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Sports

Defensive

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

There is a reason that Michigan State is rated one of the best defenses in the country... they are really good!
The Spartans held the Hawkeyes to 23 yards on the ground, 13 first downs and Iowa had the ball for only 22:47 minutes. Also, the Hawks didn’t get a first down until about five minutes left in the first half.
Here we go again.
Last year at this time the Hawks were 4-2, 2-0 in the Big Ten and beat Michigan State, 19-16 in overtime.
This year Iowa is 4-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten and lost to the Spartans, 26-14.

Lady Spartans overwhelm Raiders

SOLON– The Anamosa volleyball team looked like a deer in the headlights.
The Solon Lady Spartans rattled off 10 straight points behind the serving of junior Taylor Nearad and never looked back, sweeping the Anamosa Raiders 3-0 in a conference match-up last Tuesday in Solon.
Nearad was a serving machine for the Lady Spartans, going 24-27 with 10 aces from behind the service line. No other Lady Spartan had more than seven serves.
Solon won 25-6, 25-12 and 25-6, with liberal substitutions throughout the match.

Big score

Spartans roll up 64-3 win over Anamosa Raiders

SOLON– It didn’t take long to see where this game was going.
Solon’s Jordan Wymer took the opening kickoff 97 yards down the Spartan sideline for a touchdown, and it was off to the races.
Moments later, Solon intercepted Anamosa quarterback Austin Seehusen deep in Raider territory. Two passes to Nathan Hawkins later, there was less than a minute elapsed on the clock, and Solon had taken a 14-0 lead over the winless Anamosa Raiders.
The Spartans rumbled to a 64-3 win Friday night, moving their record to 5-1 on the season, and an unblemished 3-0 in conference play.

Girls first, boys second at Williamsburg invite

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s girls scored a team and individual title at the Williamsburg invitational cross country meet Sept. 30.

Miracle on Melrose

West pulls out 39-35 win in final minute

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Football teaches young men many life lessons in addition to the fundamentals of the game. One such lesson is to never give up in the face of adversity.
Friday, Oct. 4, the West High Trojans applied that lesson and in the process retained their perfect record this season with a homecoming win over Dubuque Hempstead.

Rolling the Regals

Clippers pick up win with 3-0 sweep of Iowa City Regina

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team may be young, without any seniors, but they can still put up a fight and rule the night. Such was the case Monday, Sept. 30, when Iowa City Regina visited for a non-conference match. The Clippers took care of business in three-straight, winning 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.

Dubuque Hempstead beats West volleyball 3-1

IOWA CITY– The fourth-ranked in Class 5A Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs took a win away from the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Oct. 1, on the volleyball court. The Mustangs won 3-1 in varsity volleyball action.
West came up short 25-23 in the opening set, rallied to a 25-21 win in set two, and fell 25-21 and 25-15 to close-out the match.

The pig stays home

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Talk about deja-vü all over again.
Last year, Minnesota was 4-0 when it came to Iowa City.
The Gophers were a good running team and were playing good defense last season.
This year, Minnesota was 4-0 coming into to the Iowa game.
The Gophers’ running game is one of the best in the Big Ten and their defense was bigger and stronger.
Last year, Iowa won 31-13 and Mark Weisman rushed for 177 yards (8.4 per carry). Iowa led 24-0 at half.
This year Iowa won 23-7 and Mark ran for 145 yards (6.1 per carry). Iowa led 17-0 at the half.
Can you say domination?

307 yards

Solon quarterback Jacob Black rushes for near-record yardage in 35-14 win over Sabers

DeWITT– The Central DeWitt Sabers just could not figure out Solon quarterback Jacob Black.
Black was 0-4 from the pocket and finished with a quarterback rating of 0.0, but he did something no other Solon quarterback has done, and that’s rush for 300 yards.
Black compiled 307 yards rushing on 26 carries Friday night, just shy of the school individual record of 329 yards set by Randy Beranek in 1978, to lead the Spartans to a 35-14 win of the Sabers of Central Clinton at DeWitt.
“I don’t think we have had a 300-yard rusher for over 20 years at Solon,” remarked head coach Kevin Miller.

Big road games coming next week

Top conference rivals Mt. Vernon and West Delaware on tap

SOLON– Solon head coach Peter Gustin knows better than to look ahead on the schedule.
“When teams look ahead, they falter,” Gustin said. “The little things and discipline start to go out the window and there isn’t a team that can just flip a switch and play its “A” game. We focus on certain areas of improvement in every match, regardless of our opponent.”
But Gustin admitted with looming conference showdowns on the road at Mount Vernon and West Delaware, he may be looking at a little more film than usual, and the regular goofiness at practice will be tapered off.

Tie goes to the (No. 6) runner

Solon boys and girls third at Anamosa

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ANAMOSA– In high school cross country scoring, only a team’s first five runners figure into the scoring. But Solon’s David Coberly learned that finishing sixth can be vital.
Led by Patrick McGill and Ty Appleget at the Sept. 28 Anamosa Invitational, Solon was tied with Fort Madison as each team’s top five crossed the finish line. McGill (12th) and Appleget (14th) each medaled for the Spartans; followed by teammates Taylor Walkner (21st), Simon Düster (25th) and Nik Rehnke (28th).

Ill-fated victory?

West powers through despite health woes

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Even if they’re not hitting on all cylinders, the West High Women of Troy can still knock out tough teams and rack up victories. Such was the case Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the Linn-Mar Lions visited Trojan Nation.
“Everybody’s sick and I thought we looked like we didn’t have any energy,” said coach Kathy Bresnahan, battling her own voice-depleting virus. Despite the various illnesses, and Hannah Fairfield sidelined by injury, the Women of Troy tamed the Lions, 3-0.