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Sports

Twin thirds for Solon girls, boys XC

KALONA Three laps through the school grounds and nearby woods at Hillcrest Academy yielded third-place finishes for Solons boys and girls cross country teams, Monday, Oct. 5.

A very special win for the Creek Boys

CCA rolls over Newton 41-14, and honors a great man

NEWTON– On Sunday, Sept. 20, John Michael “Mike” Hennes died unexpectedly. His death sent shockwaves through the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community as he was an alumnus of the former Clear Creek High School, and dad to CCA athletes. Friday morning, Sept. 25, his funeral was held in Oxford. That evening, his son Anthony joined his teammates on the varsity football team with a Class 3A district game in Newton. In honor of his dad, Anthony Hennes wore a specially crafted jersey bearing the number 41, Mike’s number, in place of his usual number 15.

Lightning go 4-0 in home volleyball tourney

Cassidy Hartman shells Liberty’s opponents with 33 kills

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back, and they’re fully charged. Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team returned to the floor after a three-week pause due to the Iowa City Community School District opting to start the 2020-2021 academic year in a 100 percent online setting in response to COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. With positivity rates well below 15 percent, the district planned to return to a hybrid (virtual and on-site) education model on Monday, Sept. 28, which green-lighted sports and other extra-curricular activities to resume on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Barkers again lead the way for CCA XC

Brandon Barker wins, Haidyn Barker third in Kennedy High’s Eastern Iowa XC Classic

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) cross country squads ran in Cedar Rapids Kennedy High’s 2020 Eastern Iowa Cross Country Classic on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, giving the Clippers a shot at competing with metro-area Class 4A squads.
CCA’s varsity boys took the runner-up spot with senior Brandon Barker winning the event in 16:33.48 after maintaining a lead throughout the race. Gavin Zillyette, a junior, finished fourth in 17:15.91. The host Cougars took the team title with 37 team points to the Creek Boys’ 52.

Creek Girls hold off the Stormin’ Pointers for 3-0 sweep

CCA slips past CPU with nine kills from Etscheidt, eight from Clubb

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 9-3 overall, 3-1 in the WaMaC West, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at home, as they swept the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana, 3-0.
The Clippers dominated the first set, 25-12, and overcame deficits in the second and third games for 26-24 and 25-23 wins for the match victory.
Junior Morgan Etscheidt led the Clippers with nine kills, backed up by fellow junior Calia Clubb with eight and senior Hailey Pollock’s six.

CCA Trap Club in action against Iowa City

Quintin Becicka, Sam Pettinger, Emily Bernacki and Wyatt Adams take individual honorsQuintin Becicka, Sam Pettinger, Emily Bernacki and Wyatt Adams take individual honors

HOMESTEAD– Clear Creek Amana’s Trap Club competed against a partial Iowa City squad Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Amana Sportsmen’s Club in Homestead.
Top Team Overall — Quintin Becicka 50, Sam Pettinger 48, Emily Bernacki 47, Dillon Schmidt 47, Jackson Tandy 47.
Top Squad – 211 — Jacob VanZante, Mitchell Barney, Adam Krotz, Kale Locklear, Declan Adams.
Individuals — 1, Quintin Becicka, 50. 2, Dillon Schmidt, 47. 3, Jackson Tandy, 47.
JV Individuals
Boys — 1, Sam Pettinger, 48. 2, Drake Schmidt, 40. 3, Ryan Humphrey, 40.

Solon boys, girls sweep Anamosa XC meet… ALL four races

ANAMOSA– Get out the broom. It was a clean sweep. Solon’s seventh-ranked Class 3A girls ran away with the title across Anamosa’s cross country course Saturday, Sept. 26. The fourth-ranked boys followed suit with a solid victory, too. And just to drive home the meaning of “team depth,” the junior varsity (JV) boys and girls did likewise! This was Solon’s second tour of the hilly Anamosa course. In their season opener, Aug. 29, each varsity team was third.

Solon downs #11 Clinton

Spartans 2-2 at Liberty tournament

NORTH LIBERTY– Solon’s varsity volleyball team has faced its fair share of ranked opponents.
And while the Spartans have kept it competitive, it’s been tough to steal away a game, much less a match.
Notch one in the win column.
Solon took a 2-0 win over the No. 11 (4A) Clinton River Queens, 21-13, 21-15, at Liberty High School’s Volleyball Invitational Sept. 26.
The Spartans went 2-2 at the tournament, falling to the host Lightning (No. 7, 5A) and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) while picking up wins against Fairfield and Clinton.

IHSAA and IGHSAU revise XC postseason dates

Changes due to COVID-19 fears splits qualifying and state meets

DES MOINES– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) announced changes to the 2020 boys and girls cross country season on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The schedule was altered due to ongoing fears related to the COVID-19 epidemic and a need to employ mitigation means for competitors and crowds.
The state qualifying meets and the state meet will be separated by classification and scheduled to take place over two days. The state meet remains in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Golf Course, home to the state meet since 1993.

Spartans deliver Stanton’s first home win at homecoming

Solon downs Vinton-Shellsburg, 28-6

SOLON– Homecoming benefited both the Spartan faithful and Head Coach Lucas Stanton on Friday, Sept. 25, as the Solon varsity football team handed the coach his first home win, 28-6, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings.
“It was definitely nice to get a win at home in front of our fans,” Coach Stanton professed. “I know our kids really wanted to make sure we got back to protecting our home field. We felt we were in control even when we were down 3-0, we didn't panic. Homecoming is always a week of distractions even in the COVID-19 world we are living in right now.

Creek Boys roll over the Bobcats

CCA dominates Benton Community, 49-3

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team improved to 2-2 on the season (1-1 in Class 3A District 6) with a 49-3 shelling of the visiting Benton Community Bobcats Friday, Sept. 18, in Tiffin.
The Clippers opened the contest with Gage Freeman, a junior, taking the opening kickoff on an 85-yard sprint for a touchdown. Anthony Hennes, a senior, booted the extra point kick through the uprights, and the Creek Boys had a 7-0 lead only 11 seconds into the game.

Mustangs hold off the Creek Girls

CCA falls, 3-1, to Independence in close match

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team dipped to 8-3 on the season in the wake of a 3-1 WaMaC West Conference loss on the road in Independence. The Mustangs held off the Clippers taking the first set, 25-20, and the second set, 25-23. The Creek Girls rallied back for a third set, 29-27, win, but came up short, 25-21, in the fourth and final set.
Junior Calia Clubb led the Clippers’ offense with 18 kills, while senior Hailey Pollock put up a dozen. Pollock also had a pair of solo blocks and two ace serves in the contest, as well.