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Sports

Third in the state last year, Creek Boys seek more this year

2020-2021 CCA varsity boys basketball preview

TIFFIN– Last season, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team made school history with its first state tournament appearance since 1993. The tournament campaign, only the third for the Clippers, culminated in a Class 3A third-place trophy.

Ready to go

2020-2021 CCA wrestling preview

TIFFIN– Due to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District returning to all-online learning, extracurricular activities, including athletic practices, are on hold until the students return to in-person/onsite learning on Monday, Nov. 30. However, the Clipper wrestlers aren’t just sitting around biding their time.
“The kids are running, working out and practicing individually,” said Coach Kyle Forness.

A Bolt prepares to become a Bulldog

Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder verbally commits to Drake

NORTH LIBERTY– She plans to become a Bulldog but first she has one more season as a Bolt.
Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder recently verbally committed to play volleyball for Drake University, joining teammate and 2021 commit Addie Schmierer. The 5-8 junior defensive specialist had 19 assists and one kill for the Lightning with 174 digs this season. Schroeder was also second on the team in ace serves with 31.

Bolts and Creek Girls garner more honors

2020 Iowa Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Teams announced

IOWA CITY– Eight local high school student athletes were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s (IGCA) 2020 All-District, Senior All-Stars and Academic All-Stars teams.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Calia Clubb and Hailey Pollock were named to the Class 4A SE All-District Team. Clubb, a junior, also earned an Honorable Mention spot on the Class 4A All-State Team after leading the Clippers with 243 kills. Pollock, a senior, produced 221 kills this season.

MVC releases winter sports guidelines

Ongoing pandemic drives spectator numbers down

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) has released its winter sports guidelines for member schools, including Liberty High School in North Liberty. The policy is based on guidance from the governor’s office, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Class 2A District 6 champs recognized

Spartans named to all-district squads

SOLON– Several Spartan varsity football players were recognized for performances both on and off the field as the Spartans ended the 2020 campaign Class 2A District 6 Champions and Class 2A quarterfinalists.
Senior running back Jackson Ryan was recognized as Overall District Most Valuable Player, was named to the First Team All-District Team and received Academic All-District honors.
Senior wide receiver Colton Hoffman was named Offensive Skill Most Valuable Player, received First Team All-District recognition and was acknowledged for his Academic All-District performance.

Lady Spartans excited for 2020-2021 basketball season

Lady Spartans basketball ready to control what they can, nothing more, nothing less

SOLON– “We have had a great two weeks of practice,” Lady Spartans Head Coach Jamie Smith responded. “The energy and effort has been at a high level. We have got better.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic swelling and the promise of a pandemic modified season to contend with, the Lady Spartans under Coach Smith rely on a recurring theme.
The theme under Smith has been “‘Program>>>>Team>>>>Me.’ This served us well the past two years and has been a big part of the growth of the program.”
But the global pandemic has affected the Lady Spartans’ preparation.

Creek Boys earn football honors

Bollers and Swails among 14 CCA players on 3A-6 All-District teams

TIFFIN– Fourteen Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity football players were selected for spots on the 2020 Class 3A District 6 All-District Football teams.
Senior TJ Bollers and junior Ben Swails were recognized as the District Defensive Player of the Year and Punter of the Year, respectively, with 35.5 tackles (25 solo, 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss) for Bollers, and 22 punts for 936 yards (with an average of 42.5 yards per kick) for Swails.

Trojan-Bolts pick up MVC All-Division Swimming honors

Aurora Roghair named Valley Division Swimmer of the Year

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High and Liberty High’s combined girls swimming and diving team– The Trojan-Bolts– placed 14 student athletes on the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming and Diving All-Division selections list.
Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division, home to the Trojan-Bolts, Swimmer of the Year, while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Chad Derlein and his staff picked up Division Coach of the Year honors. City High’s Rika Yahashiri was named the Mississippi Division Swimmer of the Year, with Linn-Mar High School’s Bobby Kelley and staff taking Coach of the Year.

Building on a historic season

2020-2021 Clear Creek Amana varsity girls basketball preview

TIFFIN The 2019-2020 varsity girls basketball season was especially historic for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with the Clippers claiming their first WaMaC Conference title (shared with Center Point-Urbana) with an 11-1 conference record, qualifying them for their first-ever state tournament appearance. The Creek Girls took a 19-4 record into the Class 4A tourney, but fell, 63-43, to North Scott in the quarterfinals to end the season at 19-5.
The Creek Girls lost six seniors to graduation: Allie Rummelhart, Gracie Downes, Karsyn Stratton, Meagan Harvey, Victoria Ciha and Ainsley Schrock.

Much smaller crowds becomes the norm

Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation limits athletic event spectators

DES MOINES– The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, and threaten the likelihood of a winter sports season.
With a surge in positive cases of the virus in recent weeks, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended the State Public Health Emergency Declaration on Tuesday, Nov. 10, for an additional 30 days.
In addition to continuing previous requirements on attendees of social, community, recreational, leisure or sporting gatherings to maintain 6 feet of distance from other groups, the latest proclamation adds new requirements, which directly impact high school sports.

CCA’s Pollock makes it official

Clipper senior will play volleyball for Western Illinois University

TIFFIN– In August of 2019, at the age of 16, Hailey Pollock verbally committed to Western Illinois University to play volleyball. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior made it official as she signed the letter of intent.
Pollock was the second highest in kills for CCA in a COVID-19 shortened 2020 season with 221, produced eight assists and led the Clippers in solo blocks with 17. In addition, she made 62 block assists, 54 digs and made 36 ace serves.