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Sports

Creek Girls go 3-1 in West’s Caroline Found VB tourney

CCA hosts annual memorial event

TIFFIN– Due to the Iowa City Community School District conducting 100 percent online classes, all sports and other extra-curricular events are on hold until the district resumes at least 50 percent on-site education. Because of this, the annual Caroline Found Invitational Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Iowa City West High in honor of Found, a West High student and volleyball standout who died in a moped accident in 2011, was in jeopardy of being cancelled.

Creek Boys fall in rainy slog against the Saints

CR Xavier Catholic tops Clear Creek Amana, 30-7

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team dipped to 1-2 on the season as they fell 30-7 to undefeated (3-0) Cedar Rapids Xavier Catholic Friday, Sept. 11, at Saints Field.
The Creek Boys caught a lucky break halfway through the first quarter when the Saints fumbled the ball on a third-and-goal, and Mark Gorbatenko recovered for the Clippers. Unfortunately, the ensuing Clipper drive failed, and the period ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Creek Girls sweep the Bobcats, 3-0

Clubb leads CCA past Benton Community with 11 kills in WaMaC West win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Benton Community Bobcats Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Tiffin.
The Clippers held off the Bobcats for a 25-17 first-set win, overpowered them, 25-15, in the second, and dominated, 25-12, in the third. Junior Calia Clubb led the Creek Girls with 11 kills, while freshman Bliss Beck produced nine and senior Hailey Pollock made eight.

Barkers again lead the way for CCA XC

Brandon wins for varsity boys, Haidyn leads varsity girls with runner-up finish at Benton Community Invitational

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg Sports Complex was “home” for Benton Community’s invitational cross country meet on Saturday, Sept. 12, due to derecho damage. The field of competitors expanded as Clear Creek Amana (CCA) became a late addition due to its own weather issue, namely, a Thursday, Sept. 10, rainout in Fairfield.

Spartans deliver Stanton’s first win in downpour

Solon puts Knights to sleep, 42-0

LA PORTE CITY– As the heavens gushed, the Solon varsity football team delivered Head Coach Lucas Stanton his first win helming the Spartans with a 42-0 victory over the Union Community Knights, on Friday, Sept. 11, in La Porte City.
In the fashion of history past, the Spartans used the elements to their advantage, keeping the ball on the ground while rain hammered the players and field, leaning on their offensive and defensive linemen for protection.

Solon picks up wins at home quad

1-2 at Linn-Mar

SOLON– They bested Huskies and Tigers, but had trouble with Lions and Cougars.
Solon’s varsity volleyball squad went 2-1 at a home quad meet Sept. 10 and 1-2 at a Linn-Mar tourney Sept. 12. If you toss out the 3-0 sweep at the hands of the top-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon Mustangs to start the week, the team notched a .500 mark.
The Spartans stayed close with the No. 1 Mustangs in Mount Vernon, falling 25-18, 25-14 and 25-18.
“We did a good job of shutting down their big hitter, we just made too many mistakes,” observed Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker.

Clean sweep

Solon XC boys, girls and JV all win at Tipton

TIPTON– The cold and rain were certainly not welcome, but the results made it worth the soggy wait for Solon runners and fans at the Tipton Invitational Cross Country Meet Sept. 8.
Solon came home with wins in not only the varsity girls’ and boys’ race, but both junior varsity (JV) events, as well.
The coaches call that hard work and reaching a goal.

Keeney and Mac deliver one-two punch for Lightning

Liberty and CCA squads run Regina’s Bob Brown Cross Country Classic

IOWA CITY– The Lightning struck twice Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Iowa City Regina Catholic High School Bob Brown Cross Country Classic where Liberty High won both the girls and boys team titles. The large field was broken down into “A” and “B” races due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Liberty junior Ashlyn Keeney won the event in 19:33.61 with senior teammate Cami Mac hot on her heels in 19:43.41 for second place. Senior McKenzie Logan and freshman Cori Mac were fourth and fifth in 21:12.37 and 21:13.91, respectively.

Creek Boys sail past the Muskies in Week Two

CCA defeats Muscatine, 41-21

TIFFIN– Week Two of the 2020 prep football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers at home in a non-district contest against the Class 4A Muskies of Muscatine with a greatly reduced crowd in the bleachers, including a smaller but no less vocal student section. After a Week One loss on the road to Mount Pleasant, the home field advantage may have factored in as CCA dominated the Muskies, 41-21.

Bolts clip the Blue Birds’ wings

Liberty High gets first win of the season on the road against CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity football team recovered from a 27-0 loss to Iowa City West in the 2020 season opener with a 7-3 Week Two win, on the road, against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. The Bolts improved to 1-1, while the J-Hawks dropped to 0-2.

Creek Girls sweep Trojans 3-0

11 kills for Clubb, 10 for Pollock against South Tama

TAMA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the South Tama Trojans Thursday, Sept. 3, at South Tama High School.
The Clippers pulled off a 25-20 first-set win, took the second set 25-18, and dominated the third 25-12.
Calia Clubb, a junior, led the Creek Girls with 11 kills while senior Hailey Pollock produced 10. Freshman Meg Berkland and Clubb made a dozen digs each. Grace Bedford, a senior, produced 16 assists while freshman Kenadi Wood made a dozen.

Lightning shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High sweeps City, 3-0, in volleyball season opener

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball program ended the 2019 season at the Class 5A state tournament, in Cedar Rapids, falling, 3-1, to Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinals. It was a big step for the program, in only its third year, said Coach Randy Dolson, noting the Lightning are looking to return to the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids (home of the state tourney), again this year.