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Sports

Lady Spartans finish fourth at J-Hawk Relays

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CEDAR RAPIDS– A tale of two teams… almost.
Solon’s Lady Spartans showed they can run with the big schools, when healthy. They finished fourth in the J-Hawk Relays Saturday in Cedar Rapids, even leading for a while, early on.

Boys take fourth at first outdoor meet

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist
TIPTON– The 2013 edition of the Solon boys track team finally got to run its first meet of the season outdoors last week, having two meets cancelled the previous week do to inclement weather.
The boys finished fourth out of 11 teams competing at the Tipton Invitational.
Scores were as follows:
1. CPU 115
2. Monticello 108.5
3. Camanche 70
4. Solon 65
5. West Liberty 40
6. Mount Vernon 35
7. Tipton 19
8. Springville 18
9. West Branch 17
10. Benton 16
11. Wilton 12

Spartans 3-0 to start season

SOLON– The Spartans have started the season on the right foot.
Solon’s varsity boys have opened the season 3-0, including a home win against the No. 1 ranked team in 1A, Waterloo Columbus.
According to head coach Jeremy McMurrin, the Spartans have moved up a class this season and are ranked No. 14 in Class 2A.
After a scoreless scrimmage against Cedar Rapids Xavier at the Cedar Rapids Washington Soccer Jamboree, the Spartans opened the season at home with a 2-1 win over No. 9 Iowa Mennonite April 1. Nick Brown and Brandan Childs scored goals for Solon, with an assist to Chase Gross.

Cool victory for Clipper boys

CCA boys open with 3-0 win in frigid weather

TIFFIN– Tim Benson’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity soccer boys took to the field Monday, April 1, to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie in a season-opening girls/boys doubleheader. With temperatures in the low 30s and a persistent wind out of the west-northwest, the conditions were more appropriate for winter.

CCA girls’ soccer heats up in the cold

CCA girls brave frigid weather for season opening win

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Once the final goal had been scored, the scene on the field resembled a state playoff win as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers stormed the turf and embraced each other while jumping up and down in victory.

Hawk Talk

Final Four

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
By the time you read this, Iowa will have played Maryland in the NIT semifinals in New York.
Wasn’t it great to see how good Iowa can be when they shoot like they did against a very good Virginia team that they beat 75-64 last week at Virginia?
Virginia had a 19-game winning streak at home and beat Duke, North Carolina and Maryland during that time.
The Hawks hit 52 percent of their shots in the second half and 49 percent for the game against the Cavaliers .

CCA boys’ track upward bound

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ track and field team finished the 2012 season in 11th place in the WaMaC out of 15 teams. But, having six state meet qualifiers on the 2013 roster, and the conference indoor champion in the long jump gives the Clipper crew hope for a better showing.

CCA boys’ golf team ready to work in 2013

TIFFIN– Jason Goslin has a young team with plenty of returning players willing to work to improve. Goslin moved from coaching the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls golf team to the boys squad this season and inherits five upperclassmen and eight underclassmen.
Seniors A.J. Liddell and Lee Herr are back as returning starters along with solitary junior Jacob Klingeman. Sophomore Zak Caldwell rounds out the experienced starters. Sophomores Killian Walters and Dylan Wolfe are returning letter winners while sophomore Ben Gingerich and freshman Nolan Navara are promising newcomers.

Hawk Talk

Win Win Win

Hawkeye men win two more

This is a busy time of year for Hawkeye fans as there was men’s and women’s basketball at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last weekend and the NCAA wrestling championship in Des Moines.
The Hawkeye men got to host two games last week at Carver for the opening round of the NIT and they won them both.
Last Wednesday they knocked off Indiana State, 68-52, and on Friday, Iowa beat Stony Brook, 75-63.

Solon Lady Spartans tackle indoor meets

A cold, snowy March has made indoor track meets a popular venue. Though events and entries are limited with shorter tracks and limited space, they provide a good look for coaches and athletes ahead of the end-of-March through May outdoor season.
Through three indoor meets, Solon’s girls are providing some of the answers. Still, with spring break taking away a large share of the team… and this week’s first outdoor meet cancelled, there are plenty of questions.

CCA boys run in WaMaC indoor meet March 18

MOUNT VERNON– Josh Martinac and Jared Ganschow picked up early season wins for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Monday, March 18, at the WaMaC indoor meet, held inside the Cornell College Recreation Center. Martinac took the long jump with a 19’-4-1/2” effort while Ganschow won the 400-yard dash in 51.45 seconds.
No team points were kept for the meet.
Weather permitting, the Clippers will return to Mount Vernon on Saturday, March 30, for the Mustangs’ Coed Invitational.
Results as provided by Mount Vernon High School:

West Boys loaded up for track season

IOWA CITY– Experience at the state meet and Drake Relays factors heavily into the 2013 Iowa City West Boys’ Track and Field Team. Coach Brian Martz returns a powerhouse of talent to his line-up with eight seniors and four juniors back with state meet performances on their resume.