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Sports

Lady Spartans notch conference win

Solon takes 3-2 win from Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Either way, one team was going to pick up its first divisional conference win.
That team was Solon.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball team moved to 13-16 on the season and picked up its first WaMaC East Division win of the season at Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 10.
But it didn’t come easily.
It took five sets to overcome the Sabers (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 19-25, 15-11). Statistics were not available at press time.

Boys 6th at North Linn, postseason ahead

TROY MILLS– Going into postseason runs, Solon’s boys notched a sixth-place finish among 16 teams at the 2019 North Linn invitational cross country meet, Oct. 12. “It was an amazing meet for the whole Solon cross country team. Almost every runner had season best times,” reviewed head coach Emy Williams. “We looked strong and really competed.”

Girls third over Hillcrest hills

KALONA– There is a reason most noise at cross country meets comes near the finish line. That’s where the crowd is! As runners close in on 5,000 meters, the fans want to see their finish.
Sure, Mid-Prairie’s top ranked– and Future Hall of Famer– Marie Hostletler is going to win by more than a minute each time out. However, the excitement builds as the next 10, 50 or 100 girls fight for position. Solon’s girls provided a couple such moments, at the Hillcrest Academy Invite, October 7.

Creek Boys come up short against the Knights

Davenport Assumption defeats CCA, 27-14

DAVENPORT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team dipped to 4-3 on the season with a Thursday, Oct. 10, road loss to the Knights of Davenport Assumption Catholic High School at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.
The Clippers were down 14-0 in the first half when Ryan Navara connected with Tom Johnson for 59 yards and a touchdown to put the Creek Boys on the scoreboard. Navara would score in the fourth quarter on a quarterback keeper, but the Knights held onto their 27-14 advantage for the victory.

Bolts host their first MVC cross country Super Meet

Liberty’s Ashlyn Keeney leaves the field in the dust

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney blazed through the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City Thursday, Oct. 10, to win the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Super Meet varsity girls 5k race. Keeney, a sophomore, got off to a quick start and wasted no time extending her lead over the rest of the pack. She crossed the finish line in 18:07, 47 seconds ahead of runner-up Micah Poellet from Linn-Mar.

Women of Troy and Bolts splash the Cougars

Liberty’s Scarlet Martin and Samantha Klein rack up wins for West High/Liberty High swimmers

CORALVILLE– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers chalked up another dual meet victory Tuesday, Oct. 8, as they dominated Cedar Rapids Kennedy at the Coralville Recreation Center. West’s junior varsity squad won, 136-50, while the varsity took care of the Cougars, 138-48.

Lightning sweeps Mustangs, 3-0

Liberty defeats Dubuque Hempstead, improves to 22-1

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team improved to 22-1 with a nine-match winning streak, sweeping Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday, Oct. 8, at home. The Lightning’s 3-0 win started with a 25-19 first-set victory, and was followed by 25-15 and 25-22 wins.
Freshman Cassidy Hartmann led the Bolts with 11 kills, while fellow frosh Shelby Kimm produced nine.
Liberty competes in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Cedar Rapids Prairie starting at 9 a.m.

Creek Girls outlast Raiders, 3-1

CCA defeats rival Williamsburg in varsity volleyball

WILLIAMSBURG– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball squad improved to 17-10 as the regular season began to wind down with a 3-1 win over rival Williamsburg on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Williamsburg.
The Clippers took the first set, 27-25, dropped the second, 16-25, and rallied back to 25-15 and 25-20 victories.
Junior Hailey Pollock led the Creek Girls with 16 kills. Sophomore Calia Clubb produced 15 and sophomore Morgan Etscheidt made a dozen. Senior Cheyaenne Bunch produced 44 assists.
The WaMaC Conference Tournament is Thursday, Oct. 17, at Marion High School starting at 4 p.m.

Lady Spartans coming closer

Beckman, West Delaware still deliver 3-0 sweeps

SOLON– WaMaC powerhouses Beckman Catholic and West Delaware took 3-0 wins from Solon’s varsity volleyball team last week.
But the Lady Spartans’ scores keep creeping up.
Beckman, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A and atop the WaMaC East standings came to Solon Oct. 1 for the conference sweep, while the Lady Spartans traveled to Manchester Oct. 3 to face the fifth-ranked (4A) Hawks.
Beckman rolled (25-12, 25-14, 25-18), but Solon came closer on the road against West Delaware (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).

Spartans exorcize Demons, 35-20, in another late-game rally

28-point late game rally pushes Spartans past Demons, 35-20

WASHINGTON– After a first half leaving some Solon fans scratching their heads on Friday, Oct. 4, the Spartans, No. 4 ranked in Class 3A, scored 28 unanswered points in the Demons’ lair, Case Field in Washington, to triumph, 35-20. The Spartans remain undefeated at 6-0 for the season and 2-0 in district play.

Third place, but what a finish for Lady Spartan XC

WILLIAMSBURG– The rankings proved true. Mid-Prairie and Williamsburg were one-two among Class 2A teams, as rated by the state’s cross country coaches. And they finished right there, at the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invite. Solon, ranked ninth in Class 3A, was third in the 10-team field, on a hot sultry afternoon, with thunderstorms just a few hours away.
“This meet was a tough one,” observed head coach Emy Williams. “The humidity and new course layout didn't help our times. We ran well and will start getting our legs fresh as we close in on conference and the state qualifying meet.”

Pack moving up; XC boys 4th at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s boys showed up with a pack of runners in the top 30 this time. Still, top ranked (Class 2A) Tipton held court, with its five scorers going one-three-five-10-11, and its remaining two varsity runners 12th and 14th, to blow away the field in the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invitational cross country meet.