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Sports

Spartans smother Cardinals

SOLON– The defense made some big hits and the offense made some big plays.
And that added up to a 42-0 win for the Solon Spartan football team Friday night against visiting Maquoketa.
The Spartans moved to 6-1 on the season with a conference showdown set for Friday, visiting 5-2 Western Dubuque at Epworth. Western Dubuque remains undefeated in Class 3A District 4 competition, with Cedar Rapids Xavier and Solon close behind, each sporting a single loss.
Maquoketa dropped to 1-6.
Solon scored early and often Friday at Spartan Stadium, taking a 28-0 lead into halftime.

West Delaware halts Lady Spartan comeback

Solon can’t overcome unforced errors in 3-1 loss to No. 2 team

SOLON– West Delaware came into its match with Solon having lost only a single game in the season.
Afterward, the No. 2 volleyball squad in Class 4A had only lost two.
West Delaware came to Solon for a WaMaC East showdown Oct. 9, and came away with a 3-1 win over the No.1-ranked (3A) Lady Spartans.
Solon fell behind 2-0 in closely-contested sets (25-22, 25-23) and roared back to take the third set 25-11, but West Delaware returned the favor in the decisive fourth set with a 25-16 win.

Prelude to postseason: Girls sixth at North Linn

TROY MILLS– It will take a couple leaders to push the pack as Solon’s cross country season races into the home stretch. Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet is followed by the state qualifying meet one week later.
Leading into that stretch, the Spartans are coming off the North Linn meet, with 18 (girls) and 19 (boys) full teams and several incomplete (less than five runners) squads circling the crowded Troy Mills campus. The boys were 11th, with just two top-50 runners in the crowded 1A through 3A field. The girls edged Central Clinton of DeWitt for the sixth spot.

Boys

Cedar Falls wins 3-2 over West

Tigers take down Women of Troy

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– A week after falling 3-2 to the Linn-Mar Lions, the West High Women of Troy suffered another heartbreaking loss, this time to the Cedar Falls Tigers at home on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Tigers knocked off West 3-2 in a battle for second place in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s Valley Division.

Clippers make history

CCA shuts down Assumption 27-0, stays perfect in District 5

TIFFIN– The victory bell rang again Friday, Oct. 10, after the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers shelled the Knights of Davenport Assumption 27-0. The win was literally one for the books as the Clippers surpassed last season’s win total with a 6-1 record overall (4-5 last season). CCA also remained undefeated in district play with a 5-0 record for the top slot. With two games left in the regular season, the Creek Boys secured the District 5 Championship, a first for the team, and are headed for the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Oct. 25 dodge ball tournament, silent auction to benefit local one-year-old fighting cancer

NORTH LIBERTY – On Oct. 25, Team Avery will host a fundraiser to benefit one-year-old Avery Flick of North Liberty, who is battling a rare form of musculoskeletal cancer. The event, to be held at North Central Junior High School in North Liberty, will include a dodge ball tournament, silent auction and bake sale.
All proceeds will go directly to the Flick family– Justin, Heidi, Payton and Avery– to help with medical and living expenses during Avery’s year-long treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Clipper boys 3rd at IMS Invitational

North Liberty Leader
WELLMAN– Iowa Mennonite School (IMS) held its invitational cross-country meet Monday, Oct. 6, with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers participating. The varsity boys placed third in team points with 67 and a total time of 1:30:25.92. Vinton-Shellsburg won the event with 39 points and 1:28:32.27.
Eric Douglass led the varsity boys with a third-place finish in 17:31.20, Dylan Wolfe led the junior varsity (JV) boys with a fourth-place finish in 19:30.52 and Kaylie Barker led the junior high girls with her third-place finish in 13:35.08.

CCA vexes Vikettes volleyball

CCA 3-1 over Vinton Shellsburg

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VINTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s Clipper varsity volleyball team improved its record to 17-6 overall Tuesday, Oct. 7, with a 3-1 win on the road against Vinton-Shellsburg.

Iowa Hawkeye men reload

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team lost two starters from last year, Devyn Marble and Melsahn Basabe. Devyn was the leading scorer and Mel did a great job defensively as well as hitting the boards.
Zach McCabe also had some starts and did a great job of coming off the bench.
The cupboard isn’t bare with three starters back and three other players that have started.
Throw in junior college All-American Trey Dickerson and I like Iowa’s chances.
Media day was last Thursday, Oct. 2, and there was a good vibe in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Solon rolls 54-14

Spartans score on offense, defense and special teams at Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Solon countered Central DeWitt’s triple-option with its own version- scoring on offense, defense and special teams.
The Spartans delivered a convincing 54-14 loss to the Sabers on the road Friday night in DeWitt, dropping Central DeWitt to 3-3 and moving the sixth ranked (3A) Spartans to 5-1.
Brandon Kramer rushed for three touchdowns, Brandan Childs ran for two, Spencer Lawson returned an interception 28 yards for a score and Kramer provided a 57-yard punt return for Solon. Blayze Griffis and Bo Black also hooked up for a 53-yard strike for the Spartans’ final score.

Spartan volleyball host No. 2 (4A) West Delaware

WaMaC title on the line Thursday

SOLON– It’s No. 1 in Class 3A against No. 2 in Class 4A Thursday, Oct. 9, as Solon hosts West Delaware in a match pitting the two top teams in the WaMaC East against each other.
Currently, West Delaware is sporting a 28-0 record going into action Tuesday against Dyersville Beckman, with only a single set lost for the season.
The Lady Spartans, 18-4 heading into a home match against Central DeWitt Tuesday, defeated Western Dubuque last week and made it to the semifinals at a Waverly tournament over the weekend, falling to No. 7 (2A) Grundy Center.

Girls take second at Williamsburg

SOLON– The mid-week pumpkin patch detour did not disrupt the schedule. There are still meets to run, as conference (Oct. 16) and districts (Oct. 23) loom ahead. Solon’s girls racked up a runner-up finish in the four-school Williamsburg invitational Sept. 29. The boys were fourth there in a five-team field.
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