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Sports

Clipper girls earn first divisional conference championship

Wins over South Tama, Williamsburg and Western Dubuque build confidence entering final matches of season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was a very good week for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls on the soccer field. The Clippers went 3-0, earned their first ever divisional conference title and posted some individual scoring milestones.

South Tama defeats Clipper boys May 11

Trojans 4, CCA 2

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Trojans of South Tama started Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) week off on a sour note Monday, May 11, with a 4-2 varsity soccer win over the Clippers in Tiffin.
South Tama scored three times in the first half, creating a tough situation for the Clippers. CCA finally went up on the scoreboard with 27:16 left in the second half after the Trojans’ keeper fumbled the ball inside the net for an own goal.

Clippers head for state track

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MOUNT PLEASANT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers qualified six individual athletes and three relay events for the 2015 State Co-Ed Track and Field Meet based on their performances at a Class 3A District Meet Thursday, May 14, in Mount Pleasant.

IC West sends athletes to State Co-Ed Track & Field Meet

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MARION– The West High Trojans and Women of Troy track and field athletes punched their tickets to the State Co-Ed Track & Field Meet by placing first or second at a regional meet Thursday, May 14, at Linn-Mar High School in Marion.
The state meet is set to run from Thursday, May 21, through Saturday, May 24, at Drake University in Des Moines.
The following lists the event, athlete(s) and qualifying time as per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Girls 400-meter dash: Emilee Benedict, 1:02.09

Hawkeye women’s basketball wrap up

What a great season for the Hawkeye women.
What a fun team to watch.
Iowa finished the season 26-8, 14-4 in the Big Ten, good enough for second place.
They made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996.
The senior class, Melissa Dixon, Kathryn Reynolds, Bethany Doolittle and Samantha Logic, is the program’s winningest graduating class in 21 years with 93 victories.
Melissa, Bethany and Samantha are the highest scoring trio in Big Ten history with 4,379 points.
The Hawkeyes have 53 wins in the last two seasons. That’s the best two-year run since 1988-89 (56 wins).

Boys fifth at WaMaC, sixth at Marion meet

Spartans finish regular season, prepare for districts

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
MAQUOKETA– The Solon boy’s track team turned in two solid performances last week in preparation for this week’s district meet, to be held Thursday evening at Mount Pleasant.
The Spartans placed fifth at the WaMaC Conference Super Meet May 7 at Maquoketa and took sixth place at Marion May 4.

Lady Spartans split two on the road

DYERSVILLE– The Solon Lady Spartans split a pair on the road last week, defeating Dyersville-Beckman 3-2 and dropping a non-conference soccer match against No. 9 (3A) Muscatine, 3-1.
Solon, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A, fell to 5-3 on the year and will remain away from home until a matchup with Western Dubuque Monday, May 18.
No. 6 in Class 1A Center Point-Urbana comes calling the next evening, Tuesday, May 19.
At Dyersville May 4, sophomore Josie Durr scored twice and junior Nichole Oberthien added another in the 3-2 win. All three goals were unassisted.

Penalty kicks give Dubuque Senior the win over IC West

Rams turn gloom to doom for Trojans

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Heavy, foreboding clouds and a cool wind cast an ominous and gloomy atmosphere over the pitch at West High Friday, May 8, as the Dubuque Senior Rams visited the West High Trojans. The gloom turned to doom for West as a 1-1 tie was decided with Penalty Kicks (PK’s) at a 4-2 advantage for the Rams.

Regals sink Clippers’ perfect record

IC Regina wins 2-1 over CCA

IOWA CITY– The streak is over.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers girls varsity soccer team had gone eight games without a loss. The Regals of Iowa City Regina ended that streak with a 2-1 win over CCA in Iowa City on Tuesday May 5.
It was a contest between the No. 2 (Regina) and No. 4 (CCA) teams in Class 1A as ranked by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union on Friday, May 1.

Girls’ shuttle hurdle, Drew Wagner win at WaMaC meet

Clipper girls ninth, boys 13th in conference super meet

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MAQUOKETA– The winning ways continued for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls shuttle hurdle relay team at the WaMaC Conference Super Meet Thursday, May 7, at Maquoketa.
Mia Smith, Corrine Schwarting, Megan Lukas and Natalie Brimeyer put yet another win in the books as they completed the event in 1:05.51, a full second ahead of second-place West Delaware.
Overall, the Clipper girls were ninth in team points with 35, while Solon won the meet with 123.

Women of Troy take second at Prairie Relays

Gretter, Young, Dusterhoft, Willis and shuttle hurdle relay post second-place finishes

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– A quintet of second-place finishes helped propel the West High Women of Troy to a second-place team finish in the 2015 Cedar Rapids Prairie Girls Relays Monday, May 4, at Kingston Stadium. The host Prairie Hawks won the meet with 139 points followed by West with 84. Davenport West, Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Waterloo West and North Scott rounded out the field.

Filling the gap

SolonFC tries to bridge between elementary and high school soccer

SOLON– Are you ready for some fútbol?
For more than 50 Solon kids and their families, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
This is the second year for the SolonFC, a youth soccer club initiated by a few Solon parents who saw a gap in the action for kids who love soccer. While Solon’s Recreation Department runs spring and fall soccer leagues for children in preschool through grade six and Solon High School’s soccer teams pick up new freshmen each year, there were no local soccer opportunities for players in seventh or eighth grade.