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Sports

Lady Spartans move to No. 2

SOLON– That was a close one.
Emily Ira helped her own cause, singling in Taylor Nearad and pinch-runner Grace McCarty in the fourth inning to give Solon a 2-0 win over No. 12 (4A) West Delaware at Manchester Monday evening.
Ira pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, striking out 14 batters and issuing only one walk while scattering five hits.
It was the 17th win of the season for the undefeated Lady Spartans, who moved up to second place in the Class 4A rankings issued June 13 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Flashback to 1980

Hawk Talk

Hayden Fry was in his second year as head football coach, Lute Olsen had coached the basketball team for seven seasons and Dan Gable was leading the Hawk wrestlers to their third straight national championship in 1980.
Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter to become the 40th president of the United States and Mount St. Helens erupted in Montana, with ash falling like snow on Montana towns.
Home computers were in their infancy, but there were people that predicted in the year 2000, nearly every home would have a computer.

Lady Spartans on to state

Solon girls get rematch with No.3 Iowa City Regina Thursday in Des Moines

SOLON– Monday night, June 9, at the Spartan field, will be remembered for many years to come as the night the Solon girls’ soccer team made history.
The Lady Spartans took on the 10th-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels in a Class 1A Region 6 final, and won 1-0 to advance to the state tournament.
“I was so proud of the effort tonight. We have been working so hard on our game plan, both offensively and defensively,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball really well and were able to get some good looks on the goal.”

Offense + defense equals 11-0 start

Emily Ira strikes out 29 in two games as Lady Spartans roll

SOLON– When the offense is sputtering, put Emily Ira on the mound.
Twice in the last week, Coach Jim White’s Lady Spartan softball team was able to preserve an undefeated season by riding strike-out happy Ira’s pitching arm.
Ira struck out 16 batters in a 1-0 victory over Benton Community (No. 4 in Class 3A), and 13 against Highland in a 4-0 win over the weekend.
But in fairness to the rest of the Solon pitching staff and the team’s defense, no one scored an earned run against the Lady Spartans last week.

West girls: fourth appearance in a row at Cownie Park

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will face Dubuque Hempstead today at 5:30 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A Girls State Soccer Tournament.
West earned the right to compete after knocking off the Muskies of Muscatine 2-0 Monday, June 9, in a regional final on the home pitch.
Heelah Nadler knocked in the first goal seven minutes into the second half for a 1-0 lead, and Emma Cooper put away the insurance goal with just over seven minutes remaining in the match.

State championship hopes scuttled for Clipper boys

DES MOINES– It wasn’t the ending they wanted, and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers did everything they could to prevent it. In the end however, the Bluejays of Perry ended the Clippers’ state soccer tournament appearance by handing Tim Benson’s team a 2-1 loss in the quarterfinal round Thursday, June 5, at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.
It was the third trip in four years for the squad, and the third time a championship was denied them.
Perry dominated the first 10 minutes of the match and scored in the ninth minute for a 1-0 lead.

Trojans knock out Valley, Cedar Rapids Wash at state tourney

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans were well on their way to a third straight state soccer championship when heavy rains at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines on Saturday, June 7, postponed the finals match between West and Johnston to Tuesday, June 10 (during production of this edition).
The Trojans, under coach Brad Stiles, have earned four of the last five state championships. A win against Johnston would mean the first three-peat for boys soccer.

CCA girls go down in regional final

IC Regina 4, CCA 1

TIFFIN– The No. 3 Iowa City Regina Regals sank the State Soccer Tournament hopes of the sixth-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Monday night, June 9, in a Class 1A girls’ regional final at Iowa City West.
The Regals ended CCA’s season with a 4-1 loss and a 15-3 record.

Raiders hand Clippers first loss

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team split a doubleheader Thursday, June 5, at home with the Blue Raiders of Anamosa, and picked up their first loss of the season.
The Clippers took care of business in game one with a 6-2 win fueled in part by a four-run effort in the fourth inning off of a pair of singles. A Chase Rourke RBI homer in the sixth sealed the win. Anamosa scored one run in the third and one in the fifth.

West High’s Craig commits to Cal State Fullerton

IOWA CITY– West High junior Danielle “Dani” Craig has verbally committed to play basketball at Cal State Fullerton after accepting Coach Daron Park’s scholarship offer to join the Titans’ squad in the fall of 2015, according to a press release from Scott Kibby, West High athletic director.

Hawkeyes look forward

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

This is the second part of a two-part story of the Hawkeyes men’s basketball team with assistant coach Kirk Speraw.
Last week we talked about the season, the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA tournament, which was the first time since 2006 that the Hawks made the big dance.
Iowa had three seniors lead the way and they helped the Hawkeyes win 53 home games in their four-year career.
The 53 wins ties for fourth in program history.
Iowa’s 1988, 2008 and 2009 seniors won 54 home games.
That stat kind of surprised me.

Solon closes out regular season with loss to Regina

SOLON– The Solon girls hosted their last home soccer game Thursday, May 22, with a 4-1 win against Mid-Prairie.
The Lady Spartans scored three of the four goals in the first half and the fourth just minutes into the second half. Credit for the goals went to seniors Anna Seydel, Alyssa Stotler and Brianna Pike and sophomore Jade Flansberg, with assists by Allison Koffron, Pike and Seydel.