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Sports

New era for CCA football

Matt Hughes and Clippers build on strong foundation as they look forward

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– When the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity football team takes the field Friday, Sept. 30, to open the 2013 season, there will be a host of new faces on the sidelines. For the first time in seven years, Rodney Walls won’t be leading the men in blue and white. Walls resigned after the 2012 season, which saw the Clippers improve to a 4-5 record from 2011’s 0-9 showing.

More competitive, with room for improvement

IOWA CITY– Kathy Bresnahan always tells it just like it is. With 22 years at Iowa City West and a 558-174 record with the Women of Troy’s volleyball program, she can afford to.
Bresnahan and her squad overcame the death of friend and teammate Caroline Found in 2011 to go on to a 39-6 record and the team’s second consecutive Class 4A state championship. West was a force to be reckoned with. In contrast, the 2012 season ended with a 20-17 record and the chance at a three-peat thwarted by a 3-2 loss to rival City High in the regional final.

Six Lady Spartans named to All-State and All-District softball teams

SOLON– Six Lady Spartans have been named to the 2013 Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State & All-District softball teams.
Junior Mallory Madsen, senior Kara Misel and sophomore Taylor Nearad were named to the Class 4A first team. Madsen finished the season with a .512 batting average with 88 hits and 22 doubles. She struck out only three times, according to information listed with quikstatsiowa.com. Misel hit .436 with 68 hits (including 26 doubles) and 54 RBI. Nearad boasted a .491 average, with 80 hits. She had 27 doubles, four triples and two home runs.

Six from Solon varsity baseball named to WaMaC East All-Conference team

SOLON– Senior pitcher Todd Oberthien, junior shortstop Elijah Kane, and senior outfielder Chris McNutt were named to the first team WaMaC East All-Conference team.
Oberthien compiled a 5-1 record with a 0.13 ERA and 52 strike-outs. Kane hit .411 with 39 hits and four doubles. McNutt had a .409 hitting average with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Senior outfielder Colton Dall (.365 average, 35 hits, eight doubles and a home run) was named to the second team, while senior Tim Lance and junior Mitch Silberstein received honorable mention status.

Evans places eighth in national wrestling tourney

SOLON– Lance Evans of Solon wrestled at a national wrestling tournament in Fargo North Dakota in July, earning All-American status by placing at a national tournament.

Booster Club Fall Sports Kickoff Friday, Aug. 23

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club Fall Sports Kickoff and Sports Drink Scrimmage is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, at Solon Spartan Stadium.
The concession stand will be open with a brown bag special, as has been done in previous years (except last year because of delays opening the new stadium).
The donation of sports drinks is encouraged as a free-will offering for admission to the event (both powder packages and bottles are acceptable).

Just keep swimming

A participant conquers the 50-meter swimming stage of the Just Tri Youth Triathlon in North Liberty Aug. 4. The second annual event had 98 registrants between the ages of 6 and 14 years.

Hawkeye offense

Hawk Talk

It’s time to break down the Hawkeye football team.
This week I’ll talk about the offense, including the line, tight ends, wide receivers and fullbacks.
The more I look at the offensive line, the more I like it.
First of all, you have seven players that started at least one game last year.
There is no better experience than starting a game. It’s different than going in for a few plays because when you start, you get all the reps with the first team during the week.
Also Eric Simmons (6-2, 295) and Ryan Ward (6-5, 290) red shirted so they will add depth.

INA all-state baseball teams named

DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association recently announced its 2013 all-state baseball teams. Sports writers from across the state select the best high school athletes based on nominations from coaches and their fellow sports writers.
In class 4A, four players from Iowa City West were named with Reid Bonner making the first team as an infielder, Tyus Adkins being named pitcher of the second team with Ezra Reiners making the second team outfield. Devin Raffensperger was named to the third team as a utility player. Bonner, Adkins and Reiners are seniors while Raffensperger is a junior.

Seven IC West Trojans earn all-district honors

IOWA CITY– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) recently announced their 2013 all-district teams for Class 4A. Seven players from Iowa City West were named. First Team honorees: Tyus Adkins (pitcher), Colin Baker (catcher), Reid Bonner (second base), Ezra Reiners (outfielder) and Devin Raffensperger (utility). Second Team honorees: Sam Scott (pitcher) and Tanner Wilson (outfielder).

CCA’s A.J. Liddell named to 3A all-district team

TIFFIN– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association recently announced their 2013 all-district teams for Class 3A. Clear Creek Amana’s A.J. Liddell was named to the first team, Southeast district as a utility player.
A senior, Liddell had a 6-4 record pitching and a .357 batting average. According to information available on Quick Stats, Liddell put up six doubles out of 30 hits and had 17 RBIs.
Liddell was the only Clipper named.

Hawkeye football schedule

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye football team schedule.
Last week I thought Iowa would be favored against Northern Illinois, Missouri State and Western Michigan. The Hawks should be underdogs in away games against Iowa State and Minnesota.
The homecoming game against Michigan State could be a toss-up.