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Sports

Spartans bounce back for 45-13 win over Panthers

MOUNT PLEASANT– The Solon varsity football team returned to its winning ways Friday night.
The Spartans traveled south to Mount Pleasant for their first road game and came away with a convincing 45-13 win.
But Solon started slow and trailed for much of the first quarter before getting it into gear.
“We allowed them to march the ball down the field and score on their first series. In the process, they chewed up an entire six minutes,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “In the second quarter we settled in and executed on both sides of the ball.”

Cross country plays catch up after early heat delays

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– Temperatures in the 90s cancelled the season opener and pushed back another early meet before Solon’s cross country schedule returned to normal for the Benton Invitational, Sept. 14.
No blistering heat to worry about there; with morning temperatures in the 50s and plenty of fans wearing light jackets.

Clippers cross country team runs route of the Hiawathas

CCA boys fifth, girls seventh at Benton Invitational

ATKINS– The Roundhouse Nature Trail, a former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway (“The Milwaukee Road”) roadbed which once hosted prestigious passenger trains known as The Hiawathas was the site on a picture-perfect Saturday, Sept. 14, of the Benton Invitational cross country meet.

Benton Bobcats hand Clippers their second football loss

Benton Community 21, CCA 14

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered their second loss of the season Friday, Sept. 13, as the Benton Community Bobcats took the varsity football contest, 21-14, dropping the Clippers to 1-2.

West cross-country hits the course at Noelridge

Yokum wins for the girls, Gardarsson leads the boys

CEDAR RAPIDS– Noelridge Park is a 102.81-acre park in northeast Cedar Rapids and home to a large flower garden and greenhouse which provides flora to the rest of the city’ parks. It also has a duck pond, small creek and a large pool/water park.
On Thursday, Sept. 12, it was the site of the Cedar Rapids Invitational, hosted by Kennedy High School. The West High Trojans and Women of Troy joined CR metro-area and other regional large schools in 4K (girls) and 5K (boys) racing action.
The West girls finished fourth overall with 115 points while the boys were fifth with 149.

Clippers go for run in the park

Douglass, Alcorn post top-10 finishes in Tipton Invitational

TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana’s cross-country teams were in action Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Tipton Invitational in the Cedar County town’s City Park. The boys finished sixth overall, while it was a 12th-place showing for the girls.
Eric Douglass and Ben Alcorn posted top-10 finishes in the boys’ 5K run with Douglass taking seventh in 17:23 and Alcorn coming in eighth in 17:25. Chloe Keith led the girls with a 38th-place finish in the 4K run with a time of 18:06.
Center Point-Urbana won the boys’ race with 42 points, Davenport Assumption was the leading girls team with 18 team points.

Not pretty, but…

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

A win is a win, but when you have a team down 21-0, like Iowa had the Missouri State Bears, you want to put the pedal to the metal and blow them out.
I would have liked to see C.J. Beathard or Cody Sokol get some snaps at quarterback, but Missouri State had other ideas.
The Bears scored a touchdown pass with 14:25 left in the game.
Ten seconds later, they intercepted a pass and went 28 yards for the score.
I was stunned! What could have been a rout turned into a tight game.

Not close

Iowa City Regina rumbles to victory over mistake-prone Spartans

SOLON– It was one step forward and two steps back for the Solon Spartans Friday night.
Iowa City Regina, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, pitched a shut-out against Solon, 38-0, in front of a large crowd at Spartan Stadium.
Despite the score, the Spartans were hanging tough with the Regals in the first half, but couldn’t overcome botched snaps, penalties and other miscues
“I thought we performed very well on the offensive and defensive lines.  We went toe-to-toe with them,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “Unfortunately, we had some untimely mistakes that they capitalized on.”

Lady Spartans rolling along

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans are ranked No. 2 in the Class 4A volleyball rankings, and they’ve been playing like it.
Solon walloped Durant 3-0 last Tuesday then took the title at the Cedar Rapids Washington tournament Saturday, defeating No. 9 Cedar Rapids Xavier in the championship game.
The Lady Spartans moved to 7-0, but did drop their first game of the season during a 2-1 win over Marion (ranked No. 12 in Class 4A) in pool play.

Mistakes plague Clippers in loss to Mid-Prairie

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Turnovers and penalties took a heavy toll on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 6, as they entertained the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie, Wellman.
The Hawks took the non-district contest, 27-13.
The game opened on a sour note with a fumble on the Clippers’ first possession, giving the Hawks a drive toward the goal line. CCA held them from scoring a touchdown, but Mid-Prairie still managed a field goal for a 3-0 lead.

West sweeps East

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Two out of three wasn’t bad.
The West High Women of Troy swept the Waterloo East High Trojans 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home in varsity volleyball action. West took the first set 25-18, but it was a hard-fought win.
“We weren’t ready to play that first one, were we?” coach Kathy Bresnahan asked rhetorically afterward.

Clipper runners enjoy respite from the heat at Williamsburg

Keith, Douglass lead the way for CCA x-country

WILLIAMSBURG– After blistering heat and smothering humidity, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country squads opened the 2013 season with an invitational at the athletic complex in Williamsburg. The host Raiders won the girls’ varsity 4K with 36 team points while Vinton-Shellsburg won the boys’ 5K with 58.
The CCA Clipper girls finished seventh overall with 171 points while the boys were fifth with 112. Chloe Keith was the fastest CCA girl with a 16th-place finish in 18:05 and Eric Douglass posted a seventh-place finish in 17:51.