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Sports

More unknowns than in a typical year

CCA 2021 girls’ soccer preview

TIFFIN– Twenty-one months. That’s how long it will have been since the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity soccer girls played their last game when they take the field on Tuesday, April 6.
The 2020 season was wiped out before it even started due to the cancellation of the remainder of the school year, and all spring sports, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Head Coach Matt Harding in his ninth year (and eighth season, as there was no season last year) remembers all too well how it felt when Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proclamation was made.

Liberty’s distance men compete in Dickinson Relays

Jack Kinzer second in the 3,200

CEDAR FALLS– The Liberty High varsity distance runners started the 2021 track and field season with an appearance in the Dickinson Relays held Tuesday, March 9, at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
Seniors Bo Gryp, Jack Kinzer and Caleb Schillinger and junior Christian Montover competed in one of the very few indoor meets being held this season. Gryp and Montover ran the 1,600-meter run with Gryp finishing 11th in 4:35.99 while Montover was 26th in 4:55.36. Kinzer was second in the 3,200-meter run in 9:48.14 with Schillinger taking 14th place in 10:16.59.

Withrow named to IPSWA all-state basketball team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced the 2021 boys’ basketball all-state teams on Tuesday, March 16, with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Christian Withrow named to the Class 3A Second Team.
Withrow led the Clippers’ scoring with 440 points this season, topping the 1,000-point mark. The IPSWA recognition follows being named the WaMaC West Player of the Year and a unanimous selection to the WaMaC West First Team. In addition, the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association picked Withrow for the 2021 Class 3A Substate 6 All-Substate Team.

It’s been such a long time

Solon boys playing soccer this spring

SOLON– The last game for the varsity Spartan soccer team was a 1-0 heartbreaker in a substate final at home against Iowa Mennonite.
May 25, 2019.
It’s been almost two years since the team took the field after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of schools and the cancelation of spring sports in 2020.
Solon could be understandably rusty when it opens the season hosting its own varsity tournament Saturday, April 3. Scrimmages are scheduled for March 25 and March 27, and the Spartans will participate in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Jamboree March 30.

Solon girls show up big at Central sponsored indoor track meet

PELLA– Early season high school track meets in Iowa are inside. The track is shorter. The curves are tighter. But they offer an early peek at the season ahead. With a couple indoor meets now behind them, some bright spots are beginning to glow for Solon’s girls.
“I feel good about every distance. We may not yet have the four solid runners we will need for the relays in every distance,” underscored head girls coach Brent Sands, after a March 20 Central College-sponsored indoor meet in Pella. “Still, we should be really good in the 400-800-meter range.”

More basketball honors for Calia Clubb

IGCA and IPSWA recognize CCA junior

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School junior Calia Clubb picked up more honors for her varsity basketball efforts this season. Clubb led the Clippers with 257 points and 233 rebounds this year as CCA claimed a third of the WaMaC West Championship and topped the WaMaC overall.

A Clipper and two Bolts earn hoop honors

CCA’s Withrow and Liberty’s Telander and Hazeltine recognized

IOWA CITY– The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) named Clear Creek Amana senior Christian Withrow and Liberty High seniors Kelby Telander and Ira Hazeltine to 2021 All-Substate Teams.

Lauren Riggle to become a Duhawk

CCA senior soccer player commits to Loras College in Dubuque

MIDDLE AMANA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Lauren Riggle had a stellar sophomore soccer season, with a team-high 19 goals and a spot on the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s 2019 Class 2A All-District Central First Team. Hopes for an even better junior year were dashed as the COVID-19 pandemic led to closing schools and canceling the entire spring sports season weeks before it started. Now a senior, Riggle is again looking forward to getting out on the pitch (the season, as of now, is a go) after a year hiatus.

The Lightning hope to shine bright on their own courts

2021 Liberty High girls’ tennis preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High girls’ tennis program started in 2019 and finished 2-14 with a 9-0 win over Waterloo East and a 7-2 win over Waterloo West. Hopes were high for a better season in 2020.
“We had everyone back and were looking for some nice improvement,” said Head Coach James Postman.
But the COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas as the remainder of the school year, and all spring sports, were cancelled shortly before the start of the season. 2020 also saw the graduation of seniors Grace Brusegaard, Starr Curry, Abby Fowler, Courtney Olson, Sushma Santhana and Megan Uden.

Lady Spartan Callie Levin earns First-Team All-State Honor

WEST DES MOINES– Solon freshman Callie Levin made an impression on the hardwood in the WaMaC East Conference earlier this season, so much so it garnered her First-Team All-State Honors from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association on Monday, March 8, during recognition of worthy performances in Class 3A.
At 5-9, Levin spearheaded the Lady Spartans’ 2020-2021 campaign ending with a 17-6 record, after posting nine wins in the 2019-2020 season, and earning Solon a WaMaC East Conference title before exiting the postseason in a Class 3A regional final.

IHSAA new district and group assignments 2021 and 2022 football season

DES MOINES– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced, following its regular Board of Control meeting on Thursday, March 11, new group assignments for the 2021 and 2022 football seasons.
A new seventh classification (Class 5A) was adopted, after being approved in January, to reduce enrollment disparity in the IHSAA’s largest class of football and increase participating teams and student athletes competing in the postseason across classes.

Creek Girls ready to hit the links

2021 CCA girls golf preview

AMANA– With the disappointment of not having a season due to the abrupt end to the school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School girls’ golf team is more than ready to hit the links this spring.
Head Coach Cam Stockman, in his seventh year, talked about the challenges of a spring without golf.