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Sports

Trojans return to state soccer tourney

Wins over Mason City and Waterloo West send IC West back to Des Moines

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Trojan varsity boys’ soccer team returns to Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines for the Class 3A State Soccer Tournament thanks to a pair of substate wins.
The Trojans started the postseason with a first-round bye while Mason City and Cedar Falls did battle in Cedar Falls on Monday, May 22, with the Mohawks winning 3-2 and advancing to face the 11-7 Trojans on Barker Field Wednesday, May 24. The Trojans pounded the 3-12 Mohawks, 8-0.

Clippers get burned in softball season opener

Beckman Blazers beat CCA, 7-2 and 15-11

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DYERSVILLE– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity softball team sailed into rough waters and sank Wednesday, May 24, in Dyersville as the Beckman Catholic Blazers took both halves of a doubleheader to open the 2017 season. Beckman took the opener, 7-2, and won the nightcap, 15-11.

Rough start on the diamond for the Creek Boys

CCA falls, 7-4 and 12-8, to the Demons

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TIFFIN– Cappy’s Boys had a rough opening to the 2017 varsity baseball season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin. “Cappy,” a grizzled sea captain, is the unofficial mascot of the Clippers, AKA: “The Creek Boys.”
Washington’s Demons visited in Tiffin on Wednesday, May 24, and took both halves of a doubleheader, 7-4 and 12-8, on the diamond.

Senior Night a success for the Clippers

CCA closes out the regular season with wins over Anamosa and Monticello

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TIFFIN– Tim Benson and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ soccer team closed out the regular season with a pair of shutout wins. The Creek Boys shelled visiting Anamosa 9-0 Tuesday, May 16, on Senior Night and journeyed to Monticello to blast the Panthers 7-0 Thursday, May 18. The wins improved CCA’s record to 10-6 ahead of postseason play and a shot at returning to the state tournament in Des Moines.

West high tennis

Women of Troy win state tennis quarterfinals

Iowa City West bests Cedar Rapids Prairie, 5-1
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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy varsity tennis team handed Cedar Rapids Prairie a 5-1 loss in Class 2A state quarterfinal round action Tuesday, May 23, at the Westfield Tennis Club in Cedar Rapids. It was the second time this season West beat the defending state champion Prairie Hawks, slipping past them, 5-4, in April.

West high girls’ golf

Amelon earns MVC Athlete of the Year

2017 All-Division girls’ golf selections released
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IOWA CITY– West High’s Jordan Amelon earned Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year honors in the 2017 All-Division golf selections released Tuesday, May 23.
Dubuque Wahlert’s Katie Lenart was named the Division Coach of the Year while Wahlert took the Division Team Championship.

Flashback to 1983

Hawk Talk

It’s the time of year where I flashback, this time it’s 1983. The Iowa Hawkeye football team went 9-3, 7-2 in the Big Ten.
Some of the special events happening in 1983 included the last episode of M*A*S*H*. I saw the original movie, watched the series on TV, including the final, and I still watch the reruns. The final was viewed by over 125 million viewers, a record at the time.

Spartans place in shot, hurdles

Linderbaum third, Ira fifth, Walker seventh at state meet

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
DES MOINES– The Spartans traveled to the Blue Oval on Thursday, May 18, to battle more than just the competition in Des Moines at Drake Stadium during the 2017 Iowa State Track and Field Meet.
A dour sky, chill temperatures and strong wind gusts combined with a nagging rain to plague the first two days of the state championship competition. The event lasted three days and when the clouds finally parted on Saturday, May 20, the Spartans emerged among the finest the State of Iowa had to offer in class 3A competition.

School records shattered

Dramatic 4x400 finish sets new mark

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

DES MOINES– A little frustration– some high points, too– and the Solon crowd going wild in the last event of the weekend. They all marked the 2017 girls Class 3A state track meet in Des Moines.
With 11 entries in 10 different events, the Lady Spartans had a lot to look forward to coming out of the regional qualifying meet. As is usually the case, getting there is job number one. There are girls from 63 other schools out to prove themselves, too.

Lady Spartans fall to Williamsburg

SOLON– The postseason for the Lady Spartan varsity soccer squad will begin Tuesday, May 30, with a quarterfinal match against Northeast in Solon beginning at 6 p.m.
The winner will face either Iowa City Regina or West Liberty in a Class 1A Region 6 semifinal Friday, June 2, in Solon at 6 p.m.
Solon limps in with a 10-7 record, having lost the last three matches of the regular season.

Spartans mens soccer, look toward May 27 substate final

SOLON– The varsity Spartan soccer team has entered the postseason with a first-round bye.
Solon (14-5) was scheduled to play a Substate 5 Class 1A semifinal Wednesday, May 24, hosting Holy Trinity Catholic (8-9) of Ft. Madison.
Holy Trinity Catholic defeated Cedar Valley Christian School, 6-1, in a quarterfinal match May 22 in Burlington.
The Substate 5 final is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, at Solon with a 12 p.m. start with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
Burlington Notre Dame (11-3) and Columbus/WMU (7-0) await on the other side of the substate bracket.

Green and gold second, ninth at state

Welch and Nock win twice; girls’ distance medley relay also earns a state title

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DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy took the Class 4A runner-up team trophy Saturday, May 20, at the 2017 State Coed Track and Field Meet on Drake University’s storied Blue Oval in Des Moines. West High’s 89 points was second only to the 116 posted by Waukee for the championship at the conclusion of the three-day event.