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Solon to host state qualifier Oct. 23

XC girls finish fifth at WaMaC meet

IOWA CITY– A tough field faces Solon’s girls, as state qualifying cross country meets are held around the state this week. Only the top three teams– and top 10 individual runners– from each class move on to the Nov. 1 state meet in Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans face four ranked schools in 3A, but teams they have run against this season. Solon– ranked in the top-15 for several weeks earlier this season– would have to knock off at least two... and hold off any late season surprise team... to return to state.

Jazzy jack-o-lanterns

NORTH LIBERTY- Smiling Jack ‘o’ Lanterns, ghosts, and even a minion from “Despicable Me” all made an unexpected appearance at the North Liberty Recreation Center last weekend.
With the help of some paint and glitter, kids were able to decorate their very own pumpkins the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18.

Johnson County Mutual Aid honors NLFD’s Huber

JOHNSON COUNTY– The Johnson County Mutual Aid Association has honored firefighter Dave Hubler of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) and the Johnson County Hazardous Material Response Team as Member of the Year for 2014, in appreciation of his outstanding service and dedication to the citizens of Johnson County.

Clippers set school record for most wins

CCA running away with the season

TIFFIN– The bell rang out another victory in what has become a historic season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Friday, Oct. 17. With a 17-7 non-district win over Vinton-Shellsburg, the Clippers’ record increased to 7-1 overall, a record for the most wins in a season in the history of the program. In addition, the Class 3A District 5 Championship was finalized with Davenport Assumption beating Fairfield, 35-22.

Spartans smother Cardinals

SOLON– The defense made some big hits and the offense made some big plays.
And that added up to a 42-0 win for the Solon Spartan football team Friday night against visiting Maquoketa.
The Spartans moved to 6-1 on the season with a conference showdown set for Friday, visiting 5-2 Western Dubuque at Epworth. Western Dubuque remains undefeated in Class 3A District 4 competition, with Cedar Rapids Xavier and Solon close behind, each sporting a single loss.
Maquoketa dropped to 1-6.
Solon scored early and often Friday at Spartan Stadium, taking a 28-0 lead into halftime.

Room with a view

NL engineer, inventor creates must-have baby safety product

NORTH LIBERTY– Gerald Beranek of North Liberty has always had a knack for solving everyday problems, consistently putting to use his background and education in mechanical engineering.
It was an everyday problem that led him to design and create his new product that is suddenly booming in the baby world; the Vusee monitor shelf.
As expectant parents, Beranek and his wife were setting up the baby’s nursery about eight months ago.
“When my wife asked me to put up the baby monitor, I wasn’t sure where it should go,” said Beranek. “Basically, there was no good place for it.”

Clippers make history

CCA shuts down Assumption 27-0, stays perfect in District 5

TIFFIN– The victory bell rang again Friday, Oct. 10, after the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers shelled the Knights of Davenport Assumption 27-0. The win was literally one for the books as the Clippers surpassed last season’s win total with a 6-1 record overall (4-5 last season). CCA also remained undefeated in district play with a 5-0 record for the top slot. With two games left in the regular season, the Creek Boys secured the District 5 Championship, a first for the team, and are headed for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Smoke Eater retires

Solon’s former fire chief looks back on 40 years as a firefighter

SOLON– For 40 years, Dan Smith responded to emergencies in Solon, Iowa City and the surrounding area as a firefighter. In September, he put his helmet on the rack for the final time as he retires from the Solon Fire Department.
Smith is the son of the late Vernon Smith, a man who served the community as mayor, town cop, city councilman and volunteer firefighter (for eight years).

Solon rolls 54-14

Spartans score on offense, defense and special teams at Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Solon countered Central DeWitt’s triple-option with its own version- scoring on offense, defense and special teams.
The Spartans delivered a convincing 54-14 loss to the Sabers on the road Friday night in DeWitt, dropping Central DeWitt to 3-3 and moving the sixth ranked (3A) Spartans to 5-1.
Brandon Kramer rushed for three touchdowns, Brandan Childs ran for two, Spencer Lawson returned an interception 28 yards for a score and Kramer provided a 57-yard punt return for Solon. Blayze Griffis and Bo Black also hooked up for a 53-yard strike for the Spartans’ final score.

West tripped up in overtime

West falls to Bettendorf, 28-27

IOWA CITY– “Gut-wrenching.”
That’s how West High football coach Garrett Hartwig described his squad’s 28-27 loss in overtime to Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 3, at home.
“I got more respect for the 53 men in that room (gesturing toward the locker room) right now than anybody else,” Hartwig said. “At this point in the season, it’s about executing. Bettendorf executed, credit goes to them they’re a great program.” Hartwig said his Trojans were getting better, but “we’re not where we need to be yet.”

Boys sixth, girls seventh at Anamosa Invitational

Düster places 16th, Weetman 25th in run around lake

ANAMOSA– In a rainy fall, muddy hills and low-lying prairie paths around Central Park Lake mean slippery footing for the annual Anamosa Invitational cross country race. This fall, good turf and dry hills meant great running conditions.
Solon’s boys were sixth in the 13-team competition, paced again by junior Simon Düster. The girls were seventh in a field with five ranked 3A and 2A competitors, with junior Trisha Coberly again running lead for the Lady Spartans.

Fishing event catches kids outdoors

NORTH LIBERTY– Even little fish in a big pond can make a huge splash, when kids are involved.