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Sports

Solon Archery qualifies for World Tournament

By Gary Mechtensimer,
Solon Archery Team head coach
Special to the Economist

Once again, I am so blessed and fortunate to be on a remarkable journey with the Solon Archery Team.

Spartans sweep Anamosa, drop close game to IC West

ANAMOSA– The Spartans racked up 32 runs and a doubleheader road sweep against winless Anamosa June 19.
Solon had 17 hits in a 21-9 win, and another healthy 11 hits in an 11-0 five-inning shutout.
The twin WaMaC East Division wins moved the Spartan baseball team to 15-8 on the season.
Solon had suffered a 19-0 lopsided loss, its third in a row, against Davenport Assumption June 14, before breaking the streak with a 2-1 win against Clear Creek Amana June 15.
The Spartans dropped a close 4-3 game with Iowa City West (in Iowa City) over the weekend before erupting offensively at Anamosa.

Lady Spartans split with Anamosa at Ft. Dodge tourney

ANAMOSA– Solon’s varsity softball team moved to 19-8 on the season June 19 with a doubleheader split at Anamosa.
The Lady Spartans lost 7-6 and won 11-4.
No statistics were available at press time.
Solon had picked up a pair of losses over the weekend while participating in a Fort Dodge tournament June 16-17, going 2-2 overall. The Lady Spartans downed Clear Creek Amana (CCA), 8-3, and shut out Harlan, 8-0. The losses came against No. 5 Class 4A Bishop Heelan, 5-3, and to Jesup, 8-7.

Bolts light up the J-Hawks

Liberty High freshmen win, 11-1 and 15-4, over CR Jefferson

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s freshman baseball team fried the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a doubleheader Tuesday, June 13, at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty under sweltering heat.
The Bolts took game one, 11-1, in four innings with a two-RBI triple in the first inning from Nolan Frey.
Sam Rechkemmer doubled in the second inning, while Alec Boldt knocked a three-RBI double to make it 6-0 for Liberty. Isaac Bender and Tyler Dahm drove in runs in the third making it 9-1, while Carter Fedeler drove in the winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

Liberty High basketball camps June 26-29

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up by Sunday, June 25 for Liberty High School’s boys’ and girls’ basketball camps.
The boys’ camp will take place June 26-29 at North Central Junior High, with ninth grade from 8:30-10 a.m., seventh through eighth grade from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 10th-12th grade from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes a T-shirt.
The girls’ camp is June 26-28 at Garner Elementary, with third through fifth grade from 9-11 a.m. and sixth through eighth grade from 12-2 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes a T-shirt.

11 Women of Troy earn MVC honors

Steigleder and Rosenthal athlete, coach of the year

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division picks for outstanding girls’ soccer players Monday, June 12. Iowa City West High was the champion for the Mississippi Division and standout Regan Steigleder was named division Athlete of the Year, while David Rosenthal and his staff took Coach of the Year honors.
Linn-Mar’s Allie Strottman earned the division Keeper of the Year title.

Lady Spartans take two from the Creek Girls in Oxford

Solon wins 8-4 and 8-5

OXFORD– They welcomed an old friend back in Oxford.
Jim White and his Solon Lady Spartans traveled to McAreavy Field in Oxford Wednesday, June 14, for a varsity doubleheader with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.

Creek Girls break losing streak

CCA wins, 9-5 and 9-3, at home

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a pair of wins Monday, June 12, at home against the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg.

Clippers lose one, up 6-1 before rainout in doubleheader with Spartans

Game to resume July 10

SOLON– It was a pitchers’ duel June 15 as Solon hosted Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in a varsity baseball doubleheader.
But neither of the sterling performances was awarded with a win.
Spartan freshman Cam Miller struck out six and walked two, scattering four hits and allowing a single unearned run in Solon’s 2-1 eight-inning win.
Senior Kobey Schlotman fanned nine batters while walking three, and spent almost all eight innings on the mound for the Clippers. Junior Cody Ogden suffered the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

Clear Creek Amana Baseball

Vikings take a pair from Clippers, 13-1 and 8-5

Vinton-Shellsburg shells CCA in doubleheader
Vikings take a pair from Clippers, 13-1 and 8-5
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TIFFIN– Vinton-Shellsburg’s Vikings raided the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) diamond, in Tiffin, Monday, June 12, for a varsity doubleheader, sweeping the night and sinking the Clippers farther down in the standings. The Vikings won the opener, 13-1, and took the nightcap, 8-5, dropping the Creek Boys to a 5-10 record overall.

Big Ten champs for the first time

Hawk Talk

It kind of surprised me to find out that when Iowa won the Big Ten baseball championship on Sunday May 28, it was the first time the Hawkeyes were Big Ten champs.
The Hawks went 4-1 in the tournament beating Maryland and Nebraska, losing to Minnesota and then beating the Gophers in a second game before finally knocking out Northwestern in the championship, 13-4.
The Hawks automatically qualified to the NCAA regionals for the second time in three years.

Spartans hand Vikings first losses

Doubleheader baseball sweeps against Vinton-Shellsburg and South Tama

SOLON– The Spartans put a blemish on Vinton-Shellsburg’s perfect season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team swept a home doubleheader from the Vikings June 7, putting an end to a nine-game winning streak and handing Vinton its first losses of the season.
Junior Zach Wegmann’s grand slam sparked the Spartans in the 12-8 opening game.
Vinton-Shellsburg had scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the second off Solon junior Tyler Linderbaum for a 6-0 lead.