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Sports

Lady Spartans battle back in 3-1 volleyball loss to Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The Solon varsity volleyball team dropped to 5-13 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Dyersville Beckman Sept. 27 at Dyersville.
The Blazers won the first two sets (25-12, 25-22) before the Lady Spartans battled back to capture the third game, 28-26. Beckman edged out Solon in the fourth, 25-22.
Solon hosts Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 6, for the final home match of the season. After a weekend tournament in Center Point, the Lady Spartans enter WaMaC Conference pool play Tuesday, Oct. 11, with bracket play Thursday, Oct. 13.

Basketball referees are needed for girls’ basketball grades 3-6

SOLON– Applicants need to be in high school or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be held on Saturdays at the Lakeview Elementary gym (on Oct. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3 and 12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees are paid $10/game. Those with questions or interested in refereeing can call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Never before

CCA earns first-ever 6-0 record with 30-14 win over West Delaware

TIFFIN– The father-and-son coaching duo of Ronnie and Matt Hughes have a simple philosophy for getting through the varsity football season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
“Every week, we want to be 1-0,” Matt Hughes said. “If we get enough 1-0s, at the end of the season, we’ll be happy.”
So far the Clippers have racked up six, surpassing the 5-0 mark which hadn’t been attained since 1999, and now establishing a new team-best benchmark after defeating West Delaware, 30-14, Friday, Sept. 30 in Tiffin.

Spartans roll the O-Bolts

Solon 40, Liberty High 6

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY — Solon’s freshman Spartans rolled over the Liberty High “Original (O) Bolts” 40-6 Thursday, Sept. 29 at Iowa City West High.
The Spartans opened with a pass from Camden Miller to Andrew Coons for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter and scored their second touchdown on a run not quite two minutes later. The O-Bolts blocked the extra point kick but Solon held a 13-0 lead. Spartan defense stymied the Bolts and intercepted a Drake Woody pass late in the period to end a Liberty drive.

Women of Troy soaked by Golden Eagles

Dubuque Wahlert sinks IC West, 86-58

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy swimming and diving team suffered a setback Thursday, Sept. 29, as the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High took a meet, 86-58, in West High’s home pool at the Coralville Recreation Center.

Trojan swimmers looking for new leadership

IC West’s veteran swim coach resigns

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan swimmers are looking for a new leader. West High Activities Director (AD) Craig Huegel announced the resignation of veteran coach Rob Miecznikowski on Friday, Sept. 23.
Miecznikowski was the head women’s coach at West High for 16 years before taking over the men’s program in 2002. He led the Trojans to consecutive state championships in 2014 and 2015. Huegel noted athletes Miecznikowski coached currently hold seven Iowa High School meet records for their performances in the pool.

IC West trounces Burlington, 59-7

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans snapped a two-game losing streak by rolling over the Greyhounds from Burlington, 59-7, Friday, Sept. 30, in Iowa City.

Creek Boys third at Solon Invitational

Sedlacek, a pair of Barkers and McCarty lead the way for CCA

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys finished third in team points Monday, Sept. 19, at the Solon Invitational. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 37 points, followed by Mid-Prairie (81) and CCA (95). The host Spartans finished ninth with 216.
Wyatt Sedlacek led the Clippers with a 15th-place showing in 18:23. Jack Wingert was a step behind, also clocked at 18:23.

Creek Boys second at home cross country classic

Barker leads Clipper Girls to third

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IOWA CITY– The Creek Boys from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) finished runners-up to Mid-Prairie in their home meet, the Clipper Cross Country Classic, Monday, Sept. 26, at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City.
“It was a tough night for the Clippers,” Coach Ben Robison said. “Mid-Prairie ran really, really well, and we didn’t race as well as we have been. Our sophomore Cole Liebe stepped up in a big way tonight, and ran well. We need to refocus, and start prepping for championship season.”

Iowa escapes Rutgers, 14-7

Hawk Talk

What a difference a week makes.
Two weeks ago, the Hawks had the ball and a one-point lead with less than four minutes to go.
They couldn’t get a first down, had to punt and North Dakota State kicked a field goal as time ran out to defeat Iowa, 23-21, at Kinnick Stadium.
Last week, at Rutgers, the Hawks did get the running game going with a 14-7 lead and under four minutes left in the game.
Iowa was on its own 19 with 4:40 left in the game and they rode LeShun Daniels, Jr., for two first downs and ran out the clock.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Lady Spartans swept by Cardinals

SOLON– The Maquoketa Cardinals were just a bit better all around, and it led to Solon dropping a WaMaC East varsity volleyball contest, 3-0, Sept. 20 in Solon.
Maquoketa defeated Solon 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18 to drop the Lady Spartans to 5-12 and winless at home on the season.