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Sports

Clippers take a stab at state track and field

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DES MOINES– A small detachment of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity track and field athletes competed in the 2017 state coed meet Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20, on the historic Blue Oval at Drake University in Des Moines.
Ainsley Schrock was the Clippers’ highest-finishing competitor with her sixth-place finish in the girls’ Class 3A discus event with a best throw of 117-8. Mariah Roller was 15th with a 111-11 effort.

Moving on up to the big chair at West

Assistant Scott Sanders takes over Women of Troy volleyball

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IOWA CITY– Change came to Iowa City West High’s varsity volleyball program. Randy Dolson resigned the head coach position in order to lead the fledgling Liberty High Lightning in North Liberty. Scott Sanders, his assistant, was hired to take over the West program to lead the Women of Troy.
Sanders was assistant coach at Iowa City West High for eight seasons, working with legendary West High coach Kathy “Brez” Bresnahan for five years and the past three for Dolson.
He graduated with 24 classmates from Glidden-Ralston and managed the volleyball team his senior year.

Men’s 2017 basketball wrap-up

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team is coming off a 19-15 record, 10-8 in the Big Ten conference.
There is plenty of excitement around the Iowa program as the team included three freshman starters.
Also, only one starter graduated, but he was a great one in Peter Jok.
Pete became Iowa’s fifth Big Ten scoring champion, averaging 19.9 points per game. He also won the College 3-point Championship that took place at the Final Four festivities in Phoenix.
Pete was first team All-Big Ten, and as I have said before, I think he is the best pure shooter I have ever seen play for Iowa.

11 Solon girls On to state

Five relays, six individuals in girls’ Class 3A track & field

MARION– “Are we in?”
As regional high school track meets close across Iowa, that question is voiced countless times by athletes and coaches, moms and dads. Many spend a restless night checking screens, wondering who made it to the state meet, beyond the automatic qualifiers. For Solon’s girls and those in 63 other Class 3A schools, only first and second place guarantee a ticket to state, May 18-20 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Ira, McGill, four throwers to state

Spartans sixth at 3A state qualifier track meet May 11

MARION– Coach Mark Sovers penned a note to the Spartan Track and Field team copied to the back of the team roster and distributed prior to the 3A District 2 state qualifying meet on Thursday, May 11, at Thomas Park in Marion.

Spartan track and field team fifth at WaMaC JV meet

JV throwers capture four of top 10 in shot put

MARION– The Solon junior varsity (JV) Spartans had the lights turned on them on Monday, May 8, at the WaMaC JV Meet held in Marion at Thomas Park.

7th grade girls take first at middle school WaMaC track meet

DYERSVILLE– The seventh and eighth grade Solon Middle School Lady Spartans’ track and field teams traveled to Dyersville to compete in the WaMaC Middle School Girls Meet on Friday, May 5.
The air of the meet was light and joyous, and the seventh grade girls track team won the event.
It was the nicest day the athletes saw this season; blue skies, fluffy clouds, mild temperatures and sounds of girls voices cheering, shouting encouragement and checking in for their next events. It was raucous and joyous, not too serious and buzzed with the excitement of youth.

Sooner than later for new elementary school

Enrollment projections lead to a slight gamble for CCA facilities plan

OXFORD– In September, voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will be asked to approve a $36 million bond issue, which– if approved– would finance a new elementary school among other projects aimed at addressing continued enrollment growth. The new unnamed elementary was originally scheduled to be open for the 2020-21 school year; however, Superintendent Tim Kuehl recently asked the School Board of Directors to move it up one year.

Creek Girls slip past Regals

Bormann breaks tie in OT

IOWA CITY– Sometimes raw statistics can be misleading. On paper, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ girls varsity soccer team should have rolled over the Regina Regals, of Iowa City, on Monday, May 8, in a non-conference match-up at Regina. The Regals entered the contest with a 2-6 record to the Creek Girls’ 10-2 showing.

West High qualifies 21 events for state track

Trojans and Women of Troy take team titles

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s girls and boys track and field teams competed in a Class 4A state qualifying meet Thursday, May 11, at City High with the winner and runner-up in each event automatically qualifying for the State Co-Ed Meet. The next eight-best performances, from across the state, also earned a trip to Des Moines.
The Trojans and Women of Troy took Team Championships, with the boys winning with 176 points, just sixteen team points ahead of runner-up Cedar Rapids Kennedy, while the girls won with 190, 59 points ahead of runner-up Cedar Rapids Prairie.

Two more Liberty hires

Duo to lead the Lightning on the mats

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NORTH LIBERTY— Principal and acting Athletic Director Scott Kibby continues to add staff to the roster of Liberty High School in North Liberty, which is set to open in August. Kibby announced via Twitter Thursday, May 11, two more coaches joined the athletic ranks of The Liberty Lightning.
“Co-Head Wrestling coaches have been hired!” Kibby tweeted. “Tom Van Dyke and Joe Williams will be leading the Liberty Lightning Wrestling Team!”

Creek Boys fall in double OT to Raiders

Williamsburg beats CCA, 1-0

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer team dipped to 8-5 overall after the Williamsburg Raiders won, 1-0, in the second overtime period on Tuesday, May 9, in Tiffin.
The Clippers made seven shots on goal, but were unable to get past the Raider’s keeper. CCA keeper Ian McDonald made three saves in the effort. Williamsburg improved to 8-4 overall.
CCA travels to Monticello on Thursday, May 18, to close out the regular season at 4:30 p.m. ahead of substate play and the battle to earn a trip to Des Moines for the state tournament.