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Sports

INA all-state baseball teams named

DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association recently announced its 2013 all-state baseball teams. Sports writers from across the state select the best high school athletes based on nominations from coaches and their fellow sports writers.
In class 4A, four players from Iowa City West were named with Reid Bonner making the first team as an infielder, Tyus Adkins being named pitcher of the second team with Ezra Reiners making the second team outfield. Devin Raffensperger was named to the third team as a utility player. Bonner, Adkins and Reiners are seniors while Raffensperger is a junior.

Seven IC West Trojans earn all-district honors

IOWA CITY– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) recently announced their 2013 all-district teams for Class 4A. Seven players from Iowa City West were named. First Team honorees: Tyus Adkins (pitcher), Colin Baker (catcher), Reid Bonner (second base), Ezra Reiners (outfielder) and Devin Raffensperger (utility). Second Team honorees: Sam Scott (pitcher) and Tanner Wilson (outfielder).

CCA’s A.J. Liddell named to 3A all-district team

TIFFIN– The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association recently announced their 2013 all-district teams for Class 3A. Clear Creek Amana’s A.J. Liddell was named to the first team, Southeast district as a utility player.
A senior, Liddell had a 6-4 record pitching and a .357 batting average. According to information available on Quick Stats, Liddell put up six doubles out of 30 hits and had 17 RBIs.
Liddell was the only Clipper named.

Hawkeye football schedule

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye football team schedule.
Last week I thought Iowa would be favored against Northern Illinois, Missouri State and Western Michigan. The Hawks should be underdogs in away games against Iowa State and Minnesota.
The homecoming game against Michigan State could be a toss-up.

Are you ready for some Hawkeye football?

Hawk Talk

Iowa Hawkeye football media day is Thursday, Aug. 8, so it’s time to talk some football.
For the next couple of weeks I’ll be looking at the schedule plus breaking down the offense, defense and special teams.
The schedule has seven homes games and three of the first four at Kinnick Stadium.
The home opener against Northern Illinois could be good look at how the season will go.
The Hawkeyes have won the last 12 opening games. The last time they lost the first game was 2000, Kirk Ferentz’s second year.

Lady Spartans finish sixth

FORT DODGE– Solon entered the state softball tournament last week ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. The Lady Spartans had lost two games the entire season, both of them to eventual 4A champion Dallas Center-Grimes.
High-powered offense? Check. Solon scored 404 runs on the year on 555 hits.
Unhittable pitching? Check. Opponents bat a measly .168 when facing a Lady Spartan on the mound.

NLYBS continues to be a big hit for NL youth

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball league (NLYBS) recently completed its 21st year of providing recreational level baseball and softball opportunities for nearly 900 boys and girls, ages four to 13. While the majority of kids playing in NLYBS are from North Liberty, the league also has participants from Coralville, Solon, Tiffin and other area communities. In the 2013 summer season, NLYBS had 72 teams playing from May through June, with junior and senior softball and baseball teams involved in tournament play to complete the season.

State hopes dashed in the dust

WILLIAMSBURG– The 2013 baseball season came to a sudden end last week for both the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Iowa City West High Trojans in substate action.
The Clippers fell 11-3 Tuesday (July 23) on the road in Williamsburg against the rival Raiders. The class 3A Substate 5, District 10 game was a continuation of Monday’s suspended game, which was halted at the end of four innings due to lightning. The contest was tied 3-3 at the time.

Solon settles for sixth place at 4A softball tournament

Lady Spartans defeat Waverly-Shell Rock

SOLON– The Lady Spartans finished the 4A state softball tournament with a 1-2 record Wednesday, good for sixth place.
Solon defeated Waverly-Shell Rock 10-0 in five innings Wednesday in the consolation final, then fell to Winterset 7-4 in the consolation final Wednesday evening.
The Lady Spartans ended up in the consolation bracket after a 6-1 upset Tuesday at the hands of Washington.
The girls rebounded against Waverly-Shell Rock, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings. The first inning featured doubles by Taylor Nearad and Kara Misel, and a two-run home run by Riley Ogden.

Lone senior Theairra Taylor prepares to lead

Hawk Talk

Theairra Taylor started all 34 games last season for the Hawkeye basketball team as a junior.
She also played in all 31 games in her sophomore season.
Not bad for a player who had missed 53 games in her first two years because of knee surgeries.
The Hawkeyes started strong, knocking off four top-20 teams last season early in the year. They lost five straight Big Ten games in a row but still finished with 21 wins and hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament.
They beat Miami in the first game, then lost to Notre Dame, who went to the Final Four, in the second game.

On to state

Lady Spartans shut out Maquoketa for berth in tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on their way to Ft. Dodge.
Solon’s softball team punched its ticket with a 11-0 substate win over Maquoketa last Tuesday.
The Lady Spartans open the Class 4A State Softball Tournament Tuesday, July 23, (subsequent to the publication of this edition) against Washington (29-11). The winner plays either Waverly-Shell Rock (34-8) or Carlisle (32-7) on Thursday, July 25, with the 4A championship Friday, July 26, at 4:45 p.m. All of it takes place at Harlan Rogers Park north of Ft. Dodge.
It was a fairly easy road for the Lady Spartans.

Spartans fall in semifinal to West Delaware

Solon baseball team ends regular season with doubleheader sweep of Marion

SOLON– The Solon baseball team was shut out for the first time earlier in July by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
The second shut-out ended the Spartans’ season.
Solon fell to West Delaware in a District 6 substate semifinal Friday night, 3-0. The Spartans ended their year with a 27-13 overall record.