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Sports

Trojans and Stumpff top MVC Mississippi Division

11 West High players named to All-Division baseball teams

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Trojan varsity baseball team returned to Des Moines and the state tournament this week for the fourth consecutive year, and the eighth trip in nine years. The crew, coached by Charlie Stumpff, also topped the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division in All-Division Baseball selections released Friday, July 21.

Prime Time wrap 2017

The Prime Time championship was last Sunday at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
The champion was Vinton Merchants, led by league MVP Jack Nunge, who scored 42 points with 14 rebounds, and Brady Ellingson, who had 20 points and 10 boards.

I went to every game helping with the stats and saw the new Hawks plus the veterans play and will break down my observations of the players.
I’ll start with the two new big guys.
Jack Nunge and Luka Garza both either met or exceeded expectations.

Knocked out in Ninth

Marion defeats Spartans, 4-3, in dramatic substate final

SOLON– In a pitched-battle of a baseball game, it came down to extra innings, and Marion broke through with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to down Solon, 4-3, in a Class 3A substate final July 19.
The Spartans had taken an early 2-0 lead, but Marion responded with three unanswered runs to take a 3-2 advantage. Solon clawed out a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but both teams saw their chances dashed by defense late in the game.

Grand slam punches Trojans’ tickets

IC West returns to Des Moines with 11-1 win over Davenport West

IOWA CITY– Izaya Ono-Fullard punched the ball over the fence, and in so doing, punched Iowa City West High’s ticket to the 2017 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament in Des Moines.
Fullard, a senior, drilled a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday, July 19, at home, in the substate final against the Davenport West Falcons. The four-run homer gave the Trojans an 11-1 lead, ending the game under the mercy rule.
The Falcons threatened, in the top of the second inning, with two men on and one out, but a pair of strikeouts from Braden Houston stopped the threat.

Four Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference baseball recognition

Schlotman takes First Team honors

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TIFFIN– Four varsity athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) earned spots on the WaMaC Conference’s 2017 All-Conference baseball teams, released Wednesday, July 19.
Kobey Schlotman, Tyler Hallett, David Jensen and Cody Ogden were selected for the annual honors.

Girls’ AAU Barnstormers group tryouts July 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Any fifth through eighth grade female basketball players are invited to the AAU Barnstormers’ group tryout date Saturday, July 19, 1-4:30 p.m. at North Central Junior High (180 E. Forevergreen Rd.). Check in for fifth and sixth graders is from 1-1:30 p.m., with tryouts following. Seventh and eighth graders should check in at 2:45 p.m. to be ready for tryouts at 3-4:30 p.m. Note that players that are highly skilled, athletic and/or motivated may have the opportunity to “play up” a grade level. The fee is $10 at the door.

Liberty High registration Aug. 14-15

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is nearly underway for Liberty High School’s first set of students.
Sophomores and seniors will register Monday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors will register Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English Language Learners (ELL) and math testing will be Friday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Students and parents are instructed to use the district’s online registration to pay school fees before coming to Liberty High School to complete the registration process.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High through Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

Favorite Hawkeyes, women’s basketball

Hawk Talk

I’ve talked about some of my favorite Hawkeye football players and men’s basketball players.
This week I’ll look at my favorite women’s basketball players since Lisa Bluder took over in 2000. That was also my first year covering the Hawkeyes for the North Liberty Leader.
I didn’t get to see many of Vivian Stringer’s team in the 1980s and ‘90s, but if I did I would probably go with Michelle “Ice” Edwards, Franthea Price and Toni Foster.
All were First Team Kodak All-Americans and Big Ten Players of the Year.

2017 Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31-Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium

SOLON– The Solon Spartans host the Spartan Youth Football Camp July 31 thru Aug. 2 at Spartan Stadium. Cost for the camp is $40 and participants also receive a T-shirt. Grades 2-5 attend the 9-10:30 a.m. session and the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. session is for grades 6-8.
Campers may expect to learn and apply skills applicable to football. Coaches will spend time teaching the fundamental techniques essential to player development in the Spartan program. Campers will play lead up games and participate in various competitions.

Solon Parks & Rec Dept.

FALL FLAG FOOTBALL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY SOON

Lady Spartans, White are all-conference

Heick, Rogers, Hanrahan and Ryan named First Team

SOLON– Eight Lady Spartans and head coach Jim White were honored as the WaMaC Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters Wednesday, July 12.
White was named WaMaC Conference East Division Coach of the Year.
Four Lady Spartans earned First Team Honors in the East Division, with two more on the Second Team and two receiving Honorable Mention.
Senior catcher Jess Heick, junior infielder Madison Rogers, senior outfielder Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore outfielder Taylor Ryan were named to the First Team.