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Sports

Trojan-Bolts dunk Dubuque’s Mustangs

IC West-Liberty High girls open 2020 swimming season with home win over Hempstead

CORALVILLE– The combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High “Trojan-Bolts” picked right up where they left off last year, staying undefeated in the Coralville Recreation Center’s pool Tuesday, Aug. 25, with a dual meet win over Dubuque Hempstead.
The Trojan-Bolts’ junior varsity (JV) squad won, 143-21, with the varsity winning, 151-35.

Boys, girls each run 3rd, in cross country season kickoff

ANAMOSA– Same meet… different look, as Solon’s cross country teams opened the 2020 season. Usually held in midseason, the Anamosa Invitational was first on the calendar this year. It ushered in a new look, as COVID-19 precautions meant different training, team transportation, meet preparation, social distancing on the course and masks on many– certainly not all– spectators in the Aug. 29 meet.

Spartans fall to Raiders, 17-14

A field goal thwarts Spartan victory in season opener

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team took their first dip in Class 2A waters against the Williamsburg Raiders on Friday, Aug. 28, and found it fraught with competition as a season-opening win was stolen from it courtesy of a 20-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining, in the fourth quarter, by Williamsburg Raider junior Alex Marovets for a 17-14 victory over the Spartans. It was the Raiders’ first win over Solon since 2011.
The kick that delivered the Raider win was a cherry on a 10-unanswered-point sundae Williamsburg put together in a six-minute rally late in the game.

Lady Spartans reload

Former players join Walker as VB coach

SOLON– The Lady Spartans lost two of their top weapons from 2019, but still have a lot of experienced players coming back for first-year Head Coach Jeff Walker.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team opened the season Aug. 27 with a 2-0 loss against Center Point-Urbana at a relocated triangular meet in Mount Vernon.
The Stormin’ Pointers took a close 27-25 victory in the first game and then cruised to a 25-15 win in the second. No stats were available for Solon.

Clipper football focuses on the present ahead of an uncertain season

2020 Clear Creek Amana varsity football preview

TIFFIN– Student athletes, their families and coaches watched as the 2020 spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
They held a collective breath as summer baseball and softball were allowed to proceed, albeit in a shortened season, which did see some teams benched due to positive infection testing.
With the green light from the state and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), there will be a 2020 high school football season. As with the summer sports however, it will look a little different.

A big change for Clipper cross country this year

2020 CCA high school cross country preview

TIFFIN– In 2015, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School cross country program split with then-assistant coach Ben Robison taking the helm of the boys program, while head coach Jane Astor led the girls teams.
Now, everything old is new again as the programs have recombined with Robison leading the way for both the boys’ and girls’ programs.
Robison, in his 12th year of coaching at CCA, has Megan Miller and Paige O’Brien as assistant coaches, and the legendary Jim White as an assistant and the program’s mental performance coach.

Historic trip ends quickly for the Creek Boys

CCA falls 4-3 to Norwalk in 3A state quarterfinal

DES MOINES– A few too many errors, and too few runs combined to end Clear Creek Amana’s first Class 3A State Baseball Tournament appearance.
The Clippers fell 4-3 in the quarterfinal round to the Norwalk Warriors on Tuesday, July 28, at Principal Park stadium in Des Moines.

Friday Night Lights will burn bright this fall

IHSAA announces football changes, CCA and Liberty release schedules

BOONE– Barring the reimplementation of COVID-19 related restrictions, there will be high school football in Iowa this fall. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released a revised schedule for the 2020 season on Friday, July 24, which calls for a first practice date of no earlier than Monday, Aug. 10, and a first competition date of Thursday, Aug. 27. State semifinals are set for Nov. 13-15 with the finals on Nov. 20-21.

Five Spartans receive All-WaMaC East baseball honors

SOLON– Senior Cole Arduser made the First Team, while sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska was a unanimous Second Team pick after the WaMaC Conference announced its East Division baseball honors for the shortened 2020 summer season.
Incoming freshman Brett White was also named to the Second Team, while junior Carson Shive and senior Lucas Walker received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).
“Cole Arduser was a very deserving First Team selection and had an outstanding senior season,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney.

Six Clippers earn WaMaC West baseball honors

Reade, Smith and Bollers named First Team

OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity baseball players capped off their short 2020 season by picking up WaMaC West All-Conference Baseball honors.
Junior Brock Reade was a unanimous First Team pick at pitcher, Sophomore Parker Smith was a unanimous pick for the infield, and junior TJ Bollers earned a spot at utility.
Senior Casey Ogden was a Second Team selection as pitcher with senior Tyler Schrepfer and sophomore Ben Swails earning WaMaC Recognition.

Seven Bolts earn MVC All-Division baseball honors

Norris and Frey named to Valley Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven Liberty High varsity baseball players garnered Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Baseball All-Division honors.
Seniors Jacob Norris and Nolan Frey earned Valley Division First Team spots with Norris a unanimous selection. Seniors Sam Funke and Tyler Dahm and junior Ethan O’Donnell were Second Team picks. Seniors Alec Boldt and Isaac Bender earned Valley Division Honorable Mention.

Six Creek Girls earn WaMaC West softball honors

Henze, Schrock and Bedford named to First Team

OXFORD– Six Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity softball players capped their short 2020 season by picking up WaMaC West All-Conference Softball honors.
Seniors Raina Henze and Ainsley Schrock and junior Gabrielle Bedford were First Team selections at pitcher, catcher and utility player, respectively.
Sophomore Bailey Olerich was a Second Team pick for the outfield with senior Cheyaenne Bunch and junior Grace Bedford picking up WaMaC Recognition.