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Sports

Too many mistakes

Hawk Talk

Wildcats dump Hawkeyes, 38-31

I was really concerned at the game last Saturday when Ron Coluzzi got his first punt returned.
It was in the first quarter and Northwestern kicked off. Iowa went three-and-out and Ron punted from his own 20.
Coming into the game, Ron had two punts returned for zero yards.
The Wildcats’ Flynn Nagel caught the short punt on the Northwestern 48 and returned it to the Hawk 5.

Spartans wax Ft. Madison

Solon streak continues with 56-7 gridiron win

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
FORT MADISON– Brisk air and the whispers of fall caressed the Spartan fans making the trek to Fort Madison on Friday, Sept. 30. Although cooler temperatures indicate a change in season, Solon football continued its success unchanged on the field.
The Solon Spartans have outscored their last four opponents 168-25 following the Friday waxing of Fort Madison, 56-7, handing the Bloodhounds their sixth consecutive loss of the season.

Solon defeats Liberty freshmen, 40-6

IOWA CITY– Solon’s freshman Spartans rolled over the Liberty High “Original (O) Bolts” 40-6 Thursday, Sept. 29, at Iowa City West High.
The Spartans opened with a pass from Camden Miller to Andrew Coons for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter and scored their second touchdown on a run not quite two minutes later. The O-Bolts blocked the extra point kick, but Solon held a 13-0 lead. The Spartan defense stymied the Bolts and intercepted a Drake Woody pass late in the period to end a Liberty drive.

Picking pumpkins, team building

SOLON– After a Tuesday race in Williamsburg, Wednesday was ‘Run to Work Day’ for the cross country Spartans. And work was picking pumpkins.
Again this year, the high school cross country team waded into its community service project at Leo Shima’s farm, snipping stems and tossing pumpkins aboard the farm wagons that rolled slowly alongside of them. “It would take us two days to do what they do in an hour,” Shima said and smiled as the last wagon was lined up on his farm two miles west of Solon.

Season-best XC finish at Williamsburg

Solon cross country girls notch first team title, boys third

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
WILLIAMSBURG– Solon grabbed two top-15 finishes and the team finished third overall, in the boys’ Williamsburg Invitational Sept. 27. That included a Jorel Justus 18:05 for second place; his best finish of the season. Teammate Tanner Larkey (19:17) was 15th, with Solon’s Carl Richey right behind in 19:22. Luke Yetley was the No. 4 Spartan runner (19:35), with Logan Yakish (19:44) for the fifth and final team scoring spot among the 34 varsity runners.

Lady Spartans battle back in 3-1 volleyball loss to Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The Solon varsity volleyball team dropped to 5-13 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Dyersville Beckman Sept. 27 at Dyersville.
The Blazers won the first two sets (25-12, 25-22) before the Lady Spartans battled back to capture the third game, 28-26. Beckman edged out Solon in the fourth, 25-22.
Solon hosts Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 6, for the final home match of the season. After a weekend tournament in Center Point, the Lady Spartans enter WaMaC Conference pool play Tuesday, Oct. 11, with bracket play Thursday, Oct. 13.

Basketball referees are needed for girls’ basketball grades 3-6

SOLON– Applicants need to be in high school or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be held on Saturdays at the Lakeview Elementary gym (on Oct. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3 and 12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees are paid $10/game. Those with questions or interested in refereeing can call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Never before

CCA earns first-ever 6-0 record with 30-14 win over West Delaware

TIFFIN– The father-and-son coaching duo of Ronnie and Matt Hughes have a simple philosophy for getting through the varsity football season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
“Every week, we want to be 1-0,” Matt Hughes said. “If we get enough 1-0s, at the end of the season, we’ll be happy.”
So far the Clippers have racked up six, surpassing the 5-0 mark which hadn’t been attained since 1999, and now establishing a new team-best benchmark after defeating West Delaware, 30-14, Friday, Sept. 30 in Tiffin.

Spartans roll the O-Bolts

Solon 40, Liberty High 6

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY — Solon’s freshman Spartans rolled over the Liberty High “Original (O) Bolts” 40-6 Thursday, Sept. 29 at Iowa City West High.
The Spartans opened with a pass from Camden Miller to Andrew Coons for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter and scored their second touchdown on a run not quite two minutes later. The O-Bolts blocked the extra point kick but Solon held a 13-0 lead. Spartan defense stymied the Bolts and intercepted a Drake Woody pass late in the period to end a Liberty drive.

Women of Troy soaked by Golden Eagles

Dubuque Wahlert sinks IC West, 86-58

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy swimming and diving team suffered a setback Thursday, Sept. 29, as the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High took a meet, 86-58, in West High’s home pool at the Coralville Recreation Center.

Trojan swimmers looking for new leadership

IC West’s veteran swim coach resigns

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan swimmers are looking for a new leader. West High Activities Director (AD) Craig Huegel announced the resignation of veteran coach Rob Miecznikowski on Friday, Sept. 23.
Miecznikowski was the head women’s coach at West High for 16 years before taking over the men’s program in 2002. He led the Trojans to consecutive state championships in 2014 and 2015. Huegel noted athletes Miecznikowski coached currently hold seven Iowa High School meet records for their performances in the pool.

IC West trounces Burlington, 59-7

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans snapped a two-game losing streak by rolling over the Greyhounds from Burlington, 59-7, Friday, Sept. 30, in Iowa City.