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Sports

Cougars sweep the Bolts

CR Kennedy knocks off Liberty, 9-7 and 10-8

NORTH LIBERTY– The Cedar Rapids Kennedy varsity baseball team moved to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division with a sweep of the Liberty High Lightning on Thursday, June 25, at Liberty. The Cougars improved to 4-0 in the conference, and 6-0 overall, while the Lightning dropped to 2-2 in conference play, and 5-3 overall.

Creek Boys take two from the Vikings

CCA opens the season with 8-2 and 8-0 wins over Vinton-Shellsburg

VINTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team posted two W’s to open the shortened 2020 season Monday, June 15, with a doubleheader sweep over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, in Vinton.
The Clippers took the opener, 8-2, with senior Tyler Schrepfer driving in four runs and smacking a double. Senior Cade Armstrong also doubled in the contest, while senior Casey Ogden and sophomores Parker Smith and Stirlen Roberson drove in one run each. Junior Brock Reade struck out four, in three innings on the mound, with Armstrong striking out one in four innings.

River Kings escape Tiffin with win

Clinton tops CCA, 8-7, in non-conference baseball

TIFFIN– The home opener for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ baseball team was soured a bit as the Clinton River Kings took an 8-7 non-conference win Tuesday, June 16, in Tiffin.
Junior Brock Reade knocked a double for the Clippers, as senior Casey Ogden and sophomores Sam Young and Stirlen Roberson each smacked a pair of singles.
Senior Tyler Schrepfer pitched four innings with one strikeout and junior Cooper Hoffman worked the mound for three innings with a pair of strikeouts.
The Creek Boys had seven runs and 11 hits.

Lightning shocks the Little Hawks

Liberty opens the season with 2-0 win over Iowa City High

IOWA CITY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team opened the shortened 2020 season on Tuesday, June 16, placing a big feather in their caps as they knocked off Iowa City High, 2-0, on the Little Hawks’ diamond in Mercer Park.

The Lightning survive the Warriors

Liberty baseball holds off a late attack from CR Wash for an 11-8 win

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s first varsity game on its new diamond was almost marred by defeat as the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors erased an 8-1 deficit Thursday, June 18. The Bolts opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and followed with one in the third, and two in the fourth before the Warriors scored one run in the top of the fifth. The Lightning added three more in the bottom half of the fifth, and looked to be cruising toward the win.

Unranked Lightning splits with 2nd-ranked Little Hawks

Liberty pulls off 8-7 win in extra innings, but falls 17-1 in nightcap

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity softball team put up its first win of the season in dramatic fashion Thursday, June 18, with a sweep over No. 2 Iowa City High. The unranked Lightning overcame a 7-6 deficit in the 10th inning of game one of a doubleheader with two runs to pull out an 8-7 win in the first game played on their new diamond.

23 runs good for sweep

Solon takes two from CPU Three wins in a row for Spartans

SOLON– The bats came alive against the Stormin’ Pointers.
Solon High School’s varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader from Center Point-Urbana (CPU) 10-1 and 13-3 at home June 18.
The Spartan pitchers allowed only four hits and a single earned run in the opener, while Solon’s offense knocked 14 hits, including three doubles.
The Spartans put up two runs in the bottom of the first, but broke open the game with six in the fourth inning, sandwiched by single runs in the third and fifth.

Roaring back from 0-2

Lady Spartans on a six-game tear Solon sweeps home opener against CPU

SOLON– There’s nothing like home cooking.
After dropping the first two games of a condensed season at West Delaware June 15, Solon High School’s varsity softball team returned to the friendly confines at home and promptly erased the opening day memory with six straight double-digit wins.
The Lady Spartans opened the home stand with a doubleheader against Center Point-Urbana (CPU) June 17, rolling up 11-1 and 12-0 victories. On Friday, June 19, Solon swept Maquoketa 15-3 and 10-0, and at a weekend triangular Saturday, June 20, the Lady Spartans lapped Union Community 12-2 and Durant 12-0.

Baseball is back

Spartans topple Fairfield in home opener Solon begins season with split at West Delaware

SOLON– Fans welcomed Solon’s varsity baseball team back to the diamond June 17 for a home opener against the Fairfield Trojans.
The Spartans made the most of six hits and five walks for a 9-3 win.
The victory moved Solon to 2-1 after starting the season with a doubleheader split with West Delaware June 15.
Junior Brayden Rickertson threw 4 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four and walking three. Senior Sully Steen pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run and a hit.

Change in direction

CCA’s Cheyaenne Bunch charts a new college course

HOMESTEAD– She’ll get to keep blue and white in her wardrobe.
Clear Creek Amana High School (CCA) senior Cheyaenne Bunch changed her college plans, opting to remain closer to home. Bunch initially signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with Concordia University, in Seward, Neb., back in November. Concordia is a Lutheran college in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Great Plains Athletic Conference and the Bulldogs went 23-6 last season.

The search is over

CCA’s TJ Bollers commits to play football for Wisconsin

TIFFIN– Herky the Hawk has one more reason to shake his fist at Bucky Badger starting in the fall of 2021.
Clear Creek Amana High School (CCA) standout student-athlete TJ Bollers ended a lengthy search for a collegiate home, with suitors wooing him from across the country, to continue playing football with a video announcement on Twitter, released Thursday, June 11.
Bollers, a senior at CCA this fall, announced his intent to attend the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, where he will pursue a degree in engineering along with gridiron success.

Burning the midnight oil

CCA softball starts the season at the earliest possible moment

OXFORD– The Creek Girls couldn’t wait any longer.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School softball team started the 2020 season at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 1, the first day of practice per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), the Governor’s Office, the Iowa Deptartment of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health.