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Sports

Hawkeyes Devyn and Zach

Hawk Talk

Devyn Marble, Zach McCabe and Ben Brust all signed to play for the Hawkeyes and coach Todd Lickliter during fall 2009.
Coach Lickliter was fired in spring 2010. Ben bolted to Wisconsin while Devyn and Zach stuck with the Hawkeyes to play for new coach Fran McCaffery.
Iowa fans were thankful.
When Devyn and Zach were freshmen the Hawks finished 11-20, 8-8 at home. They were led by senior Jarryd Cole, who averaged 8.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the floor.
Devyn played in all 31 games and started six. He averaged 19 minutes and scored 5.7 points per game.

Hochstetler tosses no-hitter

Lady Spartans cruise past competition

SOLON– Like the weather, the Lady Spartans are sizzling.
Solon’s varsity softball team ripped through its competition last week, allowing no more than two runs in any given game, including against three highly-ranked opponents.
The Lady Spartans made short work of conference rival Dyersville Beckman last Monday, shut down No. 3 (3A) Mid-Prairie Wednesday, then took an Ottumwa tournament by storm, defeating two ranked 5A teams in the process.
Solon moved to 37-2 on the year and remained ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.

Solon battling tough against ranked teams

Spartans split with No. 1 Beckman, sweep No. 7 Benton Community

SOLON– With a split against No.1 in Class 2A Dyersville Beckman last week, Solon’s varsity baseball team has won 11 of its last 12 games
The Spartans hosted Beckman last Monday, July 1, dropping the first game 7-3 and taking the nightcap 5-2.
Solon closed out June with a road trip sweep of Williamsburg (4-0, 12-7), then hosted conference rival Beckman and closed out the four-game home stand by taking two games against No. 7 (3A) Benton Community Friday, July 5.

Ram-bunctious

West High splits with Dubuque Senior softball

IOWA CITY– The night ended in a draw, but the Women of Troy still had reason to celebrate Tuesday, July 2. The Rams of Dubuque Senior visited for a varsity doubleheader and brought a 25-5 record overall and 16-4 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. West was 17-17 and 14-8 in contrast. The Rams were also ranked fourth in Class 5A while the Women of Troy were unranked.
So when West pulled off a 6-2 upset win in game one, some dugout dancing during game two could certainly be understood.

Clippers and Cardinals end in doubleheader split

TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered a 9-2 loss to the Maquoketa Cardinals Friday, July 5 on the home diamond, but rallied back to win the nightcap 6-5 in a WaMaC varsity doubleheader.

Trojans split with Dubuque Sr. Rams

A Raffensperger home run opens game two for West baseball

IOWA CITY– A two-run homer by Devin Raffensperger gave the West High Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second game of a varsity doubleheader Monday, July 1, at home against Dubuque Senior.

Prime Time in NL

Hawk Talk

Prime Time is back in North Liberty for its 27th year. It is the longest running summer league in the U.S. and the main reason is Randy Larson, who not only runs the league, but coaches as well.
I remember watching him as a player-coach when the league started.
Randy and I are the same age, so I’ve always been impressed with his energy and passion for Hawkeye basketball.
I went to some of those games at City High when the league first started. There were two gyms and they both were hot.
I saw Chris Street, Jess Settles and even former Hawkeye football player Willie Guy play.

Spartans survive slugfest with CCA

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.

Chalk up four more

Lady Spartans dominate Keokuk, North Polk during home tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartans swept the field as they hosted their own tournament over the weekend.
Solon’s softball team reeled off four more victories, including two close match-ups against formerly ranked teams, and two lopsided wins, leaving the Lady Spartans with a 31-2 record heading into the final games of the season.
The road to the state tournament begins with a first-round bye for the Lady Spartans, who will begin the postseason at home Saturday, July 13. Solon will also host the substate final Tuesday, July 16.

Mustangs not so wild

IOWA CITY– It was business as usual Friday, June 28, for the West High Trojans on the diamond.
And business was good.
The Trojans took on the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead in a varsity doubleheader and put two more wins in the book by taking the opener 4-3 and the nightcap, 9-1.

CCA falls in slugfest with Spartans

Solon takes doubleheader from Clippers 7-3 and 23-13

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.

Trojans split with the Knights

IC West drops first game, rallies back for nightcap win

IOWA CITY– Lose one, win one. That was the story Tuesday evening (June 25) for the West High Trojans baseball team as they split a non-conference doubleheader with the Knights from Davenport Assumption.
The Knights won the opener 6-4 with a five-run effort in the top of the seventh inning. The game was tied 1-1 after the first inning and the Trojans slowly built up a lead with a run in the second, fourth and sixth innings. The Trojans had seven hits and left 10 men stranded on base. The Knights put up ten hits and left nine men hanging.