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Sports

Bollers and Swails named to All-State Football teams

Iowa Print Sports Writers Association names 2020 gridiron elite

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), with input from the Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA), announced its 2020 All-State high school Football Teams on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) athletes recognized.
Senior TJ Bollers was a First Team defensive line pick with 35.5 tackles this season including 25 solos, 1.5 quarterback sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss of yardage. The University of Wisconsin commit also made six receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown this season and one pass for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Six seniors to lead the Bolts on the hardwood

2020-2021 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– For now, the Bolts are benched.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, would’ve been the season opener for the Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team, with a visit from non-conference competitor Washington (Iowa).
However, the Iowa City Community School District extended its 100 percent off-site learning through Friday, Dec. 11, due to continued high COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, and all extracurricular activities, including athletics, are on-hold for the duration.

A challenging season ahead for the Trojan-Bolts

2020-2021 Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swimming preview

CORALVILLE– Athletic coaches often speak of and guide their charges through overcoming adversity and rising above the challenges placed before them.
For Byron Butler and the Iowa City West High-Liberty High School Trojan-Bolts boys swim team, the 2020-2021 season is already proving to be a source of adversity and challenge.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.

Five Solon varsity football players recognized by IPSWA

Shive named to First Team defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced its selections for postseason Class 2A football honors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Among those honored were five members of Solon’s 2020 varsity football team.
Solon senior Carson Shive was named the IPSWA Class 2A First Team defense for his success as an inside linebacker. He recorded 78 tackles, a team high, including 58 solo, 12 for loss and four sacks. He also recovered four fumbles.

Third in the state last year, Creek Boys seek more this year

2020-2021 CCA varsity boys basketball preview

TIFFIN– Last season, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team made school history with its first state tournament appearance since 1993. The tournament campaign, only the third for the Clippers, culminated in a Class 3A third-place trophy.

Ready to go

2020-2021 CCA wrestling preview

TIFFIN– Due to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District returning to all-online learning, extracurricular activities, including athletic practices, are on hold until the students return to in-person/onsite learning on Monday, Nov. 30. However, the Clipper wrestlers aren’t just sitting around biding their time.
“The kids are running, working out and practicing individually,” said Coach Kyle Forness.

A Bolt prepares to become a Bulldog

Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder verbally commits to Drake

NORTH LIBERTY– She plans to become a Bulldog but first she has one more season as a Bolt.
Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder recently verbally committed to play volleyball for Drake University, joining teammate and 2021 commit Addie Schmierer. The 5-8 junior defensive specialist had 19 assists and one kill for the Lightning with 174 digs this season. Schroeder was also second on the team in ace serves with 31.

Bolts and Creek Girls garner more honors

2020 Iowa Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Teams announced

IOWA CITY– Eight local high school student athletes were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s (IGCA) 2020 All-District, Senior All-Stars and Academic All-Stars teams.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Calia Clubb and Hailey Pollock were named to the Class 4A SE All-District Team. Clubb, a junior, also earned an Honorable Mention spot on the Class 4A All-State Team after leading the Clippers with 243 kills. Pollock, a senior, produced 221 kills this season.

MVC releases winter sports guidelines

Ongoing pandemic drives spectator numbers down

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) has released its winter sports guidelines for member schools, including Liberty High School in North Liberty. The policy is based on guidance from the governor’s office, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Class 2A District 6 champs recognized

Spartans named to all-district squads

SOLON– Several Spartan varsity football players were recognized for performances both on and off the field as the Spartans ended the 2020 campaign Class 2A District 6 Champions and Class 2A quarterfinalists.
Senior running back Jackson Ryan was recognized as Overall District Most Valuable Player, was named to the First Team All-District Team and received Academic All-District honors.
Senior wide receiver Colton Hoffman was named Offensive Skill Most Valuable Player, received First Team All-District recognition and was acknowledged for his Academic All-District performance.