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Sports

Liberty Boys are state XC bound

Bolts’ runners are the first team in school history to make it to state

MARSHALLTOWN– Another piece of Liberty High School history was made Thursday, Oct. 24, as the varsity boys cross country team earned a place on the starting line of the 2019 Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Bolts finished third in team points in a district (state qualifying) meet at the Marshalltown Community College course behind champion (and Mississippi Valley Conference rival) Cedar Rapids Prairie, and runner-up Johnston.

Spartans dominate Fairfield, 54-6, claim district title

After 9-0 season, Solon hosts Liberty Nov. 1 in first round

FAIRFIELD– The Solon Spartans completed another perfect regular season on Friday, Oct. 25, with a 54-6 win over the Fairfield Trojans to claim the 2019 Class 3A District 6 championship.
The win sets up a Friday, Nov. 1, match up at Spartan Stadium between the Liberty Lightning and the Solon Spartans in the opening round of the postseason starting at 7 p.m.
After building a 33-0 lead in the first half against the Trojans, the Spartans bolstered another 21 points in the second half, defeating Fairfield in a lopsided affair.

Spartans blank Chiefs, 42-0, clinch 3A District 6

Solon ranked No. 1 in 3A

SOLON– The Solon Spartan football team clinched Class 3A District 6, after appearing at No. 1 in the Iowa High School Athletic Association Week 7 Class 3A rankings, with its Senior Night routing of the Keokuk Chiefs, 42-0, at Spartan Stadium, during their final regular season home game on Friday, Oct. 18.

Lady Spartans 1-4 at WaMaC tournament

Lone win comes against Central DeWitt

SOLON– Will the third time be the charm?
It would take a win against Benton Community Oct. 23 to extend the varsity volleyball season for the Lady Spartans.
Solon’s postseason was hanging in the balance heading into a Class 3A Region 6 quarterfinal at Benton Community. The winner advances to a semifinal at Davenport Assumption Tuesday, Oct. 29, with the regional final decided Monday, Nov. 4, at Iowa City West High.

WaMaC last week; state qualifier Thursday for Solon boys

MANCHESTER– Solon’s boys hit seventh place in the Oct. 17 WaMaC cross country conference standings. They look now at the state qualifying meet, this week (Thursday, Oct. 24) at home.

Girls 2nd at WaMac XC meet

Lady Spartans host regional qualifier Oct. 24

MANCHESTER– With a runner-up finish in the 14-team WaMaC Conference cross country meet, Solon’s girls now take aim at their second season… the regional qualifier and, hopefully, a box on the starting line at the Nov. 2 Iowa girls high school state meet.

Lucky breaks boost Bolts past Knights

Liberty High upsets Assumption Catholic, 14-7

NORTH LIBERTY– A pair of lucky breaks bounced Liberty High’s way in the fourth quarter of a varsity football game against Davenport Assumption Catholic Friday, Oct. 18, at Liberty.
The Lightning upset the Knights 14-7 in a game with potential playoff ramifications.

Senior Night success for “Troy Boltons’” swimmers

Liberty’s Martin wins 50-freestyle and 100-fly, Trent wins 500-freestyle

CORALVILLE– The combined team of Iowa City West High (ICW) and Liberty High swimmers honored nine seniors: Lily Ernst (ICW), Carmela Cohen-Suarez (ICW), Martina Schianchi (ICW), Amber Rose (ICW), Austyn Goodale (ICW), Alanna Lair (ICW), Audrey Wubbena (Washington), Katelyn Sharp (Liberty), and Laurel Haverkamp (ICW) on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for Senior Night, before dominating the visiting Linn-Mar Lions.
The Trojan-Bolt junior varsity (JV) defeated the Lions, 139-40, while the varsity won, 128-58.

Creek Boys fall to Lancers

North Scott runs over CCA, 35-7

ELDRIDGE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team found themselves on the wrong side of a 35-7 final score Friday, Oct. 18, as it fell to the Lancers of North Scott, Eldridge in a Class 3A District 5 contest.
Jordan Krauss, a junior, scored the Clippers’ only touchdown on a 14-yard pass reception from Ben Swails. Anthony Hennes, also a junior, booted the point-after kick through the uprights.

Creek Boys earn first WaMaC XC title

Barker, O’Connor and Sexton finish 2, 3, 4 for CCA

MANCHESTER– The No. 1-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its first WaMaC Conference championship Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester. The Clippers topped the field with 30 points, followed by runner-up Center Point-Urbana (CPU) with 65.
The Creek Boys placed four runners in the top 10, led by junior Brandon Barker. Barker came in second roughly five seconds behind Champion Eli Larson from CPU. Nick O’Connor was third in 16:33.80, Jack Sexton was fourth in 16:40.40, and Gavin Zillyette was eighth in 16:56.90.

Bolts get the best of the V-ball J-Hawks

Hartmann’s 14 kills pushes Liberty past CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High entered the final week of the regular season with a 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest. Jefferson gave the Lightning a scare with a 25-17 win in the first set but the rest of the match belonged to the Bolts with 25-23, 25-16, and 25-22 wins.
Cassidy Hartmann produced 14 kills to lead Liberty with 13 from LeeAnn Potter. Rylee Fay made 25 assists with 21 from Haley Hested. Hartmann had Liberty’s only solo block of the match, while Lauren Roman made four block assists. Sydney Woods, Hartmann, and Schmierer made two ace serves each.

Spartans lead Class 3A District 6

Six weeks in, Solon on top

MOUNT PLEASANT– Almost to the beckoning of the machine shed mantra south of Solon on Highway 1, the Solon Spartans football team de-pounced the Panthers, at the Mapleleaf Complex in Mount Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 11, in grand fashion, to the tune of 35-14, remaining unbeaten through week seven of the season and claiming its 36th consecutive regular season win.