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Sports

Heartache at the UNI-Dome

Spartans upended by Bobcats, 37-17, in 3A title game

CEDAR FALLS– Some stories end in joyous celebration, others reinforce resolve.
The Spartans, arguably one of the smallest Class 3A school football teams, entered the UNI-Dome on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, sporting a record of 12-0 to meet an equally tested adversary, one of the largest Class 3A teams, in the Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. Someone would have to leave without a perfect season.
Although the Spartans battled for 48 minutes, they failed to “Check the Final Box,” as the pole barn proverb south of town beckoned.
The Spartans fell before a very disciplined Bobcat team, 37-17.

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Nine Bolts and three Boats will bowl for the Trojans

2019-2020 Iowa City West High boys bowling preview

IOWA CITY– Nine Liberty High School student athletes and three from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will join the Iowa City West High’s boys bowling team this season. The Bolts (Liberty Lightning) and Boats (CCA Clippers) join 13 West High Trojans.
Mike Mellecker is the coach for the Trojans (Mellecker also coaches the girls’ team, as well) with a 69-110 career record. West High went 8-14 last season.

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Liberty’s Lauren Strauser to bowl for Trojans

2019-2020 Iowa City West High girls bowling preview

IOWA CITY– Liberty High senior Lauren Strauser will be the sole Bolt on the Iowa City West High girls bowling team this season. Liberty bowlers and swimmers have competed with West High in shared programs since Liberty’s founding.
Mike Mellecker is the coach for the Women of Troy (Mellecker also coaches the boys’ team) with a 68-129 career record. West High went 3-18 last season.

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Experience and hard work should make the Bolts’ ballers completive this season

2019-2020 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High School varsity boys’ basketball team was tested in battle, they’ve grown, and they’re working on becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). The Lightning are starting their third season of varsity competition with Head Coach Stu Ordman.

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Back to the final

Spartans ascend, Warriors fall, Bobcats loom Solon outlasts Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 43-36, in prime time semifinal

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans are one step away from the title.
Solon is back in the Class 3A championship after a thrilling 43-36 semifinal win over the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SBL) Warriors on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the UNI-Dome, in Cedar Falls.
The game set up the championship matchup, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, between the 12-0 Solon Spartans and the 12-0 Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. The Bobcats defeated the Lewis Central Titans, 48-14, in the other 3A semifinal.

The dream season comes to an end

Pleasant Valley ends Liberty High’s first state tourney campaign

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s third season of varsity competition came to an end Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a heartbreaking loss to Pleasant Valley (PV) in the Class 5A state volleyball quarterfinals at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. The No. 7 Spartans upset the No. 2 Lightning, 3-1 (25-17, 25-12, 19-25, 25-20), ending Liberty’s dream season with a 34-3 record overall, improving their own to 30-5.

Creek Boys return four starters for the upcoming hoops season

Clear Creek Amana 2019-20 varsity boys’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team returns four starters for the 2019-20 season. The squad, under Head Coach Brandon Clubb, went 11-9 overall last season, with a 10-8 showing in the WaMaC Conference. Clubb, with 15 seasons as the top man, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Clippers’ program and is assisted by Mark Stern, Nick Neuendorf, Chuck Wolfe and Tate Thomsen.

The pieces are in place for a competitive season for the Creek Girls

Clear Creek Amana 2019-2020 varsity girls’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– Hopes are high for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team that a combination of experience and depth will lead to a successful 2018-20 season.
The Creek Girls took a stab at earning a spot in the 2019 Class 4A state tournament with a regional quarterfinal win at home over Mount Pleasant, but fell in the regional semifinals to Fairfield. The Clippers finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-8 record overall and 10-6 showing in the WaMaC Conference, which was good for second Place among a competitive field.
Seniors Jordan Neely and Lydia Banwart graduated.

Officially committed

Ten Bolts sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

NORTH LIBERTY– Ten Liberty High School student athletes signed official letters of intent to play collegiate athletics during a signing ceremony at the high school on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Spartans blank Dutch, 24-0, UNI-Dome bound

Solon advances to semifinal against Sargeant Bluff-Luton

SOLON– The Spartans put to rest any question they were ready for the postseason, and continued their undefeated season (11-0) with a 24-0 blanking of the Pella Dutch on Friday, Nov. 8, in front of the home crowd at Spartan Stadium.
Solon advances to a semifinal match-up in the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Union Class 3A football playoffs against the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-1) on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
The Friday, Nov. 8, game against the Dutch was billed earlier in the week as a “match of prolific passing attacks.”

Trio of Lady Spartans named All-WaMaC East

MOUNT VERNON– Three Solon varsity volleyball players earned All-WaMaC Conference East Division honors at the end of the season.
Senior Katie Yi was named Second Team, while senior Jane Willms and freshman Delaney Bombei were tabbed for WaMaC Recognition.
Yi led the team in both kills (249) and blocks (63). The senior also had 191 digs and 24 aces in 2019.
Willms was second in kills with 167 on the season, and third in team blocks with 43. Willms added 132 digs defensively and had 26 ace serves.

Scarlet Martin sets new record at 2019 State Swimming & Diving Meet

Trojan/Bolts place fourth in the state with two wins each from Martin and Aurora Roghair

MARSHALLTOWN– The Trojan/Bolts of Iowa City West High and Liberty High School took fourth in the 2019 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic took the team championship with 360 points followed by Ames (328), Ankeny (200) and West High (184.5).