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Chris Umscheid

Lady Spartans slap Sabers in regional

Solon beats DeWitt 9-1 in semifinal

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on a roll.
A 9-1 win Saturday night, July 13, at home against Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 4A regional semifinal gave Solon a 38-2 record and 14 consecutive wins.
The Spartans were the visiting team on the scoreboard and as the visitors, went to bat first. A five-run first inning gave Solon a cushion against the 25-16 Sabers.

Just like mi madre used to make

Los Jimadores brings the authentic taste of Mexico to NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Not all Mexican restaurants are alike, and not all are truly authentic in flavor and atmosphere, according to Jasmine Ortiz, one of the friendly faces you’ll encounter at Los Jimadores Authentic Mexican Restaurant in North Liberty.
Ortiz defined authentic as homemade encompasses a wider variety of menu offerings with a different taste and seasonings than found in more conventional restaurants.
“It’s like Mama would make,” Ortiz said.

Clippers make short work ofTigers

CCA rolls 13-1 over Grinnell in 4A quarterfinal

OXFORD– The electricity bill for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will be a little lower next month thanks to the varsity softball team.
Its Class 4A Quarterfinal game Thursday night, July 11, was over and done with before the lights at the ball field were turned on.
In three innings of play, the Clippers took it to the Grinnell Tigers, 13-1, earning a trip to Carlisle on Saturday, July 13, for the regional semifinal facing Carlisle.

West gets hot at the right time

Wins over CR Kennedy, City send Women of Troy to regional final

IOWA CITY– It’s been a rough season for the West High Women of Troy, but a postseason surge has led to a streak of three consecutive wins and a trip to a Class 5A regional final.
West blasted Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday night, July 11, at home, 11-0, in five innings. Morgan Ryan had a triple and Michaela Recker knocked out a double as West put up 13 hits. Erin Kallsen had three singles while Lauren Larson, Taylor Libby and Adara Opiola had a pair of base hits each.
Jesse Harder went the distance in the circle giving up only one hit and issuing six strikeouts.

Sharing the bragging rights

West, City split two-day baseball doubleheader

IOWA CITY– In Iowa City, the winning football team gets “The Boot.” The volleyball team gets “The Spike.” In baseball, bragging rights are on the line and this year both City and West can say they won as the teams split a doubleheader conducted Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9.

As American as baseball and apple pie

Oxford parade marks Independence Day

OXFORD– Major General Robert Sentman, USA (ret.), dressed in full cavalry attire, and carrying the cavalry guidon, maintained a steady pace as he rode his horse along the streets of Oxford Thursday, July 4. Behind him the American Legion carried our nation’s flag, fire trucks sounded their horns and sirens, political parties advertised their candidates, and antique cars and tractors followed while candy flew toward eager children at the curbs.

Improving health a focus at CCA

Federal grant fuels drive for healthy kids

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re getting healthier and more fit in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools. Kathy Campbell, the district’s wellness coordinator, gave the school board a year-end report on a new push for health and wellness during the board’s Wednesday, June 19, meeting.

Ram-bunctious

West High splits with Dubuque Senior softball

IOWA CITY– The night ended in a draw, but the Women of Troy still had reason to celebrate Tuesday, July 2. The Rams of Dubuque Senior visited for a varsity doubleheader and brought a 25-5 record overall and 16-4 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. West was 17-17 and 14-8 in contrast. The Rams were also ranked fourth in Class 5A while the Women of Troy were unranked.
So when West pulled off a 6-2 upset win in game one, some dugout dancing during game two could certainly be understood.

Clippers and Cardinals end in doubleheader split

TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered a 9-2 loss to the Maquoketa Cardinals Friday, July 5 on the home diamond, but rallied back to win the nightcap 6-5 in a WaMaC varsity doubleheader.

Spartans survive slugfest with CCA

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.

Mustangs not so wild

IOWA CITY– It was business as usual Friday, June 28, for the West High Trojans on the diamond.
And business was good.
The Trojans took on the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead in a varsity doubleheader and put two more wins in the book by taking the opener 4-3 and the nightcap, 9-1.

CCA falls in slugfest with Spartans

Solon takes doubleheader from Clippers 7-3 and 23-13

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.