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Sports

Clippers in cross country action at Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s cross country squads opened the 2014 season at the Williamsburg Raider Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The varsity boys brought home a fifth-place overall finish led by Eric Douglass, who finished eighth in 18:36. The varsity girls were seventh overall and led by Chloe Keith and her 21st-place finish in 19:04.

Three wins in a row for 5-2 CCA volleyball

Clipper girls sweep Benton

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity volleyball team improved to a 4-2 record with four wins in tournament action in Grinnell on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Clippers handled host Grinnell 2-0 along with Centerville (2-0), Norwalk (2-0) and Iowa Valley (2-0). West Liberty upended the Creek Girls, however, 0-2.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Clippers made it a 5-2 record with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Benton Community Bobcats.
CCA squeaked out a 25-22 win in the first game before dominating the rest of the match 25-14 and 25-13.

Second annual Color Fund Run/5k in Oxford to be Sept. 27

OXFORD– The second annual Clear Creek Elementary Color Fun Run/5k will be held in Oxford on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. at Lions Park, 400 W. Wilson St. Last year the group raised more than $10,000 for the playground. This year, proceeds will be donated toward new technology. The public is invited to join. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Check out the event on Facebook.
Register online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/CCEColorRun.

A Win is a win

Hawk Talk

I’m sure plenty of Hawkeye fans out there are somewhat disappointed with Iowa’s 31-23 victory over the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) last Saturday.
Why was it so close?
Why didn’t we blow them out?
The simple answer is the UNI Panthers are pretty good.
They beat Iowa State last year.
Two years ago, they opened with Wisconsin and lost, 26-21.
UNI returned most of its defense, including three pretty good defensive backs.

Spartan Fund Run Sept. 20

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin/end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=11494.

OT THRILLER

Solon snaps Regina’s 56-game winning streak in overtime

SOLON– Those who were there will likely remember it for a long time.
The Solon Spartans defeated Iowa City Regina 29-28 in overtime Friday, ending the Regals’ 56-game winning streak in an exciting, thrill-a-minute high school football game.
Junior quarterback Brandan Childs connected with senior receiver Connor Ham for a two-point conversion in overtime to wrench victory away from a Regina team that had taken a 28-21 lead.

Lady Spartans hand Clippers season-opening loss

Solon takes 3-1 win in clash of ranked squads

TIFFIN– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) deemed the Solon Lady Spartans the number one team in Class 3A in preseason rankings released Monday, Aug. 25. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers were ranked sixth in Class 4A in the same release. Both teams faced each other as WaMaC rivals in the Clippers’ gym Thursday, Aug. 28, with the Spartans winning the varsity match, 3-1.

Crowded field at Prairie for Cross Country opener

CEDAR RAPIDS– The first cross country meet of the season was nowhere to be, if you fear crowds. Runners from 18 schools were on the course at Prairie High School Saturday, Aug. 30.
The mix of 4A, 3A and 2A competition was a good early season test for Solon. Overall, the girls were 11th in the varsity team race, though third in the five-team Orange Division, one of three which were broken down according to school enrollments. The boys finished fifth in their six-team Orange division, 15th overall.

Clipper girls can’t block Solon Lady Spartan win

Solon wins 3-1 over CCA in volleyball

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TIFFIN– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) deemed the Solon Lady Spartans the number one team in Class 3A in preseason rankings released Monday, Aug. 25. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers were ranked sixth in Class 4A in the same release. Both teams faced each other as WaMaC rivals in the Clippers’ gym Thursday, Aug. 28, with the Spartans winning the varsity match, 3-1.

Pointers bite Clippers in OT win

CPU 10, CCA 7

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CENTER POINT– The varsity football season opened with a close loss in double-overtime on the road for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. The Clippers came up on the wrong end of a 10-7 final score Friday, Aug. 29, at Center Point to the Stormin’ Pointers.

A night of firsts for the Trojans

West gets by Cougars 12-9 in season home opener

IOWA CITY– “Firsts” were in abundance Friday, Aug. 29, at West High as the Trojans welcomed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars for week one of varsity football.
It was the first official varsity game on the new synthetic turf. It was the first game for Garett Hartwig as head coach after taking over for Brian Sauser in June. It was the first career catch for junior Gabe Huinker that won the game for West.

The defense

This is the final part of Hawkeye preview for the 2014 season.
This week I’ll look at the defense.

The Hawkeye defense should be a strong point this fall, especially the defensive line, which has all four starters back.
The big question will be replacing the three starting linebackers, James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey.
Anthony and Christian have a shot to start for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns respectively.
Quinton Alston (6-1, 232) played as a true freshman, saw action in all 13 games last year and was Academic All-Big Ten as a junior.