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Sports

Creek Boys return four starters for the upcoming hoops season

Clear Creek Amana 2019-20 varsity boys’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team returns four starters for the 2019-20 season. The squad, under Head Coach Brandon Clubb, went 11-9 overall last season, with a 10-8 showing in the WaMaC Conference. Clubb, with 15 seasons as the top man, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Clippers’ program and is assisted by Mark Stern, Nick Neuendorf, Chuck Wolfe and Tate Thomsen.

The pieces are in place for a competitive season for the Creek Girls

Clear Creek Amana 2019-2020 varsity girls’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– Hopes are high for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team that a combination of experience and depth will lead to a successful 2018-20 season.
The Creek Girls took a stab at earning a spot in the 2019 Class 4A state tournament with a regional quarterfinal win at home over Mount Pleasant, but fell in the regional semifinals to Fairfield. The Clippers finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-8 record overall and 10-6 showing in the WaMaC Conference, which was good for second Place among a competitive field.
Seniors Jordan Neely and Lydia Banwart graduated.

Officially committed

Ten Bolts sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

NORTH LIBERTY– Ten Liberty High School student athletes signed official letters of intent to play collegiate athletics during a signing ceremony at the high school on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Spartans blank Dutch, 24-0, UNI-Dome bound

Solon advances to semifinal against Sargeant Bluff-Luton

SOLON– The Spartans put to rest any question they were ready for the postseason, and continued their undefeated season (11-0) with a 24-0 blanking of the Pella Dutch on Friday, Nov. 8, in front of the home crowd at Spartan Stadium.
Solon advances to a semifinal match-up in the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Union Class 3A football playoffs against the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-1) on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
The Friday, Nov. 8, game against the Dutch was billed earlier in the week as a “match of prolific passing attacks.”

Trio of Lady Spartans named All-WaMaC East

MOUNT VERNON– Three Solon varsity volleyball players earned All-WaMaC Conference East Division honors at the end of the season.
Senior Katie Yi was named Second Team, while senior Jane Willms and freshman Delaney Bombei were tabbed for WaMaC Recognition.
Yi led the team in both kills (249) and blocks (63). The senior also had 191 digs and 24 aces in 2019.
Willms was second in kills with 167 on the season, and third in team blocks with 43. Willms added 132 digs defensively and had 26 ace serves.

Scarlet Martin sets new record at 2019 State Swimming & Diving Meet

Trojan/Bolts place fourth in the state with two wins each from Martin and Aurora Roghair

MARSHALLTOWN– The Trojan/Bolts of Iowa City West High and Liberty High School took fourth in the 2019 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic took the team championship with 360 points followed by Ames (328), Ankeny (200) and West High (184.5).

Five Liberty volleyball players earn MVC All-Division honors

Fay and Hartman named to Valley Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Five Liberty High School varsity volleyball players were named to Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division teams for their efforts on the courts this season.
Senior transfer from Iowa City West High Rylee Fay and freshman Cassidy Hartmann were named to the Valley Division First Team. Senior LeeAnn Potter was a Second Team pick while Addie Schmierer and Haley Hested were bestowed with Honorable Mention.

Lightning sweep the Mustangs, earn trip to state volleyball tourney

Liberty High heads for first state tournament with 3-0 regional final win

NORTH LIBERTY– A 3-2 Class 4A regional semifinal loss to Marion last year left a sour taste in our mouths, said Liberty High volleyball Head Coach Randy Dolson. That bitter taste was replaced by sweet victory, 32 of them in fact, in the regular season and got only sweeter as the Lightning knocked off Muscatine, 3-0, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival Dubuque Hempstead, 3-0, in the regional final to advance to their first state tournament.

West and Liberty place 11 on MVC All-Division Swimming and Diving Teams

Liberty’s Trent, Hajek, Martin and Klein earn recognition

IOWA CITY– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers and divers placed 11 members on the 2019 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division selections.
West High’s Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division Swimmer of the Year with West’s Byron Butler named the Division Coach of the Year.

Solon escapes Liberty, 14-7

Spartans advance to host Pella Friday

SOLON– The week’s pole barn proverb read, “No chance for Lightning,” on Friday, Nov. 1.
Although cold winds blew and rain fell for most of the game at Spartan Stadium, the dour weather was not enough to turn away a large crowd eager to see the Spartans’ 14-7 triumph over the Liberty Lightning in their first Class 3A playoff appearance.

Solon girls 7th at state XC

Now, it’s reload for 2020!

FORT DODGE– With a brisk midday wind, and temperature struggling to hit 40 degrees, Solon’s girls capped their cross country season on a high note. Basically matching their final ranking in the polls (which ranged from 12th to sixth through the second half of the season), the Lady Spartans finished seventh of the 15 regional qualifying teams on the turf Nov. 2, for the Class 3A state meet at Kennedy Park Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Hinman in top tier at 3a state cross country

Solon sophomore finishes 35th at Ft. Dodge

FORT DODGE– Turning on the jets with less than a half-mile to go, Solon sophomore Gabe Hinman threaded his way through the pack. He picked up some valuable real estate at the Kennedy Park Golf (and cross country) course, Saturday, finishing 35th at the Class 3A state cross country meet.
“Gabe had a great meet,” applauded head coach Emy Williams. “He ran most of the race in 43rd place. In the last 400 meters he caught a lot of runners and ended up 35th. His experience from the year before (when he finished 46th as a freshman) helped, too.