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Sports

Girls 3rd at Solon XC meet

No rain for home meet. Despite that? Things to work on

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Skies threatened rain; but a few late sprinkles didn’t hold back any performances as more than 700 cross country runners threaded their way through the Solon Recreation and Nature Area during six separate races in the 2017 Spartan Invitational, Monday, Sept. 18.

Girls challenge ranked 3A, 4A teams and finish 3rd

Lady Spartans fall to No. 7 Pleasant Valley

Solon picks up win over Vinton-Shellsburg

MANCHESTER– It was a week of ups and downs that didn’t result in too many wins for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans doubled-down against No. 7 (5A) Pleasant Valley and faced off with No. 14 (2A) Sumner-Fredericksburg at a Marion tournament over the previous weekend and then fell on the road to West Delaware Sept. 12.
The lone victory for Solon came against Vinton-Shellsburg at Marion, a 2-0 sweep Sept. 9.
But the Lady Spartans battled against the ranked teams– pushing Pleasant Valley in a rematch and taking a 1-0 lead before falling to Sumner-Fredericksburg.

Clippers sail over Cardinals

CCA gets season’s first win on Homecoming over Maquoketa

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team earned its first victory of the 2017 season with a 51-0 Homecoming win Friday, Sept. 15, over the Maquoketa Cardinals. The win moved “the Boats” to 1-3 overall while dropping the red birds to 0-4.
The Boats fired their first salvo of the night with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter when Ethan Postler connected with Darius Moore for a touchdown. Mitch Evans nailed the point-after kick and CCA had a 7-0 lead.

Women of Troy swim to second at Little Hawks Invitational

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy swam and dove to the runner-up spot in City High’s 2017 Little Hawk Invitational Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. Bettendorf claimed the team championship with 468 points followed by West High (384), Ankeny (361), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (248) and West Des Moines Valley (214). The host Little Hawks were sixth with 196 team points.

Lightning VB strikes to 1-2 at Wahawk Invitational Meet

LeeAnn Potter leads Liberty High with 22 kills

North Liberty Leader
WATERLOO– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball squad competed in the Waterloo West High Wahawk Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday, Sept. 15, and ended the day with a 1-2 showing.
The Lightning fell 2-0 (21-17 and 21-13) to the Wahawks, defeated Don Bosco 2-1 (21-18, 16-21, 15-10) and were grounded by Decorah 2-0 (21-15, 25-23). LeeAnn Potter led the Bolts with 22 kills and five aces with support from Olivia Slattery with 10 kills and five aces.

IC West swims past CR Kennedy, 128-58

CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy swim team dunked the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars, 128-58, Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Varsity winners for West High included Melanie Housenga (200-yard freestyle), Lilly Ernst (200-yard Individual Medley (IM), 100-yard butterfly), Izabel Houselog (50-yard freestyle), Aurora Roghair (100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke), Alleyna Thomas (500-yard freestyle) and Jenny Geng (100-yard breaststroke).

Trojans tie with Waukee at Heartland XC Classic

Greiner finishes ninth in varsity race

AMES– Des Moines Roosevelt High School hosted its 2017 Heartland Classic Cross Country Invitational Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Iowa State University’s course in Ames with 32 teams from across Iowa and five other states participating.
Iowa City West High’s Trojans tied with Waukee in team points for 15th with 396 while Edina, Minn., won the varsity race with a team score of 84 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was seventh (237) while City High placed 13th in team points with 388.
Kolby Greiner led West High with a ninth-place finish in 16:15.6.

Women of Troy finish in third at Heartland Classic

AMES– She did it again.
Iowa City West High’s Bailey Nock pulled away from the field early in the Heartland Classic cross country invitational (hosted by Des Moines Roosevelt High School and held Saturday, Sept. 16 at Iowa State University’s cross country course in Ames) and won by 13 seconds over runner-up Olivia Soverign of St. Thomas Aquinas (Missouri) in 18:51.9 Nock, a senior, was over 20 seconds ahead of Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet, a freshman, who finished third in 19:15.6.

Clipper boys win Oskaloosa XC Invite

Barker finishes second to lead CCA

OSKALOOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up another team title Tuesday, Sept. 12, winning Oskaloosa’s invitational meet. The Clippers put up 30 team points, topping host Oskaloosa, Williamsburg, Fairfield and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, among other squads, in the 11-team field.
CCA’s Brandon Barker was the individual runner-up behind winner Ben Lamparek, of Williamsburg. Barker finished in second place in 18:09.60, while Lamparek won in 17:58.4. CCA’s Nick O’Connor was third in 18:20.3.

Bolts clip the Falcons, 61-0

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s sophomore football team improved to 1-1 with a 61-0 blowout Tuesday, Sept. 5, over the West Burlington Falcons at Iowa City West High.
Jack Ankenbauer put the Bolts on the scoreboard with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter, when he scored a touchdown. Kaleb Williams added a successful 2-point conversion to give Liberty an 8-0 lead. Williams reached the end zone two minutes later and scored on his second 2-point play for a 16-0 lead. Dawson Zimmerman took a punt return all the way to the house to make it 22-0.

Creek Boys win Tipton XC invite

TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country squad won the Tipton Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Tipton’s City Park. The Clippers topped the 18-team field with 77 team points and were led by Nick O’Connor’s seventh-place finish in 17:10. Brandon Barker was three seconds behind O’Connor and took eighth place.
Center Point-Urbana was second in points with 91 while the host Tigers were third with 102.

West High’s Nock leaves the field in the dust at Noelridge Park in C.R.

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West and Liberty High’s girls’ cross country squads joined a plethora of teams Thursday, Sept. 7, at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids for the Cedar Rapids Invitational, hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington.
The varsity West High Women of Troy ended up second in team points behind team champion Dubuque Wahlert, but West’s Bailey Nock blew the field away by winning the race in 18:18.57 (a new course record), a full 13 seconds ahead of Linn-Mar’s Micah Poellet.