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Sports

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Drake Relays postponed to 2021

Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile transition to virtual events in the fall

DES MOINES– The 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom has officially been postponed to April 2021, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Thursday, July 23.
The 111th Drake Relays were first postponed March 18 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the ensuing months, Drake Relays staff worked tirelessly, in conjunction with local public officials and track and field governing bodies, to explore and plan for the potential of a 2020 event.

Two-game skid to end regular season

Solon falls to Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf

SOLON– It was a tough way to end the regular season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team played back-to back games, road and home, to conclude the official schedule and came away with losses to Mount Pleasant and Bettendorf.
The Spartans fell to the Panthers 12-9 at Mount Pleasant July 13 and then lost to the Bulldogs 13-4 at home July 14.
Solon’s record dropped to 13-7.
The Spartans had an opportunity for the win against the Panthers, knotting up the game 7-7 in the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant built some separation with five runs in the sixth.

Short season ends at home

Benton Community edges Solon in regional semifinal, 3-2

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had their chances.
Senior pitcher Kayla West and the Solon defense held Benton Community to three earned runs on seven hits, and the Lady Spartans came up with 15 hits and forced six errors.
But Solon’s varsity softball team couldn’t convert them into runs, and the Lady Spartans bowed out of the 2020 season in a Class 3A regional semifinal July 17 at home, 3-2.
Solon’s runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Bobcats leading 3-0. Sophomore Camryn Keith and junior courtesy runner Payton Haasl crossed home on RBI by senior Jadyn Jeter and West.

Spartans escape Demons in quarterfinal

Solon tops Washington, 6-5

SOLON– The Spartans came up with the runs they needed.
Twice, the Washington (Ia.) Demons took the lead, and twice Solon’s varsity baseball team made its way back.
The Spartans edged the Demons in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional quarterfinal plating the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory July 17 in Solon.
The win advanced Solon to a regional semifinal against Clear Creek Amana July 20 in Tiffin.

Lady Spartans pound their way into postseason

Solon sweeps Washington (Ia.) to close out schedule

WASHINGTON– The Lady Spartans made a powerful offensive statement to close out the regular season.
Solon’s varsity softball team pounded 41 hits and scored 34 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Washington (Ia.) Demons on the road July 13.
The Lady Spartans broke open a one-run game in the opener, scoring 13 runs in the last four innings for a 20-7 victory then roared back from a 7-6 deficit to take a 14-9 win in the nightcap.