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Jeff Hess

Solon football schedule released for fall 2020

2020 football schedule offers something to ponder other than the pandemic

DES MOINES– With the predicament weighing heavy due to the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa State High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the fall season football schedules to offer the public something to take their minds off the threat and provide something to look forward to.

Lady Spartan Soccer Head Coach Paulson hopes for a spring season

Lady Spartans’ JV and varsity soccer rosters delayed due to COVID-19

SOLON– Although the season start is still up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lady Spartans’ soccer team is at home on the edge of their seats.
With the delay of the Lady Spartans’ opening game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., at Spartan Stadium against the Liberty High Ligthning on Friday, March 27, due to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recommendation, the season holds many questions. Not the least of which is the naming of the varsity and junior varsity (JV) rosters, according to Head Coach Amanda Paulson.

Lady Spartan Holtkamp named to Print Sports Writers 3rd Team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018 to carry on the tradition of newspapers selecting all-state teams for Iowa high school sports, announced its 2020 Girls Basketball All-State Teams on Tuesday, March 10.
Class 5A, West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior Caitlin Clark was named IPSWA Miss Iowa Basketball 2020. The honor was conveyed after she averaged 33.7 points per game (scoring more than 2,500 points in her career) and shooting 50.9 percent from the field, while making 84 three-pointers.

Lady Spartans continue receiving accolades

Holtkamp, Levin, LaDage and Holubar receive additional recognition

SOLON– It may be a few weeks divorced from the Lady Spartans’ exit from the postseason, but the recognition of the Lady Spartans’ performance continues.
The WaMaC Conference East Division released its selection of conference players and several Lady Spartans received recognition as part of their 2019-2020 campaign which ended with a 9-13 overall record, 5-7 in the WaMaC East.
Sophomore Kaia Holtkamp was selected for the 2019-2020 WaMaC East All-Conference Girls Basketball First Team.

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.

Vikettes end Lady Spartans season, 64-55

Lady Spartans end season with 9-13 record

SOLON– After a season of ups and downs, the final game of the Lady Spartans’ 9-13 basketball season revealed the maturity and grace of an improving program, up from 3-18 last year, following the 64-55 Class 3A Region 5 quarterfinal defeat at the hands of the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Solon High School.
The Vikettes built a scant five-point lead in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans tenacity coming courtesy of late buckets by sophomores Ava Stebral and MaKinley “Mak” Levin, Vinton Shellsburg 16, Solon 11.

Levin scores 22, Holubar pulls down 21 rebounds in 76-45 victory

Holubar ties school record in win over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team posted its best offensive performance to date and its second 70-point game in a week by defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 76-45, on Friday, Feb. 7, after a four-point squeaker a little less than a month ago.
Every Lady Spartan put points on the board for the team. It was the highest point total for the team since Head Coach Jamie Smith took the helm.
Sophomore Elly Holubar also turned in a memorable performance against the Hawks, pulling down 12 offensive and nine defensive rebounds, tying a school record at 21 total.

Lady Spartans scalped by Indians, 74-30

SOLON– In the first contest of a three-game week for the Lady Spartans, the visiting Marion Indians ran over Solon’s varsity basketball team, 74-30, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the high school. It was the second Solon loss to the Indians this season, the first coming on Jan. 3, 50-18.
Both teams showed considerable improvement from their match-up at the beginning of the month, with Marion ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.

Lady Spartans break Mustangs a second time, 44-34

Holtkamp and LaDage lead Solon over Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Solon sophomore Kaia Holtkamp and senior Jenna LaDage led the Lady Spartans past the Mustangs, 44-34, on Friday, Jan. 24, at Mount Vernon High School, for the second time since December of 2009.
The Lady Spartans built a six-point lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Mustangs, 11-5, and matched Mount Vernon in the second quarter with 10 points apiece, to maintain the six point lead at the half, 21-15. Besting the ‘Stangs by a point in the third, 8-7, Solon entered the final 12 minutes of play leading, 29-22.

Lady Spartans squeak out 46-42 win over West Delaware

First road win of 2020

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans squeaked out a four-point road victory, 46-42, over the West Delaware Hawks for their first travel triumph of 2020 on Monday, Jan. 13, in Manchester.
The varsity girls’ basketball matchup was postponed from Friday, Jan. 10.
It was a dead heat for both teams at the end of the first quarter, knotted at 11-all. The Hawks put up another 11 points to Solon’s four in the second quarter for a 22-15 lead at the half.
Solon bested West Delaware, 14-10, in the third quarter, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 32-29 to start the final period.

Lady Spartans claim 33-17 victory over Mustangs, first since 2009

SOLON– Highway 1 rival Mount Vernon visited Solon on Tuesday, Jan. 7, for the first of two varsity girls’ basketball match ups between the two teams in the span of 14 days. The Mustangs galloped back home reeling, 33-17, courtesy of a stout Lady Spartan defensive effort. It was the first time the Lady Spartans’ basketball team emerged victorious facing the Mustangs since Dec. 11, 2009.
“Game was about what I was expecting,” Head Coach Jamie Smith commented. “Rivalry game, two teams playing hard. The last four minutes of the first quarter was well played by us.”

Several Spartans named to Your Prep Sports All-Decade Football Team

Coons, Bock, Linderbaum brothers, Ferguson, Flansburg and Koehn receive recognition

IOWA CITY– YourPrepSports.com released its All-Decade Football Team, in an article posted by Ryan Murken on Sunday, Dec. 29, and several Solon Spartan football players made the cut.