The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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December 31, 2013

2013 in review: State titles top year

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• Jacob Kruse and Ryan Schroeder combined for a sixth-place finish in doubles for Clinton at the Class 2A boys tennis state tournament.

• Bellevue's Andrew Meyer (fourth in 1A) and Northeast's Eli Kaczinski (ninth in 2A) earned top-10 finishes at the Iowa cross country state meet, while Kyle Marti of Central DeWitt just missed, placing 11th in 3A.

Success wasn't limited to local high school athletes, though.

Ashford University enjoyed several successes, highlighted by a trip to the NAIA men's soccer semifinals. The Saints nearly made it to the finals, too, losing on penalty kicks, 5-4, to eventual champion Martin Methodist (Tenn.).

In professional sports, the Clinton LumberKings once again qualified for the Midwest League baseball playoffs.

Highlights of their season included the 22nd no-hitter in franchise history — a 1-0 victory at home against Lansing on July 17 by Victor Sanchez — another pitcher, Tyler Pike, being named a postseason all-star and having the Seattle Mariners send their first-round draft pick, D.J. Peterson, to play in Clinton. The latter highlight had a sad ending, though, when Peterson's season ended when he was hit in the face by a pitch on Aug. 22, breaking his jaw.

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