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Sports

Three Trojans named to INA’s All-State Baseball teams

Miller earns First Team berth

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Three West High baseball players were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s 2016 All-State Baseball teams.
Austin Miller, a senior, earned a First Team berth as a pitcher while Connor McCaffery, a junior, was a Second Team pick as an outfielder. Izaya Ono-Fullard, also a junior, earned a Third Team spot as a utility player.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Spencer Van Scoyoc, a senior outfielder drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, was named Captain of the Class 4A team.
Class 4A First Team

CCA kick off 2016 football season Jake McVey

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Country music star Jake McVey returns to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football turf on Friday, Aug. 12, to help the Clippers kick off the 2016 season with their second annual Friday Night Lights event.
Varsity coach Matt Hughes began the new Clipper football tradition last year in an effort to come up with a unique fundraiser for the program.
“I like to think outside the box in a lot of things I do and do things that are different,” he said last year.

Time for some football

Hawk Talk

Last season, the Hawkeye football team took us to a place that hasn’t happened since 1922; an undefeated football season.
The Hawks also went undefeated in 1921.
A lot of things fell into place, like Marshall Koehn’s 57-yard field goal as time ran out against Pittsburgh. Iowa won, 27-24.
How about Nate Meier knocking the Nebraska offensive guard back to step on the quarterback, who tripped and fumbled. Faith Ekakitie recovered on the Iowa 4-yard line. The Hawks won, 10-6.

Solon football preferred parking spots available now

SOLON– Beginning Aug. 1, the Solon Community School District will sell preferred parking spaces for Friday night and post season football games. There are 43 spots in the lot with 12 of the spaces reserved for handicapped parking available on a first-come-first-serve basis at each home football game for cars bearing the appropriate handicapped plate or hanging mirror permit. Of the remaining spaces, seven are reserved for game administration, and the other 24 are available to the community for purchase.

Spartan streak ends in semifinal

Solon tests eventual 3A champ Harlan at state tournament

DES MOINES– The Spartans gave the Cyclones a run for their money.
Solon made its comeback, but too many mistakes against the second-ranked team in the state resulted in a semifinal exit from the 3A state baseball tournament Friday (July 29) in Des Moines.
No. 2 Harlan defeated unranked Solon, 7-5, at Principal Park, ending a five-game winning streak for the Spartans dating back to the last game of the regular season.

Trojans’ luck runs out

Prairie hands West its fifth state runner-up trophy

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans entered the 2016 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament as the No. 2 seed and with hopes of earning their first championship in the school’s 11th appearance in Des Moines.
However, a six-run inning by the Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie in the title game dashed those hopes and led to West’s third consecutive runner-up trophy and its fifth overall since 2009.

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) will partner with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy of Coralville during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers will work with boys and girls in first through eighth grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The season will consist of five sessions on Monday nights, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or until dark, beginning Aug. 29 and skipping Sept. 5, Labor Day. The season will end on Oct. 3, unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 10.

Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk Aug. 20 at North Bend Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa Donor Network’s first annual Donor Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk honors those who have given the gift of life, celebrates the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizes those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.

North Liberty Recreation Center News

Youth flag football deadline Aug. 14

CORALVILLE– Kids must be signed up for youth flag football by the Aug. 14 registration deadline. Flag football is open to children in grades 1-5 and runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 23. Games are played Sundays between 12-4 p.m. (exact times depend on the teams) at the Youth Sports Park, 2480 Depster Dr. in Coralville.
The fee for residents is $40 and $50 for non-residents. There is a late fee of $5 after Aug. 14. A mandatory coaches meeting will take place Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the North Liberty Recreation Center

Coming to America… Peter Jok

Hawk Talk

This probably won’t come as a shock, but I’m almost certain Peter Jok is the first Iowa Hawkeye basketball player born in Sudan.
Sudan is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the east, and South Sudan to the south.
It is the third-largest country in Africa, and is divided by the river Nile into eastern and western halves.
Peter moved to Des Moines when he was 9 and lived with Mike Nixon, his guardian.
He is related to the late Manute Bol and current Los Angeles Laker, Luol Deng.

Why not us?

Solon upsets No. 1 seed Wahlert

DES MOINES– Well, why not?
Solon absolutely thumped the No. 1 seed in the opening round of the 3A baseball tournament Tuesday, advancing to a semifinal against Harlan (28-5) Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.
The Spartans shelled Dubuque Wahlert, 12-2, in a game shortened to six innings by the mercy rule.
Solon jumped out to a first-inning lead right off the bat, but salted the game away with four-run spurts in the fifth and sixth innings. The Spartans loaded the bases with no outs in each of those innings.

Lady Spartans take third

Solon comes back once again against Boy-Hull/Rock Valley

FORT DODGE– If you’d have told Solon softball coach Jim White at the beginning of the year that his team would take third place in the state tournament, he’d have been ecstatic.
Denied a chance at the 3A title game, Solon’s Lady Spartans rebounded one last time for the 2016 season, defeating No. 11 Boy-Hull/Rock Valley, 6-3, in the third-place game at the state softball tournament Friday.
Solon, ranked No. 3, finished the year 34-10.