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Sports

Trojans and Bolts tangle with Tigers on the links

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR FALLS–— Iowa City West High and Liberty High golfers competed in Cedar Falls High School’s Tiger Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Beaver Hills Golf Course, where Linn-Mar edged Cedar Falls on a fifth-score tiebreaker for the team championship. The Lions won with 317, while the Tigers were second (317) and Cedar Rapids Xavier finished third (321).

Clippers and Bolts run in Solon

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

SOLON–— Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Liberty High cross country teams ran in Solon’s Invitational meet Monday, Sept. 18, at the Solon Recreation Nature Area. The CCA varsity boys were the runner- up in team points with 80, behind team champion Mount Vernon-Lisbon with 63 points. The Liberty Lightning were ninth with 209 points finishing ahead of 10th place Solon (251 points).

Back in Green and Gold

Lynn takes over Women of Troy softball, again

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– A familiar face returns to the Iowa City West High softball diamond next summer as Barb Lynn has been hired as the head coach for the West High Women of Troy varsity softball program.
Athletic Director Craig Huegel recommended Lynn for the position on Sept. 5 and she was approved by the Iowa City Community School District’s Board of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 12. She replaces Justin Lutjen, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Women of Troy third at Rim Rock Farm XC Classic

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Lead
LAWRENCE, Kan.– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy ran in the University of Kansas’ Rim Rock Farm High School Cross Country Classic Saturday, Sept. 23, and finished third in the Girls-Gold Varsity Division. St. James Academy won the division with 144 points followed by Millard West (149) and West High (158).
Bailey Nock was third in 18:49.30, one second behind the runner-up, Makenzie Stucker of Raymore-Peculiar High School, and a little more than 30 seconds behind winner Victoria Findley from Blue Springs South High School (Kan.).

Creek Girls bit by Stormin’ Pointers, 3-0

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CENTER POINT–— Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls fell, 3-0 (25-18, 25-17 and 25-12), to the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Center Point.

Women of Troy fall to Saints

CR Xavier wins, 3-2, over Iowa City West

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy fell 3-2 to No. 1 in Class 4A Cedar Rapids Xavier, at home, Tuesday, Sept. 19, in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match-up. The Women of Troy took the first set, 26-24, but dropped the second set, 23-25, before flipping the score on the Saints, 25-23, in game three. Xavier took the fourth set, 25-21, and held on for a 15-12 win in the fourth set.

Trojans reign at Eastern Iowa Classic XC Meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– While many area schools called off classes early Thursday, Sept. 21, due to heat and humidity, the West High Trojans competed in Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2017 Eastern Iowa Classic cross country meet at Seminole Valley Park, in northeast Cedar Rapids. The Trojans topped the five-team field with 43 points. Cedar Rapids Washington was the runner-up with 50, while the host Cougars were third, one-point behind the Warriors at 51. Cedar Rapids Xavier and Iowa City Regina rounded out the field of competitors.

Women of Troy win Cougar Invite

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s varsity swimming and diving team won Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2017 Cougar Invitational Saturday, Sept. 23, at Kennedy High. The Women of Troy edged Pleasant Valley 492 to 484 while the host Cougars were third (374) and rival City High was fifth (228).
Aurora Roghair won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.42 and the 100-yard freestyle in 54.28 seconds while Lilly Ernst took the 100-yard butterfly in 59.37 seconds.

Boats give Pointers a bath

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CENTER POINT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers (“Boats”) built upon momentum gained in a 51-0 Homecoming win over Maquoketa the week before, traveling to Center Point Friday, Sept. 22, and knocking off Center Point-Urbana, 35-14. The win improved the Boats’ district record to 2-1 and overall record to 2-3.

A tale of two halves

Iowa’s 31-14 win over North Texas State Saturday can be broken down into major differences between the first and second half.
The first half can be described in one-word U-G-L-Y.
Iowa trailed, 14-10.
The Mean Green had 87 first-half yards rushing, Iowa 71.
North Texas had 212 yards in total offense, Iowa 214.
NT had the ball for 13:25, Iowa 16:35.
In the second half, the Hawks shut out the Mean Green, 21-0.
Iowa finished with 238 yards rushing, North Texas 112.
The Hawkeyes converted 11-18 on third downs for the game, NT 0-6.
Iowa also converted 4-5 on fourth down.

Volleyball Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser Night Tuesday, Sept. 26

SOLON– On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m., join the Lady Spartans volleyball teams at Solon High School.
There will be a silent auction, a bake sale, T-shirts, 50/50 raffle and more.
Come and cheer the Lady Spartan volleyball teams for a great night with a great cause.
All proceeds go to: Strands of Strength (http://strandsofstrength.com/) and a local family affected by cancer.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and games start at 5 p.m.

Spartans cast out Demons, 40-0

Solon stays unbeaten atop District 5

SOLON– “Cast out the Demons,” capped on each side by the Spartan logo, was the warning off Highway 1 as the Washington Demons came to town on Friday, Sept. 15. They should have heeded the warning as the Solon Spartans demolished the Washington Demons, 40-0.
The Solon Spartans are sitting at 4-0, 2-0 in district play, and have only allowed seven points.
Did Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller see that coming?
“I’m not sure to be honest,” Miller said. “We knew that we had some important pieces in places that would allow our team to achieve at a high level.”