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Sports

Spartans third at Ruth Ahrens Track Invitational

Christensen, Ira, 4x800 relay collect first-place finishes

MARENGO– Iowa Valley High School hosted the Ruth Ahrens Boys Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 12, and the Spartans grabbed third in team scoring with a bit of a change in the cast.
The Spartans collected 10 team points apiece as Nate Christensen and Luke Ira took first place in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles and Jake Schaeckenbach, Ben Krutzfeldt, Adam Smith and Graeson Dall took first in the 4x800-meter relay.

Balance helps Solon girls to 5th place

Misel 2nd in discus, shot put; Solon places in all 7 relays

DAVENPORT– In their annual battle against the big schools, Solon’s girls had scoring from all seven relays on the track and another great showing from the field to finish fifth in the Jesse Day Relays April 14 at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.

Solon girls notch first win of the season at Western Dubuque

PEOSTA– The Solon Girls Golf team traveled to Thunder Hills Golf Club in Peosta on Monday, April 11. The conditions were not ideal for golf, but the girls toughed out their first win of the season. The Lady Spartans outlasted the Bobcats, 211­-215. Western Dubuque’s Quinn Herbst was the medalist, shooting a 44. Scoring for the Lady Spartans were:Dani Carter (49), Grace McCarty (51), Jenna Roskopf (55), and Reegan Helle (56).

West High splits with Cougars on the soccer pitch

CR Kennedy girls win 2-0 but Trojan boys take 5-0 victory

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High varsity soccer teams hosted a doubleheader Thursday, April 14, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars visited the Trojans’ pitch.

Women of Troy win CR track meet

Nock, Welch, Skopec, Dusterhoft, Haight bring home victories

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy won the 2016 Draxton-Stiers/Wilkinson Co-Ed Invitational Meet held at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids Saturday, April 16.
West topped the seven-team field with 163 points, followed by Cedar Falls (113), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (88), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (66), Cedar Rapids Xavier (57), Cedar Rapids Prairie (51) and Dubuque Hempstead (50).

Clippers sweep W. Delaware on home turf

CCA girls wins 7-0 and boys 5-0 in soccer doubleheader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity soccer teams swept the visiting Hawks of West Delaware in a girls-boys doubleheader Tuesday, April 12, on the home turf.
Matt Harding’s girls improved to 4-0 with the 7-0 shelling of the Hawks in the opener, while Tim Benson’s boys upped their record to 2-1 with a 5-0 win in the nightcap.

Register now for North Liberty summer rec programs

NORTH LIBERTY– The guide to the North Liberty Recreation Department’s summer programming is now available online. New this summer for youth: a disc golf league and indoor youth hockey. For adults: drop-in dodgeball and an Iowa River kayak trip. Also new: Knight Riders, a summer of community service and bike riding, and music lessons (for any age).
The guide also includes details on the Just Tri youth triathlon, community garden plots and free fishing weekend with Take a Kid Outdoors. Download the guide on the City of North Liberty website, http://northlibertyiowa.org

West High boys eighth at Wilkinson Relays in CR

Doorn fourth in JV 3,200 run, JV 4x400 third

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Elements of the West High Trojan track and field team placed eighth in team points Monday, April 11, at the 30th annual Wilkinson Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington at Kingston Stadium.

Creek Girls sixth at Anamosa Early Bird

Schwarting 2nd in long jump and hurdles, Rollers 2nd in discus and high jump

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ANAMOSA– “We’re getting faster!” So said Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track coach Jane Astor after the Creek girls’ appearance in the 2016 Anamosa Girls Early Bird meet Tuesday, April 12. The Clippers placed sixth in overall team points, behind meet winner Monticello (185.5 points), Maquoketa Valley, Center Point-Urbana, Dyersville Beckman and Springville. CCA posted 82 team points and beat the host Raiders.

CCA boys fifth at Bobcat Relays at Van Horne

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VAN HORNE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys track and field team posted a fifth-place team finish Friday, April 15, at the Bobcat Relays hosted by Benton Community at Bobcat Stadium.
Mount Vernon won the meet with 148 points, followed by Vinton-Shellsburg (142.5), the host Bobcats (106), Williamsburg (77.5) and the Clippers (63). Independence, Union, Janesville, Belle Plaine, Columbus Catholic, Iowa Valley, Alburnett and Valley Lutheran rounded out the 13-team field.

Hawkeye defense

Hawk Talk

The last couple of weeks, I talked about the Iowa offense.
The next couple of weeks, I’ll look at the Iowa defense and special teams.
First, I have to comment about Desmond King, Iowa’s All-World defensive back.
When I say All-World, I mean Desmond was a unanimous consensus All-American, won the Jim Thorpe award, won the Jack Tatum award (voted the best defensive back in America), was the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year and unanimous All-Big Ten selection, yet he’s coming back for his senior year.
Good for you Desmond, who promised his Mom he would graduate.

Des Moines scrimmage

Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawks held their annual scrimmage in Des Moines last Friday and the big news was the weather.
It was cold and it was windy.
Iowa didn’t wear full pads, so there was no tackling.
The defense usually is ahead of the offense because they know the plays.
Jay Scheel continued to shine, catching an 80-yard pass during seven-on-seven drills. Jay showed separation on the play, something Iowa needs.