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Sports

Solon ends Clippers’ season, win 8-1 in substate final July 23

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SOLON– Even with a loss, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ended the 2014 baseball season on a winning note, posting a 20-18 record (improved over last year’s 13-25 showing) despite falling to the Solon Spartans 8-1 in Class 3A substate final Wednesday, July 23, in Solon.
The Spartans had four runs on the scoreboard (two in the bottom of the first with one each in the second and third) before the Clippers could get a runner across the plate.

Creek girls place eighth at state softball

Clippers 0-3 in first state appearance since 2012

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FORT DODGE– They ended up at the bottom of the brackets in the eighth-place slot, but for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, there was much to hold their heads high about looking at the 2014 season.

Ten Women of Troy named to MVC All-Division Softball teams

Coach Lutjen and company named Staff of the Year

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) recently announced its picks for All-Division Softball Teams. Ten players from Iowa City West were named to the Mississippi Division squads.
Adara Opiola, a sophomore, was named the Division’s Athlete of the Year, while first-year coach Justin Lutjen and his staff earned Staff of the Year.
Opiola was also a unanimous pick for the Division First Team as was freshman Taleah Smith. Madi Miller, a junior, and Jesse Harder, a sophomore, rounded out the First Team picks.

Lady Spartans overpower Clippers 15-4

Solon women unload 21 hits on CCA

FORT DODGE– Solon head coach Jim White really wanted that first run.
In the top of the first inning, the Lady Spartans came up with three clutch two-out singles to score first against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in a 4A quarterfinal at the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge Monday.
A year ago, Solon had been ranked No. 3 and came into the state tournament with only two losses, but the unranked Washington Demons jumped out to a 3-0 lead and the Lady Spartans didn’t recover.
This time, against a familiar foe in the CCA Clippers, it was another story.

Spartans advance to substate final against CCA

SOLON– Solon’s baseball team advanced to a Class 3A substate final with a 7-5 win over Washington (Iowa) Monday night, July 21.
Nathan Hawkins pitched seven innings for the win, striking out nine batters and walking four.
The victory placed Solon in the 3A Substate 5 final against Clear Creek Amana Wednesday, July 23, at Solon (subsequent to the publication of this edition). The winner moves on to the 3A state baseball tournament in Des Moines which begins Tuesday, July 29.
The win against Washington was the second in a week for the Spartans.

Clippers advance in district baseball

WILLIAMSBURG– Conventional wisdom has it that it is tough to beat a team three times in one season, let alone in one week. But the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers baseball team dashed that notion as well as South Tama’s hopes of advancing toward the state championship Friday, July 18, in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 9 semifinal baseball game in Williamsburg. The Clippers trounced the Trojans 10-3 to go on to face Vinton-Shellsburg in a district final Monday, July 21.

Solon knocks off CCA 15-4 in first round at Ft. Dodge

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FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) softball season came to a painful end Monday, July 21, in the opening round of the Class 4A State Softball Championships as rival Solon pounded the Clippers, 15-4.
It was the third loss this year to the Spartans after falling 12-0 to them in tournament action back in May, and dropping a 4-0 regular season contest in June.

Trojans take City High in post season substate baseball, 4-0

West over Little Hawks, again

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans started on the postseason road to Des Moines and the state baseball championships with their third win over the City High Little Hawks this season Friday, July 18, at home in a substate first round game.

Hawkeye seniors Bethany and Samantha

Last week I talked about how Melissa Dixon helped Iowa win 67 games in three years.
This week, I’ll talk about the other two seniors and how their impact helped the Hawkeyes’ success.
Bethany Doolittle was a solid recruit out of Minnesota, but not a lot of Hawkeye fans (like me) knew much about her.
The 6-4 senior was a four-time all-state selection in high school, including a first-team all-state selection as a senior.
Bethany was named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in her conference and holds her school record in blocked shots for a season (34) and career (348).

Hot streak for CCA girls

Clippers put up wins over Marion, CR Xavier, Davenport N.

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OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity softball team hit a late-season hot streak.
The Clippers ended the regular season on a positive note with a 19-17 record thanks to a doubleheader win Monday, July 7, over the Marion Indians. A pair of regional wins boosted the record to 21-17.

Davenport West 7, Women of Troy 1

West’s tourney hopes dashed in the dirt 

IOWA CITY– The varsity softball season ended Monday, July 14, for the West High Trojans as they fell 7-1 in a Class 5A regional semifinal at home against the Falcons of Davenport West.
For coach Justin Lutjen, his first season with the Women of Troy ended far too soon.
“This isn’t how we wanted to end it,” he said with tears in his eyes. “We had high expectations and those will never change, and they won’t change next year.”

West wins two-day battle against City, dumps Solon

West High Trojans reign in Iowa City

IOWA CITY– It’s the doubleheader played over two days with bragging rights on the line: the annual meeting between City High and West High on the baseball diamond. Last year, the Little Hawks and Trojans split the contest with each team taking a win.
This year, it was all West.
The Trojans opened the series at home on Monday, July 7. Coach Charlie Stumpff was recognized and honored for over 600 career wins prior to the game, and the West boys gave him one more by taking down the Little Hawks, 6-2.