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Sports

Spartans fall to West Delaware Hawks in second round of 3A football playoffs

MANCHESTER– It was a beautiful night for football, Monday, Nov. 2, as the Solon Spartans traveled to Manchester to meet the undefeated West Delaware Hawks. The Spartans fell behind in the first quarter, 7-0, and the Hawks scored again early in the second quarter. But it appeared Solon was on the brink of a repeat of its Wednesday battle with Washington when they rallied just before half with a score. At the half, West Delaware led, 14-7, but Solon seemed ready to start knocking.

Women of Troy to regional final

Third win over City moves West one match away from state

IOWA CITY– Once again, the West High Women of Troy proved conventional wisdom doesn’t count for much, as they showed it is possible to beat a quality team three times in one season. The myth busting occurred Thursday, Oct. 29, as West High faced rival City High in a Class 5A regional semifinal match at West, and won, 3-1. The teams first met on Sept. 8, at West, for the annual “Battle for the Spike,” which the Women of Troy took, 3-2. The rivals faced each other again, later that month, in the Dubuque Invitational with West winning, 2-0.

Cardinals fly away with Clippers’ football hopes

CCA falls, 13-7, in Class 3A playoffs

MAQUOKETA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football season came to an end Wednesday, Oct. 28, as the Maquoketa Cardinals knocked them out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 13-7 loss on a cold and windy night in Maquoketa.

CCA volleyball season ends with loss in Marion

Creek Girls dump the Demons, fall to the Indians

MARION– The season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team as the Marion Indians sank the Clippers, 3-1, in a Class 4A regional semifinal match Thursday, Oct. 29, in Marion.
The Clippers opened the postseason with a 3-0 win over the Washington Demons at home, in Tiffin, on Monday, Oct. 26, in a quarterfinal round match up. Alyssa Weldon led the Clippers with a dozen kills as the Creek Girls met little resistance with 25-13, 25-8 and 25-12 set wins.

Women of Troy fourth at state cross country meet

Nock finishes seventh for West

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FORT DODGE– The West High Women of Troy cross country squad placed fourth in overall team points Saturday, Oct. 31, at the state meet in Fort Dodge. Urbandale won the Class 4A Championship, followed by Pleasant Valley, Bettendorf, City High and West.
Bailey Nock brought in a top-10 finish with her seventh place showing in 18:41.5. Pleasant Valley’s McKenzie Yanek won the race in 17:55.0.

Douglass leads Clippers in Fort Dodge

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FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) sent five runners to the 2015 Iowa High School Cross Country Championships held Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Hawkeye men have talent

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Media day for the Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 7.
The Hawks have four seniors with talent and leadership.
They also have junior Peter Jok, sophomore Dominique Uhl, plus six newcomers with a lot of ability.
Will that be enough for Iowa to win 20-plus games again and make it to the Big Dance for the third year in a row?
I like their chances.
You start out with the four seniors who have won 67 games in the last three years, while going to the NCAA tournament the last two.

Solon leaves Dubuque Golden Eagles in a fog

Spartans end regular season 5-4; rematch with Demons looming

DUBUQUE– A constant misty drizzle did not deter the Solon Spartans from rolling into the “Rock Bowl” and securing their berth in the postseason.
Solon’s varsity football team defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 31-13, Oct. 23 to finish the regular season 5-4.

On to State Cross Country for Coberly

Düster just misses cut; girls seventh, boys eighth

FAIRFIELD– With a personal best time, Solon senior Trisha Coberly extended her season for another week. She toes the starting line at high noon Saturday as the gun sounds for cross country’s Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
Coberly rode her 19:21 5-kilometer finish to sixth place at the state qualifying meet Oct. 22. “It doesn’t feel like it’s hit me yet,” she said, minutes after the race around the Fairfield reservoir city park. “I know it will in time. I’m just glad to go. Didn’t get to go the last two years.”

Clippers trounce Trojans on Senior Night

Clear Creek Amana 41, Fairfield 14, in season finale

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers put on what was likely their best performance of the season as they trounced the Trojans of Fairfield, 41-14, Friday, Oct. 23, at home on Senior Night, the last regular season game ahead of the playoffs.
“I think it is (our best game of the season),” coach Matt Hughes said. “I mean, offensively, defensively, special teams… it was pretty much a complete game.”
The exceptions were two early drives by the Trojans resulting in their 14 points. After that, it was all CCA.

West plucks Prairie Hawks, 3-2 to end regular season

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy closed out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the Prairie Hawks’ nest. It was a hard-fought win, with West taking the first set, 25-22, stumbling in the second for a 25-17 loss, bouncing back to take the third set, 25-16, and back-sliding in the fourth with a 25-18 loss before taking the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Emma Norris led the attack with a dozen kills, backed up by Colby Greene’s 10.

Rough sailing at WaMaC tourney for CCA girls

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MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team entered the second half of the WaMaC Conference Tournament with a berth in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Marion High School.
However, the Clippers were quickly tossed about after a first set 25-22 win over Mount Vernon, as the Mustangs rallied back to take the second and third sets, 25-23 and 15-10.
The loss sent CCA into the extra consolation matches and a 2-0 loss to Dyersville-Beckman, with the Blazers taking the first set, 25-18, and holding the Clippers off in the second with a 26-24 win.