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Sports

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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West tripped up in overtime

West falls to Bettendorf, 28-27

IOWA CITY– “Gut-wrenching.”
That’s how West High football coach Garrett Hartwig described his squad’s 28-27 loss in overtime to Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 3, at home.
“I got more respect for the 53 men in that room (gesturing toward the locker room) right now than anybody else,” Hartwig said. “At this point in the season, it’s about executing. Bettendorf executed, credit goes to them they’re a great program.” Hartwig said his Trojans were getting better, but “we’re not where we need to be yet.”

Raiders scuttle Clippers’ senior night

TIFFIN– Seven seniors were recognized for their contributions to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) volleyball program on Senior Night, Tuesday, Sept. 30. Lauren Stopko, McKenzie Fuller, Bailey Butler, Dacia Lipkea, Hanna Stokes, Natalie Brimeyer and Jana Sefzik were honored just before the varsity march with the Williamsburg Raiders.
Unfortunately for the seventh-ranked (in Class 4A) Clippers, the un-ranked Raiders spoiled the special night by winning three games to two in an upset.

Women of Troy fall prey to the Lions

Linn-Mar 3, IC West 2

MARION– The West High Women of Troy traveled to Linn-Mar Tuesday, Sept. 30, for an Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match-up, and stumbled in the Lions’ den for a 3-2 loss.
West took the first set 25-17, but was dominated in the second for a 25-5 loss. Despite rallying back in the third set the Women of Troy came up on the wrong end of the 27-25 match score. Down two games to one, West High surged to a 25-20 victory to tie the match. The fifth and final set went to the Lions, 15-9.

Clippers roll over Mt. Pleasant 44-6

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MOUNT PLEASANT– A great season got even better Friday, Oct. 3, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sailed into Mount Pleasant and shelled the Panthers 44-6 in Class 3A District No. 5 varsity action.
The Clippers put up 468 yards of offense to 210 for Mount Pleasant. Tanner Bandy was in full attack mode for CCA with 240 yards and four touchdowns, three rushing and one from returning an interception 60 yards in the fourth quarter.

Borde second, Skopec third in West XC meet

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IOWA CITY– West High held its Cross Country Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course. Both the varsity boys and girls were second in team points with Johnston taking the girls’ race with 44 team points and a total time of 1:12:37.30. Cedar Rapids Prairie took the boys team title with 57 points and a total time of 1:22:02.74. The Trojans had 75 points and a total time of 1:22:43.24 while the Women of Troy had 87 points and a time of 1:14:08.58.

Keith, Douglass set the pace for CCA

Clipper boys take third, girls fourth in home XC meet

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IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course was the site for the 2014 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Invitational meet Monday, Sept. 29.
Vinton-Shellsburg won the girls varsity race with 15 team points while the Clippers were fourth with 70. In varsity boys action, it was also Vinton-Shellsburg taking the team title, with 24 points. The Clipper crew was third with 48.
Chloe Keith set the pace for the Clipper girls with an 11th-place finish in 17:34.84 while Eric Douglass was the leader for the boys, finishing third in 17:05.81.

Hawks get defensive

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All the Hawkeye fans, including my home boys from the Lodge, got their wish last Saturday as C. J. Beathard got to start against Purdue.
Jake Rudock was still injured, so C.J. got the first start of his career.
With 11 minutes left in the second quarter, I wondered if the C.J. fans were still happy.
Iowa trailed 10-0, C.J. had thrown a pick-six, and the Hawkeyes didn’t have a first down.
I’ve got to give C.J. credit. He didn’t get down on himself, started making plays and the Hawks outscored the Boilermakers 24-0 and won their fourth straight road game, 24-10.

Solon Parks and Recreation 2014 girls basketball registration

SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2014 girls basketball program.
Learn the fundamentals of basketball, proper sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and most importantly– have fun. Registration for grades three through six will run through Oct. 16.
The fee is $38 for Solon city residents (includes T-shirt) and $43 for non-residents (includes T-shirt). After the deadline, registrants will be charged a late fee of $15. Registrants are encouraged to use the online registration at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com.

Exorcising the Demons

Spartans take down Washington in rematch of 2013 semifinals

SOLON– The last time the Solon Spartans faced the Washington Demons, Solon had some trouble reaching the end zone.
The Spartans made sure that didn’t happen again.
Solon converted two long fourth downs in the red zone Friday night and defeated Washington 28-17 in a rematch of 2013’s 3A semifinal at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
In the 14-9 loss last year, Solon settled for three field goals.
Friday, Spartan quarterback Brandan Childs hooked up with two different receivers for two second-quarter touchdowns, both of them coming on fourth and long.

Boys sixth, girls seventh at Anamosa Invitational

Düster places 16th, Weetman 25th in run around lake

ANAMOSA– In a rainy fall, muddy hills and low-lying prairie paths around Central Park Lake mean slippery footing for the annual Anamosa Invitational cross country race. This fall, good turf and dry hills meant great running conditions.
Solon’s boys were sixth in the 13-team competition, paced again by junior Simon Düster. The girls were seventh in a field with five ranked 3A and 2A competitors, with junior Trisha Coberly again running lead for the Lady Spartans.

Lady Spartans take care of No. 11 Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The stage was set for an upset.
No. 11 Dyersville Beckman had taken the first set from the No. 1-ranked Solon Lady Spartans in a 3A WaMaC East showdown in Dyersville.
Solon head coach Peter Gustin called it a sluggish start.
“We dropped the first set 20-25, with 20 of their points coming off our errors,” Gustin said. “Minimizing our errors has been an issue, but even that amount of errors in one game is an anomaly.”
With 19 kills from Jordan Smith and 16 from fellow senior Jordan Runge, Solon won the next three sets and took home a 3-1 win.