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Sports

Women of Troy sweep Rams

DUBUQUE– The West High Women of Troy improved their record to 11-5-0 with a 3-0 sweep of the Dubuque Senior Rams Tuesday, Sept. 17, on the road. West dominated the match 25-8, 25-10 and 25-12.
Ali Tauchen, a freshman, led the offense with nine kills while junior Laynie Whitehead had eight. Emily Halverson, a freshman, and senior Toni Martins had five kills each, senior Mollie Mason made four and Lizzy Klemme (senior) and Mikaela Morgan put up three kills apiece.

CCA can’t stop Spartans’ drive

By Doug Lindner
North Liberty Leader

SOLON– If you looked at the offensive stats, this game didn’t look bad for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers.
But if you looked at the score, it was another story.
The Clippers traveled to Solon Friday evening and ended up as fodder for the Spartans’ Homecoming celebration in a 42-7 loss, moving the Clippers to a 1-3 record and a third consecutive loss.
The Clippers racked up over 300 yards of offense, but penalties and miscues plagued CCA.

Clippers fall in five to Indians

MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity volleyball team lost a hard-fought battle Tuesday, Sept. 17, on the road at Marion, falling 3-2 to the Indians.
The Creek girls took the opening set 25-22 before dropping the next two 26-25 and 25-12. They rallied back to tie the match 2-2 with a 25-20 win, but came up short in the fifth and final set, 15-11.

Ground control

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeyes’ running game was in full gear with Mark Weisman leading the way on the offense. James Morris and B.J. Lowery had big interceptions for the defense. Mike Meyers led the special teams with two field goals but the Hawks had to hold off the a late rally for the second week in a row.
Iowa prevailed over Iowa State Saturday night at Ames, 27-21.
The last three times the Hawks beat the ‘Clones were in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Iowa was 9-4 in 2008, 11-2 in 2009 and 8-5 in 2010 and won all three bowl games.
This week we have to start with the offense.

Lady Spartans fall to Linn-Mar

WILLIAMSBURG– The Lady Spartans are now the No. 1 team in Class 4A volleyball, the team everyone else will want to knock off.
And indeed, Solon encountered its first loss of the season over the weekend against un-ranked Linn-Mar as part of that team’s home tournament Saturday.
Linn-Mar dispatched Solon 21-18, 21-18 in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Solon defeated Waterloo East (21-13, 21-9), Muscatine (22-20, 21-17) and rolled over Marion (21-13, 21-9) over the course of the tournament.
Game statistics were not available as of press time.

Spartans bounce back for 45-13 win over Panthers

MOUNT PLEASANT– The Solon varsity football team returned to its winning ways Friday night.
The Spartans traveled south to Mount Pleasant for their first road game and came away with a convincing 45-13 win.
But Solon started slow and trailed for much of the first quarter before getting it into gear.
“We allowed them to march the ball down the field and score on their first series. In the process, they chewed up an entire six minutes,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “In the second quarter we settled in and executed on both sides of the ball.”

Cross country plays catch up after early heat delays

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– Temperatures in the 90s cancelled the season opener and pushed back another early meet before Solon’s cross country schedule returned to normal for the Benton Invitational, Sept. 14.
No blistering heat to worry about there; with morning temperatures in the 50s and plenty of fans wearing light jackets.

Clippers cross country team runs route of the Hiawathas

CCA boys fifth, girls seventh at Benton Invitational

ATKINS– The Roundhouse Nature Trail, a former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway (“The Milwaukee Road”) roadbed which once hosted prestigious passenger trains known as The Hiawathas was the site on a picture-perfect Saturday, Sept. 14, of the Benton Invitational cross country meet.

Benton Bobcats hand Clippers their second football loss

Benton Community 21, CCA 14

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered their second loss of the season Friday, Sept. 13, as the Benton Community Bobcats took the varsity football contest, 21-14, dropping the Clippers to 1-2.

West cross-country hits the course at Noelridge

Yokum wins for the girls, Gardarsson leads the boys

CEDAR RAPIDS– Noelridge Park is a 102.81-acre park in northeast Cedar Rapids and home to a large flower garden and greenhouse which provides flora to the rest of the city’ parks. It also has a duck pond, small creek and a large pool/water park.
On Thursday, Sept. 12, it was the site of the Cedar Rapids Invitational, hosted by Kennedy High School. The West High Trojans and Women of Troy joined CR metro-area and other regional large schools in 4K (girls) and 5K (boys) racing action.
The West girls finished fourth overall with 115 points while the boys were fifth with 149.

Clippers go for run in the park

Douglass, Alcorn post top-10 finishes in Tipton Invitational

TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana’s cross-country teams were in action Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Tipton Invitational in the Cedar County town’s City Park. The boys finished sixth overall, while it was a 12th-place showing for the girls.
Eric Douglass and Ben Alcorn posted top-10 finishes in the boys’ 5K run with Douglass taking seventh in 17:23 and Alcorn coming in eighth in 17:25. Chloe Keith led the girls with a 38th-place finish in the 4K run with a time of 18:06.
Center Point-Urbana won the boys’ race with 42 points, Davenport Assumption was the leading girls team with 18 team points.

Not pretty, but…

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

A win is a win, but when you have a team down 21-0, like Iowa had the Missouri State Bears, you want to put the pedal to the metal and blow them out.
I would have liked to see C.J. Beathard or Cody Sokol get some snaps at quarterback, but Missouri State had other ideas.
The Bears scored a touchdown pass with 14:25 left in the game.
Ten seconds later, they intercepted a pass and went 28 yards for the score.
I was stunned! What could have been a rout turned into a tight game.