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Sports

Keith, Douglass set the pace for CCA

Clipper boys take third, girls fourth in home XC meet

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IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course was the site for the 2014 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Invitational meet Monday, Sept. 29.
Vinton-Shellsburg won the girls varsity race with 15 team points while the Clippers were fourth with 70. In varsity boys action, it was also Vinton-Shellsburg taking the team title, with 24 points. The Clipper crew was third with 48.
Chloe Keith set the pace for the Clipper girls with an 11th-place finish in 17:34.84 while Eric Douglass was the leader for the boys, finishing third in 17:05.81.

Hawks get defensive

Hawk Talk

All the Hawkeye fans, including my home boys from the Lodge, got their wish last Saturday as C. J. Beathard got to start against Purdue.
Jake Rudock was still injured, so C.J. got the first start of his career.
With 11 minutes left in the second quarter, I wondered if the C.J. fans were still happy.
Iowa trailed 10-0, C.J. had thrown a pick-six, and the Hawkeyes didn’t have a first down.
I’ve got to give C.J. credit. He didn’t get down on himself, started making plays and the Hawks outscored the Boilermakers 24-0 and won their fourth straight road game, 24-10.

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.
Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun. Registration for grades three through six will run through Oct. 16.
The fee is $38 for Solon city residents (includes T-shirt) and $43 for non-residents (includes T-shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15. Registrants are encouraged to use the online registration at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com.

Exorcising the Demons

Spartans take down Washington in rematch of 2013 semifinals

SOLON– The last time the Solon Spartans faced the Washington Demons, Solon had some trouble reaching the end zone.
The Spartans made sure that didn’t happen again.
Solon converted two long fourth downs in the red zone Friday night and defeated Washington 28-17 in a rematch of 2013’s 3A semifinal at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
In the 14-9 loss last year, Solon settled for three field goals.
Friday, Spartan quarterback Brandan Childs hooked up with two different receivers for two second-quarter touchdowns, both of them coming on fourth and long.

Boys sixth, girls seventh at Anamosa Invitational

Düster places 16th, Weetman 25th in run around lake

ANAMOSA– In a rainy fall, muddy hills and low-lying prairie paths around Central Park Lake mean slippery footing for the annual Anamosa Invitational cross country race. This fall, good turf and dry hills meant great running conditions.
Solon’s boys were sixth in the 13-team competition, paced again by junior Simon Düster. The girls were seventh in a field with five ranked 3A and 2A competitors, with junior Trisha Coberly again running lead for the Lady Spartans.

Lady Spartans take care of No. 11 Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The stage was set for an upset.
No. 11 Dyersville Beckman had taken the first set from the No. 1-ranked Solon Lady Spartans in a 3A WaMaC East showdown in Dyersville.
Solon head coach Peter Gustin called it a sluggish start.
“We dropped the first set 20-25, with 20 of their points coming off our errors,” Gustin said. “Minimizing our errors has been an issue, but even that amount of errors in one game is an anomaly.”
With 19 kills from Jordan Smith and 16 from fellow senior Jordan Runge, Solon won the next three sets and took home a 3-1 win.

Clippers wreak havoc upon Chiefs

CCA 52, Keokuk 7, for a happy homecoming

TIFFIN– There have been a lot of reasons to smile so far this varsity football season at Clear Creek Amana. Decimating the Keokuk Chiefs 52-7 Friday, Sept. 26, for the Homecoming game is one of them.
“That was a good one,” coach Matt Hughes said after the game. “It was just another team effort, these guys are just catching fire at the right time and each week they’re getting better and better just doing our base offense. We’re not doing anything crazy, just our base offense and just trying to get a little more aggressive week in and week out.”
It worked.

Marion wins 3-0 over CCA volleyball team

Marion Indians capsize Clipper girls

TIFFIN– The Marion Indians came into a WaMaC volleyball match-up Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ranked third in Class 4A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association. The Clippers held the number six spot, and despite a valiant effort, fell to Marion 3-0 in varsity action.

Women of Troy survive Cougars

West High wins 3-1 over CR Kennedy Sept. 23

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy improved their record to 10-6 with a 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy in volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 23, on the Cougars’ court. West bounced back from a 25-19 first-game loss to take the next two 25-12 and 25-15 before pulling out a 25-23 win in the fourth set.

Thomas takes first in diving, breaks own meet record in Kennedy’s swimming invitational

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy swam to a third-place finish in team points Saturday, Sept. 27, at the 2014 Cougar Invitational hosted by Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Pleasant Valley won the meet with 714 team points while the Cougars were second with 551.5 and West ended the day with 398.5. Rival City High was fifth with 156 points.

Hello C.J.

Hawk Talk

Some of my homeboys from the Lodge have been telling me C.J. Beathard should be the starting quarterback for the Hawkeyes.
I like C.J., but when your starting quarterback, Jake Rudock, is completing 67 percent of his passes, has five touchdown passes and two interceptions it’s hard to pull the switch.
Jake injured his leg before halftime of Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh with Iowa trailing 17-7.
C.J. played the whole second half and Iowa came back for a wonderful 24-20 win over Pittsburgh.
What if C.J. doesn’t get hurt? Does he still go in?

Still No. 1

Lady Spartans sweep Maquoketa at home

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had yet to shut out an opponent at home.
Strike that off the list.
Solon took care of business against conference foe Maquoketa 3-0 last Tuesday, Sept. 16, moving to 12-3 on the year and atop (with several others) the WaMaC East Division.
The Lady Spartans dispatched the Cardinals easily in the first two sets by identical scores of 25-16, then fended off the dreaded swing in momentum and put away the match in the third set, 25-20.
Jordan Smith and Jordan Runge combined for 19 of Solon’s 34 kills and seven of the team’s eight service aces (Smith had five).