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Sports

The defense

This is the final part of Hawkeye preview for the 2014 season.
This week I’ll look at the defense.

The Hawkeye defense should be a strong point this fall, especially the defensive line, which has all four starters back.
The big question will be replacing the three starting linebackers, James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey.
Anthony and Christian have a shot to start for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns respectively.
Quinton Alston (6-1, 232) played as a true freshman, saw action in all 13 games last year and was Academic All-Big Ten as a junior.

Spartans are ready to run

SOLON– A good turnout for both the boys and girls cross country teams has coach Emy Williams optimistic as the 2014 season gets underway. Williams, with 13 seasons in the books, has four senior letter-winners back for the girls and three for the boys.

2014 Optimist Fishing Derby

The Solon Optimist Fishing Derby was held July 19 during Beef Days with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. at Brosh’s Pond. The event was emceed and run by Doug Thompson. Terry Krob performed the paperwork of registering the entrants and tallying the fish they caught. President Chris Mottinger, member Tony Ulch and nonmember Matt Blinks measured and relayed the catch information to Terry. Marv Stastny assisted and took pictures. Joanne Ulch did the advertising, and got the fishing poles and worms. Denny Gruber caught and stocked the pond with some good-sized catfish.

Coach’s bump puts Clippers volleyball under new leadership for 2014 season

TIFFIN– It may be rough sailing for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as the varsity volleyball season gets underway without Brian Bronzynski at the helm.
Bronzynski was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year after his teaching position was cut, and he was told the CCA district would not offer him the coaching contract without a teaching position. This was in the wake of his wife Karla being diagnosed with cancer, and Bronzynski taking time away from school to be with her during treatment.

Five starters to lead Women of Troy

Iowa City West High girls cross country ready for action

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IOWA CITY– Five starters will lead the way on the cross country courses for the West High Women of Troy this season as the squad defends its 2013 Conference and Regional Championships.
Seniors Emmie Skopec and Maria Burtch, with sophomores Olivia Moore and Jessie and Gabby Skopec, return to the lineup for 2014. Burtch finished 77th at the State Meet in 16:12.1, Emmie Skopec was 32nd in 15:16.7. Moore completed the State Meet in 88th place in 16:24.1; Jessie Skopec was 25th (and second for West) in 15:07.2 while Gabby Skopec was 50th in 15:34.3.

Offense Preview

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a three-part story on Hawkeye football.
Last week I looked at the special teams, the quarterbacks and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and running backs.
The offensive line should be one of the strengths of the team, especially when you have Brandon Scherff back for his senior year.
Brandon checks in at 6-5, 320 pounds and is on everybody’s preseason All-American teams.
It was the best news of the of season last year when he said, “I’ll be back.”