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IHSAA announces 2020 football season modifications

COVID-19 affects 2020 high school football schedule

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced revisions to the 2020 High School Football season on Friday, July 24.
The announcement stated football remains the only Iowa high school sport with regular season schedules and postseason qualifying managed the by IHSAA. It went on to indicate the revisions took into consideration returning to school concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation and possible COVID-19 cases.

CCA hangs on for substate win

Spartans retired in 8-7 postseason loss

TIFFIN– It was a pretty deep hole.
Solon’s varsity baseball squad fell behind by seven runs in the first inning of a Class 3A substate semifinal in Tiffin July 20 against Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
The Spartans roared back with their own big inning, but fell a run shy of extending the season with an 8-7 loss.
“It was not the start we envisioned, but one thing we really stressed going into the postseason was dealing with adversity,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought our guys fought through it and got back into the game as a result of their mental toughness.”

Supervisors and Board of Health issue face covering order for Johnson County

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors, in coordination with the Johnson County Board of Health, voted to issue a resolution that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, every person in Johnson County must wear a face covering when in a public place.
The resolution, signed Thursday, July 23, requires face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when:
• In public as opposed to being in one’s place of residence, when one cannot stay 6 feet away from others.
• Inside of any indoor public settings, for example, but not limited to:
- Grocery stores;
- Pharmacies;

A red LeMans and a Golden Ticket

Eli DeWitt’s custom ’67 earns berth in Vegas builders’ show Purchased in 2010, he didn’t drive it until 2017

SOLON– He’s got a Golden Ticket.
Eli DeWitt’s custom 1967 Pontiac LeMans is going to the big show.
DeWitt, a 2014 Solon High School graduate, won a regional qualifier in the Young Guns division of the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Battle of the Builders, and heads to Las Vegas in November to compete nationally.
He’ll face about three-dozen other entrants age 18-27 in the Young Guns division, created to spotlight up-and-coming industry talent.

5th Street intersection still clogged up

Workers move to west side until mid-August

SOLON– It will be mid-August before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up completely.
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe reported contractors for a signalization project were scheduled to switch to the west side of the intersection July 27, with work to be wrapped on Friday, Aug. 14.
A second phase of the project, the installation of the signals, is not expected until October, Kleppe said.
Solon City Council members questioned the project’s timeline at a July 15 meeting, and Kleppe clarified the schedule July 23.

The Creek Boys make history on the diamond

Clear Creek Amana baseball knocks out No. 1 Assumption, 12-3, for first-ever state tourney appearance

DAVENPORT– Once again, the Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana High School made history. Last spring, the Clippers made their first state basketball tournament appearance since 1993. On Wednesday, July 22, the Clippers clinched their first state baseball tournament appearance in school history, upsetting the No. 1 (Class 3A) Davenport Assumption Knights, 12-3, in a substate final game at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport.

Six Liberty girls earn MVC All-Division softball honors

Kara Maiers named Valley Division Athlete of the Year

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High junior Kara Maiers was named the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Athlete of the Year in the Valley Division for the conference’s All-Division Softball Selections.
Maiers was also a unanimous First Team pick and joined five other Liberty players on the roster. Senior Brylee Klosterman was also a First Team selection.
Junior Miranda Jones and eighth-grader Mischa Reiners were selected for Second Team honors. Sophomore Kinsley Robertson and junior Tiffany Jones earned Valley Division Honorable Mention.

Six Creek Girls earn WaMaC West softball honors

Henze, Schrock and Bedford named to First Team

OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity softball players capped their short 2020 season by picking up WaMaC West All-Conference Softball honors.
Seniors Raina Henze and Ainsley Schrock and junior Gabrielle Bedford were First Team selections at pitcher, catcher and utility player, respectively.
Sophomore Bailey Olerich was a Second Team pick for the outfield with senior Cheyaenne Bunch and junior Grace Bedford picking up WaMaC Recognition.

Seven Bolts earn MVC All-Division baseball honors

Norris and Frey named to Valley Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven Liberty High varsity baseball players garnered Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Baseball All-Division honors.
Seniors Jacob Norris and Nolan Frey earned Valley Division First Team spots with Norris a unanimous selection. Seniors Sam Funke and Tyler Dahm and junior Ethan O’Donnell were Second Team picks. Seniors Alec Boldt and Isaac Bender earned Valley Division Honorable Mention.

Six Clippers earn WaMaC West baseball honors

Reade, Smith and Bollers named First Team

OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity baseball players capped off their short 2020 season by picking up WaMaC West All-Conference Baseball honors.
Junior Brock Reade was a unanimous First Team pick at pitcher, Sophomore Parker Smith was a unanimous pick for the infield, and junior TJ Bollers earned a spot at utility.
Senior Casey Ogden was a Second Team selection as pitcher with senior Tyler Schrepfer and sophomore Ben Swails earning WaMaC Recognition.