets the pace for CCA runners

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TROY MILLS– The Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) had a fifth-place showing Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Lynx Invitational hosted by North Linn High School in far northern Linn County.
Mount Pleasant took the varsity race with 78 team points followed by Marion (108), Ames (127), Mid-Prairie (135) and the Clippers with 191. 28 teams made up the field with WaMaC foes Williamsburg placing seventh (228), Vinton-Shellsburg placing 11th (306), Benton Community 13th (318) and Solon placing 20th (457). The host Lynx were 21st with 540.

Clippers’ streak ends in Indian territory

Marion edges Clear Creek Amana, 15-14

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MARION– Throughout this season, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) co-coach Matt Hughes has said, “Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t.” He has also said, “We had Lady Luck on our side tonight.” After a record six wins and no losses, the Clippers sailed into Marion to face the Indians Friday, Oct. 7.
The ball bounced the wrong way and Lady Luck was nowhere to be found as the Indians upset the unbeaten Clippers, 15-14, in overtime.

Creek Girls 3-2 at home v-ball invitational

CCA shuts out Mid-Prairie in tourney play

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had a 3-2 showing Saturday, Oct. 8, at their home invitational volleyball tournament.
The Creek Girls swept Mid-Prairie 2-0 (21-15, 21-19) with seven kills from Lauren Helle, five apiece from Shauntina Williams and McKenzie Justice, 17 assists from Cheyanne Bunch and 13 assists from Sheyanne Koethe.

Creek girls suffer upset loss to Raiders

Williamsburg drops CCA, 3-2

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Creek Girls suffered an upset loss Tuesday, Oct. 4, at home, to the Williamsburg Raiders in varsity volleyball action.
The CCA Clippers came into the contest with a 15-13 record, Williamsburg sat at 8-13. The Clippers took the first set in commanding fashion, 25-12, but dropped the second set, 25-23. The Creek Girls regrouped and took the third set, 25-15, but fell, 25-15, in the fourth and only mustered three points in the fifth set.

Three Trojans named to MVC All-Division Golf Teams

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IOWA CITY– A trio of West High Trojan golfers were named to the 2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Selections, released Friday, Oct. 7.
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Brad Karpick was named the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year with Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Steve Koepke named the Coach of the Year for the Division.
West High’s Kyle Spence, a sophomore, earned Mississippi Division First Team honors, Kyle Jenkins, a senior, was an Honorable Mention pick along with earning an All-Academic slot with senior Charlie Code.

Knights 1st and 2nd at CCA x-country classic

North Central girls win, boys take runner-up behind Vikings

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IOWA CITY– North Central Junior High’s girls cross country team won Clear Creek Amana’s Clipper Cross Country Classic Monday, Sept. 26, at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City. The Knights won with 21 team points, followed by Northwest Junior High (26), Mid-Prairie (52), Vinton-Shellsburg (63), the host Clippers (101) and Columbus Community (125).
North Central’s Ashlyn Keeney won the 3,200-meter race in 12:09.79 with Kaite Hoefer taking fourth in 13:47.31, Camille Mac finishing seventh in 14:05.53 and Isabelle Woody coming in ninth with a time of 14:36.50.

Too many mistakes

Hawk Talk

Wildcats dump Hawkeyes, 38-31

I was really concerned at the game last Saturday when Ron Coluzzi got his first punt returned.
It was in the first quarter and Northwestern kicked off. Iowa went three-and-out and Ron punted from his own 20.
Coming into the game, Ron had two punts returned for zero yards.
The Wildcats’ Flynn Nagel caught the short punt on the Northwestern 48 and returned it to the Hawk 5.

Spartans wax Ft. Madison

Solon streak continues with 56-7 gridiron win

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
FORT MADISON– Brisk air and the whispers of fall caressed the Spartan fans making the trek to Fort Madison on Friday, Sept. 30. Although cooler temperatures indicate a change in season, Solon football continued its success unchanged on the field.
The Solon Spartans have outscored their last four opponents 168-25 following the Friday waxing of Fort Madison, 56-7, handing the Bloodhounds their sixth consecutive loss of the season.

Solon defeats Liberty freshmen, 40-6

IOWA CITY– Solon’s freshman Spartans rolled over the Liberty High “Original (O) Bolts” 40-6 Thursday, Sept. 29, at Iowa City West High.
The Spartans opened with a pass from Camden Miller to Andrew Coons for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter and scored their second touchdown on a run not quite two minutes later. The O-Bolts blocked the extra point kick, but Solon held a 13-0 lead. The Spartan defense stymied the Bolts and intercepted a Drake Woody pass late in the period to end a Liberty drive.

Picking pumpkins, team building

SOLON– After a Tuesday race in Williamsburg, Wednesday was ‘Run to Work Day’ for the cross country Spartans. And work was picking pumpkins.
Again this year, the high school cross country team waded into its community service project at Leo Shima’s farm, snipping stems and tossing pumpkins aboard the farm wagons that rolled slowly alongside of them. “It would take us two days to do what they do in an hour,” Shima said and smiled as the last wagon was lined up on his farm two miles west of Solon.

Season-best XC finish at Williamsburg

Solon cross country girls notch first team title, boys third

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
WILLIAMSBURG– Solon grabbed two top-15 finishes and the team finished third overall, in the boys’ Williamsburg Invitational Sept. 27. That included a Jorel Justus 18:05 for second place; his best finish of the season. Teammate Tanner Larkey (19:17) was 15th, with Solon’s Carl Richey right behind in 19:22. Luke Yetley was the No. 4 Spartan runner (19:35), with Logan Yakish (19:44) for the fifth and final team scoring spot among the 34 varsity runners.

Lady Spartans battle back in 3-1 volleyball loss to Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The Solon varsity volleyball team dropped to 5-13 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Dyersville Beckman Sept. 27 at Dyersville.
The Blazers won the first two sets (25-12, 25-22) before the Lady Spartans battled back to capture the third game, 28-26. Beckman edged out Solon in the fourth, 25-22.
Solon hosts Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 6, for the final home match of the season. After a weekend tournament in Center Point, the Lady Spartans enter WaMaC Conference pool play Tuesday, Oct. 11, with bracket play Thursday, Oct. 13.