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Sports

Fifteen returning seniors lead West High football

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IOWA CITY– Fifteen experienced seniors will lead the West High Trojans in gridiron battle this season. The Trojans finished the 2014 season at 7-5 overall and 3-1 in Class 4A District No. 7, second behind Pleasant Valley (4-0 in the district). Their season ended in the Class 4A quarterfinals as Cedar Rapids Washington ran over them, 44-19, after first and second round wins over Ottumwa, 28-0, and Linn-Mar, 38-34.

Talent in abundance for CCA cross country

TIFFIN– It’s a mix of change and consistency for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross-country teams this season. Ben Robison has taken the top spot in the boys’ program after a year as an assistant and a year as the middle school coach.
Robison takes over a program fourth in the state qualifying meet last year and returns three seniors and three juniors: Jake Tener (senior), Eric Douglass (senior), Kage Hinricks (senior), Luke Wingert (junior), Ben Oxley (junior) and Wyatt Sedlacek (junior).
Douglass was 24th in the 2014 State Meet and earned All-Conference honors along with Tener.

It’s fun to Just Tri

NORTH LIBERTY– When nearly 100 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 come out on a Sunday to swim, bicycle and run, everybody wins.
That was the scene at the fourth annual Just Tri! Youth Triathlon in North Liberty on Sunday, Aug. 2. Co-hosted by the North Liberty Recreation Department and Tri-Fit Agape of North Liberty, the event is not timed and places are not recorded. Distances of each leg of the triathlon are modified to accommodate three different age brackets.
The intent is as straightforward as its name: organizers just want kids to give it a try.

Hawkeye schedule part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part story about Iowa’s football schedule.
Last week I thought Iowa would be favored in four games (Illinois State, Iowa State, North Texas and Illinois).
I think Pittsburgh could be a toss-up and the Hawks will be underdogs against the Badgers, with the game at Wisconsin.
This week I’ll talk about the three home games against Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue, plus road trips to Maryland, Indiana and Nebraska.

Oct. 17
at the Northwestern
Wildcats

Fall Sports Kickoff and Football Scrimmage Aug. 21

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club and the Solon High School and Middle School Activities Department will be hosting the annual Fall Sports Kickoff and Football Scrimmage at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Aug. 21. The events of the evening include the introduction of middle school and high school fall programs and their participants, a performance by the Solon Dance Team, and the night will culminate with a football intra-squad scrimmage.

Seven CCA baseball players named to WaMaC All-Conference

Rourke, Bandy, Bowman earn First Team WaMaC West honors

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TIFFIN– After closing out a season with the most hits, runs, highest team batting average, and the most wins in the history of the program, the Clear Creek Amana Clippers put seven men on the WaMaC West All-Conference Baseball rosters.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 23.
Nile Rourke, Tanner Bandy and Travis Bowman were named to the First Team for the West Division.
Rourke, a senior infielder, had a .367 batting average with 36 hits, including three doubles and one triple and 14 RBI.

Trojans earn MVC All-Division honors

Miller, Ono-Fullard, DeLaney named to First Team

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2015 All-Division Baseball selections on Thursday, July 23, with eight Iowa City West High players named to the various teams.
Austin Miller, Izaya Ono-Fullard and Kevin DeLaney were First Team picks in the Valley Division.
Miller, a junior pitcher, compiled an 8-2 record heading into the state tournament in Des Moines with a 2.42 ERA and 46 strikeouts. At the plate, Miller had a .258 batting average with eight hits, including one double.

Clippers Blue softball earns berth in Des Moines tournament

DES MOINES– The CCA Clippers Blue softball team, coached by Scott Ernst, Kelli Ernst and Brian Heeren, traveled to Des Moines to play in USSSA State Class C softball tournament on Friday, June 12. The team battled a number of regional teams and finished in second place. The CCA Clippers Blue team were also invited to play in Kanas City, Mo., in the USSSA National tournament.

Hawkeye schedule

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes open the season Sept. 5 against Illinois State, which lost to North Dakota State in the championship game in the FCS division.
There is plenty of unrest in Hawkeye land. Iowa finished 7-6 last year and are 19-19 in the last three years.
Is this a make-or-break year for Captain Kirk?
Does Iowa have to win at least eight games to save his job?
I don’t know if I can answer either of those questions, but I will break down the schedule and predict if Iowa will be favored or not.

Solon Trapshooting Team first in nation

Junior Varsity squad, Nicole Breese take first place at national championships

ILLINOIS– The Solon Spartan Trapshooting team took team and individual championships at the 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships.
The event took place July 13 through July 18 at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Ill. Over 2,000 student athletes, representing 40 different states, competed at the Nationals with over 200 student athletes from Iowa that competed. States with highest attendance included: Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Iowa.
Solon student athletes who competed included:
Intermediate/Entry Level (first year Middle School): Denver Haight.

Solon baseball players named all-conference

SOLON– Six members of the Solon varsity baseball team have received all-conference WaMaC honors.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 23, with one Solon player named to the WaMaC First Team, three others named to the Second Team and two more named with Honorable Mention.
Senior Logan Linderbaum was the only starter to receive First Team honors. Linderbaum finished the season with a .413 batting average. He had 33 hits, including 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 23 RBI.

So close.... but no title

Rams deny Trojans, and West High falls 6-2 to Southeast Polk in state championship bid

DES MOINES– For the second year in a row, the Iowa City West High Trojans faced the Rams of Southeast Polk in the Class 4A State Championship baseball game, and for the second year in a row, the Rams walked away with the championship trophy.
West fell 6-2 to the Rams in the Class 4A Championship game on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Principal Park in Des Moines. It was the ninth state appearance for the team and the fourth state runner-up title. The Trojans finished second in 2009, 2010 and 2014; the closest the program has come to a championship.