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Coach McMurrin and Spartans’ soccer hoped for a season prior to spring sports cancellation

Gabe Yetley

SOLON– After a couple postponements, the spring sports season held promise for the Solon boys’ soccer team as the Iowa High School Athletic Association began preparations for a spring season pending the return of students May 1.
Head Coach Jeremy McMurrin took a few minutes on April 13 to correspond about his hopes for the coming varsity schedule, regardless of how abbreviated.
Coach McMurrin was making preparations for his 16th season at the helm of the Spartans with Assistant Coach Kyle Paulson joining him in his eighth season. The Spartans’ 2019 campaign yielded a 15-7 record capturing second in Class 1A WaMaC East Conference behind Marion at 16-1 and ahead of Beckman Catholic (12-8), Central DeWitt (6-10), Mount Vernon (3-14), Maquoketa (2-14) and West Delaware (0-16). The team scored 66 total goals, recorded a total of 43 assists, allowed only 15 goals as a team and recorded 57 saves in the 2019 season.
Coach McMurrin felt the WaMaC East promised challenges in 2020.
“We play in the WAMAC East and it’s loaded with talent,” he stated. “Marion will be the team to beat.”
He felt poised though.
“We bring back a large senior class with a lot of playing experience,” he said. “Most have been playing together since seventh grade and even before.”
McMurrin was preparing the team’s jump into the waters of Class 2A this season.
“We had stepped up our preseason fitness and weight training this year anticipating the jump to 2A,” he said. “We felt like the boys were going to be off to a good start due to fitness and preseason preparations.”
Solon would have been the smallest 2A school in the class,” McMurrin noted.
The Spartans’ junior varsity/varsity roster included, listed by jersey number and name: 1-Dillon Bruck, 2-Jordan Justus, 3-Lewis Sutton, 4-Logan Sieverding, 5-Kenji Fisher, 7-Owen Erusha, 8-Garrett Swan, 9-William Wittich, 10-Bennett Meier, 11-Gabe Yetley, 12-Rodney Wittich, 13-Nate Ferguson, 14-Nate Shafer, 15-Nathan Nemmers, 18-Nick Medin, 19-Braxton Hobbs, 20-Sam Ferguson, 22-Zach Hammer, 24-Ian Ressler, 25-John Peters, 27-Brody Cash, 28-Tyler Locke, 30-Joe McAtee, 31-Jack Wolf, 32-Cael McNutt, 33-Logan Bruck, 41-Braydon Sears, 42-Joe Hickman, 43-Luke Woessner, 44-Mason Dibble and 45-Ethan McLaughlin.
McMurrin’s parting comments were a challenge.
“We are all sitting with fingers crossed and hoping to get some form of a season in, regardless of its length,” he replied. “The senior class deserves to have one more go of it.”
Unfortunately, Gov. Kim Reynolds was unable to allow those seniors another go of it due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Reynolds said on Friday, April 17, students would not return to Iowa classrooms this academic year, extending her order closing schools.
Iowa high school spring sports were cancelled and summer sports (baseball and softball) will be re-evaluated later.
Friday nights, the lights may be lit but the cheers of the crowd will not fill the stands this spring.