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Sports

No. 1 Solon faces No. 8 Center Point-Urbana in 3A semifinal Thursday July 23

FORT DODGE– It took the Solon Lady Spartans only three innings to take care of business in the opening round of the 2015 Iowa State Softball Tournament.
No. 1-ranked Solon clobbered unranked Clarke 18-0 in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, July 21, at the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans will face Center Point-Urbana (CPU) in a 3A semifinal Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. on Buena Vista University Field, with the winner advancing to the title game Friday at 12:15 p.m. on the same field.

Solon falls to Marion in substate baseball

SOLON– It wasn’t the postseason they’d been hoping for.
The Solon varsity baseball team fell to Marion 9-1 in a district semifinal Friday, July 17, in Solon.
Marion pitcher David Kuhn held the Spartans to a single hit and the Indians broke the game open in the third inning with six runs.
The Spartans ended the season 22-16, but were 12-4 down the stretch of the regular season, including doubleheader sweeps of Clear Creek Amana, Anamosa, Western Dubuque and Maquoketa.
Solon defeated Washington 10-3 on the road in the regular season finale July 14.

Record-setting season ends in Williamsburg

Clippers beat Grinnell, 3-0; then fall to Raiders, 1-0

WILLIAMSBURG– Cappy’s Crew made it through the first round of Class 3A substate baseball by defeating the Grinnell Tigers, 3-0, in Williamsburg on Friday, July 17, but fell 1-0 to the Williamsburg Raiders on Monday, July 20.
The Clippers entered the District 9 semifinal with a 20-18 record to Grinnell’s 10-16 and, with the higher seed, took the “home” spot on the scoreboard.

West girls miss trip to state with narrow loss

West High Women of Troy cry as they listen to Coach Justin Lutjen after a 3-1 loss to Ankeny in a Class 5A regional final game Tuesday, July 14, at West High. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

Trojans pound Ottumwa in substate semifinal

DeLaney hits for the cycle to lead West

IOWA CITY– Baseball fans were treated to a rare feat Monday, July 20, as West High’s Kevin DeLaney hit for the cycle. DeLaney, a senior, belted out a single, a two-RBI double, a two-RBI triple and a solo home run in perfect sequential order as he led the Trojans with four hits in a 14-7 substate semifinal win over the Bulldogs from Ottumwa.

Cappy’s Crew sinks Washington, 13-9

Clippers end regular season at 20-18

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WASHINGTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team closed out the regular season last year with the most wins in a season in the program’s history; 20. After a trip to Washington on Monday, July 13, the Clippers not only took a 13-9 shootout win, but also tied the high water mark with a 20-18 record ahead of the Class 3A substate campaign.

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

Lutjen is Valley Division Coach of the Year

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IOWA CITY– Nine West High Women of Troy were named to the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) 2015 Valley Division All-Division teams. The conference released its selections on Wednesday, July 15, with Dubuque Senior’s Sydney Tigges named the Division Athlete of the Year.

Trojans split on Senior Night

West falls 7-3, retaliates 11-1 against Davenport Central

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans closed out the regular season by splitting a varsity doubleheader at home with the Davenport Central Blue Devils on Senior Night July 14. Davenport took game one, 7-3, before West regrouped and dominated the nightcap with an 11-1 win.

Iowa City West clinches second game against City

Trojans defeat the Little Hawks, 2-1, in game two of doubleheader

IOWA CITY- The Iowa City West High Trojans won both games during their doubleheader against City High of Iowa City last week. The first game was a back-and-forth battle ending 8-7 in nine innings on Monday, July 6, at Mercer Park in Iowa City.
With the first game being so close, the rival teams knew the second game could go either way.
West Coach Charlie Stumpff was aware of this too, and made sure his players were prepared for anything.

Clippers right the ship with sweep of CP-U

CCA storms Pointers 7-5 and 13-2

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TIFFIN– After a brief losing streak knocked the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers below the .500 mark, a pair of WaMaC Conference wins over Center Point-Urbana (CPU) improved their record to 17-18 overall.

CCA takes two from S. Tama

Clippers nudge back above .500

By Chris Umscheid
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TAMA– Cappy smiled.
Cappy, the unofficial mascot of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball program, and coach Brent Henry had reason to be happy after the Clippers took a pair of WaMaC wins from the South Tama Trojans Friday, July 10. The 2-1 and 4-2 victories boosted the Clippers back above the .500 mark at 19-18 overall.

Jarrod Uthoff

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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.