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Sports

Lady Spartans slugging their way to wins

Solon offense pounding out runs

SOLON– Offense is not a problem for the Lady Spartan varsity softball team.
Among those squads reporting statistics to Quik Stats Iowa (as of June 5), Solon ranked second in all classes for doubles (29), third in hits (152) and seventh in home runs (10).
The Lady Spartans have racked up 117 runs.
Thirteen of them came in a wild and wooly 13-10 win over Mount Vernon June 4 in Solon.
The Lady Spartans split with the Mustangs, who took the nightcap, 12-2, handing Solon its first loss of the season.

Indians take two from the Creek Boys

CCA falls 5-0 and 4-2 on the road at Marion

MARION– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team dipped to 5-6 on the season Thursday, June 6, on the road in Marion, against the Marion Indians. The Indians swept the Clippers, 5-0 and 4-2, to improve to an 8-1 record.

Baseball Bolts beat the Boats

Liberty High tops CCA 6-2 in Fight With Flash Crosstown Classic

IOWA CITY– Six varsity baseball teams met Saturday, June 8, for the fifth annual Fight With Flash Crosstown Classic. The tournament, in honor of the late Austin “Flash” Schroeder, pairs up local teams in a fundraiser for the Fight With Flash Foundation, with the proceeds going to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
One pairing pitted the Liberty High Lightning (AKA the Bolts) against the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, in a non-conference contest with the Bolts beating the Boats, 6-2.

Spartans blank Eagles in substate semifinal

Solon boys shut out Pella Christian, 4-0

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Solon to assert itself against Pella Christian in a Class 1A Substate 6 soccer match May 22.
Senior Luke Yetley found himself at the top of the box for a shot on goal just four minutes into the match and threaded a pair of Eagle defenders for a 1-0 lead. Brother Gabe Yetley was credited with the assist.
From there, the Spartans dominated, walking away with a 4-0 win and a matchup against Iowa Mennonite for a berth in the state soccer tournament. Iowa Mennonite defeated Clarke, 1-0, in the other side of the Substate 6 bracket.

Lady Spartans triumph in rain

Defeat Regina 2-1

SOLON– The wind howled through the cables of the handrail at Spartan Stadium making ominous organ like noises, as the bluster and temps made the regular season end for the Lady Spartans much like it began. But Solon would not be daunted, triumphing over the Iowa City Regina Regals, 2-1, after trailing 1-0 at the half on Tuesday, May 21, at Spartan Stadium.

Bolts and Spartans split in season opener

Liberty High falls 5-1 to Solon, but takes nightcap 11-8

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CEDAR RAPIDS– “Let’s have some fun, fellas.” With those words, Tom Cronk sent his Liberty High Lightning, AKA: “The BOLTS,” out on the diamond to open the 2019 season at their home away from home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids (Liberty’s “home diamond” this season). The Bolts took on the Solon Spartans in a non-conference doubleheader Monday, May 20, and split with a 5-1 game one loss and an 11-8 nightcap victory.

Creek Girls prevail in a deluge

CCA upends No. 8 Marion, 4-2

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana High School varsity girls’ soccer team finished the regular season Tuesday, May 21, at home, with a 4-2 win over the Marion Indians. The Indians, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A at the time, became the Creek Girls’ second win this season over a ranked team. CCA was unranked by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. It also marked the team’s fifth consecutive win, and happened during a wind-driven deluge.

Girls run away with regional title, set their sights on state

Lady Spartans build 75-point lead to win regional title

VAN HORNE- The falling darkness could not hide her wide smile, as Erin Kerkhoff approached the finish line. She anchored the 4x400 relay- the last event at Solon’s state qualifying track meet, May 10, in Van Horne. Having run two earlier 400s, and then the 4x100, 10 minutes prior, it was not her fastest 400. Still, she had enough to cross first, to help log another Solon entry in this week’s Class 3A state meet.

Viking comeback foils final home match for Spartans

Vinton-Shellsburg takes 2-1 win

SOLON- Solon’s varsity boys dropped to 13-4 after falling to Vinton-Shellsburg 2-1 in the final home soccer match of the season May 10.
Junior Rodney Wittich scored on an assist by senior Luke Yetley with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to give Solon a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings scored twice in the second period on goals by sophomores David Lapan-Islas and Damon Swenson to move to 10-4 on the season.
Senior keeper Ian Johnson recorded four saves against two goals allowed, while Vinton goalie Ethan Rollinger collected 11 saves.

A storm of Lightning Bolts to hit state track meet

Liberty qualifies 19 events in Class 4A qualifying meet

IOWA CITY- Liberty High’s Class 4A track and field state qualifying meet was postponed by one day due to cold and windy conditions. Given the final results, one could say it was worth the wait as the Lighting (AKA: the Bolts) qualified 19 events for the 2019 state coed meet.

Clippers set sail for Des Moines

Creek Boys boys win first ever division championship, CCA sends 11 events to state meet

VAN HORNE- History was made Friday, May 10, for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s boys track and field team as it won its first division championship.
The Clippers ran the table in a Class 3A state qualifying (district) meet at Benton Community High School in Van Horne. The Creek Boys also qualified 11 events for the 2019 state coed meet this week at Drake University in Des Moines.

Tear-jerker penalty kick loss to Raiders

Lady Spartans fall, 2-1, to Williamsburg

SOLON– The Lady Spartans knocked on the door but got turned away as a result of a shootout after 100 minutes of play in Spartan Stadium on Thursday, May 2, losing 2-1 to the visiting Williamsburg Raiders.