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Sports

Four straight for boys soccer

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the boys’ varsity soccer squad.
The Spartans opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 win at Iowa Mennonite in Kalona Thursday, March 30, then ran the tables at the Spartan Classic invitational held Saturday, April 1, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
Solon chalked up three wins at the home tourney, including a 5-0 victory over Bellevue Marquette Catholic in the championship match

CCA and Iowa City West battle metro teams at Washington’s jamboree

Clippers break even with Lions, Warriors jam Iowa City West, 1-0

CEDAR RAPIDS– The unofficial start to the 2017 varsity boys soccer season came Thursday, March 30, with a jamboree, hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West joined Mount Vernon, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Iowa City High, Linn-Mar, Marion and the host Warriors in 40-minute exhibition matches.

Women of Troy rule Kingston

Iowa City West wins J-Hawk Relays

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy reigned supreme Saturday, April 1, at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawk Relays held at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids. West won the varsity meet with 102 points topping Decorah (72), Cedar Falls (66), Cedar Rapids Prairie (55), Linn-Mar (46), Solon (43), Waterloo East (42), the J-Hawks (40), City High (33), Dubuque Wahlert (30), Cedar Rapids Washington (24), Cedar Rapids Xavier (15), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (11) and Waverly-Shell Rock (10).

The Creek runs deep this year

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team is in a position they’ve not been in before as the 2017 season looms ever larger on the horizon. Coach Matt Harding, in his fifth year with the Creek Girls, explained.
“We finally have depth at all positions, a luxury we haven’t had in the past,” Harding said.

Trojans kings at Kingston Stadium

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans track and field team won seven events Tuesday, March 28, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s 58th annual John Ask Relays, and took the team championship with 170 points. Cedar Rapids Prairie was second with 101, followed by Bettendorf (88), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (72), Linn-Mar (61), Cedar Rapids Washington (60) and the host J-Hawks (36).

Another week... another two wins

The Iowa men played two games last week, going to Wisconsin and knocking off the Badgers, 59-57, and closing out the regular season in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday beating Penn State, 90-79.
Nine hours after the Iowa women got knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament by Northwestern, the Hawkeye men, with Jordan Bohannon knocking down a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, upset the 21st-ranked Badgers.
The only other team to hold Wisconsin to fewer than 57 points was Purdue, the Big Ten Champion.
Wisconsin had won six straight against Iowa.
What a year Jordan has had.

4th Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 22

SOLON– The Fourth Annual Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 22, in Solon.
Register at www.brettrunsolon.org. The Brett Smith Memorial Run/Walk will feature both a 1-mile fun run, and a timed 5K race. Both will start and finish at Randall Park.
The cost for the 1-mile is $15; the cost for the 5K is $20; children 12 and under are $10. All proceeds from the race will be donated to to Chandler Johnson, a 14-year-old Solon student diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor Feb. 23. Offer support on Facebook by searching “Cheering for Chandler # maximum effort.”

SHS Science Fair winners

The Solon High School Science Fair was March 6. Out of the 65 projects entered, 15 students advanced to the finalist round. At the end of the finalist round, first place was awarded to Skyler Stookey (left) for testing the effect of ball height on hitting force. Second place was awarded to Lance Martin (middle) for testing the effect of ratio of natural-to-artificial food on the life expectancy of brine shrimp. Third place was awarded to Donovan Waddle (right) for testing the effect of movie script length on word frequency. Other finalists were: Hannah Bock, Kaia Burkum, A.J.

Josie Durr sets new school high jump record

Girls head outdoors

MT. VERNON– As their outdoor season kicks off, Solon’s Lady Spartans have a few strengths identified; yet know there is plenty yet to develop.
“For those first few indoor meets, most schools have girls missing; spring break or not ready (to step into competition) yet,” noted Solon girls coach Brent Sands. “We– and they– might have half a team, and don’t have the combinations together.”
Solon’s first taste of the great outdoors was set for Tuesday at Tipton. This Saturday, they will be at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

Solon rebuilds after losing nine seniors

Spartans open season March 30

SOLON– The season begins for the Spartan varsity soccer team March 30 as the boys travel to Kalona to face Iowa Mennonite.
Solon finished 11-8 last year, one of six teams in the WaMaC East Division to post a winning record, including eventual state champion Dyersville Beckman. The Spartans lost a 3-2 Class 1A substate semifinal to West Liberty.

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 will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area soccer fields. The first night of matches is scheduled for April 4 and the season runs for five weeks. If interested, contact Mike Reeve via email at mike.reeve@solon-iowa.com or by phone at 319-594-1978.

A ship without captains

Football co-coaches resign amid turmoil

North Liberty Leader
By Chris Umscheid
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football co-head coaches Ronnie and Matt Hughes resigned Tuesday, March 21. Matt Hughes posted his letter of resignation on the program’s Facebook page saying, “Today was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make because this community and its kids mean so much to me. There are many reasons behind my decision that most of you will not ever know- but please know and understand that I’m doing what I feel is in the best interest of the kids of CCA and my family.”