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Archive

November 4th, 2020

Spartans both top-five

Boys 2nd, Girls 5th at 3A state meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls were steady through the 2020 cross country season… running at or near the top in most meets. The boys? They worked their way up through the season; always crowding a little tighter and closer to the top. The efforts showed in a big way at the 2020 cross country championships, Friday, Oct. 30.

11 Bolts named to MVC All-Division Football teams

Fangman, Kraft, Meyer and Willis-Newell earn Mississippi Division First Team Defense honors

NORTH LIBERTY— The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) announced All-Division Football Selections on Monday, Oct. 26, with 11 Liberty High Bolts named. The Lightning finished the shortened season at 2-3 after sitting out two weeks due to the Iowa City Community School District moving to 100 percent online education, which put all fall sports and other extracurricular activities on hold.
Liberty drew a first-round bye in the extended postseason, but fell, 42-7, to Dubuque Hempstead in the second round.

Solon Spartans tame Independence Mustangs, 37-21

Road to the UNI-Dome travels through Waukon

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team broke the Independence Mustangs 37-21 in Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 30, advancing to meet the Waukon Indians, in Waukon on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
The Spartans jumped out to a first quarter lead, 6-0, on a 14-yard run by Jackson Ryan, but the extra point was blocked.
A little less than seven minutes into the second quarter, Ryan scampered five yards to score again for Solon and Brent Lumpkin found success on the point-after to elevate the Spartans to a 13-0 lead.

Six Bolts named to MVC All Division Volleyball teams

Liberty’s Hartman, Kimm and Hested earn First Team honors

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference released its 2020 All-Division Volleyball selections on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with six Liberty High School student athletes recognized for their efforts by being named to Mississippi Division teams.
Cassidy Hartman, Shelby Kimm and Haley Hested were picked for the First Team, with Hartman a unanimous selection. Senior Addie Schmierer was named to the Second Team while junior Sam Harvey and senior Lauren Roman earned Honorable Mention.

Five Creek Girls named to WaMaC All-Conference Volleyball teams

CCA’s Clubb and Pollock earn First Team honors

TIFFIN– The WaMaC Athletic Conference released its 2020 All-Conference Volleyball teams on Wednesday, Oct. 21, with five student athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School recognized for performances this season in the WaMaC West Division.
Calia Clubb, a junior, and Hailey Pollock, a senior, were selected for the First Team. Clubb was a unanimous selection. Senior Lauren Riggle was named to the Second Team, while junior Morgan Etscheidt and freshman Meg Berkland picked up WaMaC Recognition (honorable mention).

Lightning boys, Keeney and the Macs run in state cross country meet

Liberty boys sixth, led by Gryp; Keeney finishes ninth

FORT DODGE– Liberty High School’s varsity boys competed in the 2020 Class 4A State Cross Country Meet Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. It was the second time for the Bolts in the short history of the program, with their state meet debut last year resulting in a 10th-place finish. This year, the Lightning finished sixth in team points behind Champion West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and runner-up Pleasant Valley.
Bo Gryp led Liberty with an 18th-place finish in 16:28.1.

Clipper trio competes in state cross country meet

CCA’s Brandon Barker medals with ninth-place finish

FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Brandon Barker, Gavin Zillyette and Haidyn Barker competed in the 2020 Class 3A State Cross Country Championships Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
Dallas Center-Grimes won the boys 3A title with the Clippers’ WaMaC East rival Solon taking the runner-up spot. The Clippers were the defending runner-up squad after two consecutive years.
Barker, a senior, finished ninth in 16:36.6 while Zillyette, a junior, was 22nd in 16:58.3.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was 33rd in the girls race in 20:11.9.

Fall into Cleanup Day

City offers alternate options for annual disposal day

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of North Liberty cancelled its annual spring cleanup day with plans to offer an alternative in the fall. While we won’t be able to host the day as normally, we are offering residential refuse customers some alternatives to dispose of additional refuse in November.

Lori Lacina publishes second book

SOLON– Lori Lacina, of Solon, published her second book titled
“Extra Sprinkles- More Reflections From the Heartland.” It is a compilation of stories about life in Iowa and humorous incidents sprinkled with some inspiration for readers.
It is a follow-up of sorts to her first book, which was 366 daily readings, “Mama Said There’d Be Days Like These- Reflections From the Heartland.”

Big Grove Brewery donates to support the work of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program

SOLON– Big Grove Brewery is honored to share that sales of its craft kettle sour beer, Equalitea Party, raised $5,320 in support of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in 2020.
The beer was brewed twice this year– once in January to honor the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s 40th anniversary and a second time in the fall, recognizing October’s designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.