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Sports

Too close for comfort

Hawk Talk

One of the biggest knocks on Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is that his teams play up or down to the opponent.
That works well when you’re playing up to a good team but can get a little nerve wracking when you play down to a team that you are big time favorites against... like Ball State.
Remember Hawk fans, this isn’t the same Ball State Cardinal team that Iowa beat 56-0 (2005) and 45-0 (2010).
These Cardinals won 17 of the last 19 games and have knocked off two Big Ten schools along the way.
Iowa’s come from behind 17-13 win over Ball State last Saturday was anything but pretty.

Lady Spartans close the door on No. 2 Mt. Vernon

Solon picks up losses to ranked teams at CR Washington tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartan volleyball team is earning its ranking as the No. 1 team in Class 3A.
Solon emphatically turned away No. 2 (3A) Mount Vernon last week, 3-1, and spent most of the weekend battling some of the best 4A and 5A teams in the state in a tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington.
The Lady Spartans hosted Mount Vernon Thursday in front of a packed house, and despite digging a few holes, they served up a convincing win in four sets.

Spartans tame Mustang offense in 34-14 win

Solon defense holds Mount Vernon to 19 total yards

MOUNT VERNON– Logan Linderbaum can now add punt returner to his resume.
The Solon senior lineman plucked a blocked punt out of mid-air and rumbled 18 yards to the Mount Vernon 17-yard-line, setting up a Brandon Kramer touchdown that gave Solon a 19-7 lead right before halftime Friday night.
The Spartans tacked on two more scores in the second half and went on to a 34-14 road win over the Mustangs, moving to 2-0 on the young football season.

Easy Win

CCA 40, Mid-Prairie 6

TIFFIN– After the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) suffered a heartbreaking season-opening overtime loss on the road in Center Point, they retooled and rearmed for a week two visit from Mid-Prairie (Wellman) in a Class 3A-Class 2A non-district match-up.
The result was a 40-6 shelling of the Golden Hawks, improving the Clippers’ record to 1-1.

West wins 3-0 over Jefferson

Balanced attack thwarts J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– The Women of Troy opened the 2014 MVC volleyball season ranked fifth in the state and with a 2-1 record Tuesday, Sept. 2, at home against the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. West had knocked off North Scott and No. 6 Pleasant Valley before falling to Bettendorf in MVC/MAC play, while the J-Hawks had yet to take to the court.

Clippers in cross country action at Williamsburg

North Liberty Leader
WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s cross country squads opened the 2014 season at the Williamsburg Raider Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The varsity boys brought home a fifth-place overall finish led by Eric Douglass, who finished eighth in 18:36. The varsity girls were seventh overall and led by Chloe Keith and her 21st-place finish in 19:04.