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Sports

Bobcats pounce on Clippers for double win

CCA softball falls 3-2, 10-0

OXFORD– It’s been a tough cruise for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity softball team this season.
Back-to-back season opening wins were followed by strings of losses including six shut-outs and a pair of losses to Solon. Bright spots have included big wins over Columbus Junction, Davenport West and Williamsburg as well as a pair of wins over Vinton-Shellsburg.
The seas turned rough again Tuesday, June 24, as the Bobcats of Western Dubuque capsized the Clippers in a varsity doubleheader, a make-up of a rain-out the previous week.

Four-win streak beats last season’s win column total

Clipper baseball improves over last season

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TIFFIN– In his second season with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team, coach Brent Henry has led his team to a 13-11 record thus far, on their way to hopefully surpassing last year’s 13-25 showing. Wins over Vinton-Shellsburg and Iowa City Regina led to the milestone. However, the Bobcats of Western Dubuque torpedoed the Clippers, adding to the loss column.

Hartwig to take over Trojan football

West High names replacement for coach Brian Sauser

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IOWA CITY– The Trojans have a new leader.
West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby announced Friday, June 6, that Garrett Hartwig has been appointed head football coach. Hartwig takes over for Brian Sauser, who resigned last month after six years of leading the Trojans on the gridiron. Sauser was the dean of students at West High, but budget cuts eliminated that position. He has since taken an offensive coordinator and assistant athletic director position with Yukon High School in Oklahoma.

8U Clippers are runner-up at state

TIFFIN– The 8U Clipper Blue baseball team took runner-up in the Iowa USSSA state championship in the Hank Aaron Division in Des Moines on June 20 through 22.

Pictured are (back row): coaches Trent Dekoter, Adam Henderson, Jeff Cecak and Bill Nash; (middle row) Logan Dekoter, Tyler Henderson, Teagan Lenz, Ty Fuller and Emerson Hamer; (front row) Jackson Stevens, Owen Rosenberg, Carson Nash, Ryan Scholl, Landon Monohon and Carson Cecak. (Photo by Lindsay Nash)

Clippers 12U take second at state

ch Class C state championships June 13 through 15. The Clippers started bracket play strong with two wins by mercy ruling on Friday and Saturday (12-1 versus Ankeny Xtreme, 7-1 versus Wilton Beavers Gold). The Clippers struggled against the Jr. J-Hawks on Sunday morning, dropping to the consolation bracket with a 2-4 loss. However, the Clippers fought back through the consolation bracket by winning three games back-to-back on Sunday afternoon (11-3 versus Indianola Gold, 6-3 versus Full Count Blue, 8-4 versus Iowa City West Jaguars Green).

Game Time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Game time is back for a 14th season of collegiate-level league basketball, and it’s a chance to see to current Hawkeye women as well as the newcomers.
Melissa Dixon was the second pick overall (behind Samantha Logic) and is ready for her senior season.
“It goes really fast and everyone said it would,” said Melissa, who is fifth all-time in program history with 210 career 3-pointers. “I’m excited and it should be a really fun year.”

No. 2 Solon picks up first loss

Lady Spartans run gauntlet of ranked foes

SOLON– In the span of a single week, Solon’s varsity softball team took on five separate ranked opponents.
And out of the eight games the Lady Spartans played, only one team was able to put a blemish on Solon’s perfect record.
Fort Dodge (ranked No. 4 in 4A) defeated Solon 6-5 in a five-inning game Saturday, June 21, in Fort Dodge to provide the first loss of the season for the Lady Spartans.
But by then, Solon had already taken down the second- and seventh-ranked teams in Class 5A– West Des Moines Dowling and Ankeny– as well as unranked Emmetsburg.

Clippers fall to Williamsburg, split with Sabers

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TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s varsity baseball team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-7 in the WaMaC in the wake of doubleheaders against Williamsburg and Central Clinton-DeWitt. The Clippers dropped a pair Monday, June 16, to the Raiders and split with the Sabers Saturday on June 21.

CCA vs. Williamsburg
Lightning delays plagued the night as the Raiders took the opener 4-3 in eight innings and made the sweep with a 5-2 nightcap win.

Varsity, reserves have their way with Regals

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity reserve team shelled Iowa City Regina 14-2 Tuesday, June 17, setting the stage for a 4-1 varsity win at Regina.
In the reserves’ game, the Regals put two across home plate in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead. The game stagnated until the top of the sixth when the Trojans’ bats came to life with a 14-run barrage, led-off by Shane Sturtz’ two-RBI double. Spencer Shelton, John Collentine, Nick Spiess, Jacob Verry and Mitch Boxwell all drove in runs during the onslaught.

CCA trap team finishes season at state competitions

TIFFIN– The CCA High School trap team participated in the Iowa High School State Trap Shooting Championship and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) trap championship events on May 30 and 31. To compete at the state event, shooters must participate in an invitational league and shoot at least four events to qualify.

Friday, May 30, state championship:

Flashback to 1980 . . . part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a story about 1980, Hayden Fry’s second season as football coach at the University of Iowa.
I was still living in Moville, Iowa, the place I grew up. I would be moving to North Liberty in December after Christmas.
Ronald Reagan was to become the 40th president of the United States and home computers were just getting started. A gallon of gas went for $1.19 and you could buy a stamp for 15 cents.

Women of Troy again denied a championship

DES MOINES– They stood in a circle, arms around each other, on the sideline for one last time. The trophy they’d just been presented sat alone behind them, an uninvited tag-along. It wasn’t what they came to Des Moines and the Cownie Soccer Park for.
It said, “2014 Soccer State Participant.”
They wanted to bring home one that instead said “2014 Soccer State Champion.”