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Sports

Women of Troy survive a visit from the Rams

IC West downs Dubuque Senior 7-5 and 10-7

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy ended the regular season with a 25-15 record boosted a bit by a sweep at home of the Dubuque Senior Rams on Thursday, July 6. The game was rescheduled from June 29 due to weather concerns and fit nicely into the schedule as both teams drew a first round bye in regional play. West took game one 7-5 and finished the night with a 10-7 win.

Ira homer, Zach Wegmann single provide Solon power

SOLON– “It’s a long game,” Solon head coach Keith McSweeney reminded his players in the dugout.
It was two innings into a Class 3A District 8 baseball final and the Spartans were already down 4-0 to Central DeWitt. The Sabers had knocked around Solon starter Luke Ira and Central DeWitt sophomore Garrett Finley had not allowed a base runner through three innings.

Dominique Uhl: the lone senior

Hawk Talk

Dom Uhl is Iowa’s only senior.
The 6-9 forward from Frankford, Germany, played in 98 games for the Hawkeyes with eight starts.
Uhl was named Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, shot a team high 45 percent from the 3-point line as a sophomore, and started seven games last season.
Iowa started four freshmen last year, finished 19-15, 9-7 in the Big Ten, and won their first game in the NIT.

Solon tames Mustangs

Solon 1-2 at loaded Ottumwa tournament

MT. VERNON– It was stiff competition for the Solon varsity softball team.
The Lady Spartans, No. 6 in the final Class 3A rankings released July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, played three of their last four regular-season games against top-15 opponents in three different classes.
After splitting at home with Western Dubuque June 26, Solon traveled up Highway 1 to match up with the No. 8 (3A) Mount Vernon Mustangs June 28 and came away with a convincing 8-1 win.

Spartans drop twinbill to Marion

Solon racks up 14 hits in win over Benton

SOLON– It was feast or famine for Solon’s varsity baseball team.
The Spartans knocked 14 hits in an 11-1 win over Benton Community June 28, but managed only four hits total in a pair of 4-0 losses to Marion June 30.
Solon freshman Cam Miller moved to 5-0 on the season with his win against Benton Community. Miller struck out four and walked two while allowing a single earned run on six hits over four-and-two-thirds innings.
The Bobcats’ lone run came in the first inning, but the Spartans knotted it up in the bottom half, and took the lead in the second with three runs.

Spartan Trapshooters aim

Nicole Breese captures first place overall in Ladies division

CEDAR FALLS– Solon Spartan Trapshooting competed in statewide shoots for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) championships in Cedar Falls June 7-11.
Solon’s Nicole Breese captured first place in the American Trap High All-Around (Singles, Doubles, Handicap) Ladies division and the team qualified for the national 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships tournament July 8-15 in Marengo, Ohio.

5th Annual Turkey Trot Saturday, July 8

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is hosting its Fifth Annual Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event on Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m., in conjunction with Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to those in need.
This chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park, in North Liberty. Afterward, runners and volunteers are welcome to continue the fun at North Liberty Blues & BBQ!

Creek Boys sweep the Stormin’ Pointers

Hallett’s pair of homers clinch 11-inning opener

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team swept the visiting Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Monday, June 26, at home in 18 innings.
The Clippers took an 11-inning opening game, 9-8, and sent the Pointers back into their kennels, 10-2, in the nightcap.
Tyler Hallett was the hero of game one as he put the Creek Boys on the scoreboard with a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning, belted out a triple in the seventh, and ended the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to break an 8-8 tie.

Muskies upset Trojans under threatening skies

Muscatine beats IC West, 6-3

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Lightning in the western sky ended a non-conference varsity contest between the Iowa City West High Trojans and the Muscatine Muskies Wednesday, June 28, in Iowa City.
The Muskies took the six-inning game, 6-3, after scoring one run in the top of the first inning and two in the second.
The Trojans put up a run in the bottom of the second when Lucas Karwal grounded out allowing a run to score, while a passed ball brought in the second Trojan, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Ben Swails Direct Selection for 2017 USSA All American Games 13U Baseball

DES MOINES– Ben Swails, an eighth grader at Clear Creek Amana Middle School, was a Direct Selection for the 2017 USSA All American Games in 13U Baseball. Swails tried out in Des Moines on June 9.
There were only two selections from Iowa selected in 13U. Swails will play on the Central National team Aug. 6-12 in Orlando, Fla., at the ESPN World Wide Sports Complex.
A fundraiser will be held at Throttle Down in Tiffin on July 21 from 5-8 p.m. to help with the costs.

Trojans whack the Golden Eagles

West sweeps Wahlert, 13-3 and 6-5

North Liberty Leader
DUBUQUE– Iowa City West High’s varsity baseball Trojans improved to 23-6 Monday, June 26, sweeping the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic, in Dubuque.
West took the opener, 13-3, with a pair of big innings. The Trojans put five runs on the scoreboard in the top of the second and had four in the sixth. One West High runner scored in the first and third innings and the Trojans added two in the fifth.
The Golden Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the third and once in the fourth.

Creek Girls split with Stormin’ Pointers

7-4 loss, 10-0 shutout win for CCA against CP-U

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers and the Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Stormin’ Pointers split on the softball diamond Monday, June 26, in the varsity doubleheader in Oxford.
The Pointers pulled off a 7-4 win in the opener with a six-run effort in the top of the fourth inning and an insurance run in the seventh. Abbi Kinnaird and Ainsley Schrock ended a four-inning drought with an RBI groundout by Kinnaird and a two-run homer from Schrock. Karsyn Stratton belted out a solo homer in the seventh for CCA’s fourth and final run of the ballgame.