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Sports

Postseason begins Friday for Spartans

SOLON– Head coach Keith McSweeney is confident his guys will be ready.
With a makeup doubleheader against Marion Monday night and a single game Tuesday against No. 7 (4A) Cedar Rapids Prairie, the Spartan varsity baseball team will head into the postseason this Friday, hosting West Delaware in a substate semifinal at 7 p.m.
Davenport Assumption and Marion await on the other side of the bracket, with the Class 3A District 6 final to be settled Monday, July 22, in Solon at 7 p.m.

Clippers make short work ofTigers

CCA rolls 13-1 over Grinnell in 4A quarterfinal

OXFORD– The electricity bill for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will be a little lower next month thanks to the varsity softball team.
Its Class 4A Quarterfinal game Thursday night, July 11, was over and done with before the lights at the ball field were turned on.
In three innings of play, the Clippers took it to the Grinnell Tigers, 13-1, earning a trip to Carlisle on Saturday, July 13, for the regional semifinal facing Carlisle.

West gets hot at the right time

Wins over CR Kennedy, City send Women of Troy to regional final

IOWA CITY– It’s been a rough season for the West High Women of Troy, but a postseason surge has led to a streak of three consecutive wins and a trip to a Class 5A regional final.
West blasted Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday night, July 11, at home, 11-0, in five innings. Morgan Ryan had a triple and Michaela Recker knocked out a double as West put up 13 hits. Erin Kallsen had three singles while Lauren Larson, Taylor Libby and Adara Opiola had a pair of base hits each.
Jesse Harder went the distance in the circle giving up only one hit and issuing six strikeouts.

Sharing the bragging rights

West, City split two-day baseball doubleheader

IOWA CITY– In Iowa City, the winning football team gets “The Boot.” The volleyball team gets “The Spike.” In baseball, bragging rights are on the line and this year both City and West can say they won as the teams split a doubleheader conducted Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9.

Hawkeyes Devyn and Zach

Hawk Talk

Devyn Marble, Zach McCabe and Ben Brust all signed to play for the Hawkeyes and coach Todd Lickliter during fall 2009.
Coach Lickliter was fired in spring 2010. Ben bolted to Wisconsin while Devyn and Zach stuck with the Hawkeyes to play for new coach Fran McCaffery.
Iowa fans were thankful.
When Devyn and Zach were freshmen the Hawks finished 11-20, 8-8 at home. They were led by senior Jarryd Cole, who averaged 8.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the floor.
Devyn played in all 31 games and started six. He averaged 19 minutes and scored 5.7 points per game.

Hochstetler tosses no-hitter

Lady Spartans cruise past competition

SOLON– Like the weather, the Lady Spartans are sizzling.
Solon’s varsity softball team ripped through its competition last week, allowing no more than two runs in any given game, including against three highly-ranked opponents.
The Lady Spartans made short work of conference rival Dyersville Beckman last Monday, shut down No. 3 (3A) Mid-Prairie Wednesday, then took an Ottumwa tournament by storm, defeating two ranked 5A teams in the process.
Solon moved to 37-2 on the year and remained ranked No. 3 in Class 4A.

Solon battling tough against ranked teams

Spartans split with No. 1 Beckman, sweep No. 7 Benton Community

SOLON– With a split against No.1 in Class 2A Dyersville Beckman last week, Solon’s varsity baseball team has won 11 of its last 12 games
The Spartans hosted Beckman last Monday, July 1, dropping the first game 7-3 and taking the nightcap 5-2.
Solon closed out June with a road trip sweep of Williamsburg (4-0, 12-7), then hosted conference rival Beckman and closed out the four-game home stand by taking two games against No. 7 (3A) Benton Community Friday, July 5.

Ram-bunctious

West High splits with Dubuque Senior softball

IOWA CITY– The night ended in a draw, but the Women of Troy still had reason to celebrate Tuesday, July 2. The Rams of Dubuque Senior visited for a varsity doubleheader and brought a 25-5 record overall and 16-4 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. West was 17-17 and 14-8 in contrast. The Rams were also ranked fourth in Class 5A while the Women of Troy were unranked.
So when West pulled off a 6-2 upset win in game one, some dugout dancing during game two could certainly be understood.

Clippers and Cardinals end in doubleheader split

TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered a 9-2 loss to the Maquoketa Cardinals Friday, July 5 on the home diamond, but rallied back to win the nightcap 6-5 in a WaMaC varsity doubleheader.

Trojans split with Dubuque Sr. Rams

A Raffensperger home run opens game two for West baseball

IOWA CITY– A two-run homer by Devin Raffensperger gave the West High Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second game of a varsity doubleheader Monday, July 1, at home against Dubuque Senior.

Prime Time in NL

Hawk Talk

Prime Time is back in North Liberty for its 27th year. It is the longest running summer league in the U.S. and the main reason is Randy Larson, who not only runs the league, but coaches as well.
I remember watching him as a player-coach when the league started.
Randy and I are the same age, so I’ve always been impressed with his energy and passion for Hawkeye basketball.
I went to some of those games at City High when the league first started. There were two gyms and they both were hot.
I saw Chris Street, Jess Settles and even former Hawkeye football player Willie Guy play.

Spartans survive slugfest with CCA

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.