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Sports

Connor Ham is Drake champion

DES MOINES– Solon senior Connor Ham captured his first Drake Relays title in the 110-meter high hurdles Friday.
In doing so, Ham avenged the disappointment he experienced last year after falling and failing to qualify for the finals in the 2014 Drake 110-meter high hurdles.
He is also the two-time defending state champion in his event at the 3A level, having set a new state record in that event at last year’s meet.
Ham won his preliminary heat with a time of 14.71 seconds, but posted a 14.31 in the final.

Two conference wins in a row for Solon boys soccer

EPWORTH– The Solon varsity boys soccer team will soon return home.
Finally.
With about half the regular season behind them, the Spartans have played only a single home game, a 4-2 loss to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) April 10.
Everything else, whether a tournament or a conference game, has been on the road.
Solon took a 4-5 overall record into a road game at Maquoketa Tuesday, April 28, but will be home Friday, May 1, to host Central DeWitt.

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2015 registration information

SOLON– Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups (roughly third through eighth grades) for students entering grades 3 through 8. The organization is currently accepting players for the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 seasons. Joining at any time is encouraged but the league registration due date is fast approaching. This is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn the game of soccer, to improve their skills, to play against teams from other WaMac schools and to have fun.

Hawks deliver West’s first loss on Barker Field

Trojans fall 2-0 to Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– History was made Tuesday, April 21, at West High’s Ed Barker Soccer Complex, but it wasn’t the kind of historic moment the Trojans wanted. The Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie handed the Trojans their first home loss since 2011– the first loss on Barker Field– taking a 2-0 decision from West.
Prairie scored with 4:08 left in the first half as the ball bounced past West’s keeper and put in the second goal three minutes later with a shot into the corner of the net.
The Trojans had some looks at the Prairie goal, but they were unable to hit pay dirt, dropping to 3-4 on the season.

Clipper boys sixth at Solon 's Gruber Relays

4x800 relay teams second, Bandy and Wagner take third

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team placed sixth in team points at the Denny Gruber Co-Ed Relays in Solon on Tuesday, April 21. The Spartans won their meet with 134 points followed by Vinton-Shellsburg, Mount Vernon, North Cedar, Iowa City Regina and the Clippers (65 points). Dyersville Beckman and Davenport Assumption rounded out the field of contenders.
Tanner Bandy and Drew Wagner were the highest-finishing individuals for the Clippers with Bandy’s third-place showing in the 400-meter dash and Wagner’s third-place finish in the shot put.

West High undefeated, not yet perfect

Women of Troy top J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble with the visiting J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Thursday, April 23, beating the Hawks 4-0. The victory improved West’s record to 6-0 as the team moved to No. 1 in Class 3A according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its weekly rankings issued Friday, April 24. West took over the top spot after Linn-Mar dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the wake of a 2-1 upset loss to the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars.

Clipper girls seventh at Panther Relays

Brimeyer, Schwarting and shuttle hurdle earn victories

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MOUNT PLEASANT– Mount Pleasant’s Panther girls won their home meet by one-half point over Williamsburg on Tuesday, April 21. Clear Creek Amana’s Clippers finished seventh in the meet that saw Cedar Rapids Prairie, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Washington, Fort Madison and Keokuk in competition.
Natalie Brimeyer won the 100-meter hurdles while Corrine Schwarting won in the long jump. Brimeyer and Schwarting teamed up with Mia Smith and Megan Lukas for the shuttle hurdle relay, with the foursome winning in 1:07.28 ahead of a Drake Relays appearance.

CCA girls make it 6-0

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls soccer team upped its record to 6-0 with wins against Marion and West Liberty ahead of a five-game series on the road.
Hannah Bormann earned a hat trick (three goals) in action Tuesday, April 21, at home against the Marion Indians to lead the Clippers to a 5-0 win against 30-40 mph wind gusts blowing across the field. Kaitlin Riggle scored one goal and the Indians shot themselves in the foot when they turned their own pass into an own goal.

Clipper girls fourth at Washington Invitational

Schwarting, shuttle hurdle team finish first

WASHINGTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Corrine Schwarting won both the 100-meter hurdles and long jump on Thursday, April 23, at the 41st annual Washington Girls’ Invitational Track Meet. Schwarting also ran lead for the winning 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay, followed by Riley Hennes, Megan Lukas and Nicole Cullen.
The Clippers placed fourth overall in team points, 91, while Benton Community won the meet with 154. Washington, Mount Pleasant, the Clippers and Iowa City’s City High rounded out the field.
The Clippers will host the Pacha Relays on Thursday, April 30, with a 5 p.m. start.

Linebackers look solid

Hawk Talk

This is the fourth part of spring football for the Iowa Hawkeyes
This week I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Iowa loses Quinton Alston, who played as a true freshman but didn’t start until he was a senior.
Last season, Quinton was second on the team with tackles and started every game at middle linebacker. He was named second team All-Big Ten by the coaches and was permanent team captain.
He was a great leader on and off the field and won the Coaches Appreciation Award on defense.

Lakeview PTO hosts 4th annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 25

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will be hosting its 4th annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 25, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the one-mile trail in the Solon Nature and Recreation Area. Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to generate laughter.

9 Lady Spartans to Drake Relays

DES MOINES– Twas a time, when a couple qualifiers for the Drake Relays were a big deal for Solon and many schools. Billed as ‘America’s Amateur Athletic Classic,’ the Relays (through this weekend in Des Moines) have been a showcase for college and world-class athletes, as well as the best of Iowa’s high schools for a century.