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Sports

Solon’s Briscoe member of national Gymnastics championship team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.– Erika Briscoe, a native of Solon, and graduate of Solon High School, is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gymnastics team, which claimed the fifth national championship in program history Friday, March 23, with a school record score of 193.700 at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Team Championship at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.
The Warhawks’ title is their second straight and fifth in the last seven years. The team shattered the previous program record score of 193.025, set in 2014.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

SOCCER REFEREES NEEDED.

Referees must be in at least seventh grade and have either played or refereed soccer previously. Pay is $10/game. Matches are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area soccer fields, with the first matches scheduled for April 10. If interested, contact Mike Reeve at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or 319-594-1978.

Women of Troy track and field preview

2018 West High Women of Troy track and field preview
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s motto is “A tradition of excellence.” The Women of Troy Track and Field Team has not only taken it to heart, they’ve proven it time and time again with 16 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) championships, 12 regional championships and six state championships. The six state championships are the second most in Class 4A history and the fifth most in all classes.
The Women of Troy are the defending MVC and regional champions and finished runner-up team at last year’s state coed meet.

Trap shooting gains traction

CCA trap shooting season preview

AMANA– Four years ago, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Trap Shooting Team had less than 20 members. Today, the squad has more than doubled with 49 student athletes from the middle and high school participating in the sport.
Scot Wetjen and Kassie Krug are new co-coaches at the helm of the Clippers’ program this year, with assistant coaches Dave Bietz, Shiloh Knapp, Dave Lacina, Joel Demmel, Matt Demmel, Jeff Simmons, Brady Adams, Jim Schmidt and Chris Herr. The team has two returning seniors: Garret Wetjen and Allison Pettinger.

CCA varsity girls soccer preview

Creek Girls go from depth to youth

TIFFIN– A year ago Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity soccer coach Matt Harding said, “We finally have depth at all positions, a luxury we haven’t had in the past.” The Clippers went 14-4 overall last season with a 10-1 WaMaC record and 6-1 showing in the WaMaC West Division. The Creek Girls were knocked out of the postseason by the Grinnell Tigers in a shocking 2-0 Class 2A regional semifinal loss.

The Bolts look to make some noise

Liberty High varsity boys soccer preview

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re young, they’re relatively untested and they’re ready to learn. Liberty High School’s first varsity boy’s soccer team faces a challenging schedule across multiple classes and conferences in its inaugural season. Liberty officially joins the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) this fall.
Ben Watson, formerly an assistant coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson (boys) and Cedar Rapids Washington (girls), is leading the Lightning, AKA “The Bolts.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to start during the first year of a new program,” Watson said.

Clippers return to the pitch

CCA varsity boys soccer preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys 2017 soccer season ended on a sunny Saturday in May as the Marion Indians won a Class 2A substate final, 1-0. The loss prevented the Creek Boys from competing in the state tournament, marking the final performance from seniors Jackson Pettinger, Nick Ritchie, Sam Evans, Pau Alberich, Oscar Espinoza, Trey Godbolt, Erick Martinez, Tony Zapata, Wyatt Sedlacek, Tyreke Williams, Seth Mass, Florian Wenland and Ian McDonald.

Lee is champion

Hawk Talk

Spencer Lee took care of business at the NCAA wrestling championships in Cleveland last weekend. He capped of a five-match run with a 5-1 victory in the finals at 125 pounds.
Talk about domination.
Two technical falls, both were 18-0 wins.
Spencer followed that up with a pin over sixth-ranked Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), and a pin over second-ranked Nathan Tomasello, who beat Spencer in the Big Ten championship, 3-2.
The finals saw Spencer jump out to a 5-0 lead over fourth-ranked Nick Suriano and won, 5-1.
How about Spencer scoring 60 points and giving up four?

Hawkeye women one and done

Hawk Talk

This wasn’t the way I thought the season would end for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
The Hawks were on a roll, playing their best basketball and winning seven straight before losing to Minnesota 90-89 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
It was a matchup of the Iowa inside game with All-American Megan Gustafson and the depth of the Creighton guards.
Megan came through with 29 points and 17 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes in Iowa’s 76-70 loss.
Iowa dominated the paint with a 36-22 advantage and had a 39-28 advantage on the glass.

Spartan Brianna Smith scores 14 in WaMaC Senior Shootout

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
VAN HORNE– The Lady Spartans’ Brianna Smith participated in the 2018 WaMaC Senior Shootout on Saturday, March 17, at Benton Community High School, in Van Horne.
Smith joined Sophie Wilt, Taylor Zaruba and Sydney Volkenant, from Anamosa; McKenzie Arens from Beckman; Hannah Ambrosy from Maquoketa, Lauren Collier from West Delaware; and McKenzie Maahs from Western Dubuque competing on the WaMaC East team, coached by Anamosa’s Jacky Leighty.

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.

Reiland resigns

HOF wrestler coached Trojans for 19 years

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Head Wrestling Coach Mark Reiland resigned on Monday, March 19, ending a 19-year career at West. Reiland won two state titles and was a four-time state-placer at Eagle Grove High School (1984-1987) and earned an NCAA championship in 1991 and two All-American honors while attending the University of Iowa.