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Sports

Lady Spartans excited for 2020-2021 basketball season

Lady Spartans basketball ready to control what they can, nothing more, nothing less

SOLON– “We have had a great two weeks of practice,” Lady Spartans Head Coach Jamie Smith responded. “The energy and effort has been at a high level. We have got better.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic swelling and the promise of a pandemic modified season to contend with, the Lady Spartans under Coach Smith rely on a recurring theme.
The theme under Smith has been “‘Program>>>>Team>>>>Me.’ This served us well the past two years and has been a big part of the growth of the program.”
But the global pandemic has affected the Lady Spartans’ preparation.

Creek Boys earn football honors

Bollers and Swails among 14 CCA players on 3A-6 All-District teams

TIFFIN– Fourteen Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity football players were selected for spots on the 2020 Class 3A District 6 All-District Football teams.
Senior TJ Bollers and junior Ben Swails were recognized as the District Defensive Player of the Year and Punter of the Year, respectively, with 35.5 tackles (25 solo, 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss) for Bollers, and 22 punts for 936 yards (with an average of 42.5 yards per kick) for Swails.

Trojan-Bolts pick up MVC All-Division Swimming honors

Aurora Roghair named Valley Division Swimmer of the Year

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High and Liberty High’s combined girls swimming and diving team– The Trojan-Bolts– placed 14 student athletes on the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming and Diving All-Division selections list.
Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division, home to the Trojan-Bolts, Swimmer of the Year, while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Chad Derlein and his staff picked up Division Coach of the Year honors. City High’s Rika Yahashiri was named the Mississippi Division Swimmer of the Year, with Linn-Mar High School’s Bobby Kelley and staff taking Coach of the Year.

Building on a historic season

2020-2021 Clear Creek Amana varsity girls basketball preview

TIFFIN The 2019-2020 varsity girls basketball season was especially historic for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with the Clippers claiming their first WaMaC Conference title (shared with Center Point-Urbana) with an 11-1 conference record, qualifying them for their first-ever state tournament appearance. The Creek Girls took a 19-4 record into the Class 4A tourney, but fell, 63-43, to North Scott in the quarterfinals to end the season at 19-5.
The Creek Girls lost six seniors to graduation: Allie Rummelhart, Gracie Downes, Karsyn Stratton, Meagan Harvey, Victoria Ciha and Ainsley Schrock.

Much smaller crowds becomes the norm

Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation limits athletic event spectators

DES MOINES– The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, and threaten the likelihood of a winter sports season.
With a surge in positive cases of the virus in recent weeks, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended the State Public Health Emergency Declaration on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for an additional 30 days.
In addition to continuing previous requirements on attendees of social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting gatherings to maintain 6 feet of distance from other groups, the latest proclamation adds new requirements, which directly impact high school sports.

CCA’s Pollock makes it official

Clipper senior will play volleyball for Western Illinois University

TIFFIN– In August of 2019, at the age of 16, Hailey Pollock verbally committed to Western Illinois University to play volleyball. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior made it official as she signed the letter of intent.
Pollock was the second highest in kills for CCA in a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season with 221, produced eight assists and led the Clippers in solo blocks with 17. In addition, she made 62 block assists, 54 digs and made 36 ace serves.

Trojan-Bolts lock up state swimming spots, Raiders post personal records

Iowa City West High-Liberty High and Williamsburg-CCA compete in Regional Swimming and Diving Meet at Linn-Mar

MARION– The Iowa City West High-Liberty High girls swimming and diving team reigned supreme at a regional swimming and diving meet Saturday, Nov. 7 at Linn-Mar High School in Marion. The Trojan-Bolts won the meet, one of seven held across the state without spectators, and secured state meet spots in the process while winning nine events and posting runner-up finishes in three more.

Liberty volleyball makes history again

2nd state tourney appearance nets 2nd place trophy

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High School’s varsity volleyball program is only four years old, so when it comes to making school history, it’s something of a routine.
Except the “Bolts” have written an entire new chapter with their second consecutive state tournament appearance.

Spartans fall

Waukon clamps down on Solon offense in 24-8 loss

WAUKON– It’s hard to win a football game without the offense scoring any points.
Despite opportunities, Solon’s varsity football team could only find the end zone once against Waukon, when Gage Marty picked up an Indian fumble and rumbled 25 yards across the goal line.
The Spartans were eliminated from the Class 2A football playoffs after a 24-8 loss to the Indians in Waukon Friday, Nov. 6.

Clipper trio competes in state cross country meet

CCA’s Brandon Barker medals with ninth-place finish

FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Brandon Barker, Gavin Zillyette and Haidyn Barker competed in the 2020 Class 3A State Cross Country Championships Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
Dallas Center-Grimes won the boys 3A title with the Clippers’ WaMaC East rival Solon taking the runner-up spot. The Clippers were the defending runner-up squad after two consecutive years.
Barker, a senior, finished ninth in 16:36.6 while Zillyette, a junior, was 22nd in 16:58.3.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was 33rd in the girls race in 20:11.9.

Lightning boys, Keeney and the Macs run in state cross country meet

Liberty boys sixth, led by Gryp; Keeney finishes ninth

FORT DODGE– Liberty High School’s varsity boys competed in the 2020 Class 4A State Cross Country Meet Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. It was the second time for the Bolts in the short history of the program, with their state meet debut last year resulting in a 10th-place finish. This year, the Lightning finished sixth in team points behind Champion West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and runner-up Pleasant Valley.
Bo Gryp led Liberty with an 18th-place finish in 16:28.1.

Five Creek Girls named to WaMaC All-Conference Volleyball teams

CCA’s Clubb and Pollock earn First Team honors

TIFFIN– The WaMaC Athletic Conference released its 2020 All-Conference Volleyball teams on Wednesday, Oct. 21, with five student athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School recognized for performances this season in the WaMaC West Division.
Calia Clubb, a junior, and Hailey Pollock, a senior, were selected for the First Team. Clubb was a unanimous selection. Senior Lauren Riggle was named to the Second Team, while junior Morgan Etscheidt and freshman Meg Berkland picked up WaMaC Recognition (honorable mention).