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Sports

Lady Spartan Holtkamp named to Print Sports Writers 3rd Team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018 to carry on the tradition of newspapers selecting all-state teams for Iowa high school sports, announced its 2020 Girls Basketball All-State Teams on Tuesday, March 10.
Class 5A, West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior Caitlin Clark was named IPSWA Miss Iowa Basketball 2020. The honor was conveyed after she averaged 33.7 points per game (scoring more than 2,500 points in her career) and shooting 50.9 percent from the field, while making 84 three-pointers.

Bluder named to all-conference 2nd Team

Cusick and Shive recognized by WaMaC

SOLON– Three Solon juniors earned WaMaC Conference honors following the release of the 2019-20 All-Conference Boys Basketball teams.
David Bluder was named to the East Division’s Second Team, while Ben Cusick and Carson Shive received WaMaC Recognition, formerly Honorable Mention.

Heartbreak

CCA girls’ first state tourney trip ends in quarterfinals loss to No. 1 N. Scott

DES MOINES– You could just about hear the hearts break…
As the final seconds of a Class 4A state tournament quarterfinal game against No. 1 North Scott ticked off the game clock, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Karsyn Stratton sat on the bench, silent and staring straight ahead toward the jam-packed CCA student section with tears welling in her eyes. The best season in CCA girls’ basketball history was coming to an end.

The Creek Boys head to state

Withrow’s 26 points powers CCA to first state tourney appearance since 1993

MUSCATINE– One week after the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls made history with their first ever state tournament appearance, the varsity boys basketball team followed them to the Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines, with their own state tourney appearance, the first for the boys since 1993.

One game closer to state

Withrow’s 25 points power CCA past Keokuk in 76-66 substate win

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys came a step closer to following the girls to the state basketball tournament as they conquered the Chiefs of Keokuk Thursday, Feb. 27, in a Class 3A Substate 5 semifinal game at home.
The Clippers topped the Chiefs 76-66 and advanced to a substate final on Wednesday, March 4, (after this edition’s deadline) against Davenport Assumption in Muscatine.

A BIG win and a first for the Creek Girls

Upset win over Marion sends CCA to the first state tournament in school history

MARION– “It doesn’t even feel real!”
That’s what Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior and four-year varsity starter Karsyn Stratton said when asked about knocking off second-ranked Marion in a Class 4A regional final game, and heading to Des Moines for the first girls state basketball tournament appearance in school history. The Clippers defeated the Marion Indians soundly, 66-49, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Marion, to punch their ticket to the 2020 state tourney.

Liberty’s McPherson earns MVC Valley Division 2nd Team honors

Three Bolts named to Girls All-Division Basketball teams

NORTH LIBERTY– Three Liberty High varsity girls were named to the 2019-2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Girls Basketball All-Division Selections list for the Valley Division, released on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Senior Sam McPherson was a Second Team pick after leading the Lightning in scoring with 217 points in the regular season. McPherson recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.
Freshman Keiko Ono-Fullard and senior Isabel Smith were both named to the Valley Division Honorable Mention team.

Mustangs stomp on Bolts’ state tourney dream

Liberty boys fall 52-49 in substate semifinal to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The 2019-2020 varsity basketball season came to a sudden end for the Liberty High Lightning Friday, Feb. 28, on the road at Dubuque Hempstead in a Class 4A substate semifinal game.
The Mustangs stomped on the Bolts’ hopes for a state tournament appearance by topping Liberty, 52-49. Hempstead previously knocked off Liberty 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 28.
Liberty trailed throughout the contest with the Mustangs leading 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime and 37-25 at the end of the third.

Two Bolts sign Letters of Intent for the Hawkeyes

Woody and Cannon commit to U of I Track and Field

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High student athletes Drake Woody and Taylor Cannon signed Letters of Intent for the University of Iowa’s Track and Field programs Monday, Feb. 24.

Lady Spartans continue receiving accolades

Holtkamp, Levin, LaDage and Holubar receive additional recognition

SOLON– It may be a few weeks divorced from the Lady Spartans’ exit from the postseason, but the recognition of the Lady Spartans’ performance continues.
The WaMaC Conference East Division released its selection of conference players and several Lady Spartans received recognition as part of their 2019-2020 campaign which ended with a 9-13 overall record, 5-7 in the WaMaC East.
Sophomore Kaia Holtkamp was selected for the 2019-2020 WaMaC East All-Conference Girls Basketball First Team.

Two champs!

First-ever twin titles for Solon

DES MOINES– It was the first time in school history Solon had two state champs in the same year.
It was also the first time Solon had a two-time winner.
Hayden Taylor and Jax Flynn ascended to the top of the podium at the Iowa Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, capturing titles at 145 and 170 pounds, and propelling Solon’s wrestling team to a fourth place finish in Class 2A.
For Taylor, it was the second consecutive title; Flynn became the seventh state champ in school history.
Both had to overcome big challenges on their way.

Lady Spartans’ Holtkamp and Holubar recognized for season performances

Two Lady Spartans receive postseason recognition

SOLON– Following the Lady Spartans basketball team’s exit from the postseason, with a final season record of 9-13, following a 64-55 loss, at home, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, some tears were shed after the young team showed great improvement in only its second season under Head Coach Jamie Smith.