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Sports

Warriors sweep Lightning

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball squad fell 3-0 to the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors at home Thursday, Sept. 7.
Wash swept the Lightning, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22. The loss dropped Liberty to a 2-5 record.
LeeAnn Potter led the Lightning with a dozen kills. Hailey Hested made 18 assists and 18 digs, Olivia Slattery made four ace serves and one solo block.

WOW! Iowa nips Iowa State, 44-41 in overtime

Hawkeye road wins

I’ve got to admit that I had almost given up when Iowa State scored with 4:36 left in the game and the ‘Clones took a 38-31 lead.
The Hawks had tied it up 31-all when Miguel Recinos kicked a 23-yard field goal, but on its first play after the kickoff, Iowa State completed a wide-open, 74-yard touchdown pass to take the lead.
Thank goodness Akrum Wadley wasn’t giving up.
The 46-yard touchdown pass that retied the game at 38 was one of the best catch-and-runs I have ever seen.
The Hawks had a first and 10 on the ‘Clone 46.

Spartans massacre Chiefs, 47-7, in Keokuk

Solon turns to the air for offense as defense continues to shine

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
KEOKUK– After last week’s rushing successes by Hunter Kula, it was a forgone conclusion teams would be keying on Solon’s rushing game. However, the Spartans reloaded from their arsenal, and defeated the Keokuk Chiefs, 47-7, Friday, Sept. 8, in Keokuk.

Solon girls 2nd at Benton

Cross country takes to the woods at Atkins

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– To call the Atkins Roundhouse trail ‘tree-lined’ is a severe understatement. Over the last decade, the park has literally had a running trail carved out of its heavily-wooded acres. No manicured golf course or graded trail to traverse. At the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet, even fans stumble through the woods to get to their next vantage point. With stubble, occasional tree roots and a dropoff here and there, it is, truly, a cross country course.

Lady Spartans swept by No. 2 Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The varsity Lady Spartan volleyball squad fell in a sweep to the ninth-ranked (3A) Mustangs in Mount Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Solon was able to hang tough before losing the first set, 25-22, but Mount Vernon rolled 25-12 in the second game and held off the Lady Spartans, 25-18, in the third.

Hawkeyes get it together against Wyoming, 24-3

Hawk Talk

The opening game at Kinnick Stadium is always special.
This is the 36th straight year I’ve gone to Hawkeye home openers, and it all started in 1981.
The only one I missed was the opening game in 2011, when the Hawks hosted Tennessee Tech. That was the game when lighting and thunderstorms delayed the game for over an hour. They had everyone (over 60,000) leave the stadium and when the game started again there were a little over 20,000 that came back.

Spartans shut out Regals, 33-0

Kula rushes for 206 yards

SOLON– In an evening filled with patriotism and Spartan pride, the Spartans routed the Iowa City Regina Regals, 33-0, on Friday, Sept. 1. The student section was awash in star-spangled splendor and the Solon American Legion presented the colors before the crowd.
It was Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Regals came to town in hopes of defeating the Solon Spartans and getting into the win column in the 2017 season after a week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 23-6.
The Spartans dashed those hopes.

Lady Spartans make some noise against ranked opponents

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Lady Spartans swept Anamosa to win their home opener, but it may be what they did over the weekend that’s more impressive.
Solon’s varsity volleyball squad jumped out to a 4-1 start with wins over Liberty High, Williamsburg and Anamosa.
But Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin was just as excited about going 1-3 at a weekend tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington.
“Don’t let that fool you, we hung with some big dogs,” Ferin said of the tournament.

Girls 3rd, boys 11th at Bob Brown invitational

Girls 3rd, boys 11th

IOWA CITY– The finishes were firm, even though the times were missing.
Electronic gremlins made individual times disappear from boys’ results at the Sept. 2 Bob Brown Invitational cross country meet in Iowa City. However, scores– derived by the order runners from each school crossed the finish line– did hold up.
For Solon, Carl Richey was the top runner, with the team finishing 11th.
The system did hold up for the girls. Freshman Kiersten Conway was the first Spartan across in the girls’ combined junior varsity (JV)/varsity 5-kilometer race. As a team, the girls finished third.

North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball Fall Fun Ball registration open

NORTH LIBERTY– NLYBS will be partnering with Diamond Dreams Baseball and Softball Sports Academy during the sixth season of Fall Fun Ball. Diamond Dream trainers work with boys and girls who will be in first through eighth grade during the 2017/2018 school year.
The season consists of five sessions, on Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or dark, beginning Sept. 11. The season ends on Oct. 9 unless there is a rainout and then the last night will be Oct. 16.

Lightning Wrestling Club parent meeting Sept. 18

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty Lightning Wrestling Club will host its first annual parent meeting on Monday, Sept. 18, from 6-8 p.m. in the Liberty High School Wrestling Room. The club is open to athletes in grades pre-k to eighth. Parents should come and learn more about the upcoming season and about getting their kids involved in the opportunity. Questions may be directed to Joe Williams at 815-978-7636 or joe@williamstrainingacademy.com.

Trojans run wild against Muskies

IC West wins 51-3 over Muscatine

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans put up three touchdowns in the first quarter and never looked back, as they powered past the Muscatine Muskies 51-3 Friday, Sept. 1, at home in a non-district matchup.
The Muskies took the opening kick off, but fumbled on their first drive, leading to a recovery by West High’s Andre White and the first of two touchdowns from Traevis Buchanan. Josh Jasek’s extra point kick was good, and West was up 7-0 with 9:51 remaining in the first period.