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Sports

Clippers pick up second win

CCA 17, Keokuk Chiefs 10

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KEOKUK– The Creek is rising again.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity football team improved its record to 2-1 in Class 3A District No.5, and 2-3 overall with a 17-10 win over Keokuk Friday, Sept. 25, on the Chiefs’ happy hunting grounds.
Aaron Akers scored both of the Clippers’ touchdowns. Both were 1-yard runs and backed up with Tyreke Williams’ extra point kicks.
Akers scored first in the first quarter, and the Chiefs knotted the game with a 22-yard pass in the second. A 26-yard field goal gave the Chiefs a 10-7 lead at halftime.

Women of Troy second, Trojans sixth in Kansas cross country meet Sept. 26

West High runs well in “The Land of Ah’s”

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LAWRENCE, KANSAS — West High’s varsity cross country teams competed in the Rim Rock Farm High School Cross Country Classic in Lawrence, Kansas Saturday, Sept. 26 with the Women of Troy placing second in overall team points and the Trojans placing sixth.
St. Thomas Aquinas of Overland Park, Kansas was the top girls team while the Trojan boys finished behind St. Thomas Aquinas, College Park, Blue Springs, Rockhurst and Brentwood Academy.

West wins, 121 to 62, over Dubuque Wahlert Catholic

Women of Troy soak the swimming Golden Eagles

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CORALVILLE– West High’s Women of Troy Swimming and Diving team picked up another victory Tuesday, Sept. 22, by defeating the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School, 121 to 62, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
200-meter medley relay: 1, IC West (Alison Hsu, Jennifer Du, Elaina Martz, Ariel Roghair), 1:59.30. 2, IC West (Morgan Brunk, Rachel Ding, Katy Alden, Mae Grahs), 2:08.51.
200-meter freestyle: 2, Alleyna Thomas, 2:07.76. 3, Lauren Katz, 2:15.81. 4, Natalie Shoultz, 2:19.37.

West High fourth at Cougar Swimming and Diving Invitational

Hsu wins 200-meter individual medley

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School was the site of the 2015 Cougar Invitational swimming and diving meet Saturday, Sept. 26, with the West High Women of Troy competing against Kennedy and five other teams. The Women of Troy finished fourth in team points behind champion Pleasant Valley, Johnston and the host, Cougars. Decorah, rival City High Little Hawks and Cedar Rapids Jefferson rounded out the field of contenders.
Erica Hsu picked up West’s only win of the meet by taking the 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.35.

West volleyball takes second at Dubuque Invitational

No. 1 Bettendorf slips by in semifinals

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DUBUQUE– The West High Women of Troy participated in the 2015 Dubuque Invitational, a volleyball tournament so big it had to be played at both Hempstead and Senior high schools on Saturday, Sept. 26.
West High went 3-1 on the day and was 3-0 at the conclusion of pool play. Coach Randy Dolson and company took a No. 2 seed into the playoffs, but the top-ranked team in the state in Class 5A, Bettendorf, knocked the Women of Troy out in the semifinal round, 2-0.

Marshall rocks Kinnick!

Hawk Talk

When you grow up in Solon, about 15 miles northeast of Kinnick Stadium, and you play for the Solon Spartan football team, you dream of playing football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
You go back to the ‘70s, when Eddie Donovan, who played for Solon and was a Hawkeye halfback from 1973-76.
Eddie’s big moment came in 1974 when he caught a touchdown pass from Rob Fick with 12 seconds left to help Iowa beat Illinois, 14-12.
I was on the sideline at that game as a football manager for the Hawkeyes.

Spartans blank Indians 35-0 in another lightning-delayed game

And the heavens did pour

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MARION– “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.” – John Steinbeck.
Such was the case Friday, Sept. 18, when the Marion Indians fell like the rain to the Solon Spartans, 35-0, in a Class 3A District 4 struggle.
The sky was dark as Friday night’s game was moved to a 5 p.m. start due to a dour forecast.

Girls fourth, boys seventh at home meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Heading toward mid-season, Solon cross country runners have a clear look at their first few runners, and a lot of competition through the rest of the lineup. They’ll need some of those ‘next runners in’ to step up in the weeks ahead.
In cross country, a school’s first five runners determine the team score. Every couple years, the sixth runner breaks a tie. For the Spartan boys and girls, there’s a lot of movement between the varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams to grab one of the varsity spots.

Solon boys seventh at home

Lady Spartans earn sweep over Cardinals

MAQUOKETA– Just what the doctor ordered.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team swept Maquoketa (25-17, 25-17, 29-27) on the road Sept. 15.
The Lady Spartans welcomed Josey Hajek back into the lineup and she contributed two solo blocks and five kills.
Solon is still without Grace Keith, but Jessica Heick was there to help pick up the team with 10 kills and six service aces. The Lady Spartans as a team racked up 11 aces against the Cardinals. Grace McCarty added three while Mikayla Long and Rachel Nelson each added one. Nelson had 16 assists to lead the team, while McCarty had 23 digs.

CCA beats Ft. Madison, 27-14, on soggy Homecoming night

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– It was the second home game of the season for Clear Creek Amana and Homecoming Friday, Sept. 18, as the Fort Madison Bloodhounds visited Tiffin. It was also the second time this season that near-constant rain fell and the second time a lengthy lightning delay made for a long night.
However, it was also the Clippers’ first win of the season as they scrubbed the dogs, 27-14, and improved to a 1-0 record in district play and 1-3 record overall.

Women of Troy slam the Rams

West wins, 3-0, in volleyball

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DUBUQUE– The West High Women of Troy swept the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 3-0, in varsity volleyball action Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Dubuque. The Women of Troy, led by Ali Tauchen’s 10 kills, won 25-21, 25-16 and 25-7, and, in the process, improved their ranking by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union from 10th in Class 5A to sixth.

Women of Troy sixth at Little Hawk swimming invitational

West’s Erica Hsu wins 500 freestyle

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IOWA CITY– The Mercer Park Aquatic Center was the site of the 2015 Little Hawk Invitational swim meet hosted by Iowa City High on Saturday, Sept. 19. The West High Women of Troy joined seven other teams and finished sixth in overall team points with 184. Ankeny won the meet with 398 points, MVC foe Cedar Falls was second (340) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy was third (319). The host Little Hawks were eighth in points with 131.
Erica Hsu picked up West’s only win, taking the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.34. She also took second in the 200-yard IM in 2:12.10.