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Sports

Scoreless week for Spartans

SOLON– The weather has been cold and wet, and the sun didn’t shine on the Spartans as they hosted the No. 1 team in Class 1A last week.
Solon’s boys’ soccer team fell to Dyersville Beckman, 1-0, Friday in Solon, the first loss of the season. The Spartans are 3-1-1.
“We obviously picked a bad opponent to turn in our worst performance of the year,” reported head coach Jeremy McMurrin. “It would have been very ugly if it wasn’t for Joe Weeks in goal, who made 16 saves out of 17 chances.”

Lady Spartans fall to Waterloo Columbus

WATERLOO– Solon’s Lady Spartans fell to sixth-ranked Waterloo Columbus, 2-1, last Tuesday in Waterloo.
Alison McKinnie gave Solon an early lead with a goal on an assist from Abby Haas, but Columbus scored twice before the half and the second half went scoreless.
“Despite the abysmal conditions, we felt really good about our play,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball very well and our defense did an amazing job holding their offense to just a few shots.”
Katie Silberstein was credited with five saves, and came out to smother plays before shots could be taken, Tucker said.

Spartans tracksters take first place at Iowa Valley

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist

MARENGO– The Solon boy’s track team turned in an impressive performance in winning the Ruth Ahrens Invitational track meet, held this past week at Marengo. The team showed tremendous balance, scoring points in every event except one.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon 140
CCA 125
Vinton-Shellsburg 85
Williamsburg 68
Regina 63
Benton 54
Alburnett 18
Meskwaki 2
First place winners included:
• 4x800-meter relay: Paul Pisarik, Tyler Appleget, Zach Kienholz, Trevor Yahr, 8:49;
• Shot put: Dalton Ferguson, 49’5.25;

Three meets, three wins for Lady Spartans

Girls win at Tipton, Marengo and West Branch track meets

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

TIPTON– At some point during the tumult to stay warm, girls in foul weather football gear were simply spinning until they fell; then trying to get up without using their hands.
With temperatures in the upper 30s, and wind pushing the ‘feels like’ factor into the 20s, athletes and fans at the Tigerette Relays girls track meet in Tipton Friday were doing just about anything to keep warm and cheer on their teammates.

Hawk Talk

No NIT champ

Iowa basketball season came to an end last week at Madison Square Garden with a 74-54 loss to the Baylor Bears.
The Hawks picked a bad time to go cold in their shooting as they hit only 26 percent for the game and missed at least 12 point-blank baskets.
That’s their lowest shooting percentage this season.
I’ve been doing an informal pool asking my friends if they would rather have Iowa make a deep run in the NIT or lose in the first or second round of the NCAA tournament.
Most of them agree with me that it’s fun to see the Hawks win and keep playing, like they did in New York.

Lakeview PTO’s second annual Spartan Dash fundraiser set for Saturday, April 27

SOLON– The Lakeview PTO will be hosting its second annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 27, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a family team. Family teams will walk, skip, or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Girls give Coach Tucker his 100th win

Solon defeats Marion in 2-1 overtime shoot-out Friday

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans celebrated their inaugural game at Spartan Field with a 2-1 overtime shoot-out against Marion Friday, giving coach John Tucker his 100th career victory.
Anna Seydel hit the winning goal to give Solon a winning start to the season.
Alison McKinnie had the team’s lone goal in regulation, tying the score at 7:45 in the second half on an assist from Abby Haas.
Marion’s goal came on a penalty kick at 17:07 in the first half after an inadvertent hand ball in the box.
Coach Tucker was happy with the results.

Lady Spartans finish fourth at J-Hawk Relays

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– A tale of two teams… almost.
Solon’s Lady Spartans showed they can run with the big schools, when healthy. They finished fourth in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday in Cedar Rapids, even leading for a while, early on.

Boys take fourth at first outdoor meet

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
TIPTON– The 2013 edition of the Solon boys track team finally got to run its first meet of the season outdoors last week, having two meets cancelled the previous week do to inclement weather.
The boys finished fourth out of 11 teams competing at the Tipton Invitational.
Scores were as follows:
1. CPU 115
2. Monticello 108.5
3. Camanche 70
4. Solon 65
5. West Liberty 40
6. Mount Vernon 35
7. Tipton 19
8. Springville 18
9. West Branch 17
10. Benton 16
11. Wilton 12

Spartans 3-0 to start season

SOLON– The Spartans have started the season on the right foot.
Solon’s varsity boys have opened the season 3-0, including a home win against the No. 1 ranked team in 1A, Waterloo Columbus.
According to head coach Jeremy McMurrin, the Spartans have moved up a class this season and are ranked No. 14 in Class 2A.
After a scoreless scrimmage against Cedar Rapids Xavier at the Cedar Rapids Washington Soccer Jamboree, the Spartans opened the season at home with a 2-1 win over No. 9 Iowa Mennonite April 1. Nick Brown and Brandan Childs scored goals for Solon, with an assist to Chase Gross.

Cool victory for Clipper boys

CCA boys open with 3-0 win in frigid weather

TIFFIN– Tim Benson’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity soccer boys took to the field Monday, April 1, to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie in a season-opening girls/boys doubleheader. With temperatures in the low 30s and a persistent wind out of the west-northwest, the conditions were more appropriate for winter.

CCA girls’ soccer heats up in the cold

CCA girls brave frigid weather for season opening win

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Once the final goal had been scored, the scene on the field resembled a state playoff win as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers stormed the turf and embraced each other while jumping up and down in victory.