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Sports

A big change for Clipper cross country this year

2020 CCA high school cross country preview

TIFFIN– In 2015, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School cross country program split with then-assistant coach Ben Robison taking the helm of the boys program, while head coach Jane Astor led the girls teams.
Now, everything old is new again as the programs have recombined with Robison leading the way for both the boys’ and girls’ programs.
Robison, in his 12th year of coaching at CCA, has Megan Miller and Paige O’Brien as assistant coaches, and the legendary Jim White as an assistant and the program’s mental performance coach.

Historic trip ends quickly for the Creek Boys

CCA falls 4-3 to Norwalk in 3A state quarterfinal

DES MOINES– A few too many errors, and too few runs combined to end Clear Creek Amana’s first Class 3A State Baseball Tournament appearance.
The Clippers fell 4-3 in the quarterfinal round to the Norwalk Warriors on Tuesday, July 28, at Principal Park stadium in Des Moines.

Friday Night Lights will burn bright this fall

IHSAA announces football changes, CCA and Liberty release schedules

BOONE– Barring the reimplementation of COVID-19 related restrictions, there will be high school football in Iowa this fall. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released a revised schedule for the 2020 season on Friday, July 24, which calls for a first practice date of no earlier than Monday, Aug. 10, and a first competition date of Thursday, Aug. 27. State semifinals are set for Nov. 13-15 with the finals on Nov. 20-21.

Five Spartans receive All-WaMaC East baseball honors

SOLON– Senior Cole Arduser made the First Team, while sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska was a unanimous Second Team pick after the WaMaC Conference announced its East Division baseball honors for the shortened 2020 summer season.
Incoming freshman Brett White was also named to the Second Team, while junior Carson Shive and senior Lucas Walker received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).
“Cole Arduser was a very deserving First Team selection and had an outstanding senior season,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney.

Six Clippers earn WaMaC West baseball honors

Reade, Smith and Bollers named First Team

OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity baseball players capped off their short 2020 season by picking up WaMaC West All-Conference Baseball honors.
Junior Brock Reade was a unanimous First Team pick at pitcher, Sophomore Parker Smith was a unanimous pick for the infield, and junior TJ Bollers earned a spot at utility.
Senior Casey Ogden was a Second Team selection as pitcher with senior Tyler Schrepfer and sophomore Ben Swails earning WaMaC Recognition.

Seven Bolts earn MVC All-Division baseball honors

Norris and Frey named to Valley Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven Liberty High varsity baseball players garnered Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Baseball All-Division honors.
Seniors Jacob Norris and Nolan Frey earned Valley Division First Team spots with Norris a unanimous selection. Seniors Sam Funke and Tyler Dahm and junior Ethan O’Donnell were Second Team picks. Seniors Alec Boldt and Isaac Bender earned Valley Division Honorable Mention.

Six Creek Girls earn WaMaC West softball honors

Henze, Schrock and Bedford named to First Team

OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity softball players capped their short 2020 season by picking up WaMaC West All-Conference Softball honors.
Seniors Raina Henze and Ainsley Schrock and junior Gabrielle Bedford were First Team selections at pitcher, catcher and utility player, respectively.
Sophomore Bailey Olerich was a Second Team pick for the outfield with senior Cheyaenne Bunch and junior Grace Bedford picking up WaMaC Recognition.

Six Liberty girls earn MVC All-Division softball honors

Kara Maiers named Valley Division Athlete of the Year

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High junior Kara Maiers was named the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Athlete of the Year in the Valley Division for the conference’s All-Division Softball Selections.
Maiers was also a unanimous First Team pick and joined five other Liberty players on the roster. Senior Brylee Klosterman was also a First Team selection.
Junior Miranda Jones and eighth-grader Mischa Reiners were selected for Second Team honors. Sophomore Kinsley Robertson and junior Tiffany Jones earned Valley Division Honorable Mention.

The Creek Boys make history on the diamond

Clear Creek Amana baseball knocks out No. 1 Assumption, 12-3, for first-ever state tourney appearance

DAVENPORT– Once again, the Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana High School made history. Last spring, the Clippers made their first state basketball tournament appearance since 1993. On Wednesday, July 22, the Clippers clinched their first state baseball tournament appearance in school history, upsetting the No. 1 (Class 3A) Davenport Assumption Knights, 12-3, in a substate final game at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport.

CCA hangs on for substate win

Spartans retired in 8-7 postseason loss

TIFFIN– It was a pretty deep hole.
Solon’s varsity baseball squad fell behind by seven runs in the first inning of a Class 3A substate semifinal in Tiffin July 20 against Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
The Spartans roared back with their own big inning, but fell a run shy of extending the season with an 8-7 loss.
“It was not the start we envisioned, but one thing we really stressed going into the postseason was dealing with adversity,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought our guys fought through it and got back into the game as a result of their mental toughness.”

IHSAA announces 2020 football season modifications

COVID-19 affects 2020 high school football schedule

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced revisions to the 2020 High School Football season on Friday, July 24.
The announcement stated football remains the only Iowa high school sport with regular season schedules and postseason qualifying managed the by IHSAA. It went on to indicate the revisions took into consideration returning to school concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation and possible COVID-19 cases.

Drake Relays postponed to 2021

Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile transition to virtual events in the fall

DES MOINES– The 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom has officially been postponed to April 2021, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Thursday, July 23.
The 111th Drake Relays were first postponed March 18 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the ensuing months, Drake Relays staff worked tirelessly, in conjunction with local public officials and track and field governing bodies, to explore and plan for the potential of a 2020 event.