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Sports

Lady Spartans end regular season 36-3

Solon softball team outscores opponents 67-2 over seven games

SOLON– The Solon varsity softball team closed out the regular season with seven straight wins and out-scored its opponents, 67-2.
The Lady Spartans moved up to the number one spot on the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s final Class 3A rankings and finished with a 36-3 record heading into the postseason with wins over Anamosa, Western Dubuque, Fairfield, Southeast Polk and West Liberty.

Spartans win seven of last 10; host Maquoketa Friday

Solon sweeps Anamosa, splits with Benton, Williamsburg

SOLON– It’s into the home stretch of the regular season for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans moved to 17-14 on the year with a home doubleheader split against Benton Community Friday, July 3, after sweeping two from Anamosa June 29 and splitting two with Williamsburg July 1.
Hosting Benton Community Friday, the Spartans had to come from behind in the second game to salvage the split.
“We came out and we were flat,” said Head Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought we spoiled what could have been a winning effort on the mound by Eric Holtorf.”

Spartan girls earn WaMaC East soccer honors

Durr, Moss and Metz make First Team

Solon Economist
SOLON– The WaMaC athletic conference released its East Division All-Conference Girls Soccer selections for 2015 on Thursday, June 11, with seven Solon Lady Spartans chosen for First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention rosters.
Josie Durr, Emma Moss and Johanna Metz earned First Team spots.
Durr, a sophomore, knocked in 39 goals to lead the squad. Durr also was credited with 14 assists this season. Moss, a senior, put in 24 goals for the Lady Spartans and made eight assists. Metz, a junior, scored six times and had seven assists on the season.

CR Jefferson tests West, pulls off doubleheader upset

IC West falls 7-4, 8-4 to J-Hawks

CEDAR RAPIDS– As he was watching the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks warming up, West High coach Justin Lutjen said the doubleheader would be a good test for his Women of Troy.
Not only did the J-Hawks test West, the blue birds got the better of them with an upset sweep of the No. 1 (according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s June 26 rankings) team in Class 5A. Jefferson was the No. 5 ranked team.
In doing so, Jefferson also handed West its first MVC losses of the season, and the team’s third loss in a row following a Saturday, June 27, non-conference loss to Solon.

Clippers and Cardinals split doubleheader

CCA falls 10-7 but answers with 8-1 win in nightcap

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TIFFIN– Brent Henry and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers kicked off the Fourth of July weekend with a varsity doubleheader on Friday, July 3, against the Maquoketa Cardinals in Tiffin. While the redbirds took the opener 10-7 thanks to a seventh-inning four-run rally, the Clippers retaliated and took the nightcap 8-1 powered by Nile Rourke throwing 10 strikeouts.

Clipper girls go 2-4 as regular season ends

CCA splits with CPU, falls to Hempstead, knocks off West Burlington to finish at 21-16

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity softball team ended the regular season with a 21-16 record in the wake of a pair of wins and a pair of losses.
The Creek Girls split with Center Point-Urbana at home on Thursday, July 2, before an appearances against Dubuque Hempstead and West Burlington in the Mid-Prairie Tournament Friday, July 3.

Women of Troy go 3-1 in home tourney

West wins over Oskaloosa, Mt. Pleasant, and pounds Lisbon

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy spent part of their Independence Day weekend hosting their annual Rick Doran Classic softball tournament and posted a 3-1 record.
Waukee and North Scott finished the two-day tournament at 4-0 while West, West Des Moines Valley, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Pleasant Valley went 3-1. Oskaloosa, Muscatine, Cedar Rapids Xavier and West Liberty ended up at 2-2 while Davenport North, Charles City, Waterloo East and Mount Pleasant had 1-3 outings. Davenport West, Benton Community and Lisbon were all winless at 0-2, 0-2 and 0-4 respectively.

Clipper boys split with Beckman

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DYERSVILLE– Cappy’s Crew hit a rough patch on the road Wednesday, July 1, in Dyersville as they faced the Beckman Blazers in a varsity doubleheader. The Blazers took the opener, 4-3, despite a three-RBI effort from Tanner Bandy.
The Clippers regrouped and took the nightcap with a 1-0 shutout thrown by Kobey Schlotman.
Beckman scored first in the opener, putting a run across in the bottom of the first inning.

Prime Time

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Prime Time (PT) is back for its 29th season. It’s come a long way since playing in the City High and West High gyms with no air conditioning.
Five of the six new Hawkeye recruits are playing and I thought they all looked like they can add to an already good core coming back.
“The first thing you notice about the freshman class is a ton of athleticism,” said senior point guard Mike Gesell.

Win streak snapped

Lady Spartans top No. 1 5A Iowa City West; Ira pitches perfect game against No. 11 4A Keokuk

SOLON­– Jim White said he’s coached teams with more offensive power than his current roster of Lady Spartans.
The team members may be out to prove him wrong.
Solon’s varsity softball team knocked 12 home runs over a span of 10 games and improved to 31-3 Monday night with a doubleheader sweep at Anamosa.
The Lady Spartans won 6-0 and 15-0 against Anamosa after going 3-1 over the weekend at their own Solon Classic tournament.

Spartans find offense against CCA Clippers

Solon rebounds from shut-outs against Central DeWitt

TIFFIN– After being shutout for two games against Central Clinton of DeWitt, the Solon varsity baseball team needed a clutch hit to get the offense going.
Dillon Drake delivered.
The Solon junior hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score freshman Ryne Schooley and deliver a 3-2 victory at home against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) June 25.
“It was a big moment for our team as we had lost momentum in giving up the tying run after getting the first two outs in the top of the seventh,” said Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney.

Six Spartans earn WaMaC soccer honors

West and Doyle First Team picks

Solon Economist
SOLON– Six Solon Spartans earned spots on the 2015 WaMaC East Division All-Conference Boys Soccer rosters. The annual selections were released on Thursday, June 11, with Andrew West and Dylan Doyle named to the First Team.
West, a senior, started in all 19 games this season and was credited with one assist. In addition he made one of two Penalty Kick (PK) attempts. Doyle, a junior, started in 18 of 19 games and put in a dozen goals for Solon with three assists.