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Sports

Solon deflects Comets, 4-2

Even Mother Nature cannot deter the Lady Spartans

SOLON– Mother Nature cast a sideways glance at Solon on Monday, April 2, but it did not deter the Lady Spartans from starting the season with a win, closing out against West Liberty, on the windswept tundra of Spartan Stadium, 4-2.

Back on the track

Spring finally yields a meet outdoors for Lady Spartans

SOLON– With temperatures in the upper 40s and brisk breezes, it was hardly ideal track meet weather. But it was the best day of the week and Solon’s girls took advantage of it, with a rescheduled and relocated home meet, April 5.

Boys build momentum at CCA Invitational

Field events strong as ever

TIFFIN– It may have only been the second meet for the Solon boys track and field team this season, due to Mother Nature’s recent bipolar conflict, but the results following the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Boys Invitational held in Tiffin on Thursday, April 5, proved two things; the future looks bright for Solon track competitors and the field events are solid as ever.
Sophomore A.J. Coons placed fourth with a leap if 5-8 in the high jump.

Solon goes 2-1 in home tourney

Two matches decided by penalty kicks

SOLON– Two matches decided by penalty kicks.
One loss, one win.
It was a bitter wind that blew Saturday, April 7, as the varsity Solon team picked up its first loss of the season against Albia at the Spartan Classic Soccer Tournament.
The Blue Demons prevailed 1-0 after a 3-0 penalty kick (pk) shoot-out, but the Spartans rebounded for a shortened 10-0 victory over Prince of Peace, and capped the day by winning another pk battle, this time against Fairfield.
The Spartans broke a 2-2 tie in regulation with a 5-3 win in extra kicks.
The win moved Solon to 6-1 for the season.

Blazers spoil Clippers’ season opener

Single Beckman goal topples CCA boys, 1-0

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys soccer team opened the regular season with a 1-0 loss to Dyersville Beckman Catholic High School on Monday, April 2, at home. Beckman was a Class 1A state qualifier last year, losing to Iowa City Regina in the semifinal round, and winning a consolation bracket game against Gilbert.
The Creek Boys held the Blazers at bay until three minutes before halftime, when Drew Boekholder launched a shot past Clipper keeper Blake Malli to score.
Malli, a junior, had 10 saves.

A good night for the Creek Boys

CCA, Solon and IC West run in Clippers’ home meet

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TIFFIN– They finally got out on the track for a meet Thursday, April 5, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin as the Clippers (aka The Creek Boys) hosted their home track and field meet three cold, wet, windy and snowy weeks or so after the end of the indoor season. While the Creek Boys didn’t put up any wins, coach Ben Robison was thrilled with how the day went for his squad.

Lightning tops Women of Troy by two

Liberty’s Maurus leads Bolts to 222-224 win over Iowa City West

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CORALVILLE– Liberty High’s varsity girls golf team earned its first victory pulling off a two-stroke win over Iowa City West High Thursday, April 5, at the Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville.
Neely Maurus led Liberty with 49 through the nine holes as the Bolts took down the Women of Troy, 222-224. Ellie Kouba led West High with 52.
Liberty travels to the Glynns Creek Golf Course (19251 290th St., Long Grove) on Thursday, April 12, for a 12 p.m. invitational and will host West Branch on Tuesday, April 17, at Brown Deer starting at 4 p.m.

Women of Troy brave cold for win over Saints

Iowa City West girls tennis wins 7-2 over Cedar Rapids Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS– Continued unseasonably cold weather did not deter the Iowa City West High Women of Troy as they topped Cedar Rapids Xavier 7-2 in the season opener for varsity tennis Thursday, April 5, at Xavier High School.
Freshmen Audrey Koch and Caroline Chandler earned the first varsity wins of their high school careers in singles action. Koch teamed up with sister Emma for a doubles win as well.

Spartans shock the Bolts

Solon zaps Liberty High boys, 8-2

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SOLON– The Solon Spartans improved to 4-0 in varsity boys soccer Tuesday, April 3, defeating the Liberty High Lightning, 8-2, in Solon.
Jorel Justus led Solon with a hat trick (three goals), while Luke McInnis knocked in two goals. Bennett Meier, Gabe Yetley and Luke Yetley scored one goal apiece.
Liberty’s Kolby Godbolt scored both goals for the Bolts. Jordan Barry assisted Godbolt’s first goal, while Luke Nichols got the assist for the second.

Creek Girls and Lady Spartans run in Solon

Solon’s Troyer, Smith and Bullard win in hastily composed track meet

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SOLON– A timeworn cliché holds that when one door closes, another opens. Well, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls track and field team, Mother Nature closed (slammed, actually) the door on a home meet (set for Friday, April 6). However, the Solon Lady Spartans sprang into action and threw together a meet for Thursday, April 5, in Solon, thus beating the weather and providing track and field athletes a rare for-this-season opportunity to compete.

Spring football 2018 pt. 2

Hawk Talk

Linebackers and defensive backs

This week I’ll look at the Hawkeye linebackers and defensive backs.
The Hawks not only lost Josey Jewell, a consensus All-American and probably the best linebacker since Larry Station (1982-85), but Bo Bower and Ben Niemann.
The three combined for 122 starts and 872 tackles.
Josey was the Big Ten Linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Big Ten in tackles last season.

Boys sweep Spartan Classic Soccer tourney

Solon rolls up 24 goals in three matches to open season

SOLON– The Spartans opened the season with a bang.
The Solon varsity boys soccer team racked up 24 goals in three matches while hosting the Spartan Classic Soccer Tournament Saturday, March 31, in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans went 3-0 for the day, opening with a 9-0 drubbing of Monticello before rolling over Bellevue Marquette Catholic, 10-0. Solon ended the afternoon with a 5-0 win over Mediapolis. Solon’s defense stifled the three teams in the shut-outs, with senior keeper Eric Weetman collecting two saves against Monticello in his only opportunities for the day.