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Sports

Creek girls finish second in Anamosa

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ANAMOSA– A sports complex carved out of the bluffs near the Wapsipinicon River in southwest Anamosa was the site last Tuesday (April 15) for the Girls Early Bird Relays hosted by the Anamosa Blue Raiders. While the day was sunny, it was still chilly, but the Solon Lady Spartans and Clear Creek Amana Clippers were red hot, taking first and second place respectively in total team points.
The Lady Spartans led the field with a dominating 171 points while the Creek Girls had 98. Host Anamosa was eighth with 48 and Central City rounded out the 11-team field with 25.

New coaches lead Clippers on the links

TIFFIN– It’s a season of change for both the girls and boys golf programs at Clear Creek Amana with two new coaches. Nathan Carlson has taken the helm of the girls’ team while Sean Patrick is the new skipper for the boys.
Carlson inherits a squad with three seniors; Gabi Scarpa, Anna Johnson and Whitney Schuttire. Scarpa was ranked 13th in Class 4A last year. Juniors Sara McGrath, Nicole Davis and Haley Mougin bring needed experience to the team while sophomore Alison DeVore and freshmen Emma Davis, Megan Graff, Ashlee Kopejtka, Jillian Shrader and Kalista Wilgenbusch round out the group.

CCA girls dominate Washington Demons

TIFFIN– Many athletic events were canceled across eastern Iowa last Monday (April 14) due to cold, wind and lousy field conditions. However, in Tiffin, the Clear Creek Amana Clippers’ ladies’ soccer team rose to the challenge and dominated the Washington Demons with a 10-0 win.
The Clippers scored five goals in the first half while playing directly into a 20 mph wind.
“The girls showed a lot of grit in a 20-something wind chill,” CCA coach Matt Harding said.

CCA girls fourth at Tipton

TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) women’s track and field team headed to Cedar County and the Tigerette Relays last Thursday, April 14, and came home with fourth place in team points. Mount Pleasant won the 15-team meet with 96 points, Mount Vernon was third with 90 and the Clippers put up 49. The host Tigerettes finished in a tie for ninth-place with Camanche with 26 points.

Spring Football

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This is the third part of a review of the University of Iowa football program this spring.
This week, I’ll talk about the quarterbacks and defensive line.
Jake Rudock is the number-one quarterback in spring training.
If Jake stays healthy, I see no reason he won’t be number one in the opening game against UNI Aug. 30.
The 6-3, 208-pound junior was 204-346 (59 percent) passing for 2,383 yards, 18 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and Iowa finished 8-5.

He did it HIS WAY

Randall bows out with few regrets

SOLON– Typically, when a long-tenured coach leaves an athletic program under a cloud of controversy, they say they want to focus on the positives and not dwell on the negatives.
Brad Randall, now the former Solon High School varsity boys’ basketball coach, is no exception.
With a winning record full of accomplishments, it’s easy for him to emphasize the highlights.

A great start to the season

Lady Spartans overwhelm West Liberty in first home game

MARION– Solon’s Lady Spartan soccer squad traveled north to Marion last Tuesday and won their first game of the season, 4-0.
Junior Ali Herdliska scored the first goal on a great shot from the outside four minutes into the first half with an assist from Senior Anna Seydel.
The new season has brought strong freshmen to the team.
Ninth grader Josie Durr dominated the scoreboard with one goal in the first half and two more in the second.

Girls win Williamsburg track meet

Lady Spartans score in all but one event

Heading toward the middle of the track season, Solon’s girls continue to rely on balanced performances throughout the lineup. However, key contributions are showing up from several freshmen and a few other new faces in the lineup.
Solon won the April 8 Williamsburg Invitational with wins in seven events, and by scoring in all but one of the 19 events.

Solon basketball players honored

SOLON– Several Spartan basketball players recently received postseason honors.
Senior Austin Miller was named to the WaMaC first team all-conference team, as well as to the first team all-substate team.
Junior Emilio Villagrana was a second team WaMaC selection, while seniors Jaden Durr and Nick Shelman both received honorable mentions.
Senior Ethan Ahern was named to the academic all-conference squad.

Boys soccer team defeats Marion and West Delaware to move to 3-4

SOLON– So far, the Spartans are undefeated at home.
Brandon Childs scored two goals on assists from Andrew West and Dylan Doyle as Solon’s varsity soccer team shut out Mmarion, 2-0, at Spartan Stadium Tuesday, April 8.
The Spartans went 1-2 at a tournament in Hudson over the weekend, defeating West Delaware, 4-0, but falling to Hudson and Postville to move to 3-4 on the year.
Against West Delaware, Childs and West teamed up for all of the scoring and assists. Childs had three goals and one assist, while West had one goal and three assists.

Clipper girls start soccer season 2-0

Road win in Wellman leads to victory at home

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 road win last Monday (April 7) against Mid-Prairie in Wellman and followed it the next day with a 6-1 win over Central Clinton of DeWitt at home.
At Wellman, the Clippers took a 2-0 lead at the half with a pair of goals by Kelsey Hall off assists by the Bormann sisters, Emma and Hannah. The pair teamed up in the second half as Emma scored on an assist from Hannah.
Clipper coach Matt Harding pointed out CCA outshot the Golden Hawks 17-3.

West High boys second at North Scott

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ELDRIDGE– Iowa City West High’s varsity boys track and field team placed second overall in team points last Tuesday (April 8) at the Delmar “Deac” Ryan Relays hosted by North Scott High School. Pleasant Valley won the meet with 137.50 points while the Trojans earned 110.00 and Cedar Rapids Prairie placed third with 88.00.
The West High 4x800-meter relay team won their event in 8:07.86 and the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay won in 3:35.00.