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Sports

Sovers named Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year

SOLON– Mark Sovers has been recognized by the Iowa Football Coaches Association as the 2014 Class 3A Assistant Coach of the Year. Sovers is a physical education instructor at Solon’s Lakeview Elementary and has served as an assistant football coach at Solon High School since 1995. “I am honored and humbled by this recognition. There are so many coaches who are deserving of this award, including the other coaches on our staff. This recognition is the result of the quality programs, student-athletes, and strong support we have here in Solon,” Sovers said.

Marching Clippers

Marching Clippers cap successful season

Clipper boys look to improve on the hardwood

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Steve Ottoson sees experience and depth on the Clippers’ side this season in boy’s varsity basketball. Last season, the Clippers posted a 6-15 record overall and were 6-12 in the WaMaC. Ottoson, with 20 years at CCA and a 170-237 career record, looks for a better showing in the 2014-15 season.
Leading the Clippers are five returning starters: seniors Nile Rourke, Drew Wagner, Keyan McAreavy and Mitch Stopko, along with junior Jake Neubauer.

CCA Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule

Tues. Dec. 2- HOME Vs. West Delaware, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5- AT Dyersville Beckman, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 6- HOME Vs. Iowa City Regina, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 9- HOME Vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 12- AT Center Point-Urbana, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Dec. 16- HOME Vs. Marion, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 19- AT Benton Community, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 20- AT West Branch, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 6- HOME Vs. Solon, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 9- AT South Tama, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 13- AT Williamsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 16- HOME Vs. Independence, 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Jan. 20- HOME Vs. CP-U, 7:30 p.m.

Five state champions lead West High swimmers

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IOWA CITY– Five state champions are back in the lineup for the West High men’s swim team this season. Last year, the team went 10-0, placed second in regionals and won the state meet. With a large returning state meet contingency and added depth, the Trojans look to make a big splash.

West High ready for battle on the mat

Experience solidifies West High wrestling for upcoming season

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IOWA CITY– The 2013-14 season was stellar in many ways for the Iowa City West High Trojan wrestlers, with five state meet qualifiers, a 23-7 dual meet record and a 12-1 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. In addition, the Trojans were fifth in the state dual meet and placed seventh overall in the State Individual Wrestling Meet.

Six letter winners to lead Trojans, Women of Troy in bowling

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High bowling program will be led by six returning letter winners as they take to the lanes for the 2014-15 season. Mike Mellecker coaches both teams and with eight years under his belt has amassed a 29-68 record with the boys, and a 44-66 showing with the girls.

What a difference a week makes

Hawk Talk

The bipolar Hawkeye football team took the north route in Saturday’s 30-14 win at Illinois.
To say the win was the biggest of the season would be close, but the 48-7 win over Northwestern was even better since the Wildcats upset Notre Dame 43-40 in overtime at South Bend at the same time Iowa was beating Illinois.
Iowa will be underdogs in its final two home games with Wisconsin and Nebraska.
In the last five games, Iowa has beaten Indiana 45-29, lost to Maryland 38-31, beat Northwestern 48-7, got crushed by Minnesota 51-14 and then beat Illinois 30-14.

Record win for Hawk women

The Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team started in 1974, which was also my first year of being a student at Iowa.
I don’t remember going to many games and the Hawkeyes didn’t have a winning season until 1978-79, when they finished 18-11.
Vivian Stringer came on the scene in 1983 and she helped turn Iowa into a national power.
When Lisa Bluder came on board in 2000 she promised an up-tempo game and balanced scoring.
The Hawk women opened up the weekend with the best scoring output ever in the history of Iowa women’s basketball with a 107-56 romp over USC Upstate.

Hawkeye men open strong

The Iowa men, playing in the second game Friday at Carver, picked up a 90-56 win over Hampton, had five players in double-figures and won the rebound battle, 48-32.
I said before he season that Jarrod Uthoff, Peter Jok and Trey Dickerson would be the three wild cards that could help Iowa get to the next level.
Jarrod started, only played 19 minutes, hit 4-5 from 3-point range and scored 13 points.
Peter came off the bench, played 17 minutes and scored 11 points.
Coach Fran McCaffery said Peter has improved his defense a lot and could start at some point.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Solon sweeps through tournament to 3A volleyball championship

The members of the Solon volleyball team celebrate on center court after winning the 3A championship with a 3-0 sweep of No. 1 Mount Vernon Friday, Nov. 14, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The Lady Spartans did not lose a set during their three matches in the state volleyball tournament. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Register now for boys basketball

SOLON– Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun– as part of the Solon Recreation Department’s 2015 boys basketball program.
Registration for grades three through six will run from Nov. 20 until Dec. 15. Fee is $38 for Solon City residents (includes shirt) and $43 for non-resident s (includes shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15.