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Sports

State meet hopes alive for Solon cross country

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CENTER POINT– It’s back home for districts Oct. 24 as Solon’s cross country teams determine whether they run once more at the 2013 state meet.
Solon’s boys launched their postseason run with sixth place at the WaMaC Conference meet in Center Point Thursday, Oct. 17. The girls finished second. “It was a great night. We had 40 personal records from the 53 boys and girls running,” noted coach Emy Williams.

West High runners in action at MVC divisional meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy won the Mississippi divisional meet of the MVC Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton cross country course. The varsity girls took the meet with 34 team points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Senior, City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Dubuque Hempstead and Waterloo East.
Ashlynn Yokom won the varsity girls’ race with a commanding lead over all others and a 14:07.0 meet record time and was named Athlete of the Year. Girls coach Mike Parker was awarded Coach of the Year honors as well.

West girls swim to second place at MVC conference meet

IOWA CITY– The Cedar Falls girls varsity swim team won the conference meet held Thursday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City with 396 points. The West High Women of Troy were the conference runner-ups with 388.50.
Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 481.35, good for 20 points, while Lilian Zhu won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.59, also good for 20 team points.

Clipper football improves to 4-4 for the season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Football is a game full of statistics. For example, in Friday night’s contest between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Indians of Marion, the Indians had 287 yards of offense to CCA’s 269, and had the ball for just over 26 minutes to Creek’s 21 minutes of possession.
In the end, the most important statistic of the game was found on the scoreboard at the conclusion: CCA 21, Marion 7.

Clippers x-country runs at WaMaC conference meet

Boys finish 5th, girls end 12th

CENTER POINT– Jane Astor’s Clipper Cross-Country teams were in-action Thursday, Oct. 17, at the WaMaC conference meet hosted by Center Point-Urbana (CPU) at the Bob Bowers Athletic Complex.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys finished fifth in team points behind winner and conference champion CPU, Vinton-Shellsburg, Mount Vernon-Lisbon and Marion. Jack Murray again led the Clipper effort, bringing home a fifth-place finish in 16:49.

Great expectations

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

When your team wins 25 games, makes it to the finals of the NIT, returns four starters and has maybe the best depth ever, fans should be excited.
That’s why the Iowa fans are looking for a big season from the Hawkeye basketball team.
Last summer, Randy Larson, who runs the Prime Time basketball league, said Iowa had the best talent he’s seen in his 30 years of following the Hawkeyes.
Kirk Speraw, assistant basketball coach for the Hawkeyes, agreed.