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Sports

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.

Creek Boys win on Cascade’s XC course

Brandon Barker wins, Gavin Zillyette takes 4th

CASCADE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys won the Cascade Invitational cross country meet Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Filmore Fairways Golf Course, in Cascade.
The Clippers topped the 13-team field with 48 points, edging past second-place Dubuque Wahlert Catholic (67) and third-place Maquoketa Valley (88).
Senior Brandon Barker won the event with a time of 17:10.7 and teammate Gavin Zillyette finished fourth in 17:51.4.

Boys tie for title, tiebreaker forces second

Girls win division at Ballard invite

BALLARD– The anticipated cross country showdown, between Class 3A’s No. 1 Ballard Bombers girls and No. 7 Solon’s Lady Spartans was not to be. The Sept. 14 near upset, though, came from Solon’s No. 5 3A boys, who went down to the wire with back-to-back state 1A champions Madrid.

First and second at Spartan Cross Country Invitational

SOLON– Approaching midseason, Solon’s cross country teams are leaning heavily on their depth to finish at– or near– the top of the standings.
That was driven home at Solon’s Sept. 21 home meet, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Varsity boys shook off a one-point bump to second from their last meet to a close first place this week. With three top-10 runners, the Spartans pushed past Bettendorf, and a 52-59 win. In the junior varsity (JV) meet, they were second, 30-39 to Mount Vernon-Lisbon.

42 Stanton and Spartans’ lucky number

Spartans blast Trojans, 42-7

TAMA– The Solon varsity football team moved to 2-2 on the season, 2-0 in Class 2A, District 6 play, following another 42-point evening.
The Spartans blasted the South Tama Trojans, 42-7, on the road on Friday, Sept. 18.
It was the second straight week of 42-point productivity, following the week three rout of Union, 42-0.
Forty-two may just be the Spartans’ and Head Coach Lucas Stanton’s new favorite number.
Stanton, when asked if Friday night’s Homcoming game might be another 42-point affair, refused to forecast.
“Ha, ha! No predictions, but we do like that number!” he responded.