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Sports

Solon clobbers Anamosa

Lady Spartans score 32 runs while allowing none

SOLON– In took only six innings for the Lady Spartans to score 32 runs in a doubleheader sweep over Anamosa June 27.
Solon’s varsity softball squad defeated Anamosa, 12-0 and 20-0.
The Lady Spartan pitchers– McKenna Miller and Kayla West– limited Anamosa to a single hit between the two games.
In the 12-0 win, senior Monika Bevans hit her 12th home run of the season and collected three RBI. Senior Sydney Lawson also homered, her second of the year, and scored three times.

Spartans and Clippers split

Solon rallies back for 7-6 win but CCA takes baseball nightcap, 6-3

TIFFIN– It was a night of rallies earning wins as the Solon Spartans tangled with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in Tiffin Thursday, June 23.
The Spartans gave up a 3-1 lead in the opener as the Clippers put forth a five-run effort in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead. However, one run in the fifth and a three-run rally in the top of the sixth clinched the 7-6 win for Solon.

NLYBS tournament underway

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball League kicked off its 2016 junior and senior tournaments Monday, June 27, at Penn Meadows and Koser parks in North Liberty.
Nearly a thousand kids registered in the league this year, putting the total team count at 83.
The semi-final round will take place Friday, July 1, with the junior divisions beginning at 5:15 p.m. and the senior divisions at 7 p.m. all at Penn Meadows.
For a detailed view of the tournament brackets, visit the NLYBS website at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS.

Creek Girls break even

CCA goes 2-2, with wins over Union and Tipton

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IOWA CITY– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ softball team broke even in their home softball tournament held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at the University of Iowa’s softball complex.
The Clippers opened with a pair of wins, knocking off LaPorte City-Union, 6-0, and spanking Tipton, 11-1. However, the tide turned on Saturday with a pair of losses to West Branch and Fairfield as the Clippers fell 6-5 and 5-3, respectively.

Spartans and Clippers split doubleheader

Solon rallies back for 7-6 win but CCA takes baseball nightcap, 6-3

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– It was a night of rallies earning wins as the Solon Spartans tangled with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in Tiffin Thursday, June 23.
The Spartans gave up a 3-1 lead in the opener as the Clippers put forth a five-run effort in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead. However, one run in the fifth and a three-run rally in the top of the sixth clinched the 7-6 win for Solon.

Clippers split with Vikings in WaMaC doubleheader

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VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team moved to 9-14 overall following a WaMaC conference doubleheader split Monday, June 20, in Vinton against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The Clippers took the opener, 5-2, but fell, 9-3, in the nightcap.
Cappy’s Boys struck first at the top of the opening game’s first inning as Jake Neubauer scored on a Robby Swails fly-ball double to right field.

Cappy’s boys get the sweep

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TIFFIN– Cappy’s Boys, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, took the first half of a WaMaC conference varsity baseball doubleheader 6-4 back on May 27. However, imminent storms washed out the nightcap until Friday, June 24, when the Blue Raiders returned.
Once again, however, the Clippers won the night, this time 11-3.

CCA boys go 1-1 in Grinnell

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GRINNELL– Cappy’s Boys spent Saturday, June 25, in Grinnell’s varsity baseball tournament with Nevada, the host Tigers and North Mahaska Junior-Senior High.
The Clippers decimated the Nevada Cubs, 22-7 in five innings. An eight-run first inning was followed by five more runs in the second for a 13-1 lead. The Cubs regrouped for a four-run effort in the bottom of the third inning, but five more Clipper runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth finished them off. The Cubs did manage two runs in the fourth and had nine hits overall.

Clippers trounce the Trojans

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OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team made it eight wins in a row Wednesday, June 22, as they swept the South Tama Trojans in a pair of four-inning games at McAreavy Field in Oxford. The Creek Girls took the opener, 13-1, and closed out the nightcap, 12-0, to improve to a 15-14 record overall with the end of the season nearing.

Women of Troy tame the Tigers

IC West wins 12-2 and 12-2 over Cedar Falls

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 19-5 overall and 15-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division following their softball doubleheader sweep Tuesday, June 21, over the Cedar Falls Tigers. West High took both games, 12-2, in five innings each.
Jessie Harder kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the third inning of game one with a two-run double, followed by Skylar Ryan with a two-run single and Darby Donovan knocking an RBI double.
The Tigers answered with a home run off Harder in the top of the fourth, which was good for two runs.

Nick Gallagher

Hawk Talk

When Nick Gallagher was a senior at West High, he planned on going to school at the University of Iowa… and become a basketball manager.
Iowa’s head baseball coach Rick Heller saw Nick pitch in high school for the West High Trojans and asked the hard-throwing right hander if he would like to try out for the Hawkeye baseball team.

Solon sweeps Central DeWitt

Solon softball squad defeats No. 3 Iowa City West at Ft. Dodge tournament

SOLON– Head softball coach Jim White knew the Central DeWitt Sabers could hit the ball.
The team had hit Solon pitchers well before, and had been kept scoreless in only one game so far in the season.
“We’re not going to be shutting them out,” White said prior to a scheduled doubleheader Monday, June 20.
And he was correct.
But the Solon Lady Spartans, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, are no slouches when it comes to reaching the bases, either.