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Sports

Coming to America… Peter Jok

Hawk Talk

This probably won’t come as a shock, but I’m almost certain Peter Jok is the first Iowa Hawkeye basketball player born in Sudan.
Sudan is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the east, and South Sudan to the south.
It is the third-largest country in Africa, and is divided by the river Nile into eastern and western halves.
Peter moved to Des Moines when he was 9 and lived with Mike Nixon, his guardian.
He is related to the late Manute Bol and current Los Angeles Laker, Luol Deng.

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Why not us?

Solon upsets No. 1 seed Wahlert

DES MOINES– Well, why not?
Solon absolutely thumped the No. 1 seed in the opening round of the 3A baseball tournament Tuesday, advancing to a semifinal against Harlan (28-5) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.
The Spartans shelled Dubuque Wahlert, 12-2, in a game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule.
Solon jumped out to a first-inning lead right off the bat, but salted the game away with four-run spurts in the fifth and sixth innings. The Spartans loaded the bases with no outs in each of those innings.

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Lady Spartans take third

Solon comes back once again against Boy-Hull/Rock Valley

FORT DODGE– If you’d have told Solon softball coach Jim White at the beginning of the year that his team would take third place in the state tournament, he’d have been ecstatic.
Denied a chance at the 3A title game, Solon’s Lady Spartans rebounded one last time for the 2016 season, defeating No. 11 Boy-Hull/Rock Valley, 6-3, in the third-place game at the state softball tournament Friday.
Solon, ranked No. 3, finished the year 34-10.

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VIP parking for 2016 CCA football season available for $50

TIFFIN– Reserved parking spots are available for the five Clear Creek Amana home varsity football games of the 2016 season. A $50 payment will guarantee a reserved spot in the front row of the parking lot (closest to the field). Arrive any time before the game without worrying about parking. Spots will be opened to general parking after the varsity kickoff of each game.
Home football dates are Sept. 2, Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 21.

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Trojans make third consecutive state tourney trip

IC West punches its ticket with 7-1 win over Davenport Central

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They’re heading back to the state baseball championships again.
Iowa City West High’s Trojans are the No. 2 seed in the eight-team field in Class 4A for the 2016 tournament to be held in Des Moines on Wednesday, July 27, Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. The Trojans make their third consecutive appearance after knocking off Davenport Central, 7-1, in the Substate 5 final on Wednesday, July 20, at West High.

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Four Clippers earn WaMaC baseball honors

Neubauer finds a First Team berth

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Four Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball players earned WaMaC conference All-Division Baseball honors. The 2016 selections announced Thursday, July 21, included Benton Community’s Derek Anderson picking up Coach of the Year honors for the West Division, which is home to CCA.
Jake Neubauer was the sole Clipper to earn First Team honors while Robby Swails was a Second Team pick and Kobey Schlotman and Grayson Rotter both earned Honorable Mention.

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Trojans earn All-Division Baseball spots

Stumpff is MVC Valley Div. Coach of the Year

IOWA CITY– Charlie Stumpff and his staff have received the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) Valley Division Coach of the Year honors. The 2016 All-Division Baseball Selections were released Thursday, July 21, with the West High Trojans named the Division’s Team Champion and Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Spencer Van Scoyoc earning Athlete of the Year honors. Eight West High players found a berth on the First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention or All-Academic rosters.

First Team
Austin Miller (senior), Izaya Ono-Fullard (junior) and Connor McCaffery (junior)

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Mustangs sink the Clippers in district semifinal

Mount Vernon ends Clear Creek Amana season, 6-3

SOLON– The 2016 season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity baseball team ended Friday, July 15, in Solon as the Mount Vernon Mustangs won a Class 3A District 9 semifinal game, 6-3.
The Clippers ended the season at 19-20 overall while the Mustangs (28-10 overall) advanced to face Solon in the district final on Monday, July 18, in Solon.
The Mustangs did the bulk of their damage in the bottom of the third inning with a five-run barrage built on an RBI double, a three-run homer and an RBI single. Mount Vernon added a bit of cushion with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

Game Time

Hawk Talk

NORTH LIBERTY– The Game Time League started July 6 and all of Iowa’s freshmen basketball players are not only playing, but looking good.
The Hawkeyes’ incoming class, ranked seventh in the nation, possesses a combination of size, shooters and ball handlers.
Start with Makenzie Meyer, a 5-10 guard from Mason City who was named 2016 Iowa Miss Basketball.
Meyer helped Mason City to their first-ever state championship in girls basketball in 2016.
She was a four-time all-conference pick and a three-time all-state selection.

Solon’s one run holds up in district baseball final

Ira deals two-hit shutout to Mount Vernon

SOLON– They were two Cool Hand Lukes.
But Solon’s Luke Ira got the better of Mount Vernon’s Luke Eldred and the Spartans advanced to a substate baseball final July 20 against Fairfield.
Ira threw a two-hit shutout and a single first-inning run held up as the Spartans upset the Mustangs, 1-0, Monday, July 18, in Solon.

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Heartbreak on Melrose

Davenport West upsets Iowa City West, 5-3, in regional softball final

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– If not for a first inning grand slam, Iowa City West High’s 5-3 loss in a Class 5A regional final softball game to Davenport West may well have been a 3-1 win.
The sixth-ranked Women of Troy faced the 11th-ranked Falcons Tuesday, July 12, in Iowa City on the final stop for either team before heading to Fort Dodge and the 2016 State Softball Tournament.