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Sports

Defensive

hawk talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

There is a reason that Michigan State is rated one of the best defenses in the country... they are really good!
The Spartans held the Hawkeyes to 23 yards on the ground, 13 first downs and Iowa had the ball for only 22:47 minutes. Also, the Hawks didn’t get a first down until about five minutes left in the first half.
Here we go again.
Last year at this time the Hawks were 4-2, 2-0 in the Big Ten and beat Michigan State, 19-16 in overtime.
This year Iowa is 4-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten and lost to the Spartans, 26-14.

Lady Spartans overwhelm Raiders

SOLON– The Anamosa volleyball team looked like a deer in the headlights.
The Solon Lady Spartans rattled off 10 straight points behind the serving of junior Taylor Nearad and never looked back, sweeping the Anamosa Raiders 3-0 in a conference match-up last Tuesday in Solon.
Nearad was a serving machine for the Lady Spartans, going 24-27 with 10 aces from behind the service line. No other Lady Spartan had more than seven serves.
Solon won 25-6, 25-12 and 25-6, with liberal substitutions throughout the match.

Big score

Spartans roll up 64-3 win over Anamosa Raiders

SOLON– It didn’t take long to see where this game was going.
Solon’s Jordan Wymer took the opening kickoff 97 yards down the Spartan sideline for a touchdown, and it was off to the races.
Moments later, Solon intercepted Anamosa quarterback Austin Seehusen deep in Raider territory. Two passes to Nathan Hawkins later, there was less than a minute elapsed on the clock, and Solon had taken a 14-0 lead over the winless Anamosa Raiders.
The Spartans rumbled to a 64-3 win Friday night, moving their record to 5-1 on the season, and an unblemished 3-0 in conference play.

Girls first, boys second at Williamsburg invite

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s girls scored a team and individual title at the Williamsburg invitational cross country meet Sept. 30.

Miracle on Melrose

West pulls out 39-35 win in final minute

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Football teaches young men many life lessons in addition to the fundamentals of the game. One such lesson is to never give up in the face of adversity.
Friday, Oct. 4, the West High Trojans applied that lesson and in the process retained their perfect record this season with a homecoming win over Dubuque Hempstead.

Rolling the Regals

Clippers pick up win with 3-0 sweep of Iowa City Regina

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team may be young, without any seniors, but they can still put up a fight and rule the night. Such was the case Monday, Sept. 30, when Iowa City Regina visited for a non-conference match. The Clippers took care of business in three-straight, winning 25-13, 25-20 and 25-14.