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Sports

Lightning compete in Dubuque V-ball invitational

DUBUQUE– The Liberty Lightning took the runner-up spot in the Silver Bracket of Dubuque Hempstead’s invitational volleyball tournament Saturday, Sept. 23.
The Lightning lost 2-0 to Cedar Rapids Xavier (21-15, 21-11) and 2-1 to Clinton (21-19, 16-21, 13-15) but defeated Davenport West 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) and Davenport Central 2-0 (24-22, 21-10) in pool play.
Liberty topped City High 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) in the semifinal match of the Silver Bracket before falling 2-0 to Clinton (21-11, 21-12) in the final.

It don’t come easy

Hawk Talk

“Got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues, and you know it don’t come easy.”
That’s the opening line to the song by Ringo Starr who, for some of you youngsters, was the drummer for the greatest band ever… The Beatles.
That seems to be the story with the Hawkeyes this season.
They start slow and pay their dues and then in four of the six first games, take over and finish strong with a W.
Iowa sometimes has a tendency of playing up or down to its opponents.
Against Iowa State and Penn State, the Hawks played up.

Spartans pulverize Panthers

Solon moves to 7-0 with 33-0 shutout on the road at Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT– As Solon’s varsity football team boarded their bus and traveled south to face the Mount Pleasant Panthers on Friday, Oct. 6, they likely passed the Highway 1 machine shed which encouraged them to “Pulverize the Panthers.”
Even Mother Nature could not deny the Spartans, with rains sweeping across the gray, overcast Southeast Iowa skies, delaying the game nearly an hour less than two minutes into the opening quarter.
The Spartans rolled over the Panthers, 33-0.

Five-set loss, five-set win

2 days after tough home loss, Solon rebounds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans slugged it out on Senior Night.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team hosted No. 13 (4A) Western Dubuque Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the final home match of the season, but couldn’t put the Bobcats away.
Despite a rollicking, see-saw battle, the Lady Spartans fell in five sets, 3-2.
“I was extremely happy with the effort,” Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin said. “We played some really great volleyball Tuesday night.”

Boys 7th, girls 2nd at Wellman meet

Girls a close third at soggy North Linn

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
TROY MILLS– Each year, at the North Linn Cross Country Invitational, you can count on the weather… to do something different.
Past years have featured sub-freezing temperatures, swirling snow or high winds. This year, Mother Nature offered soaked turf and light rain for one of the biggest late-season runs in Eastern Iowa. Still, runners from two dozen schools had to run the same course, in the same conditions. This year, coaches just hoped for a team of mudders.

Solon Alumni Basketball Tournament planned for Saturday, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Solon Basketball Alumni tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Basketball referees needed for third-sixth grade girls’ basketball: Applicants need to be in high school, or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Iowa Street gym (Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 9) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game. For questions regarding the positions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Indians capsize the Clippers

Marion rolls over Clear Creek Amana, 35-0

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered a 35-0 loss at the hands of one of the top teams in Class 3A District 4, as the Marion Indians ran wild in Tiffin Friday, October 6. The win locked Marion into a battle with Davenport Assumption for the district runner-up spot, and an automatic berth in postseason play or a potential wildcard spot as both teams improved to 4-1 in the district and 5-2 overall behind West Delaware (4-0, 5-1).

Women of Troy sweep the swimming Mustangs

Gibson, Housenga, Thomas, Goodale, Roghair and Du post varsity victories

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CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy notched another dual meet win in the pool Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Coralville Recreation Center, sweeping the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs, 132-34, in junior varsity (JV) competition, and 135-51 in the varsity meet.

Bolts run at City’s Bud Williams Cross Country Invitational

Woodward, Mac and Logan post top-10 finishes for Liberty High

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IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s cross country teams ran Thursday, Sept. 28, in City High’s Bud Williams Invitational at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.
Pleasant Valley won the varsity boys race with 15 points, followed by City High (49), Cedar Rapids Jefferson (106), Pekin (124), Durant (151) and Liberty (162). Peter Woodward led the Bolts with a tenth-place finish in 17:28.1.

Lightning flashes for runner-up at Davis County V-Ball invitational

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BLOOMFIELD– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball squad traveled to Bloomfield and the Davis County Invitational Saturday, Oct. 7, and returned home as the runner-up team with a 4-1 showing on the day.
The Lightning fell to New London 2-0 (25-23, 25-20) but knocked off Lynnville-Sully 2-1 (24-26, 25-18, 15-8), Cardinal 2-0 (21-15, 21-14), Davis County 2-0 (23-21, 21-18) and WaCo 2-0 (21-15, 21-6).

Trojans runner-up at West XC Invitational

Greiner leads Iowa City West with 2nd-place finish

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity boys took the team runner-up spot Tuesday, Sept. 26, at their home cross country invitational, held at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course. Cedar Rapids Prairie won the meet with 27 points, topping the 68-point Trojans.
Kolby Greiner led West High with a second-place finish in 15:44.