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Sports

Trojans reign at Eastern Iowa Classic XC Meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– While many area schools called off classes early Thursday, Sept. 21, due to heat and humidity, the West High Trojans competed in Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2017 Eastern Iowa Classic cross country meet at Seminole Valley Park, in northeast Cedar Rapids. The Trojans topped the five-team field with 43 points. Cedar Rapids Washington was the runner-up with 50, while the host Cougars were third, one-point behind the Warriors at 51. Cedar Rapids Xavier and Iowa City Regina rounded out the field of competitors.

Women of Troy win Cougar Invite

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s varsity swimming and diving team won Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2017 Cougar Invitational Saturday, Sept. 23, at Kennedy High. The Women of Troy edged Pleasant Valley 492 to 484 while the host Cougars were third (374) and rival City High was fifth (228).
Aurora Roghair won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.42 and the 100-yard freestyle in 54.28 seconds while Lilly Ernst took the 100-yard butterfly in 59.37 seconds.

Boats give Pointers a bath

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CENTER POINT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers (“Boats”) built upon momentum gained in a 51-0 Homecoming win over Maquoketa the week before, traveling to Center Point Friday, Sept. 22, and knocking off Center Point-Urbana, 35-14. The win improved the Boats’ district record to 2-1 and overall record to 2-3.

A tale of two halves

Iowa’s 31-14 win over North Texas State Saturday can be broken down into major differences between the first and second half.
The first half can be described in one-word U-G-L-Y.
Iowa trailed, 14-10.
The Mean Green had 87 first-half yards rushing, Iowa 71.
North Texas had 212 yards in total offense, Iowa 214.
NT had the ball for 13:25, Iowa 16:35.
In the second half, the Hawks shut out the Mean Green, 21-0.
Iowa finished with 238 yards rushing, North Texas 112.
The Hawkeyes converted 11-18 on third downs for the game, NT 0-6.
Iowa also converted 4-5 on fourth down.

Volleyball Cancer Awareness and Fundraiser Night Tuesday, Sept. 26

SOLON– On Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m., join the Lady Spartans volleyball teams at Solon High School.
There will be a silent auction, a bake sale, T-shirts, 50/50 raffle and more.
Come and cheer the Lady Spartan volleyball teams for a great night with a great cause.
All proceeds go to: Strands of Strength (http://strandsofstrength.com/) and a local family affected by cancer.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and games start at 5 p.m.

Spartans cast out Demons, 40-0

Solon stays unbeaten atop District 5

SOLON– “Cast out the Demons,” capped on each side by the Spartan logo, was the warning off Highway 1 as the Washington Demons came to town on Friday, Sept. 15. They should have heeded the warning as the Solon Spartans demolished the Washington Demons, 40-0.
The Solon Spartans are sitting at 4-0, 2-0 in district play, and have only allowed seven points.
Did Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller see that coming?
“I’m not sure to be honest,” Miller said. “We knew that we had some important pieces in places that would allow our team to achieve at a high level.”

Girls 3rd at Solon XC meet

No rain for home meet. Despite that? Things to work on

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Skies threatened rain; but a few late sprinkles didn’t hold back any performances as more than 700 cross country runners threaded their way through the Solon Recreation and Nature Area during six separate races in the 2017 Spartan Invitational, Monday, Sept. 18.

Girls challenge ranked 3A, 4A teams and finish 3rd

Lady Spartans fall to No. 7 Pleasant Valley

Solon picks up win over Vinton-Shellsburg

MANCHESTER– It was a week of ups and downs that didn’t result in too many wins for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans doubled-down against No. 7 (5A) Pleasant Valley and faced off with No. 14 (2A) Sumner-Fredericksburg at a Marion tournament over the previous weekend and then fell on the road to West Delaware Sept. 12.
The lone victory for Solon came against Vinton-Shellsburg at Marion, a 2-0 sweep Sept. 9.
But the Lady Spartans battled against the ranked teams– pushing Pleasant Valley in a rematch and taking a 1-0 lead before falling to Sumner-Fredericksburg.

Clippers sail over Cardinals

CCA gets season’s first win on Homecoming over Maquoketa

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team earned its first victory of the 2017 season with a 51-0 Homecoming win Friday, Sept. 15, over the Maquoketa Cardinals. The win moved “the Boats” to 1-3 overall while dropping the red birds to 0-4.
The Boats fired their first salvo of the night with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter when Ethan Postler connected with Darius Moore for a touchdown. Mitch Evans nailed the point-after kick and CCA had a 7-0 lead.

Women of Troy swim to second at Little Hawks Invitational

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy swam and dove to the runner-up spot in City High’s 2017 Little Hawk Invitational Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. Bettendorf claimed the team championship with 468 points followed by West High (384), Ankeny (361), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (248) and West Des Moines Valley (214). The host Little Hawks were sixth with 196 team points.

Lightning VB strikes to 1-2 at Wahawk Invitational Meet

LeeAnn Potter leads Liberty High with 22 kills

North Liberty Leader
WATERLOO– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball squad competed in the Waterloo West High Wahawk Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday, Sept. 15, and ended the day with a 1-2 showing.
The Lightning fell 2-0 (21-17 and 21-13) to the Wahawks, defeated Don Bosco 2-1 (21-18, 16-21, 15-10) and were grounded by Decorah 2-0 (21-15, 25-23). LeeAnn Potter led the Bolts with 22 kills and five aces with support from Olivia Slattery with 10 kills and five aces.

IC West swims past CR Kennedy, 128-58

CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy swim team dunked the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars, 128-58, Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Varsity winners for West High included Melanie Housenga (200-yard freestyle), Lilly Ernst (200-yard Individual Medley (IM), 100-yard butterfly), Izabel Houselog (50-yard freestyle), Aurora Roghair (100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke), Alleyna Thomas (500-yard freestyle) and Jenny Geng (100-yard breaststroke).