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Sports

Creek 2017 volleyball season begins

CCA falls in Mount Vernon quad, splits in Grinnell’s tournament

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GRINNELL– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball squad has started the 2017 season with a mix of success and frustration in a pair of tournaments.
The Creek Girls opened Thursday, Aug. 24, with an appearance in a quad meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana and Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon. The host Lady Mustangs shut out the Creek Girls, 2-0, with 25-22 and 25-17 wins over CCA. Shauntina Williams had six kills with three from Claire Schwarting. Zoey Boehme made 11 assists, Cheyanne Bunch had four assists and Jordan Neely came up with eight digs.

Solon rolls 3-1 in the Lightning Bolts’ debut

NORTH LIBERTY– The pep band introduced the official fight song as cheerleaders rallied the Bolt Nation Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school. The Lightning Bolts are fielding sophomore and varsity squads this year after dressing a freshman team last year at Iowa City West High.
The Solon Lady Spartans took on the Bolts to open the season in a non-conference match-up. Liberty is unaffiliated this year, joining the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018.

Linebackers, defensive backs and special teams

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of Iowa football preview. This week, I’ll start out with the Hawkeye linebackers, the core of the defense.

Linebackers

Josey Jewell (6-2, 236) is a prototypical Hawkeye player.
Jewell was lightly recruited with Upper Iowa and UNI the only two schools to recruit him and offer a scholarship.
Iowa came in late and the rest is history.

Madison Craig third at State Fair JELL-O Competition

DES MOINES– Madison Craig, of Solon, took third place in the Desserts category of the JELL-O competition, judged at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Entries were judged on taste, originality and best use of JELL-O.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 177 divisions, 769 classes and over 9,856 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

Spartans sting ‘Stangs 19-0

Special teams triumph in season opener

MOUNT VERNON– It was another for the record books, 15 and counting.
This time the Spartans emerged from Ash Park, on the Cornell College campus, amid the clamor, victorious. Solon defeated the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 19-0, on Friday, Aug. 25, to kick off the varsity football season.
As the last 45 seconds of prep time ticked off prior to the start of the game, AC/DC’s “Are You Ready” drifted from the sound system as the Mustangs and Spartans prepared to take the field. It served as a song of reckoning for the Mustangs.

Spartans spoil Liberty volleyball debut

Solon rolls 3-1 over Liberty High in Lightning Bolts’ new gym

NORTH LIBERTY– It didn’t take long for the Lady Spartans to be in the spotlight.
The Solon varsity volleyball squad helped Liberty High in North Liberty usher in a new age Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school.
“It was a very exciting experience– the crowd was big and the noise was loud,” said Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin. “The girls came out a little nervous but we had talked about the atmosphere and to just refocus and control what we can and eventually we calmed down.”

Girls 4th, boys 9th in Prairie invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– Come to Prairie? Run with a crowd.
Each year, Solon’s cross country opener, at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, provides an eye-opener of what is going well early in the season… and what needs improvement.

Preview of Iowa football 2017: part two

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a preview of Iowa Hawkeye football.
Last week, I talked about the offensive line, tight ends and running backs.
This week, I’ll look at wide receivers, quarterbacks and the defensive line.

Wide Receivers

The development of Iowa’s wide receivers could be the most important part of the Hawkeyes and their success this fall… along with the development of a starting quarterback.
Senior Matt VandeBerg (6-1, 195) is the only returning receiver who caught a pass last fall.

Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing Saturday, Sept. 30

SOLON– The annual Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing is Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Lake MacBride Golf Course. The event is a three-person best shot contest. The entry fee is $60 per golfer and includes greens fee, lunch, a door prize and a drink ticket. This year the outing is limited to one session. Lunch is being served starting at 11:30 a.m., golf will start at 12:30 p.m. Those interested in participating need to call the Lake MacBride Golf Course at 319-624-2500 or contact Adam Stahle at 319-270-7463 to sign up.

Annual fall facilities usage meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, at SMS

SOLON– On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the annual fall facilities usage meeting will be hosted for all youth league teams for the months of October through December. The meeting is open to the public at 6 p.m. in the middle school commons. Those with questions regarding the meeting may contact Kris Wentzien at 319-624-3401, ext. 1349, or by email at kwentzien@solon.k12.ia.us.

Spartans kick off fall sports

SOLON– Although there was a gentle breeze, the winds of change are blowing in Solon.
As the sun began to set and the shadow of the new middle school touched the corner of Spartan Stadium, the Fall Sports Kickoff got underway at Spartan Stadium as the workers shut the gates, after policing equipment and materials, following a day of progress on the new intermediate building.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION:

Registration for third-sixth grades ends Friday, Aug. 18. However, you can still register your child by Aug. 25 without a late fee. You can register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/. More registration forms are available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or can be picked up at city hall. Matches for all grades will be on Sunday afternoons/evenings, between 3-7 p.m., starting Sept. 17. Coaches meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in Solon City Hall.