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Sports

Solon battling tough against ranked teams

Spartans split with No. 1 Beckman, sweep No. 7 Benton Community

SOLON– With a split against No.1 in Class 2A Dyersville Beckman last week, Solon’s varsity baseball team has won 11 of its last 12 games
The Spartans hosted Beckman last Monday, July 1, dropping the first game 7-3 and taking the nightcap 5-2.
Solon closed out June with a road trip sweep of Williamsburg (4-0, 12-7), then hosted conference rival Beckman and closed out the four-game home stand by taking two games against No. 7 (3A) Benton Community Friday, July 5.

Ram-bunctious

West High splits with Dubuque Senior softball

IOWA CITY– The night ended in a draw, but the Women of Troy still had reason to celebrate Tuesday, July 2. The Rams of Dubuque Senior visited for a varsity doubleheader and brought a 25-5 record overall and 16-4 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. West was 17-17 and 14-8 in contrast. The Rams were also ranked fourth in Class 5A while the Women of Troy were unranked.
So when West pulled off a 6-2 upset win in game one, some dugout dancing during game two could certainly be understood.

Clippers and Cardinals end in doubleheader split

TIFFIN– Brent Henry’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered a 9-2 loss to the Maquoketa Cardinals Friday, July 5 on the home diamond, but rallied back to win the nightcap 6-5 in a WaMaC varsity doubleheader.

Trojans split with Dubuque Sr. Rams

A Raffensperger home run opens game two for West baseball

IOWA CITY– A two-run homer by Devin Raffensperger gave the West High Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second game of a varsity doubleheader Monday, July 1, at home against Dubuque Senior.

Prime Time in NL

Hawk Talk

Prime Time is back in North Liberty for its 27th year. It is the longest running summer league in the U.S. and the main reason is Randy Larson, who not only runs the league, but coaches as well.
I remember watching him as a player-coach when the league started.
Randy and I are the same age, so I’ve always been impressed with his energy and passion for Hawkeye basketball.
I went to some of those games at City High when the league first started. There were two gyms and they both were hot.
I saw Chris Street, Jess Settles and even former Hawkeye football player Willie Guy play.

Spartans survive slugfest with CCA

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.