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Sports

Another challenging season ahead for the Creek Girls

2019 Clear Creek Amana varsity volleyball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team is in for another challenging season in the WaMaC Conference, and faces a significant challenge before it even sets sail on the 2019 campaign.

Newcomers to give the Creek Girls a boost

2019 Clear Creek Amana girls cross country preview

TIFFIN– It’s a mix of seasoned veterans and energetic rookies for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls cross country team this season.
The squad placed 10th out of 11 teams in a Class 3A district (state qualifying) meet last October in Fairfield, led by senior Kaylie Barker’s 22nd-place finish.
This year, Coach Jane Astor returns seven letter winners: senior Olivia Smyka, juniors Alexis Ponce, Kayla Jiras, Madeline Fox and Lauren Lasswell, and sophomores Allie Kounkel and Emily Coleman.

A taste of success builds an appetite for 2019 greatness

CCA varsity football preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football team had a historic 2018 gridiron campaign, and that taste of success has them hungry for an even better 2019 outing.
The Clippers posted their first 7-0 record in school history and made their first Class 3A playoff appearance since 2014. Sixteen teams made it into the playoffs under the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which looks at the team’s record, the team’s opponents’ records, and team’s opponents’ opponents’ records to develop a ranking.

Season ends in Marion

Spartans fall one game short of state

MARION– A narrow loss to the Marion Indians ended the season for the Solon varsity baseball team July 24.
Marion came through with a bases-loaded, game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie, advancing the Indians to the state tournament in Des Moines with a 2-1 win.
The Spartans retired with a record of 22-18, just two days after a 3-2 upset win over Oskaloosa in the Class 3A Substate 6 District 12 final July 20.

Five Spartans earn WaMaC All-Conference Baseball honors

McSweeney, Miller named to First Team

SOLON– Five Solon varsity baseball players were singled out for WaMaC East Division All-Conference honors released Wednesday, July 24.
Senior Chris McSweeney and junior Cam Miller each were unanimous selections for the First Team, while senior Adam Bock was named to the Second Team.
Juniors Jax Flynn and Lucas Walker received Honorable Mention.

Taylor Ryan and Kayla West named First Team WaMaC

Six Lady Spartans earn All-Conference softball honors

SOLON– Senior outfielder Taylor Ryan and junior pitcher Kayla West received First Team all-conference honors for Solon’s varsity softball program.
The WaMaC Conference issued its East Division All-Conference Softball Teams Tuesday, July 16, with a total of six Lady Spartans listed.
Senior catcher Skyler Stookey and incoming ninth grader Hilary Wilson were named to the Second Team.
Senior Taylor Moore and sophomore Monet Barnhouse received Honorable Mention.

Tigers end Bolts’ season

Liberty High baseball falls 7-5 to West Des Moines Valley in 4A substate semifinal

CEDAR RAPIDS– The first season of Mississippi Valley Division play, and the second season of varsity competition, ended for Liberty High’s baseball team Monday, July 22, at home (Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids) in a Class 4A substate semifinal against the Tigers of Valley High School from West Des Moines. The Tigers topped the Lightning 7-5 to advance to the substate final against West Des Moines Dowling Catholic on Wednesday, July 24. The Tigers fell 5-3 to the Maroons, who advanced to the state tournament.

Schrock and Klosterman earn All-District Softball honors

Iowa Girls High School Coaches Assn. picks the best across the state

DES MOINES– Two Leader-area student athletes were recognized by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) with All-District Softball honors. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Ainsley Schrock, and Liberty High School’s Brylee Klosterman were named to the IGCA’s 2019 Class 4A Northeast All District list, released on Tuesday, July 23.

Solon boys romp over Pella, 13-0

Spartans advance to face Oskaloosa on the road

OSKALOOSA– Solon’s Cam Miller struck out eight and walked one against Pella.
The opposing team’s five pitchers combined for eight walks and two strikeouts.
The Spartan varsity baseball team cruised past the Dutch 13-0 in a Class 3A Substate 6 semifinal July 19 in Oskaloosa.
“Cam pitched really well, and had all of his pitches working,” Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney said. “When they did square him up our outfielders tracked it down.”
McSweeney said the biggest play of the game probably occurred in the third inning when Solon was already up 4-0.

Spartans close out regular season with losses

Solon falls on the road to City High, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD– Two quality opponents handed Solon’s varsity baseball team a pair of losses to end the regular season.
The Spartans took to the road for back-to-back games against City High and Fairfield July 15 and 16, and came home on the wrong end of 7-2 and 14-4 scores.
“We couldn't get anything going against City High... just played flat,” reported Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney.
Starting pitcher Ryan Geistkemper kept the Spartans in the game against City High July 15 in Iowa City.

Bolts outlast the Warriors

Liberty holds off late attack from CR Wash for 8-7 substate win in nine innings

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity baseball team overcame the first hurdle on the road to Des Moines, and the 2019 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament, on Friday, July 19, outlasting Cedar Rapids Washington, 8-7, in nine innings at home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, in a substate first round game.
The Bolts swept the Warriors, 15-10 and 5-2, both in eight-innings, a week before at Washington High and entered substate competition as the No.2 seeded team in Substate 7 behind top-seeded West Des Moines Dowling Catholic.

Creek Boys’ season ends in Fairfield

Mount Pleasant capsizes CCA, 8-3, in District 10 baseball

FAIRFIELD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball season came to an end Friday, July 19, in Fairfield, as the Clippers fell, 8-3, to the Mount Pleasant Panthers in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 10 quarterfinal game.
Three scoreless innings preceded the Creek Boys plating two runners in the top of the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Panthers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth; leading to a hole the Clippers couldn’t dig themselves out from. One CCA run scored in the sixth but a scoreless seventh inning sealed their doom.