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Jeff Hess

Spartans third at Ruth Ahrens Track Invitational

Christensen, Ira, 4x800 relay collect first-place finishes

MARENGO– Iowa Valley High School hosted the Ruth Ahrens Boys Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 12, and the Spartans grabbed third in team scoring with a bit of a change in the cast.
The Spartans collected 10 team points apiece as Nate Christensen and Luke Ira took first place in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles and Jake Schaeckenbach, Ben Krutzfeldt, Adam Smith and Graeson Dall took first in the 4x800-meter relay.

Spartans challenge 4A teams at IC West

Solon boys seventh at Hollingsworth Relays in Iowa City

IOWA CITY– Coaches Mark Sovers, Dan Dall, Brad Wymer, Riley Takes, Denny Gruber and the Solon Spartan boys track team stepped up on Saturday, April 9, lining up next to 4A competition and the West High Trojans at West High School’s Hollingsworth Relays.
They stood the measure of their 4A competition, finishing seventh overall against 11 other larger school teams, with their presence felt in several events.
When Coach Sovers was asked what he felt about the boys competing against 4A competition, he smiled, peering through his darkened glasses, and said it would be good for them.

Spartan varsity boys track 4th at Tipton Early Bird Co-ed meet

TIPTON– In the 13-team field, the Solon varsity boys track team scored 64 points to take fourth behind West Branch (80), Anamosa (87), and Mount Vernon (102) at the Tipton Early Bird Co-ed Meet on Tuesday, March 29.
The Spartans managed 13 of their team points in the field portion, putting themselves in scoring positions for each event.
In the discus, Solon’s Jackson Walker took fifth with a 128-00 throw, scoring two points for the team. Ben Wilkerson finished 13th after a 111-10 throw, and Tyler Lindebaum grabbed 22nd with his 90-4.

Spartan varsity boys track 4th at Tipton Early Bird Co-ed meet

TIPTON– In the 13-team field, the Solon varsity boys track team scored 64 points to take fourth behind West Branch (80), Anamosa (87), and Mount Vernon (102) at the Tipton Early Bird Co-ed Meet on Tuesday, March 29.
The Spartans managed 13 of their team points in the field portion, putting themselves in scoring positions for each event.
In the discus, Solon’s Jackson Walker took fifth with a 128-00 throw, scoring two points for the team. Ben Wilkerson finished 13th after a 111-10 throw, and Tyler Lindebaum grabbed 22nd with his 90-4.

Boys third at Mt. Vernon Relays

Balanced team shows promise as the track season starts

MOUNT VERNON– The Solon Boys started the outdoor season by taking third at the Mount Vernon Relays with 103 points, trailing Lisbon (111) in second, and event host Mount Vernon (129) in first. The weather was overcast on Saturday, March 26; the temperatures reached the 50s and the wind was relatively calm from the south-southeast at about 10-20 miles per hour. As the competitors filed into the track, the public address system came to life, blaring Huey Lewis and the News’ “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Four Lady Spartans receive East All-WaMaC recognition

SOLON– Four members of the Solon Lady Spartans received All-WaMaC recognition in the WaMaC East for their performance in the 2015-16 season.

Solon girls fall one short of district title

A road loss to Mount Vernon ends Lady Spartans’ season

MARION– The lights were burning bright with all their LED fury giving the Marion gymnasium the feel of a big stage on Saturday, Feb. 20, as the Solon Lady Spartans and the Mount Vernon Mustangs took the court.

The difference a day can make

Lady Spartans go 1-1 in back-to-back games

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans hit the road to Manchester late in the week to meet the West Delaware Hawks on Thursday, Feb. 4– a make-up of the first match-up of the season which was postponed from early January.
The change in the game, or the change in start time to 6 p.m., or the weather change or something changed and threw Solon’s play for a loop, and they fell uncharacteristically to the Hawks, 49-29.

Bookend wins

Blazers and Blue Raiders fall to Solon

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity team welcomed the Anamosa Blue Raiders to their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and did just what they had to do. Solon defeated the Blue Raiders, 40-34, and sent them north with a loss.
The varsity Lady Spartans were up by six points in just over a minute of play through the combined efforts of Dakota Doyle, Bryce Hinkel and Hannah Bluder. Anamosa’s coach quickly called a time-out to have an animated conversation with the Raiders’ varsity squad that reverberated in the gymnasium.

Lady Spartans win two, lose two in busy week of action

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that featured two sets of back-to-back games, the Solon varsity girls basketball team managed a .500 record.
The Lady Spartans defeated Mount Pleasant and Central DeWitt before falling to Western Dubuque and Iowa City Regina.

Lady Spartans win fourth in a row, then stumble against Mustangs

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team started the week on Tuesday, Jan. 12, by extending its winning streak to four in a row defeating the Maquoketa Cardinals, 51-32.
However, the Mount Vernon Mustangs stole their momentum Friday, Jan. 16, beating Solon, 62-46.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.