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Sports

Fall pheasants, fish, deer and more

By Joe Wilkinson
Iowa DNR

DES MOINES– If you hunt or fish, admit it. The next couple weeks keep us on the brink. What to hunt? How about fishing? If there’s a season for it, it’s probably open now. Okay, paddlefish are out. As always, check for yourself. I might be missing some obscure species or local restriction. My point is; just about any game critter with fin, fur or feathers looks pretty good right now.

Mustangs no match for West

Trojans put 69 points on the board to win first round fight

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Brian Sauser had been waiting two years for a night like this. The coach of the West High Trojans, Sauser remembered all too well a meeting with the Bettendorf Bulldogs two years ago at West in near-constant rain, mud and wind. It was a meeting which didn’t pan out so well for West as they were knocked out of contention for a state championship bid.

Clear Creek boys win the Class 3A regional meet

Squad competes at state cross country for first time

SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s boys cross country team won the Class 3A regional meet Thursday, Oct. 24, sending the squad to the state meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers’ 73 team points gave them the regional championship, besting Center Point-Urbana by one point. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was the third-place team with 90 points, also qualifying for the meet. Solon missed the cut with 107 team points and a fourth-place finish as the top three teams advance.

West’s Gross named 2013 Outstanding High School Coach

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High athletic director Scott Kibby announced last week that the United States Tennis Association named boys tennis coach Mitch Gross the 2013 Outstanding Iowa High School Coach.
Gross has guided his team to eight conference titles as well as four state championships in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Gross will lead his squad in an attempt at becoming the first Class 2A team to win three-straight state titles. The 2014 campaign will be his 13th season with the Trojans, and Gross brings a 178-27 career record to the effort.

Unhappy Halloween

Jefferson ends West’s season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– There was no treat for the West High Women of Troy this Halloween Night as they faced the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
West fell 3-2 to Jefferson, ending the season and advancing the J-Hawks (19-21-0) to a regional final with Pleasant Valley (27-6-0) Tuesday night, Nov. 5, in Davenport. The winner will advance to the state volleyball tournament, Nov. 12-15 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

CCA wins 3-0 over Fairfield

Clippers to face Spartans in volleyball regional final

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Brian Bronzynski’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers knocked Fairfield out of the postseason bid for a state title with a 3-0 win Thursday, Oct. 31, at home.
The Clippers took care of business, winning 25-22, 25-15 and 25-21 to advance to a Class 4A regional final Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Cedar Rapids Washington High School against the Solon Spartans.
Hanna Stokes led CCA with a dozen kills.
The Clippers, ranked 15th in the final Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association rankings, take a 23-9-0 record into the fray with Solon ranked second at 30-2.

Creek girls 10th at regional cross country

SOLON– No Clear Creek Amana girls will participate in the state cross country meet.
Davenport Assumption’s girls cross country team won the Class 3A regional meet Thursday, Oct. 24, in Solon. Assumption’s 21 points clinched the regional championship, and the team placed five runners in the top-10 assuring their entry as individuals as well. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was second with 66 points and Cedar Rapids Xavier was third with 72 to round-out the top-three teams, which qualify for the meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

Rebuild or Reload?

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

There is only one senior on the Hawkeye women’s basketball team and only 10 scholarship players, so the bench might be thin, but the talent is there.
You start with All-Big Ten point guard Samantha Logic, who not only led the Big Ten in assists (6.4) but set an Iowa record for most assists in a season with 217.
“She has worked very hard on her 3-point shooting and it shows,” said head coach Lisa Bluder on Samantha. “She’s becoming more of a scoring threat and we needed her to be so.”
Theairra Taylor is the only senior but she is a good one.

A good win

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Last week I talked about Iowa playing hard against fourth-ranked Ohio State and going into the fourth quarter, they were tied at 24. Iowa lost 34-24, but battled hard until the end.
This week there would be no moral victories. Either Iowa has a good win or a bad loss…
Thank goodness for Jake Rudock, C.J Fiedorowicz and Louis Trinca-Pasat.
Jake threw an 8-yard pass as he was falling down to C.J. in the end zone in overtime to give Iowa a 17-10 lead.

Spartans tame Bobcats in first half, 43-7

Solon faces Western Dubuque tonight in first round of postseason

VAN HORNE– The halftime score was the final score.
The Solon Spartans rolled up 43 points in the first half against Benton Community in Van Horne Friday night, and that’s all that was needed.
The Spartans wrapped up the Class 3A District 6 championship outright with the 43-7 win, moving Solon’s record to 8-1 on the season and undefeated within the district.

Teams just miss

Three runners on to state

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Three Solon runners will be in the starting boxes Saturday at the State Class 3A cross country meet. Junior Alex Smith qualified at the Oct. 24 district meet at Solon for the girls. On the boys’ side, junior Ty Appleget and senior Patrick McGill made the field. Smith runs at noon Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park at Fort Dodge. Appleget and McGill get the gun at 12:30 p.m.

Smith goes, team stays…