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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans have two get away

Two road losses moves Solon girls to 3-6 for the season

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartans soccer team suffered a week of setbacks with two road losses on grass fields away from home.
Nike had a marketing campaign bearing the quote, “The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.”
Tuesday, April 24, the Lady Spartans girls’ soccer team boarded the bus and traveled to Epworth challenging the Western Dubuque Bobcats. The Bobcats took an early lead and kept applying the pressure, dealing the Lady Spartans an 8-0 loss.

Solon zaps Lightning in double OT

Tucker, Havlicek and Noonan combine for shoot-out win over Liberty High School

SOLON– The Lady Spartans entered Spartan Stadium on Saturday, April 21, still reeling from the Anamosa setback the night before, and nursing some walking wounded, to meet the Liberty Lightning.
It would be a test for the battle-weary Lady Spartans to overcome their new opponent, which they would; after two 40-minute halves of play, two 10-minute overtimes, and five penalty kicks per team, the Solon Lady Spartans captured the win, 3-2.

Solon boys 3rd at Denny Gruber

Linderbaum, Krutzfeldt, Ira, throwers relay and shuttle hurdle relay team 1st, Flansburg, Kober and 4x100 2nd, 800m sprint medley 3rd

SOLON– Coach Mark Sovers and his coaching staff always make the Denny Gruber Coed Relays exciting and this year, held at Spartan Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, was no different.
Marion championed the team podium with 108 points, Mount Vernon captured second with 104 team points and Solon finished the evening in the bronze podium position with a score of 97 team points. The rest of the field was occupied by Vinton-Shellsburg (93), Beckman (60), Regina (52), North Cedar (50) and Davenport Assumption (24).

Tearful defeat for girls in Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans came out swinging following the 5-0 loss to Muscatine the day before, but the Raiders stolen it in overtime, 4-3, at the Anamosa High School football field on Friday, April 20.

Lady Spartans put it together against West Delaware, 4-0

SOLON– The Lady Spartans put together an offensive and defensive stand to triumph over the West Delaware Hawks, 4-0, at Spartan Stadium on Monday, April 16.
As Coach John Tucker prognosticated following the first game of the season, when the Lady Spartans can put together the offense and lean on their defense, success would be the result.

Lady Spartans fall prey to Blazers, 3-0

Beckman Catholic serves Solon first home loss of 2018

SOLON– Mother Nature appeared to shake off all her unlucky perspiration from the seasonal temperatures on Thursday over the noticeably colder and windswept Spartan Stadium as the Trailblazers of Beckman Catholic, from Dyersville, served the Lady Spartans their first home loss of the 2018 season on Friday, April 13.
Beckman Catholic, first place in the WaMaC East, faced the Lady Spartans under windy and cool conditions as the heavens occasionally spat upon both teams.

Spartans 7th at Jesse Day Relays

Linderbaum 1st in shot put, Ira 2nd in hurdles

DAVENPORT– The Solon Spartan boys track and field team traveled to Brady Street Stadium for the Jesse Day Relays in Davenport on Thursday, April 12, and came away with a seventh-place team finish among the 11 teams participating. Bettendorf took the team champion honor with 143.25 points, followed by Pleasant Valley (113), Davenport West (108), North Scott (64.5), Clinton (62.5), Muscatine (56), Solon (53.5), Davenport Central (51), the event host Davenport North (36.25), Central DeWitt (36) and Davenport Assumption (15).

Lady Spartans fall 4-0 to Indians

Marion is Solon’s Little Big Horn

MARION– “Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t,” or so said Old Lodge Skins in the 1970s movie, “Little Big Man,” a comical fictionalization of the lone survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. The Lady Spartans, third place in the WaMaC East, moved to 1-1 on the season Tuesday, April 10, following a windswept 4-0 defeat by the second-place WaMac West Marion Indians on the grass at the Marion High School soccer field, just up the hill from the high school.

Solon deflects Comets, 4-2

Even Mother Nature cannot deter the Lady Spartans

SOLON– Mother Nature cast a sideways glance at Solon on Monday, April 2, but it did not deter the Lady Spartans from starting the season with a win, closing out against West Liberty, on the windswept tundra of Spartan Stadium, 4-2.

Boys build momentum at CCA Invitational

Field events strong as ever

TIFFIN– It may have only been the second meet for the Solon boys track and field team this season, due to Mother Nature’s recent bipolar conflict, but the results following the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Boys Invitational held in Tiffin on Thursday, April 5, proved two things; the future looks bright for Solon track competitors and the field events are solid as ever.
Sophomore A.J. Coons placed fourth with a leap if 5-8 in the high jump.

Lady Spartan soccer

drawing on experience

SOLON– In his 14th year as the Lady Spartans’ Soccer Coach, John Tucker passes his head through the tether for his whistle, knowing he is not rebuilding this season.
“Not really rebuilding… We have a strong program. We are just looking for the players to step up,” he said.
It is a strong program if last season is any reflection. With an 11-8 team record during the 2016-17 season, Solon scored 95 goals on 305 shots; recorded 42 assists; and only gave up 43 goals, a 2.39 average per game, boasting 157 total saves, a save percentage of 78.5 percent.

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.