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Sports

Keeney and Mac deliver one-two punch for Lightning

Liberty and CCA squads run Regina’s Bob Brown Cross Country Classic

IOWA CITY– The Lightning struck twice Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Iowa City Regina Catholic High School Bob Brown Cross Country Classic where Liberty High won both the girls and boys team titles. The large field was broken down into “A” and “B” races due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Liberty junior Ashlyn Keeney won the event in 19:33.61 with senior teammate Cami Mac hot on her heels in 19:43.41 for second place. Senior McKenzie Logan and freshman Cori Mac were fourth and fifth in 21:12.37 and 21:13.91, respectively.

Creek Boys sail past the Muskies in Week Two

CCA defeats Muscatine, 41-21

TIFFIN– Week Two of the 2020 prep football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers at home in a non-district contest against the Class 4A Muskies of Muscatine with a greatly reduced crowd in the bleachers, including a smaller but no less vocal student section. After a Week One loss on the road to Mount Pleasant, the home field advantage may have factored in as CCA dominated the Muskies, 41-21.

Bolts clip the Blue Birds’ wings

Liberty High gets first win of the season on the road against CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity football team recovered from a 27-0 loss to Iowa City West in the 2020 season opener with a 7-3 Week Two win, on the road, against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. The Bolts improved to 1-1, while the J-Hawks dropped to 0-2.

Creek Girls sweep Trojans 3-0

11 kills for Clubb, 10 for Pollock against South Tama

TAMA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the South Tama Trojans Thursday, Sept. 3, at South Tama High School.
The Clippers pulled off a 25-20 first-set win, took the second set 25-18, and dominated the third 25-12.
Calia Clubb, a junior, led the Creek Girls with 11 kills while senior Hailey Pollock produced 10. Freshman Meg Berkland and Clubb made a dozen digs each. Grace Bedford, a senior, produced 16 assists while freshman Kenadi Wood made a dozen.

Lightning shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High sweeps City, 3-0, in volleyball season opener

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball program ended the 2019 season at the Class 5A state tournament, in Cedar Rapids, falling, 3-1, to Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinals. It was a big step for the program, in only its third year, said Coach Randy Dolson, noting the Lightning are looking to return to the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids (home of the state tourney), again this year.

Wave of the future? Kind of confusing

Girls 2nd, boys 4th at divided Bob Brown Invitational

IOWA CITY– Solon’s girls finished second, with the boys cross country teams taking fourth, in a revamped version of Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational Cross Country meet, Sept. 3.
Trouble is… they only ran directly against about half the runners there.

Lady Spartans come from behind against Linn-Mar, Marshalltown

Solon starts season battling bigger schools

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team is putting it together.
The Lady Spartans collected wins over Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids Washington and Linn-Mar while facing a bevy of larger schools during a varsity round robin tourney Sept. 5.
Solon swept the Warriors of CR Wash 2-0, and galloped back for 2-1 wins over Marshalltown’s Bobcats and the Lions of Linn-Mar, 2-1.
The Lady Spartans also suffered losses at the hands of No. 8 (4A) Waverly-Shell Rock (2-0), Dubuque Senior (2-1) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (2-1) to move to 3-4 on the young season.

Demons haunt Spartans

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons in 33-18 loss

SOLON – The Washington Demons haunted the Solon Spartans football team for 48 minutes of football for a 33-18 win on Friday, Sept. 4, during Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, stopping Washington on its first drive and then Solon was stopped on its first drive, iterating the strength of both teams’ defenses from the onset.
Washington drew first blood and went up 7-0 with a little less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Creek Boys come up one point short against Panthers

Mount Pleasant edges past CCA 28-27 in season opener

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that saw the start of classes with half the time spent in the classroom and half the time spent online (and a day of 100 percent online learning), and with the prospect of no student section for home games, there was a glimpse of normalcy for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
As Andy Griffith said in 1953, “What it was, was football.”
The Clippers opened the 2020 season with a non-district contest in Mount Pleasant and came up just a little bit short of victory as the Panthers won, 28-27.

Creek girls and Creek boys 4th at Anamosa August XC meet

Haidyn and Brandon Barker lead the way for CCA

ANAMOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls and boys cross country teams both finished fourth Saturday, Aug. 29, in a season-opening meet in Anamosa.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was sixth overall in the varsity race, and the first Clipper across the finish line while big brother Brandon, a senior, won the varsity boys race in 16:32.5.
Mid-Praire won both varsity contests with Muscatine (boys) and Williamsburg (girls) the runner-ups. CCA rival Solon was third in both races.

Bolts struggle against Trojans

Iowa City West wins season-opener against Liberty High, 27-0

NORTH LIBERTY– Cheerleaders cheered, a small pep band (socially distanced in the stands and with cloth covers over the bells of their horns) performed, and the football teams did gridiron war Friday, Aug. 28, as the Iowa City West High Trojans invaded the Liberty Lightning.
But there were no spectators inside the stadium.
As part of the Iowa City Community School District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies, spectators were not allowed in (they instead gathered on top of vehicles in the parking lots and stood along the fence surrounding the stadium).

Brandon McCarty awarded scholarship

CCA grad selected for Iowa PGA Foundation’s Charlie Burkart Scholarship

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty native and Clear Creek Amana High School graduate Brandon McCarty was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkart Scholarship honoree by the Iowa PGA Foundation.
“I am very honored and appreciative that I was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkhart Scholarship winner. This award will be a tremendous help as I continue my academic and golf career at the next level,” McCarty said.