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Sports

Spartans take 2-OT shoot-out thriller

Solon defeats CCA Clippers 2-1 after 15 penalty kicks

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

From recovery room to victory stand

Lady Spartans claim Iowa Valley title by 60 points

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
MARENGO– Nearly two weeks without a track meet had Solon’s girls anxious to get to work again. But it was nothing like the months of waiting and wondering faced by Molly Duckett. Surgery in November helped heal a torn labrum in her hip. Months of rehab meant a slow path back to the track.

Spartans challenge 4A teams at IC West

Solon boys seventh at Hollingsworth Relays in Iowa City

IOWA CITY– Coaches Mark Sovers, Dan Dall, Brad Wymer, Riley Takes, Denny Gruber and the Solon Spartan boys track team stepped up on Saturday, April 9, lining up next to 4A competition and the West High Trojans at West High School’s Hollingsworth Relays.
They stood the measure of their 4A competition, finishing seventh overall against 11 other larger school teams, with their presence felt in several events.
When Coach Sovers was asked what he felt about the boys competing against 4A competition, he smiled, peering through his darkened glasses, and said it would be good for them.

Spartans edge out Creek Boys

2-1 match settled with Penalty Kicks

TIFFIN— The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

Trojans fifth at home Hollingsworth Relays

Ali wins 1,600 meter run, Karanja 2nd

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IOWA CITY— The West High Trojans hosted their home meet, the Hollingsworth Relays, Saturday, April 9. Cedar Falls won the meet with 126.5 team points, followed by Pleasant Valley with 88, and a tie for third place between Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Linn-Mar with 74 points each. The Trojans finished the day in the fifth spot with 73. Cedar Rapids Washington, Solon, Ankeny Centennial, Johnston, Davenport Central, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids Xavier rounded out the field.

West High defeats CR Jefferson, 3-0

Women of Troy open with exhibition in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS— The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the 2016 preseason high school soccer rankings on Monday, April 4, with the West High Women of Troy at the top of Class 3A. West posted a 19-2 record last season on their way to the 3A Championship.
Later Monday afternoon, West faced Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an exhibition match, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, and won 3-0 in 40 minutes of play.

Clippers third in Demon Relays

Secrest-Seelman second in 400-meter hurdles

WASHINGTON— Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field team placed third Thursday, April 7, in the Demon Relays hosted by Washington High School.
Mount Pleasant won the cold and windy meet with 145 team points, followed by Mid-Prairie with 86 and the Creek Boys in a 66-point tie with Winfield-Mount Union.

Girls wins against Golden Hawks and Lady Spartans

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SOLON– A 3-2 win for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers over the Solon Lady Spartans gave the Creek Girls a 2-0 start to the 2016 season.
The Clippers opened the year Tuesday, April 5, with a road trip to Wellman to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie and posted a 4-0 victory. Hannah Bormann scored twice for CCA while Morgan Carew and Camryn Cory scored one goal each. Amelia Pereira, Alexi Kimm and Erin O’Keefe were credited with assists in the win, while Shauntina Williams, a freshman, earned a shutout as keeper.

Clear Creek Amana defeats Mid-Prairie, 2-0

TIFFIN— Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys opened their 2016 soccer season with a 2-0 win over Mid-Prairie on Tuesday, April 5.
A first half stalemate ended two minutes into the second half when, as coach Tim Benson said, “The Clippers popped the lid off the goal when a corner kick resulted in a Taijon Soukup header attempt.”
The ball landed at Luke Oehlerich’s feet and he proceeded to knock it home from the left side.

Spring football part two

Hawk Talk

Last week I talked about the offensive line, the tight ends and wide receivers.
This week I’ll look at the quarterbacks, fullbacks and running backs.

Quarterbacks

This is C.J. Beathard’s team.
C.J. earned that by helping the Hawkeyes start the season 12-0, a feat that never happened before in school history.
If you count C.J.’s first start a year before (a 24-10 win at Purdue), the 6-2, 208-pound quarterback from Tennessee won his first 13 games, also an Iowa record.

Lakeview PTO hosts 5th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 23

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its Fifth Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 23, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event serving as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.”

Off to a good start

Josie Durr scores five goals in 7-1 opener against West Liberty

SOLON– Yes, head coach John Tucker said, it was a good way to start the season.
Junior Josie Durr tore through the West Liberty Comets for five goals and senior Nichole Oberthien added two more for a season-opening 7-1 win for the Solon varsity girls Monday, April 4, in Solon.
Tucker lost eight seniors to graduation, but returns a group of experienced underclassmen for the 2016 soccer season, including Durr, who scored 39 goals for the Lady Spartans to lead the team last year. Durr was named First Team All-State her first two years and had 62 career goals coming into the season.