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Creek Boys return to state XC with their first district title

District championship for Brandon Barker is a CCA first

SOLON– History was made for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team Thursday, Oct. 24, at its Class 3A District (state qualifying) Meet, which was held in at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The Clippers won the district championship and advanced as a team to the 2019 state meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. The Creek Boys were the runner-up team last year, their highest finish to date. This will be CCA’s fifth state-qualifying team in the history of the program, and is their third district title.

Five Creek Girls earn WaMaC volleyball honors

Bunch and Clubb are unanimous 1st Team West Division picks

TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball players have received WaMaC All-Conference honors.
Cheyaenne Bunch, Calia Clubb, Hailey Pollock, Emily Sly and Gabrielle Bedford were named to West Division teams for their efforts for the Clippers during the regular season. The WaMaC East and West lists were released on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Bunch and Clubb were unanimous selections to the First Team, Pollock was a Second Team pick, while Sly and Bedford received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).

Keeney returns to state cross country with district championship

Liberty High sophomore leads a Lightning trio to Fort Dodge

MARSHALLTOWN– Ashlyn Keeney is headed back to the state cross country meet.
Keeney finished 72nd in last year’s meet as a freshman and was Liberty High School’s only Bolt to qualify. This year, the speedy sophomore will lead a trio of Bolts after placing fourth in a Class 4A district (state qualifying) meet Thursday, Oct. 24, in Marshalltown. Keeney won the district championship with a time of 17:58.4, beating runner-up Emily Naughton, of Indianola, who finished in 18:20.9.

Creek Boys end the season with win over Sabers

CCA holds off Central DeWitt for 35-21 win on Senior Night

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team closed out the 2019 season with a 35-21 win over the Sabers of Central Clinton, DeWitt at home on Friday, Oct. 25. It was Senior Night for the Clippers with Kaden Gisleson, Andrew Swails, Nick Gerard, Sam Stevens, J.J. Denny, Grant Jensen, Andrew King, Sam Noska, Zane Cunningham, Tanner Webb, Xavi Hernandez, Thomas Macumber, Kyle Pitlick, Eric Zierke, Landon Schanz, Grant Haman, Lucas Tenhagen and Gabe Jenn recognized for their contributions to the program.

Hinman back to state

Boys fifth at state qualifier

SOLON– For Solon sophomore Gabe Hinman, it’ll be another afternoon on the links. But not for golf. He joins more than 100 other runners… and a couple thousand screaming, mobile fans at Kennedy Park Golf Course Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 2019 Iowa State High School Cross Country Meet.
Finishing 11th at Solon’s Oct. 24 Class 3A qualifying meet, Hinman will be in a starting box, 12:30 p.m., in Fort Dodge. He will be one of a couple dozen individual runners, in the 3A race. He also qualified a year ago, as a freshman, finishing 46th.

Season ends on the road at Benton

Lady Spartans fall 3-1 to Bobcats in regional

VAN HORNE– It was too much Abby Brunssen.
The Benton Community senior, a unanimous First Team All-WaMaC Conference selection, carried the Bobcats to a 3-1 win over Solon’s varsity volleyball squad in a Class 3A Region 6 quarterfinal Oct. 23 in Van Horne.
“Abby was definitely the difference in the game,” said Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin. “She went over us, and converted every free ball– credit to her player of the year title for sure.”
Brunssen powered her team with 37 kills.
Solon countered with defense, recording 15 blocks for the game.

On to state! Solon girls win XC regional

SOLON– It was a tight finish.
However, with all five scoring runners in the top 20, Solon’s girls punched their ticket to state. Next stop? The starting line, Kennedy Park, Fort Dodge; noon, Saturday, at the Class 3A state cross country meet.

October 30th

Spartans dominate Fairfield, 54-6, claim district title

After 9-0 season, Solon hosts Liberty Nov. 1 in first round

FAIRFIELD– The Solon Spartans completed another perfect regular season on Friday, Oct. 25, with a 54-6 win over the Fairfield Trojans to claim the 2019 Class 3A District 6 championship.
The win sets up a Friday, Nov. 1, match up at Spartan Stadium between the Liberty Lightning and the Solon Spartans in the opening round of the postseason starting at 7 p.m.
After building a 33-0 lead in the first half against the Trojans, the Spartans bolstered another 21 points in the second half, defeating Fairfield in a lopsided affair.

Courage Ride raises $100,000 for Sarcoma Cancer Research at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY– Courage Ride, a bicycle ride raising funds for Sarcoma Cancer research, presented a check for $100,000 to the University of Iowa’s Sarcoma Research Program during an Oct. 23 ceremony at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ben Millr and Dr. Munir Tanas accepted the check on behalf of the center’s Sarcoma Cancer Research Program.
Over the past 15 years, Courage Ride has raised over $610,000 for Sarcoma Cancer research– having a major impact on cancer patients and families who benefit from the research.

Spooky shenanigans

Haunted Happenings fill NL’s Rec Center with Halloween family fun

NORTH LIBERTY– For two evenings, part of the North Liberty Recreation Center was turned into a hall of Halloween havoc as the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Optimist Club sponsored their annual Haunted Happenings. Families took part in a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25.
Set up for the event started on Monday, Oct. 21, and wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Thursday, an hour-and-a-half before the doors opened. Between 300-500 kids and their parents/grandparents/guardians were expected each night.