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Sports

Metzler selected to bowling Hall of Fame

Years of dedication to the sport leads to nomination for Performance/Meritorious Service

NORTH LIBERTY– Dave Metzler not only loves to bowl, he loves the sport, and loves being an ambassador for it.
“Anybody can do it; you can be 5 or 95 and still do it. It’s never to late to jump in and get started, or too early,” he said in 2018 after bowling his 27th 300 game.
Metzler, from North Liberty, has been in the sport for over 45 years and picked up his 29th 300 game in April of 2019. He’s had many accomplishments beyond racking up perfect games on the lanes, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Petersen Classic.

Lightning forecast for Fort Dodge

Liberty boys, Ashlyn Keeney, Cami Mac and Cori Mac qualify for state XC meet

BETTENDORF– The Liberty High varsity boys cross country team qualified for the 2020 Class 4A state meet for the second time in school history Wednesday, Oct. 21, in a qualifying meet at Crow Creek Park, in Bettendorf. The Lightning took the runner-up spot behind team champion Cedar Rapids Prairie (35 points) with 51 points. The Bolts qualified as a team for the first time last year with a third-place finish, also behind Prairie (last year’s district champion).

Bolts survive and sweep the Trojans

Liberty High defeats Iowa City West High, 3-0, in regional semifinal

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High Lightning’s hot streak continued on the volleyball court Thursday, Oct. 22, as they swept Iowa City West High, 3-0, at home, in a Class 5A Region 7 semifinal match.

Twice as nice! Solon boys and girls both head to state

Boys win regional Monticello meet; girls third

MONTICELLO Again, using a mix of veterans and freshmen and a pack of runners so close they could almost tag teammates around them, Solon is sending both boys and girls cross country teams to the 2020 state meet.
The Class 3A girls race is at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, on Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, in Fort Dodge. The boys hit the course at 4 p.m.

Spartans tether Huskies, 41-12

Solon faces Independence Oct. 30

SOLON Solon is on a streak, six straight wins following its 41-12 defeat of the Oelwein Huskies on Friday, Oct. 23, at Spartan Stadium, in the second round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 2A football playoffs.
The victory puts the Spartans (6-2) on a collision course to host the Independence Mustangs (6-1) on Friday, Oct. 30, at Spartan Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Spartans bow out

Third time not the charm against Mustangs Solon falls in quarterfinal, 3-0

MOUNT VERNON– At the end of the first game, Mount Vernon had just dominated Solon for a 25-10 win.
Head Coach Jeff Walker didn’t have a particular message for his team.
“(I) just told them that game’s over and this is a new game,” he reported.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team responded and fought back gamely, but the Mustangs withstood the storm and took the second game, 25-23. Third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon rolled on to a 25-15 third-set win and ended the season for the Spartans in a Region 7 road quarterfinal Oct. 19.

Indians capsize the Clippers

CCA’s season ends with 18-14 loss to Marion in football playoffs

TIFFIN– The 2020 varsity football season came to a sad end for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Oct. 16, at home in a Class 3A first round playoff game against the Marion Indians.
The Clippers were capsized 18-14 after building a 14-0 lead in the first half, and watching it evaporate in the second.

Bolts take runner-up spots in 2020 MVC divisional XC

Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney second, Christian Montover seventh

CEDAR FALLS– Liberty High’s cross country athletes competed in the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference, Mississippi Division, Cross Country Meet Thursday, Oct. 15, in Cedar Falls.
The varsity Lightning girls were second in team points with 72 behind champion Linn-Mar (42). Ashlyn Keeney was second behind conference champion Micah Poellet from Linn-Mar. Poellet won in 18:19.60 with Keeney crossing the line in 19:04.50. Camille Mac was fourth for the Lightning in 19:23.10.

Spartans are WaMaC champs

Boys and girls show depth at conference meet in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Another big meet? Another near sweep for Solon’s cross country program, and an individual championship for senior Kiersten Conway, at the Thursday, Oct. 15, WaMaC meet in Williamsburg.

Solon 2-2 at WaMaC tournament

Spartans push No. 13 Indee to brink

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team gave Independence a run for its money.
Facing the No. 13 (3A) Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the WaMaC Conference Tournament in Mount Vernon Oct. 15, the Spartans grabbed a thrilling 26-24 win in the first game, but couldn’t push past to the semifinals.
Independence rebounded to take the second game 25-22, and knocked Solon out of the tourney with a 15-8 third-set victory. The following semifinal pitted Mustang against Mustang, and Independence ran into the buzzsaw that is third-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon, the eventual conference champ.

Spartans host Oelwein Friday for 2nd round football playoff

Run-heavy Huskies to challenge Solon defense

SOLON– The Spartans’ Friday, Oct. 23, foe was determined Friday, Oct. 16, as the Oelwein Huskies smacked the South Tama Trojans, 42-28, advancing to compete against Solon following the Spartan’s first-round bye.
Oelwein, 3-5 following the victory, got a late start trailing in the first, 14-0, but came back scoring 14 in each of the three remaining quarters to wrest the victory from South Tama.

Creek Boys fifth, girls seventh at WaMaC XC championship meet

CCA’s Gavin Zillyette fifth, Haidyn Barker second

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) cross country athletes competed in the 2020 WaMaC Championship Thursday, Oct. 15, in Williamsburg. WaMaC East rival Solon took the team championship in the varsity boys, edging Marion 57-65. The Clippers were fifth with 124 points, and were led by Gavin Zillyette and Brandon Barker in fourth- and fifth-place, respectively. Zillyette finished in 16:41.90 while Barker crossed the finish line in 16:45.30.