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Sports

Spartans blank Indians 35-0 in another lightning-delayed game

And the heavens did pour

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
MARION– “One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.” – John Steinbeck.
Such was the case Friday, Sept. 18, when the Marion Indians fell like the rain to the Solon Spartans, 35-0, in a Class 3A District 4 struggle.
The sky was dark as Friday night’s game was moved to a 5 p.m. start due to a dour forecast.

Girls fourth, boys seventh at home meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

SOLON– Heading toward mid-season, Solon cross country runners have a clear look at their first few runners, and a lot of competition through the rest of the lineup. They’ll need some of those ‘next runners in’ to step up in the weeks ahead.
In cross country, a school’s first five runners determine the team score. Every couple years, the sixth runner breaks a tie. For the Spartan boys and girls, there’s a lot of movement between the varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams to grab one of the varsity spots.

Solon boys seventh at home

Lady Spartans earn sweep over Cardinals

MAQUOKETA– Just what the doctor ordered.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team swept Maquoketa (25-17, 25-17, 29-27) on the road Sept. 15.
The Lady Spartans welcomed Josey Hajek back into the lineup and she contributed two solo blocks and five kills.
Solon is still without Grace Keith, but Jessica Heick was there to help pick up the team with 10 kills and six service aces. The Lady Spartans as a team racked up 11 aces against the Cardinals. Grace McCarty added three while Mikayla Long and Rachel Nelson each added one. Nelson had 16 assists to lead the team, while McCarty had 23 digs.

CCA beats Ft. Madison, 27-14, on soggy Homecoming night

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It was the second home game of the season for Clear Creek Amana and Homecoming Friday, Sept. 18, as the Fort Madison Bloodhounds visited Tiffin. It was also the second time this season that near-constant rain fell and the second time a lengthy lightning delay made for a long night.
However, it was also the Clippers’ first win of the season as they scrubbed the dogs, 27-14, and improved to a 1-0 record in district play and 1-3 record overall.

Women of Troy slam the Rams

West wins, 3-0, in volleyball

North Liberty Leader
DUBUQUE– The West High Women of Troy swept the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 3-0, in varsity volleyball action Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Dubuque. The Women of Troy, led by Ali Tauchen’s 10 kills, won 25-21, 25-16 and 25-7, and, in the process, improved their ranking by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union from 10th in Class 5A to sixth.

Women of Troy sixth at Little Hawk swimming invitational

West’s Erica Hsu wins 500 freestyle

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Mercer Park Aquatic Center was the site of the 2015 Little Hawk Invitational swim meet hosted by Iowa City High on Saturday, Sept. 19. The West High Women of Troy joined seven other teams and finished sixth in overall team points with 184. Ankeny won the meet with 398 points, MVC foe Cedar Falls was second (340) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy was third (319). The host Little Hawks were eighth in points with 131.
Erica Hsu picked up West’s only win, taking the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.34. She also took second in the 200-yard IM in 2:12.10.

Women of Troy win Heartland Cross Country Classic

Durian wins JV race, while Skopec leads in varsity

North Liberty Leader
AMES– The meet summary described the conditions Saturday, Sept. 19, as “60 (degrees), perfect” for the 10th Heartland Cross Country Classic hosted by Des Moines Roosevelt High School and held at the Iowa State University Cross Country Course in Ames. The West High Women of Troy were “perfect” in the sense they won the meet, leading a field of 25 teams in total. West also aced MVC foes City High (seventh), Linn-Mar (10th), Cedar Falls (12th) and Cedar Rapids Prairie (24th).
Gabby Skopec led West with a sixth-place finish in 19:24.

Hawkeye State

Hawk Talk

I thought about this story even before the game started.
Hawkeye nation was reeling from losing two of the best football and basketball players in program history.
Iowa lost Tyler Sash and Roy Marble last week, and even though the Hawks beats the ‘Clones last Saturday, 31-17, it still was a tough week for Hawkeye fans.
The only game I ever went to in Ames was in 2009.
Iowa trailed 3-0 before exploding for 35 straight points and cruising to a 35-3 win.

Xavier pulls off fourth quarter comeback

Interception halts Solon drive in final seconds, 22-19

SOLON– After hopefully exorcizing their demons with the 35-14 win over Mount Vernon, Solon looked poised to put it together when they battled Xavier on Sept. 11.
But it was not to be.
Cedar Rapids Xavier mounted a 93-yard fourth-quarter drive to drop Solon’s Spartans to 1-2 on the season with a 21-19 win Friday at Spartan Stadium.

Trisha Coberly third at Benton Community invitational

Cross country times drop

ATKINS– With a couple more new faces, Solon’s girls locked in fifth place Saturday at the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet.
Senior Trish Coberly was third overall during the annual Run Through the Woods, in Atkins. That’s the top individual finish for the Spartans this season. Freshman Erin Kerkhoff was within a few seconds all the way, taking 12th and collecting her first varsity (top-15) medal. Solon’s boys matched the fifth-place team finish. Senior Simon Düster was 16th overall. Senior Joe Regan was 18th.

West wins annual battle against City High, 3-2

We like the spike!

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They took back The Spike.
West High’s Women of Troy took possession of the traveling trophy, consisting of a golden railroad spike mounted on a plaque, after defeating rival City High, 3-2, in varsity volleyball Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the West High gymnasium. The City High Little Hawks won the coveted trophy last year, by the same margin, in their gym.
City was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the Women of Troy were 10th.

Warriors’ offense too much for Trojans

West falls to CR Wash, 42-13

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans fell to 0-3 on the season with a 42-13 loss to Cedar Rapids Washington, in a non-district meeting of the Mississippi Valley Conference rivals, Friday, Sept. 11, on the Trojans’ turf.
A scoreless first quarter gave way to three Washington touchdowns before halftime.
With 9:31 left in the first half, the Warriors scored on a short run. Wash scored again with 59 seconds remaining on a touchdown pass and ended the half with another pass into the West High end zone in the final five seconds and took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.