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Sports

Spartans sweep South Tama on the road

SOUTH TAMA– The Solon varsity baseball team improved to 10-9 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of South Tama June 18.
The Spartans found their offense against the Trojans with 21 hits and 21 runs.
Solon scored six runs in the first two innings of a 10-0 win and cranked out 11 runs in four innings for an 11-1 victory and the sweep.
Both games lasted only five innings.
Senior Ty Appleget was the winning pitcher in the first game, striking out four and allowing no hits in four innings of work. Freshman Ryne Schooley pitched a single scoreless inning with one strikeout and one hit.

Clippers snap Mustang streak

Softball squad splits with ranked teams at Ft. Dodge tourney

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon Mustangs carried a 12-game winning streak into a softball doubleheader with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers June 17 in Mount Vernon.
The streak ended.
Claire Navara’s run in the top of the fifth inning held up, and Lexi Kinnaird scattered five hits to give the Clippers a 1-0 win over the No. 14 (Class 3A) Mustangs.
Mount Vernon rebounded in the second game, another squeaker, 2-1.
“Mount Vernon is a strong team and it was a nice win for us,” said CCA Head Coach Barb Lynn. “It was a great night of softball.”

Clipper boys drop two against Williamsburg

Swails’ RBI not enough

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WILLIAMSBURG– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ran into trouble on the road Tuesday, June 16, as the Williamsburg Raiders took both ends of a varsity doubleheader in Williamsburg. The Raiders won the opener, 6-3, and held on for a 3-2 win in the nightcap.
An RBI double by Robby Swails brought in Logan Viktora to score for CCA in the top of the first inning in game one, but the 1-0 lead was short-lived as Williamsburg found two unearned runs in the bottom of the second and added two more runs in the third.

CCA baseball splits with Western Dubuque

12-8 loss leads to 3-2 win at home

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers moved to 9-8 overall after splitting a varsity doubleheader on Thursday, June 18, at home. The Clipper boys dropped the opener in a 12-8 shootout with the Bobcats of Western Dubuque, but rallied back to a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

More soccer honors for Creek, West girls

IGCA releases All-State and All-District lists

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DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West High girls varsity soccer players were recognized recently by the Iowa Girls’ Athletic Coaches Association’s 2015 All-State and All-District teams.
West High’s Emma Cooper, Payton Pottratz and Reagan Steigleder earned First Team All-State spots, joining athletes from Dubuque Hempstead, the Des Moines area, Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Kennedy. West Des Moines Dowling’s John Pearson was named the Class 3A State Coach of the Year.

West Trojans soccer players selected for MVC honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its list of 2015 Boys’ Soccer All-Division Selections on Wednesday, June 10.
Iowa City West High’s William Reinhardt, Nicholas Andersen and Antonio Sanchez were Valley Division First-Team picks.
Reinhardt, a junior defender, played in 17 games and scored two goals. Andersen, a senior defender/middle, played in 17 games, scored two goals and made one assist for West. Sanchez, a junior middle/forward, appeared in 14 games and scored five goals for the Trojans.

Women of Troy named to MVC All-Division soccer teams

West’s Rosenthal named Coach of the Year

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IOWA CITY– West High’s David Rosenthal was named the Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC)’s 2015 Valley Division Coach of the Year. Rosenthal led the Women of Troy to a state championship this season, the second for West since 2004, and the 14th overall state tournament appearance for the squad with a 19-2 record overall.
West High’s Regan Steigleder, a sophomore, was picked as the Division’s Athlete of the Year. Steigleder scored 24 goals for the Women of Troy and had nine assists. Cedar Falls’ Alexa Rabune was named the Keeper of the Year.

Flashback to 1981 - part 2

Hawk Talk

This is a second look at the year 1981.
What a breakthrough year for the Iowa football team.
Hayden Fry was in his third year as head coach, Iowa had gone 19 seasons without having a winning season, and the Hawkeyes shared the Big Ten championship and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1959.
Ronald Reagan was president and I had just moved back to North Liberty to finish my degree at the University of Iowa.
I graduated in the spring of 1981 and North Liberty was only 2,000 people.

Flashback to 1981

Hawk Talk

“Finally!” was the headline in “The Gazette” on Nov. 8, 1981.

“Hawks get first winning season since 1961 by ripping Purdue.”
Iowa beat Purdue 33-7 that cool November day at Kinnick Stadium and Gus Schrader wrote the story (I was there).
“That’s the greatest victory I’ve ever been associated with,” said a jubilant Hayden Fry. “At least we’ve got that streak of losing seasons off our back. Twenty years! That’s a long time.”
The Big Ten’s longest streak of one school losing to another was halted at 20. Iowa hadn’t beaten Purdue since 1960.

Solon softball 10-1

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartan softball team is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and collected its 10th win of the season over the weekend at the Solon Round Robin Tournament.
Solon pitched a shut-out against both its opponents, defeating Iowa City City High 11-0 and Highland 7-0.
Senior Emily Ira pitched seven innings, striking out 17 and allowing only one hit and two walks to get the win against Highland.

Assumption ends Lady Spartan season

Solon defeats West Delaware, Beckman in regional soccer

DAVENPORT– It was the expected match-up, No. 12 Solon against No. 3 and perennial tournament winner Davenport Assumption on Assumption’s home turf.
The home fans went away happy.
Assumption ended the Solon Lady Spartans’ soccer season Monday, June 8, with a 9-1 win in the Class 1A Region 7 final.
Solon had reached the regional final with good wins against West Delaware and Dyersville Beckman, but Assumption proved to be too much.

Spartans split with Beckman, sweep Independence for 6-6 mark

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball team pulled to even on the season with a home doubleheader split with Dyersville Beckman Monday, June 8.
The Spartans logged a 3-2 win and a 3-1 loss to move to 6-6 on the season.
Solon has won three of its last four games, including a doubleheader sweep at Independence Thursday, June 4, but before that had lost three games in a row on the road.
The Spartans dropped both games of a twin bill at Mount Vernon June 1 (6-0, 10-4) and fell to Iowa City West 10-1 June 4.