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Sports

CCA boys run at ISU Boy’s Classic

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AMES– A small detachment of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School boys track and field team ran in the Iowa State Boy’s High School Classic indoor meet on Tuesday, March 15, in the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames.
Cole Liebe posted the Clippers’ best individual finish with a 34th-place showing in the 3,200-meter run in 11:05.84 while the 4x800-meter relay team was 26th in 9:08.74.

Spring football

Hawk Talk

Spring football opened for the Iowa Hawkeyes last week and the Hawks look to go into fall as one of the favorites in the Big Ten West.
Iowa finished the season ranked ninth in the nation, the fifth time since 2002 the Hawkeyes finished in the top 10.
Iowa started the season 12-0 for the first time in school history. The 12 wins are a program record. It was the fifth time in school history Iowa has completed an undefeated regular season, the first since 1922.

Track season hits the great outdoors

Girls finish fourth at the Mount Vernon Relays

MOUNT VERNON– The move outdoors brings a new look to the 2016 track season. Solon’s girls could see how they do on the full-size 400 meter track, while adding events like the shuttle hurdle relay, discus… even the 3,000, which are difficult– or impossible­– to accommodate in early season indoor meets.

Boys third at Mt. Vernon Relays

Balanced team shows promise as the track season starts

MOUNT VERNON– The Solon Boys started the outdoor season by taking third at the Mount Vernon Relays with 103 points, trailing Lisbon (111) in second, and event host Mount Vernon (129) in first. The weather was overcast on Saturday, March 26; the temperatures reached the 50s and the wind was relatively calm from the south-southeast at about 10-20 miles per hour. As the competitors filed into the track, the public address system came to life, blaring Huey Lewis and the News’ “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Young but hungry

CCA boys eager to get on the soccer field

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TIFFIN– The 2016 high school soccer season starts on Tuesday, April 5, for Tim Benson and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. With only five seniors on the varsity squad, he describes the team as, “Young but hungry.” A large junior class is coming off two outstanding years at the junior varsity level, Benson said, an achievement made without five of their classmates who played mostly varsity soccer: Wyatt Sedlacek, Trey Godbolt, Erick Martinez, Ian McDonald and Tyreke Williams.

Muddying the waters

Creek Girls move to 2A for soccer with seven other teams

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TIFFIN– For two years, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team has been in the top five for Class 1A in the state of Iowa. This season the squad moves up to Class 2A along with seven other teams, including defending 1A champion Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) and state-qualifier LaPorte City-Union. Coach Matt Harding, in his fourth year with the program, noted 2A champion Ankeny and runner-up Pleasant Valley are moving out of the class and going up to 3A with six additional teams.

CCA and IC West run at ISU Girls’ Classic

West’s Haight wins shot put

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AMES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West High track and field athletes were in action Monday, March 14, at the Iowa State Girls’ High School Classic indoor meet, held at the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

A season on the brink

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
For the third straight season, the Iowa Hawkeyes got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament in the first game.
I didn’t see this coming.
I also didn’t see Illinois, which came into the game shooting 36 percent from 3-point range, shooting 44 percent (10-23) against Iowa.
I also didn’t see Anthony Clemmons not scoring a point in the game. He was 0-8 from the floor.
Anthony has started 31 games this year, averages 9.3 points per game and has only been shut-out once before… a 77-66 win over Nebraska.

Equine team places at Iowa Falls competition

IOWA FALLS– The Corridor Competitive Equine competed in the 2016 Iowa Youth Equine Extravaganza March 5 and 6 at the Ellsworth Equestrian Center in Iowa Falls. The members competing were Audrey Lester, Erika Law, Brooke Miller, Maddy Santos and Abby Kaska.
Maddy Santos participated in the Hippology Contest, receiving ninth place out of 46.
In the Senior Division, Audrey Lester earned third place in Oral Reasons and 10th place Overall.
In the Junior Division, Abby Kaska received first place on Individual Placings and Oral Reasons, earning her a first place Overall (out of 42).

Gustin changing from Spartan to Hawkeye

Volleyball head coach joining UI staff as volunteer assistant

SOLON– Solon’s loss will be the University of Iowa’s gain.
Peter Gustin, the head coach of Solon’s varsity volleyball program, has accepted a position as a volunteer assistant with the Hawkeyes.
Gustin became Solon’s head coach after the unexpected departure of coach Kurt Trout at the beginning of the 2012 season. Trout had led the Lady Spartans to their first-ever tournament appearance in 2011.
Under Gustin, the Solon girls reached the tournament final three straight years, winning the 3A championship in 2014.

Third Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk, April 16

Keeping Brett’s memory alive

SOLON– Although Brett Smith passed away nearly four years ago, his memory is still going strong in the hearts of his friends, family and community.
The son of Jeff and Carmen Smith, Brett was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia in January of his senior year. He was treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics but was later sent to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and passed away there on April 16, 2012.
In 2014, Sarah Drea and Brady Smith, first cousins of Brett, organized a running and walking event in honor of their family member.

Runner-up, again

6th consecutive year at state tournament yields another second-place finish for West

DES MOINES– If there was an underlying theme to the Iowa City West High boys’ 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament experience, it had to be, “We needed to play better.”
The West High Trojans, in their sixth-consecutive state tournament appearance, knocked off Des Moines Hoover in the first round and Cedar Falls in the semifinals before falling 46-39 to West Des Moines Valley in the championship.