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Sports

Homers power Solon in home Classic

Heick, Bevans go yard in wins over Wilton and City High

SOLON– The Solon softball program graduated three key seniors from the team that won the 2015 Class 3A championship.
Taylor Nearad, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was just named Division II Player of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Ali Herdliska, at South Dakota State, was named Freshman of the Year for the Summit League.
Pitcher Emily Ira was second in the Summit League in strikeouts while playing for Western Illinois and was named to the Second Team of the All-Summit League.

Nearad NJCAA Division II Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Taylor Nearad of Solon, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was honored by the NJCAA Division II Softball Committee Tuesday, receiving the title of 2016 Dudley® NJCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year.
Saturating the national leaderboard with her numbers, Nearad cemented her name at or near the top of every offensive statistical category this season. The freshman’s 145 hits, 129 RBI, 30 home runs and 114 runs scored all led the nation. Nearad’s .602 batting average was the third-highest in the country, while her .622 on-base percentage ranked fourth.

Spartans split with Beckman, sweep Independence

DYERSVILLE– The Solon Spartans split a baseball doubleheader on the road at Dyersville Beckman June 6 in a pair of close games.
Sophomore Luke Ira’s triple brought home Spencer Wegmann in the top of the fifth for Solon’s only run in a 2-1 loss. Zach Wegmann had two of the Spartans’ six hits. Dillon Drake suffered the loss on the mound.

CCA Masters golf outing/fundraiser June 24

AMANA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Masters Golf Outing is a fundraising event for scholarships and endowments for CCA students. The outing will be held Friday, June 24, at the Amana Colonies Golf Course, 451 U Ave. There is a $100 per player or $400 per four-person team entry fee that can be paid the day of the tournament.
To register for this great event call, email or complete an online registration form at www.cca.k12.ia.us and mail it to Brad Fox.

Twice was nice

CCA’s Bormann delivers a 2-1 regional semifinal win over Oskaloosa before fatal blow from Newton Cardinals

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– Lightning didn’t strike but Hannah Bormann did, twice.
Bormann rocketed down the field and scored in the 39th second of the game to give the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a fast 1-0 lead against the Oskaloosa Indians in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal match Tuesday, May 31, in Tiffin.
The junior struck again in the 50th minute breaking a 1-1 tie with the Oskaloosa Indians. The Indians scored with 13:13 left in the first half.

Assumption wins West High Softball Classic

Women of Troy finish home tournament 2-1

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had a rough start in their home Classic tournament Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at the University of Iowa’s Softball Complex. Davenport Assumption won the tournament with a 4-0 record. The host Women of Troy mustered a 2-1 record after falling 7-1 to Urbandale on Friday and knocking off Davenport, 3-1, and Marion, 9-1, on Saturday.

Warriors end Trojans’ championship quest with one kick

Cedar Rapids Washington defeats West, 1-0

DES MOINES– It’s the trophy nobody really wants, but it’s also the trophy awarded the most at the state soccer championships held at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines. It’s the participant trophy, which goes to teams eliminated in the quarterfinal round the first day of the three-day tournament. Losers in the semifinal round play one more match on Saturday in the consolation brackets for a third or fourth-place award, but first-rounders only get the participant hardware.

CCA takes two from Maquoketa, 6-4 and 5-4

Creek Girls outlast Cardinals

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers survived a visit from the Cardinals of Maquoketa Thursday, June 2, winning both halves of a doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-4.
The Cardinals struck first in the top of the opener’s second inning for a 1-0 lead. Courtney James evened the score in the bottom of the third after a line drive put her on base. Karsyn Stratton reached on an error, which allowed James to advance. A series of Cardinal miscues allowed James to keep on truckin’ for home plate.

Ten Trojans named to All-Division Soccer teams

West High is 2016 MVC Valley Div. Champion Team

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojans finished the 2016 season with a loss in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state soccer championships, but rose to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s All-Division selections. The Trojans, under Valley Division Coach of the Year Brad Stiles (and staff) were named the Team Champion, and 10 players earned a First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention slot.

Clippers tops in WaMaC soccer standings

2016 All-Conference selections

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls and boys varsity soccer teams ended the regular season at the top of the WaMaC West Division. The boys, at 6-1 in conference play, topped the field while the Creek Girls shared the top spot with the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana, also at 6-1. Dyersville Beckman’s boys were tops in the East Division with a 7-0 record. 7-0 was also the showing for the Central DeWitt Lady Sabers.

Clippers bit by the Bobcats

CCA falls, 3-1 and 2-1, to Benton Community

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VAN HORNE— Mother Nature and the Benton Community Bobcats gave the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a pair of rough nights Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1, on the Bobcats’ diamond in Van Horne. The Clippers dropped the first half of a doubleheader, 3-1, on Tuesday and had the nightcap rained out, prompting a return the following evening. Unfortunately, even though the weather was far kinder the second time around, Benton Community wasn’t, taking the game, 2-1.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.