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Sports

Clippers go 2-0

26-0 win over Mustangs

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had little trouble with the Independence Mustangs Friday, Sept. 2, picking up a 26-0 non-district win and moving to a 2-0 record. Among the scorers for CCA were Kobey Schlottman with a first-quarter touchdown reception and Matt Brimeyer with a touchdown run in the second. Corey Siders scored in the third quarter for the Clippers.

Lady Lightning

historic first win for Liberty High

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IOWA CITY– Liberty High School in North Liberty is still under construction and won’t open until next fall. However, the school recorded its first athletic wins Thursday, Aug. 25, as the 12 freshmen girls playing volleyball at Iowa City West High as the “Lady Lightning” swept Cedar Rapids Prairie’s “Black” and “Orange” squads 2-0 and 2-0.

IC West defeats Muscatine 31-27

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MUSCATINE– The West High Trojans improved to 2-0 Friday, Sept. 2, with a Class 4A non-district road win over the Muskies of Muscatine High School at Muscatine. West took the gridiron contest, 31-27, with Matthew Huff leading the way on the ground with 21 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown. Evan Flitz completed 19 of 28 passes for 210 yards of air assault, including one touchdown on a 40-yard pass to Oliver Martin. Martin took eight of Flitz’s passes for 111 yard as the leading receiver and also returned an interception 22 yards.

Tigers sink Women of Troy

Iowa City West falls, 105-81, to Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy swimming and diving team was bested by the Cedar Falls Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls. The Tigers sank the Women of Troy, 105-81.
Elaina Martz won the varsity 50-yard freestyle in 26.38 seconds, while Lily Ernst picked up a pair of wins in the varsity 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle with 1:00.90 and 5:29.09 performances, respectively. Alleyna Thomas won the varsity 100-yard freestyle in 57.08 seconds to round out the individual winners.

Women of Troy go 1-3 at PV Shootout

Halverson puts up 15 kills

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BETTENDORF– The West High Women of Troy participated in the Pleasant Valley Shootout Thursday, Aug. 25, and finished the evening 1-3 with a win over North Scott and losses to Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley.
West blanked North Scott 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) and fell 2-1 to Bettendorf (19-21, 21-19, 15-17). Pleasant Valley blanked West 2-0 (24-22, 22-20) as well.

Lightning strikes twice in gridiron wins

Bolts zap Kennedy and City High

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IOWA CITY– The “Original Bolts” of the yet-to-be-opened Liberty High are making noise on the gridiron. The freshmen football team, made up of students attending Iowa City West High with plans to attend Liberty next year, put up a pair of wins for a 2-0 record.
The first football win in school history came Saturday, Aug. 27, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy as the Bolts blitzed the Cougars, 24-6, in the season opener.

IC West suffers 0-3 loss to Linn-Mar

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MARION– The West High Women of Troy suffered a 3-0 upset loss at the hands of the Linn-Mar Lions in the Lions’ den, on the outskirts of Marion, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Linn-Mar won the match, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-22, in a reverse of the teams’ last meeting. In 2015, West swept the Lions, 3-0, at Linn-Mar in a Class 5A regional final.
West came into Tuesday’s contest at No. 3 (Class 5A) in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s (IGHSAU) preseason rankings while the Lions were ranked 13th. The loss dropped West to 2-3 while Linn-Mar improved to 3-1.

Women of Troy 2-3 at WDM Valley tourney

5-0 in first set matches not enough

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WEST DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy competed in the 2016 Marj White Volleyball Classic hosted by West Des Moines Valley High School on Saturday, Sept. 3, and put up a 2-3 record for the day. West knocked off West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) and Harlan 2-0 (21-19, 21-8) but fell 1-2 to Valley (21-17, 17-21, 12-15), Ankeny (21-15, 18-21, 10-15) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (25-13, 13-25, 8-15).

Excitement builds for Lady Lightning

West High freshmen take the floor for Liberty High volleyball

IOWA CITY– Much like how Liberty High School is still under construction on the east side of North Liberty, the Lady Lightning freshman volleyball team is under construction.
“We’re building from the floor up,” said coach Whitney Lang.

Part Three: Iowa Defense and Special Teams

Hawk Talk


This is the final piece of a three-part series on the Iowa Hawkeye football team. This week, I’ll look at the Hawkeye linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Next week…football!

Hawkeye
linebackers

The Hawks have talent and depth at linebacker and it starts in the middle, with one of the leaders on the defense, Josey Jewell (6-2, 235).
Jewell, a junior, was second team All-Big Ten last year, leading Iowa with 126 tackles. He also had four interceptions, second behind Desmond King, and 7.5 tackles for loss.

Spartans conquer Mustangs, 26-20

Big first half pushes Solon past No. 1-ranked (2A) Mount Vernon in football opener

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
…We would like it to be known the exhibits that were shown
were exclusively our own,
All our own. All our own…”
– Karn Evil 9 Lyrics by Emerson Lake and Palmer

So the curtains fell away on the Solon Spartans’ first production of the new football season. With an awards presentation before the introductions, the show started as an action adventure with a interlude including fireworks, but finished as a drama.

Solon boys and girls take ninth at soggy Prairie Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– Season opener… and overnight rain had stopped in time for hundreds of runners to stay dry– for the most part. The squish of saturated soil at low points along the rolling course on the College Community campus still guaranteed mud-soaked shoes and ankles at the finish line of the Aug. 27 Prairie Invitational.
The cross country meet featured over 20 schools, in two divisions. Entries came from Waukee and Pella to the west… and as far away as Davenport, Fort Madison and Maquoketa to the east.