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Sports

Third time the charm for Solon

Spartans earn state tournament berth with 49-42 substate win over Mustangs

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing doubled down and won big.
In the first two meetings of the regular season between the Solon and Mount Vernon basketball teams, Mustang senior Connor Herrmann scored 24 and 29 points. Both were lopsided losses for the Spartans, who were outscored by a combined 44 points in the two games.
“He destroyed us the first two games,” Pershing said.
In the Class 3A Substate 4 final Monday night at the U.S. Cellular Center, Pershing was determined not to let it happen again.

Four Lady Spartans receive East All-WaMaC recognition

SOLON– Four members of the Solon Lady Spartans received All-WaMaC recognition in the WaMaC East for their performance in the 2015-16 season.

Spartans hitting the bullseye

Solon Archery Team heads to Des Moines this weekend for state tournament

SOLON– Another Solon team is heading to state.
A good portion of the Solon Archery Team will head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines this weekend to participate in the 2016 Iowa National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.
“This is our third year and it’s really gone great,” enthused head coach Gary Mechtensimer. “These kids are fantastic.”

Iowa women still have a chance

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had three games last week.
They entered the week 15-10, 5-8 in the Big Ten and need at least four or five wins to get into the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight year.
That could include a win or two in the Big Ten Tournament.
They are the only Big Ten team to have made the last eight NCAA Tournaments.
That was a huge dagger to start the week off with a last-second 78-76 loss at Minnesota.

Three Spartans medal at state

Nelson takes second for Spartans

Solon girls fall one short of district title

A road loss to Mount Vernon ends Lady Spartans’ season

MARION– The lights were burning bright with all their LED fury giving the Marion gymnasium the feel of a big stage on Saturday, Feb. 20, as the Solon Lady Spartans and the Mount Vernon Mustangs took the court.

Spartans face Assumption for district title

Feb. 25

MAQUOKETA– It’s anybody’s game now.
The Solon Spartans have reached the Class 3A District 8 final with a 63-53 win over Central DeWitt Monday night and will face Davenport Assumption Thursday, Feb. 25, in Clinton.
The Spartans broke a nine-game losing streak with the victory over the Sabers in the opening round of the postseason played at Maquoketa.
After Solon played Monday night, Maquoketa saw its playoff hopes dashed by four-win Davenport Assumption, 54-51, setting up the Feb. 25 showdown in Clinton at 7 p.m.

Parks & Rec Department

Parks and Recreation commission

Live in the city limits of Solon and interested in being involved in the policy-making for equipment use, maintenance, and conduct of the parks, playgrounds, and programs sponsored by the city? Become a commission member. Information on how to become a member of the commission is available on the city website, solon-iowa.com, under “council boards commissions,” as well as an application, under “applications and forms.” Contact City Hall at 624-3755 for more information.

Cardo Kickboxing

Solon girls upset Union in semifinal

LAPORTE CITY– The Lady Spartans took to the road to continue their season Wednesday, Feb. 17, as they traveled to LaPorte City to meet the Union Community Knights in Class 3A District Region 5 semifinal play. Solon did what they had to once again, shocking many people, as they defeated the 20-2 Union Knights, 51-45.

Clipper boys bedevil the Demons

CCA outlasts Washington, 75-71, in 3A semifinal

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Xavier Catholic High School in northeast Cedar Rapids was the sight of an exorcism Monday, Feb. 22, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys bedeviled the Demons of Washington, 75-71, in a Class 3A District 9 basketball semifinal.

Women of Troy pull off a 3-peat

West downs Jefferson, 61-51

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– For the third time this season the West High Women of Troy defeated the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. The third win came Saturday, Feb. 20, at home in a Class 5A regional semifinal matchup as West prevailed, 61-51, to advance to the regional final Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Waukee.

Victory just out of reach for CCA Clipper girls

End season with 44-35 loss

TIFFIN– Coach P.J. Sweeney was baffled. He’d watched every bit of video he could find on the Clinton River Queens and scouted them. He thought he’d cooked up a plan to get the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers through their Class 4A quarterfinal round game against the Clinton River Queens.
But after 32 minutes of basketball and a 44-35 loss, Sweeney and company were performing an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.