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Sports

Girls’ AAU Barnstormers group tryouts July 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Any fifth through eighth grade female basketball players are invited to the AAU Barnstormers’ group tryout date Saturday, July 19, 1-4:30 p.m. at North Central Junior High (180 E. Forevergreen Rd.). Check in for fifth and sixth graders is from 1-1:30 p.m., with tryouts following. Seventh and eighth graders should check in at 2:45 p.m. to be ready for tryouts at 3-4:30 p.m. Note that players that are highly skilled, athletic and/or motivated may have the opportunity to “play up” a grade level. The fee is $10 at the door.

Liberty High registration Aug. 14-15

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is nearly underway for Liberty High School’s first set of students.
Sophomores and seniors will register Monday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors will register Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English Language Learners (ELL) and math testing will be Friday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Students and parents are instructed to use the district’s online registration to pay school fees before coming to Liberty High School to complete the registration process.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High through Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

Favorite Hawkeyes, women’s basketball

Hawk Talk

I’ve talked about some of my favorite Hawkeye football players and men’s basketball players.
This week I’ll look at my favorite women’s basketball players since Lisa Bluder took over in 2000. That was also my first year covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader.
I didn’t get to see many of Vivian Stringer’s team in the 1980s and ‘90s, but if I did I would probably go with Michelle “Ice” Edwards, Franthea Price and Toni Foster.
All were First Team Kodak All-Americans and Big Ten Players of the Year.

2017 Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31-Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– The Solon Spartans host the Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31 thru Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium. Cost for the camp is $40 and participants also receive a T-shirt. Grades 2-5 attend the 9-10:30 a.m. session and the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. session is for grades 6-8.
Campers may expect to learn and apply skills applicable to football. Coaches will spend time teaching the fundamental techniques essential to player development in the Spartan program. Campers will play lead up games and participate in various competitions.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY SOON

Lady Spartans, White are all-conference

Heick, Rogers, Hanrahan and Ryan named First Team

SOLON– Eight Lady Spartans and head coach Jim White were honored as the WaMaC Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters Wednesday, July 12.
White was named WaMaC Conference East Division Coach of the Year.
Four Lady Spartans earned First Team Honors in the East Division, with two more on the Second Team and two receiving Honorable Mention.
Senior catcher Jess Heick, junior infielder Madison Rogers, senior outfielder Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore outfielder Taylor Ryan were named to the First Team.

Spartans roll Mustangs in substate opener

Solon Economist
SOLON– Conventional wisdom among sports writers, fans and coaches postulates that it is all but impossible to beat a team three times in one season. The Solon Spartans varsity baseball team proved it is possible with a 6-1 win over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday, July 14, at home in a Class 3A Substate 4 District 8 semifinal.
Solon went up on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans added a run in the fourth when Luke Ira was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and a runner trotted home for a 2-0 score.

Just Tri Youth Triathlon Saturday, July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Swim, bike and run at the City of North Liberty’s annual youth triathlon Sunday, July 30, starting at 7 a.m.
The event is for kids of all fitness levels ages 6 to 14. Routes and distances vary based on age group.
A parent and participant meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at the community center, with packet pick up on Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Bolts and Trojans split on the diamond

From classmates to competitors

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Liberty High and Iowa City West High met in a freshman baseball doubleheader Monday, July 10, at West High and ended up in a split. Liberty’s Lightning Bolts took the first game, 12-11, but fell to their former classmates, 7-6, in the second game.

Car wash by Liberty High cheerleaders July 22

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High School cheerleaders are putting on a car wash Saturday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. at Hills Bank (Zeller Street) in North Liberty.
A car wash is free with donations going toward the cheer team.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.