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Sports

Spring Football 2017 (part two)

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a series previewing the Iowa Hawkeye spring football practice. Last week I looked at the offensive line, which returns six players with starting experience. This week I’ll talk about the tight ends, wide receivers and fullbacks.

Tight ends

Kirk Ferentz likes to use his tight ends, who not only need to be able to catch the ball but be able to block on running plays.
It really hurt the offense when tight end George Kittle went out with an injury after the Purdue game.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

Testing the field

Girls 6th at Kingston: Kerkhoff wins 400, shuttle hurdle first against big schools

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– You get better by running against the best. With that in mind, Solon posted a sixth-place finish in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday, April 1, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
“We see the cream of the crop from Eastern Iowa here each year,” observed Solon girls track coach Brent Sands, referring to the depth of the 14 teams, a combination of 4A and 3A schools. “It gives us a chance to face good competition– and let that help us through the year; to show we can compete.”

Tipton produces rays of hope for Spartans

Slim preseason for Spartan track and field

TIPTON– The sun shrugged off the clouds briefly on Tuesday, March 28, much as the athletes did with their sweats taking to the track and field, at the opening of the boys’ outdoor season in Tipton.
The drive out to the meet saw windshields peppered with specks of moisture as the thermometer read 52 degrees, threatening a cloudy, damp and cold start to the season, but that all changed.

Girls open soccer season with 11-1 win

SOLON– “We are set up this year to do amazing things,” Solon head coach John Tucker said of this year’s Lady Spartan varsity soccer team. “We have high goals and expectations, knowing that we are returning a very good team, with another year of experience under their belts.”
The Solon girls opened the 2017 season with an 11-1 road drubbing of West Liberty Monday, April 3.
Tucker has spent the last 13 years coaching and amassed a career record of 151-65. This year, his assistant is Andrea Keegen. Last year’s record for the Lady Spartans was 11-9 and they went 4-3 in conference play.

Four straight for boys soccer

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the boys’ varsity soccer squad.
The Spartans opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 win at Iowa Mennonite in Kalona Thursday, March 30, then ran the tables at the Spartan Classic invitational held Saturday, April 1, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
Solon chalked up three wins at the home tourney, including a 5-0 victory over Bellevue Marquette Catholic in the championship match

CCA and Iowa City West battle metro teams at Washington’s jamboree

Clippers break even with Lions, Warriors jam Iowa City West, 1-0

CEDAR RAPIDS– The unofficial start to the 2017 varsity boys soccer season came Thursday, March 30, with a jamboree, hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West joined Mount Vernon, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Iowa City High, Linn-Mar, Marion and the host Warriors in 40-minute exhibition matches.

Women of Troy rule Kingston

Iowa City West wins J-Hawk Relays

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy reigned supreme Saturday, April 1, at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawk Relays held at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. West won the varsity meet with 102 points topping Decorah (72), Cedar Falls (66), Cedar Rapids Prairie (55), Linn-Mar (46), Solon (43), Waterloo East (42), the J-Hawks (40), City High (33), Dubuque Wahlert (30), Cedar Rapids Washington (24), Cedar Rapids Xavier (15), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (11) and Waverly-Shell Rock (10).

The Creek runs deep this year

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team is in a position they’ve not been in before as the 2017 season looms ever larger on the horizon. Coach Matt Harding, in his fifth year with the Creek Girls, explained.
“We finally have depth at all positions, a luxury we haven’t had in the past,” Harding said.

Trojans kings at Kingston Stadium

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans track and field team won seven events Tuesday, March 28, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s 58th annual John Ask Relays, and took the team championship with 170 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was second with 101, followed by Bettendorf (88), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (72), Linn-Mar (61), Cedar Rapids Washington (60) and the host J-Hawks (36).

Another week... another two wins

The Iowa men played two games last week, going to Wisconsin and knocking off the Badgers, 59-57, and closing out the regular season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday beating Penn State, 90-79.
Nine hours after the Iowa women got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament by Northwestern, the Hawkeye men, with Jordan Bohannon knocking down a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, upset the 21st-ranked Badgers.
The only other team to hold Wisconsin to fewer than 57 points was Purdue, the Big Ten Champion.
Wisconsin had won six straight against Iowa.
What a year Jordan has had.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”