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Sports

Spartans advance to quarterfinals

Solon smothers Vikings in 34-2 win

SOLON– Neither rain, nor sleet, nor cold of night could deter the Spartans on Friday, Oct. 27, at Spartan Stadium as Solon emerged victorious from a postseason football clash with the Decorah Vikings, 34-2.

Out of the crowd for top-25 finish

Conway 22nd at state meet

FORT DODGE– Even with a little sun breaking through by noon, it was still 40 degrees when the starter’s gun went off for the Class 3A girls state cross country championship Saturday. “It was very crowded in the first mile. I was blocked in from front and back,” recalled Solon freshman Kiersten Conway.
She’s been in big races before. It was very similar to her middle school state race with Iowa Speed Camp a year ago. “But here, they were in high school... and there were more of them,” said Conway. One hundred-thirty-eight to be exact, across the rolling hills north of Fort Dodge.

Linderbaum selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Solon football standout honored with assembly presentation

SOLON– The crowd roared.
U.S. Army SSG China Lee had announced Solon lineman Tyler Linderbaum’s selection to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to a crowd of family, friends and students during a special presentation in the Solon Center for the Arts auditorium Friday afternoon, Oct. 27.
Linderbaum, seated at a front dais with his parents and Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller, rose to the cheers of the audience, and the added fervor of thunderous music provided by the Solon High School Marching Spartans, to display and don an official jersey.

Solon Wrestling Club Starts Nov. 2

SOLON– The Solon Wrestling Club announced the beginning of the upcoming youth season for students in grades K-8. The club’s emphasis is learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun. The Solon Wrestling Club is lucky to bring back youth head coach and college All-American Dale Handley for a fourth season.

Bolts crisp Hawks in season finale

Liberty High rolls 50-7 over West Delaware

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s first sophomore football team, with several “Original” or “O-Bolts” on the roster, finished the season at 6-3 Monday, Oct. 23, after frying the West Delaware Hawks, 50-7, at City High’s Bates Field.

Women of Troy sweep Davenport North

IC West wins regional quarterfinal, 3-0, against Wildcats

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy swept the Wildcats of Davenport North, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-10), in a Class 5A Region 7 semifinal match Tuesday, Oct. 24, at West High, and advanced to the regional semifinal on Monday, Oct. 30, against Dubuque Hempstead, at Hempstead.
Senior Colby Greene led West High with nine kills and three solo blocks, junior Claire Overton produced seven, sophomore Rylee Fay made 19 assists and three ace serves with three aces from senior Keimoney Lang, as well.

West High Trojans roll on to football quarterfinals

IC West blasts CR Washington, 49-7

IOWA CITY– Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night, nor Cedar Rapids Washington could keep the Iowa City West High Trojans from advancing to the Class 4A football semifinals Friday, Oct. 27, with a 49-7 win over the Warriors on Trojan Field.

2017 MVC ALL-Division Cross Country selections

Nock and Greiner nab MVC Athletes of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division Cross Country teams Monday, Oct. 23, with Iowa City West High well represented in the Mississippi Division selections.
Bailey Nock and Kolby Greiner were Division Athlete of the Year picks, while Brian Martz (boys) and Mike Parker (girls) earned Coach of the Year titles.
Greiner and Nock both won the Class 4A state qualifying meet Thursday, Oct. 19, in Iowa City and led the Trojans and Women of Troy to the State Meet Saturday, Oct. 28, in Fort Dodge.

Bolts, Clippers and Trojans run at State Cross Country Meet

West’s Bailey Nock comes in second

FORT DODGE– Runners from Clear Creek Amana (CCA), Liberty High and Iowa City West High competed Saturday, Oct. 28, in the 2017 State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge.
West High’s Bailey Nock, a senior, was the runner-up in the Class 4A girls’ race. Nock finished roughly 15 seconds behind winner Paige Horner of Johnston. The West High Women of Troy were fifth in team points behind team champion Johnston, runner-up Dubuque Senior, Waukee and Dubuque Hempstead.
The West High Trojans were 10th in team points with Kolby Greiner, a senior, finishing 29th in 16:20.8.

Creek Girls bow out of postseason thanks to Stormin’ Pointers

CPU sweeps CCA, 3-0, in regional semifinal

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CENTER POINT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball season came to a quick end Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Center Point, as the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) swept them, 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-18), in a Class 4A regional semifinal match.
The Clippers were un-ranked in Class 4A and held a 23-19 record entering the contest, while the Pointers were the seventh-ranked team with a 31-10 showing.

Women of Troy will compete at state swimming and diving meet

Ernst, Roghair earn regional championships

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MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High’s swimming and diving team, with members from Liberty High, will compete Friday, Nov. 2 (diving), and Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA (108 Washington, St.) after qualifying for state Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, in regional competition in Marshalltown. The team was second in points behind regional champion Waukee.

On Target

CCA’s Trap Shooting Team wraps up the 2017 season

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HOMESTEAD– “Pull!” The command sent a bright orange clay disc into the late afternoon sky, followed by the report of a shotgun, a puff of smoke and the target being broken into fragments as the shot hit its mark.
Four more shooters took aim and reduced the targets to chunks before the quintet rotated to their next shooting position. Five shooters, five shots each, and then step aside and let the opposition take their 25 shots.
That’s how a trap shooting match goes.