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Sports

Home sweet home, at last

Liberty baseball brings back just about everybody for 2020

NORTH LIBERTY– The Bolts’ diamond was finished last year, but not in time for Coach Tom Cronk and his crew to play on it.
After two seasons of being full-time road warriors, with “home” games played at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, the Liberty High Lightning will finally get to play on their own diamond on Liberty’s campus in North Liberty.

Living by the new rules

Baseball, softball prepare to play with COVID guidelines Fans to be allowed at games

SOLON– There will be no handshakes after the game.
It’s one of the many changes Solon Community School District (SCSD) fans and players can expect in order to provide the safest environment possible while still playing baseball and softball in the summer of 2020.
But fans of both will be allowed to watch games as the truncated season kicks off June 15.
“We are allowing fans to attend games,” SCSD Activities Director Casey Hack confirmed. “We are encouraging social distancing and asking our fans, players, and coaches to follow these guidelines.”

Short but action packed

CCA and Liberty High release baseball and softball shortened season schedules

NORTH LIBERTY– The schedules for the 2020 high school baseball and softball seasons were released by the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) and WaMaC Conference, and set the stage for a short campaign for the Liberty High Lightning and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
On Wednesday, May 20, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the summer sports season could proceed and approved the reopening of school facilities beginning on Monday, June 1.

Baseball and softball restart June 15

Spartans and Lady Spartans open at home June 17

SOLON– You’ll have about a month of varsity baseball and softball.
The abbreviated season will pick up where it would have been if a global pandemic had not wiped out months of competitive high school sports.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans both open with doubleheaders Monday, June 15, on the road at Manchester against the West Delaware Hawks, and both make their home debut Wednesday, June 17.

PLAY BALL!

Gov. Reynolds, IHSAA, IGHSAU all green light HS baseball and softball starting June 1

JOHNSTON– The words “Play ball!” will be heard this summer on high school baseball and softball diamonds across the state after months of wondering and waiting due to COVID-19-induced cancellation of the spring sports season on April 17 and the termination of the remainder of the traditional school year.
On Wednesday, May 20, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the summer sports season could proceed, and approved the reopening of school facilities beginning on Monday, June 1.

PLAY BALL!

Gov. Reynolds, IHSAA, IGHSAU all green light HS baseball and softball starting June 1

JOHNSTON– The words “Play ball!” will be heard this summer on high school baseball and softball diamonds across the state after months of wondering and waiting due to COVID-19-induced cancellation of the spring sports season on April 17 and the termination of the remainder of the traditional school year.
On Wednesday, May 20, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the summer sports season could proceed, and approved the reopening of school facilities beginning on Monday, June 1.

Galpin to lead Spartan hoops program

SOLON¬– Jared Galpin has been hired as the next Solon High School Head Boys Basketball Coach.
Galpin was officially approved by members of the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education at a May 21 meeting at a salary of $5,048.
His selection was announced by SCSD Activities Director Casey Hack.

A trio of new skippers for the Clippers

A mix of familiar and new faces will guide CCA on the diamonds this season… if there is a season

OXFORD– While a question mark hangs over the prospects for baseball and softball seasons this summer, one thing is certain for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) programs. Both varsity baseball and softball teams will have new coaches, and for the Clippers it will be a mix of new and familiar faces.
Nick Zumsande is the varsity boys head coach, and new to CCA. A native of nearby Norway (home to major league players Bruce Kimm, Hal Trosky and Mike Boddicker), he graduated from Norway High School (now part of the Benton Community School District).

Solon turns to Anamosas Lucas Stanton as head coach of Spartans

SOLON– A bit overshadowed by the fluid situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, March 12, is a day echoing in the halls of Spartan history as Head Coach Kevin Miller’s stepped away from the football limelight to focus on his family.
Friday, May 1, with Miller’s steps fading in those hallowed halls, the next chapter was revealed as Lucas Stanton, a former Mount Vernon alum who coached the last three seasons at Anamosa, received the nod as the Spartans’ new head coach.

Solon senior spring athletes

CCA senior spring athletes

Schrepfer signs with the Fighting Bees

CCA senior commits to St. Ambrose

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Tyler Schrepfer signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees. Schrepfer made the commitment from home Tuesday, April 28, sitting at his family’s dining room table in North Liberty.