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Lady Spartans’ Holtkamp and Holubar recognized for season performances

Two Lady Spartans receive postseason recognition

SOLON– Following the Lady Spartans basketball team’s exit from the postseason, with a final season record of 9-13, following a 64-55 loss, at home, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, some tears were shed after the young team showed great improvement in only its second season under Head Coach Jamie Smith.
So much so, the program took to Twitter with @SolonGBB posting, “We want to thank everyone that has supported us during the season. We do not take this for granted. Many great things were accomplished this year. We will stay at (it) so hang with us. #PTM,” on Feb. 16 at 12:35 p.m.
That improvement did not go unrecognized outside the community.
The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) released its All-District Teams for the 2019-2020 season and Solon sophomore Kaia Holtkamp was named to the 3A Southeast Team along with the likes of West Liberty’s Macy Daufeldt and Finley Hall; West Burlington’s Annaka Harris and Sydney Marlow; Centerville’s Claire Mathews and Mickey Stevens; Central Lee’s Mya Mershman; Benton Community’s Jenna Twedt; and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s Madysen Wade. Southeast 3A Coach of the Year was Matt Hoeppner from West Liberty.
Holtkamp played in all 22 of Solon’s games, starting 21 of them, and sank 36.2 percent of her field goals (97-268); 27 percent from beyond the arc (27-100); and 49 percent from the charity stripe (25-51); scoring 246 total points this season to lead the team, while averaging 11.2 per game. She amassed 48 assists, 26 steals and three blocked shots.
Recognition of the Lady Spartans’ success did not end there.
In a post on YourPrepSports.com, Director of Content Ryan Murken named his “starting five for the Your Prep Sports All-Effort Team for 2020.”
The criteria for recognition as an All-Effort Team player was simple, a player just had to be, “Some of favorite area players to watch based solely on how hard they play the game.”
Solon sophomore Elly Holubar, who tied a Solon record with 21 rebounds in a 76-45 win by the Lady Spartans over West Delaware on Feb. 7, was included on the list with four other elite prep players.
Murken credited her inclusion to: “Rebounding is all about effort and few players go after misses with the same intensity as Holubar. What the 5-foot-7 Holubar lacks in size, she more than makes up for in effort while averaging a team-best 8.7 rebounds and grabbing a school-record tying 21 rebounds in a win over West Delaware last week.”
Also joining Holubar on the list were Regina’s Masen Miller, Liberty High’s Haley Napoli, West Branch’s Sasha Koenig, and West High’s Tate Crane, a pretty talented crowd.
Holubar pulled down 195 total rebounds, 103 offensive and 92 defensive, averaging 8.9 per game, leading the team, during her sophomore season for the Lady Spartans playing in 22 games, starting 18. She dropped 42.7 percent of her field goals (53-124); 31.2 percent of three-pointers (10-32); and 49.3 percent of her free throws (34-71), averaging 6.9 points per game. She also recorded five assists, 29 steals and blocked a shot this season.
Coach Smith said following the loss to the Vikettes, “Crazy to compare the atmosphere from last year to this year. We appreciate all the support, we do not take it for granted. We want this to be the norm for Solon (girls basketball).”