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Sports

2018 CCA varsity girl’s golf preview

Sophomores lead the way

2018 CCA varsity girl’s golf preview
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AMANA– Six sophomores make up the core of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls golf team for the 2018 season. “We lost three seniors from last year’s team,” Coach Cam Stockman said. Stockman is in his fourth year with the program and is facing not only the loss of the veteran trio (Emma Davis, Allison Greathouse and Sheyanne Koethe) but lower participation numbers overall.

2018 West boys varsity soccer preview

Young Trojans need to develop quickly
IOWA CITY– Last year, the Iowa City West High Trojans entered the Class 3A state soccer championships as the eighth-seeded (last) team and emerged as the state champions after a dramatic run at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines. The Trojans knocked off No.1-seeded Cedar Rapids Prairie in a shootout for a 6-5 finish and 2-1 final score in the quarterfinal round, then took out fourth-seeded Bettendorf, 4-1, before defeating No. 2-seed West Des Moines Valley, 1-0, for the championship. West finished the season 13-7 overall and 8-5 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

IC West and CCA start soccer season

Trojans blast the Mustangs; Little Hawks capsize Creek Boys

IC West and CCA start soccer season with Jamboree
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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ soccer teams started the 2018 season Thursday, March 29, with a jamboree at Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.
The West High Trojans took a 5-0 win over the Mount Vernon Mustangs. Mike Schilling opened for West in the single-period contest, slamming the ball in the top corner upon receiving it from Micah Frisbie. Ahmed Abdalla took an assist from Harry Zielinski for the second West High goal.

Spring football 2018

It’s time to talk spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Hawks have to replace three linebackers, two backs and one lineman on the defensive side of the ball.
On offense, the top two running backs, two starting linemen and a wide receiver are gone.
Defensively speaking, Iowa gave up an average of 19.9 points per game, which isn’t a bad number.

Hall of fame

Brad Randall honored March 9

SOLON– In 2009, Solon Head Basketball Coach Brad Randall and his team finished a perfect 28-0 season with a 55-41 win over Pella Christian in the Class 2A final to claim the school’s first boys basketball championship.
Nine years later, almost to the day, the former coach was back on the hardwood at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Randall, accompanied by his family, and with former assistant coaches and friends in attendance, was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame prior to the Class 3A championship game Friday, March 9.

Lady Spartan soccer

drawing on experience

SOLON– In his 14th year as the Lady Spartans’ Soccer Coach, John Tucker passes his head through the tether for his whistle, knowing he is not rebuilding this season.
“Not really rebuilding… We have a strong program. We are just looking for the players to step up,” he said.
It is a strong program if last season is any reflection. With an 11-8 team record during the 2016-17 season, Solon scored 95 goals on 305 shots; recorded 42 assists; and only gave up 43 goals, a 2.39 average per game, boasting 157 total saves, a save percentage of 78.5 percent.

Solon’s Briscoe member of national Gymnastics championship team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– Erika Briscoe, a native of Solon, and graduate of Solon High School, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gymnastics team, which claimed the fifth national championship in program history Friday, March 23, with a school record score of 193.700 at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
The Warhawks’ title is their second straight and fifth in the last seven years. The team shattered the previous program record score of 193.025, set in 2014.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

SOCCER REFEREES NEEDED.

Referees must be in at least seventh grade and have either played or refereed soccer previously. Pay is $10/game. Matches are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area soccer fields, with the first matches scheduled for April 10. If interested, contact Mike Reeve at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or 319-594-1978.

Women of Troy track and field preview

2018 West High Women of Troy track and field preview
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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s motto is “A tradition of excellence.” The Women of Troy Track and Field Team has not only taken it to heart, they’ve proven it time and time again with 16 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) championships, 12 regional championships and six state championships. The six state championships are the second most in Class 4A history and the fifth most in all classes.
The Women of Troy are the defending MVC and regional champions and finished runner-up team at last year’s state coed meet.

Trap shooting gains traction

CCA trap shooting season preview

AMANA– Four years ago, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Trap Shooting Team had less than 20 members. Today, the squad has more than doubled with 49 student athletes from the middle and high school participating in the sport.
Scot Wetjen and Kassie Krug are new co-coaches at the helm of the Clippers’ program this year, with assistant coaches Dave Bietz, Shiloh Knapp, Dave Lacina, Joel Demmel, Matt Demmel, Jeff Simmons, Brady Adams, Jim Schmidt and Chris Herr. The team has two returning seniors: Garret Wetjen and Allison Pettinger.

CCA varsity girls soccer preview

Creek Girls go from depth to youth

TIFFIN– A year ago Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity soccer coach Matt Harding said, “We finally have depth at all positions, a luxury we haven’t had in the past.” The Clippers went 14-4 overall last season with a 10-1 WaMaC record and 6-1 showing in the WaMaC West Division. The Creek Girls were knocked out of the postseason by the Grinnell Tigers in a shocking 2-0 Class 2A regional semifinal loss.

The Bolts look to make some noise

Liberty High varsity boys soccer preview

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re young, they’re relatively untested and they’re ready to learn. Liberty High School’s first varsity boy’s soccer team faces a challenging schedule across multiple classes and conferences in its inaugural season. Liberty officially joins the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) this fall.
Ben Watson, formerly an assistant coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson (boys) and Cedar Rapids Washington (girls), is leading the Lightning, AKA “The Bolts.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to start during the first year of a new program,” Watson said.