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Jeff Hess

Spartans pulverize Panthers

Solon moves to 7-0 with 33-0 shutout on the road at Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT– As Solon’s varsity football team boarded their bus and traveled south to face the Mount Pleasant Panthers on Friday, Oct. 6, they likely passed the Highway 1 machine shed which encouraged them to “Pulverize the Panthers.”
Even Mother Nature could not deny the Spartans, with rains sweeping across the gray, overcast Southeast Iowa skies, delaying the game nearly an hour less than two minutes into the opening quarter.
The Spartans rolled over the Panthers, 33-0.

Solon smothers Bloodhounds, 62-0

Ft. Madison dominated by Spartans in Homecoming rout

SOLON– Sixty-two unanswered points later, the top-ranked Solon Spartans have outscored their 2017 season opponents 244-14.
In their fourth shut out of the season, Solon’s varsity football squad smothered the Fort Madison Bloodhounds, 62-0, on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Spartan defense blanketed the Bloodhounds most of the game, holding Fort Madison quarterbacks Lennon Barker and Will Larson to a total of 6-21 passing combined for 17 total yards and intercepting them a total of three times. Solon’s defensive juggernaut denied the Bloodhounds’ ground game, allowing only 64 yards on 28 carries.

Solon takes control of District lead

Indians no match for Spartans, 43-7

OSKALOOSA– The Solon varsity football team set up Homecoming Week, Sept. 25-30, in grand fashion as the Spartans ruled the Oskaloosa Indians, 43-7, in dominant, defensive fashion Friday, Sept. 22, in Oskaloosa.
Solon sole possession of first place in Class 3A District 5 with staunch defensive and consistent offensive performances, handed the Oskaloosa only its second loss of the season.

Spartans cast out Demons, 40-0

Solon stays unbeaten atop District 5

SOLON– “Cast out the Demons,” capped on each side by the Spartan logo, was the warning off Highway 1 as the Washington Demons came to town on Friday, Sept. 15. They should have heeded the warning as the Solon Spartans demolished the Washington Demons, 40-0.
The Solon Spartans are sitting at 4-0, 2-0 in district play, and have only allowed seven points.
Did Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller see that coming?
“I’m not sure to be honest,” Miller said. “We knew that we had some important pieces in places that would allow our team to achieve at a high level.”

Spartans shut out Regals, 33-0

Kula rushes for 206 yards

SOLON– In an evening filled with patriotism and Spartan pride, the Spartans routed the Iowa City Regina Regals, 33-0, on Friday, Sept. 1. The student section was awash in star-spangled splendor and the Solon American Legion presented the colors before the crowd.
It was Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Regals came to town in hopes of defeating the Solon Spartans and getting into the win column in the 2017 season after a week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 23-6.
The Spartans dashed those hopes.

Spartans sting ‘Stangs 19-0

Special teams triumph in season opener

MOUNT VERNON– It was another for the record books, 15 and counting.
This time the Spartans emerged from Ash Park, on the Cornell College campus, amid the clamor, victorious. Solon defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 19-0, on Friday, Aug. 25, to kick off the varsity football season.
As the last 45 seconds of prep time ticked off prior to the start of the game, AC/DC’s “Are You Ready” drifted from the sound system as the Mustangs and Spartans prepared to take the field. It served as a song of reckoning for the Mustangs.

Spartans kick off fall sports

SOLON– Although there was a gentle breeze, the winds of change are blowing in Solon.
As the sun began to set and the shadow of the new middle school touched the corner of Spartan Stadium, the Fall Sports Kickoff got underway at Spartan Stadium as the workers shut the gates, after policing equipment and materials, following a day of progress on the new intermediate building.

Ira, McGill, four throwers to state

Spartans sixth at 3A state qualifier track meet May 11

MARION– Coach Mark Sovers penned a note to the Spartan Track and Field team copied to the back of the team roster and distributed prior to the 3A District 2 state qualifying meet on Thursday, May 11, at Thomas Park in Marion.

Spartan track and field team fifth at WaMaC JV meet

JV throwers capture four of top 10 in shot put

MARION– The Solon junior varsity (JV) Spartans had the lights turned on them on Monday, May 8, at the WaMaC JV Meet held in Marion at Thomas Park.

7th grade girls take first at middle school WaMaC track meet

DYERSVILLE– The seventh and eighth grade Solon Middle School Lady Spartans’ track and field teams traveled to Dyersville to compete in the WaMaC Middle School Girls Meet on Friday, May 5.
The air of the meet was light and joyous, and the seventh grade girls track team won the event.
It was the nicest day the athletes saw this season; blue skies, fluffy clouds, mild temperatures and sounds of girls voices cheering, shouting encouragement and checking in for their next events. It was raucous and joyous, not too serious and buzzed with the excitement of youth.

Spartans 11th at WaMaC Conference Super Meet

Linderbaum, Walker, Flansburg, Coons and Ira lead Spartans

EPWORTH– “(The) teams in the WaMaC are some of the best in the state and will make a statement at the state meet,” Coach Mark Sovers said when asked for his perspective of the Solon Spartans’ track and field team’s 11th-place finish at the WaMaC Conference Coed Super Meet held at Western Dubuque High School, in Epworth, on Thursday, May 4.

Spartans capture fourth at Ruth Ahrens Invitational track meet

 MARENGO– The Solon boys varsity track team improved their showing behind solid scoring performances from underclassmen. Tuesday, April 11, the gear was loaded on the bus and the team trekked to Iowa Valley High School in Marengo for the Ruth Ahrens Invitational, a trek that would post one of the best team performances to date.