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Sports

Jarrod Uthoff

Hawk Talk

When Jarrod Uthoff was a senior at Cedar Rapids Jefferson in 2011, he was named Mr. Basketball and the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa.
At 6 feet, 8 inches, Jarrod could do it all. In his senior year at Cedar Rapids Jefferson he averaged 26.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.2 blocked shots per game. He could run the court, shoot from the outside, and was a good shot blocker.
Jarrod was named first team all-state and the Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year.

Return to State for Solon

No. 1 Lady Spartans defeat Williamsburg, Mid-Prairie and PCM on way to date at state

SOLON– It’s back to Fort Dodge for the Solon varsity softball team.
The Lady Spartans advanced to the state softball tournament Monday evening with a 5-1 win over unranked PCM (Prairie City-Monroe) in Grinnell.
A year ago, the Lady Spartans fell one game shy in the Class 4A tournament, losing 5-0 in the title game to Dallas Center Grimes.
This year, Solon heads to the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge to compete in the Class 3A bracket.

Solon hosts Marion in regional semifinal Friday

Spartans sweep doubleheaders from W. Dubuque and Maquoketa

SOLON– Solon baseball coach Keith McSweeney is hoping some home cooking will help move the Spartans through the first round of the Class 3A baseball playoffs Friday.
“I believe we are playing our best baseball right now, but we’re really banged up,” McSweeney said. “We’ve had guys step up to fill the void left by injuries, and we will need those key contributions if we hope to advance against a good Marion team this Friday.”
The Spartans host Marion in a Class 3A semifinal beginning at 7 p.m. Solon also hosts the regional final Monday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

West girls secure MVC Conference title

Women of Troy win in doubleheader against Linn-Mar, but fall to Ankeny, 3-1

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High softball team honored seniors Laynie Whitehead, Madi Miller and Grace Tafolla with two important wins over Linn-Mar in a home doubleheader on Thursday, July 9. Their success allowed them to take the MVC Conference title and improve their record to 33-5.
Game one of the doubleheader had its first score at the bottom of the fourth inning When Taleah Smith was on third and Adara Opiola was up to bat. Opiola hit a drive to centerfield to allow Smith to run home. Tafolla would soon score a run as well, to give West a 2-0 lead.

Adam Woodbury

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
When Adam Woodbury, Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons and Jarrod Uthoff came on campus three years ago, the Hawkeyes had only one winning season in the previous four. Since then they have gone 25-13, 20-13 and 22-12.
Before the senior class came to Iowa, they hadn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2005. Now they’ve gone two years in a row and won their first NCAA game since 2002.
To say the four seniors didn’t have an impact on turning the program around would be an understatement.

Lady Spartans end regular season 36-3

Solon softball team outscores opponents 67-2 over seven games

SOLON– The Solon varsity softball team closed out the regular season with seven straight wins and out-scored its opponents, 67-2.
The Lady Spartans moved up to the number one spot on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s final Class 3A rankings and finished with a 36-3 record heading into the postseason with wins over Anamosa, Western Dubuque, Fairfield, Southeast Polk and West Liberty.

Spartans win seven of last 10; host Maquoketa Friday

Solon sweeps Anamosa, splits with Benton, Williamsburg

SOLON– It’s into the home stretch of the regular season for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans moved to 17-14 on the year with a home doubleheader split against Benton Community Friday, July 3, after sweeping two from Anamosa June 29 and splitting two with Williamsburg July 1.
Hosting Benton Community Friday, the Spartans had to come from behind in the second game to salvage the split.
“We came out and we were flat,” said Head Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought we spoiled what could have been a winning effort on the mound by Eric Holtorf.”

Spartan girls earn WaMaC East soccer honors

Durr, Moss and Metz make First Team

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SOLON– The WaMaC athletic conference released its East Division All-Conference Girls Soccer selections for 2015 on Thursday, June 11, with seven Solon Lady Spartans chosen for First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Josie Durr, Emma Moss and Johanna Metz earned First Team spots.
Durr, a sophomore, knocked in 39 goals to lead the squad. Durr also was credited with 14 assists this season. Moss, a senior, put in 24 goals for the Lady Spartans and made eight assists. Metz, a junior, scored six times and had seven assists on the season.

CR Jefferson tests West, pulls off doubleheader upset

IC West falls 7-4, 8-4 to J-Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS– As he was watching the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks warming up, West High coach Justin Lutjen said the doubleheader would be a good test for his Women of Troy.
Not only did the J-Hawks test West, the blue birds got the better of them with an upset sweep of the No. 1 (according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s June 26 rankings) team in Class 5A. Jefferson was the No. 5 ranked team.
In doing so, Jefferson also handed West its first MVC losses of the season, and the team’s third loss in a row following a Saturday, June 27, non-conference loss to Solon.

Clippers and Cardinals split doubleheader

CCA falls 10-7 but answers with 8-1 win in nightcap

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TIFFIN– Brent Henry and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers kicked off the Fourth of July weekend with a varsity doubleheader on Friday, July 3, against the Maquoketa Cardinals in Tiffin. While the redbirds took the opener 10-7 thanks to a seventh-inning four-run rally, the Clippers retaliated and took the nightcap 8-1 powered by Nile Rourke throwing 10 strikeouts.

Clipper girls go 2-4 as regular season ends

CCA splits with CPU, falls to Hempstead, knocks off West Burlington to finish at 21-16

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity softball team ended the regular season with a 21-16 record in the wake of a pair of wins and a pair of losses.
The Creek Girls split with Center Point-Urbana at home on Thursday, July 2, before an appearances against Dubuque Hempstead and West Burlington in the Mid-Prairie Tournament Friday, July 3.

Women of Troy go 3-1 in home tourney

West wins over Oskaloosa, Mt. Pleasant, and pounds Lisbon

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy spent part of their Independence Day weekend hosting their annual Rick Doran Classic softball tournament and posted a 3-1 record.
Waukee and North Scott finished the two-day tournament at 4-0 while West, West Des Moines Valley, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Pleasant Valley went 3-1. Oskaloosa, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids Xavier and West Liberty ended up at 2-2 while Davenport North, Charles City, Waterloo East and Mount Pleasant had 1-3 outings. Davenport West, Benton Community and Lisbon were all winless at 0-2, 0-2 and 0-4 respectively.