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Sports

The best is yet to come

Wrestlers take their lumps against WD, rebound with first at North Cedar

MANCHESTER West Delaware handed Solon a lop-sided wrestling loss, but the Spartans responded by taking first place at North Cedars invitational over the weekend.
Solons varsity wrestlers were on the wrong end of a 68-7 dual loss at Manchester against the Hawks Thursday, Dec. 10.
Hayden Taylor and Caleb Ebert provided the Spartans only points.
Taylor took a 9-1 major decision over Kyle Cole at 160 pounds, while Ebert came from behind with a takedown and a near-fall in the third period for an 8-7 decision against Logan Peyton at 145.

Creek Boys fall in opener with Spartans

Navara leads CCA with 16 points in 66-56 loss to Solon

SOLON– The wait was finally over for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys basketball players as they were finally able to hit the hardwood in competition Friday, Dec. 4, in Solon against their WaMaC East rivals, the Spartans. CCA’s season had been put on hold due to the school district briefly returning to all-virtual learning while the Spartans opened on Nov. 30 with a 61-56 loss to Central DeWitt.

Creek Girls open the season with win over rival Lady Spartans

Clubb leads CCA with 14 points in 63-44 win over Solon

TIFFIN– The opening tip-off of the 2020-2021 season finally arrived for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity girls’ basketball team as they hosted their WaMaC East rivals, the Solon Lady Spartans, Friday, Dec. 4.
Solon (No. 14 in Class 3A) entered the contest with a 1-1 record after having knocked off Center Point-Urbana in their opener on Nov. 24, and falling to Central DeWitt on Dec. 1. The Clippers (No. 14 in Class 4A) however, were kept off the court until after Thanksgiving due to the CCA school district having moved to all online learning due to COVID-19.

Creek Boys open mat season with loss to Pirates

Alburnett upends CCA 51-27, Clipper girls debut in exhibition matches

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School wrestlers finally hit the mat to open the 2020-2021 season Saturday, Dec. 5, as they hosted the Pirates of Alburnett in a non-conference meet. Originally, the Clippers were set to sail north to Independence for a tournament, which was cancelled.
Unfortunately for the “Boats,” the Pirates capsized them 51-27.
Sophomore Caden Baxter put points on the board for CCA with a 12-10 decision over Noah Mackey in the 145-pound match, while freshman Jack Stevens pinned the Pirates’ Reed Callahan in 45 seconds in the 113-pound match.

Clippers swamp Lady Spartans, 63-44

Lady Spartans flounder against Clippers, 63-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper varsity girls’ basketball team opened its season, following a delay due to online learning courtesy of the pandemic, at CCA High School and soaked the visiting Lady Spartans, 63-44, on Friday, Dec. 4.
There was no rust evident in the Clippers’ performance as they capitalized on their height mismatch which Solon attempted to combat by defending the lane, allowing the Boats to paddle their way to a 15-2 lead over Solon at the end of the first quarter, dropping four shots from beyond the arc.

Solon girls foiled by Sabers, 57-41

Lady Spartans fall before Sabers, 57-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans (1-0) were unable to repeat their season opening win from a week earlier on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they were foiled by the Class 4A fifth-ranked Central DeWitt Sabers, 57-41.
The Lady Spartans showed the same early game spark in the first quarter, taking an early lead on free throws from Callie Levin, a deuce from Elly Holubar and a steal for a layup, before a MaKinley “Mak” Levin three-pointer and a Holubar three, courtesy of a Kaia Holtkamp assist, pushed Solon out to a 11-0 lead with 4:11 remaining.

1-point thriller to start the season

Co-coaches Bevans and Hadenfeldt chart course day by day Solon wrestling defeats Williamsburg, 34-33

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers took a one-point thriller against Williamsburg to open the season.
And then took a drubbing from powerhouse Lisbon.
“We knew coming in this would be a young team, a lot of new faces,” explained head co-coach T.J. Bevans. “We lost 500 varsity wins last year in three guys. That’s a lot.”
2020’s 2A state champion Jax Flynn (170 pounds), as well as Zeb Gnida (152) and Seamus Poynton (182) graduated after helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish in Des Moines.

Bollers and Swails named to All-State Football teams

Iowa Print Sports Writers Association names 2020 gridiron elite

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), with input from the Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA), announced its 2020 All-State high school Football Teams on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) athletes recognized.
Senior TJ Bollers was a First Team defensive line pick with 35.5 tackles this season including 25 solos, 1.5 quarterback sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss of yardage. The University of Wisconsin commit also made six receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown this season and one pass for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Six seniors to lead the Bolts on the hardwood

2020-2021 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– For now, the Bolts are benched.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, would’ve been the season opener for the Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team, with a visit from non-conference competitor Washington (Iowa).
However, the Iowa City Community School District extended its 100 percent off-site learning through Friday, Dec. 11, due to continued high COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, and all extracurricular activities, including athletics, are on-hold for the duration.

A challenging season ahead for the Trojan-Bolts

2020-2021 Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swimming preview

CORALVILLE– Athletic coaches often speak of and guide their charges through overcoming adversity and rising above the challenges placed before them.
For Byron Butler and the Iowa City West High-Liberty High School Trojan-Bolts boys swim team, the 2020-2021 season is already proving to be a source of adversity and challenge.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.