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Sports

This Was Their Year

Nearad, Ira combine to power Lady Spartans past No. 2 Benton

SOLON– It was the match-up everyone expected.
Benton Community and Solon had split a regular season doubleheader in Van Horne when the Bobcats were the number-one team in Class 3A, and the Lady Spartans were ranked second.
The rematch in the 3A softball championship game Friday at the Rogers Sports Complex near Fort Dodge didn’t disappoint, at least for Solon fans.
Senior Taylor Nearad’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning provided the margin of victory, and senior Emily Ira struck out 14 batters to power Solon past Benton to a final score of 3-1.

Lady Spartans reach title game with 7-1 win over Stormin’ Pointers

Ira pitches three-hitter; Nearad, Herdliska homer

FORT DODGE– First came the semifinal.
Solon’s Lady Spartans blew past defending 3A champ Clarke in the state softball tournament quarterfinals, but standing in the way on the road to the final was just one more team– No. 8 Center Pont-Urbana (CPU).
The Stormin’ Pointers of the WaMaC West placed second in their half of the conference behind No. 2 Benton Community, and had won nine of their last 10 games heading into the state tournament. CPU had been swept by the Lady Spartans during a regular season doubleheader June 17 in Solon.

Seven Solon softball players named first team all-conference

SOLON– Most of the members of the Solon varsity softball team have received all-conference WaMaC honors.
The conference released its 2015 list on Thursday, July 8, and seven Solon starters were named to the first team, while two others were awarded honorable mention status.
Solon Head Softball Coach Jim White was named Coach of the Year for the third time.
Emily Ira, McKenna Miller, Monika Bevans, Ali Herdliska, Sydney Lawson, Taylor Nearad and Jess Heick were named all-conference first team, while Nichole Oberthien and Lexi Stebral were named to the Honorable Mention team.

Claire and Kali

Claire Till and Kali Peschel have a total of 22 starts in their three years of playing for the Hawkeyes, with Kali having started all 22 times.
Going into their senior seasons, even with only 22 starts between them, you can ask any of their teammates or coaches and they will tell you they are just as important as Samantha Logic, Melissa Dixon or Bethany Doolittle were last season.
Both Claire and Kali are really good leaders on and off the court and have helped make the chemistry of the team work and provide a winning attitude.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Fall Flag Football registration

Fall Flag Football registration is open and available until Aug. 7. All Pre-K through fourth grade Solon students should have brought home a registration form. Pre-K through fourth graders can register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com/.
Registration forms are also available at the Solon Parks and Recreation website or can be picked up at city hall. The coaches meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Solon City Hall. Practices can start the following week.

No. 1 Solon faces No. 8 Center Point-Urbana in 3A semifinal Thursday July 23

FORT DODGE– It took the Solon Lady Spartans only three innings to take care of business in the opening round of the 2015 Iowa State Softball Tournament.
No. 1-ranked Solon clobbered unranked Clarke 18-0 in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, July 21, at the Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex north of Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans will face Center Point-Urbana (CPU) in a 3A semifinal Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. on Buena Vista University Field, with the winner advancing to the title game Friday at 12:15 p.m. on the same field.

Solon falls to Marion in substate baseball

SOLON– It wasn’t the postseason they’d been hoping for.
The Solon varsity baseball team fell to Marion 9-1 in a district semifinal Friday, July 17, in Solon.
Marion pitcher David Kuhn held the Spartans to a single hit and the Indians broke the game open in the third inning with six runs.
The Spartans ended the season 22-16, but were 12-4 down the stretch of the regular season, including doubleheader sweeps of Clear Creek Amana, Anamosa, Western Dubuque and Maquoketa.
Solon defeated Washington 10-3 on the road in the regular season finale July 14.

Record-setting season ends in Williamsburg

Clippers beat Grinnell, 3-0; then fall to Raiders, 1-0

WILLIAMSBURG– Cappy’s Crew made it through the first round of Class 3A substate baseball by defeating the Grinnell Tigers, 3-0, in Williamsburg on Friday, July 17, but fell 1-0 to the Williamsburg Raiders on Monday, July 20.
The Clippers entered the District 9 semifinal with a 20-18 record to Grinnell’s 10-16 and, with the higher seed, took the “home” spot on the scoreboard.

West girls miss trip to state with narrow loss

West High Women of Troy cry as they listen to Coach Justin Lutjen after a 3-1 loss to Ankeny in a Class 5A regional final game Tuesday, July 14, at West High. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

Trojans pound Ottumwa in substate semifinal

DeLaney hits for the cycle to lead West

IOWA CITY– Baseball fans were treated to a rare feat Monday, July 20, as West High’s Kevin DeLaney hit for the cycle. DeLaney, a senior, belted out a single, a two-RBI double, a two-RBI triple and a solo home run in perfect sequential order as he led the Trojans with four hits in a 14-7 substate semifinal win over the Bulldogs from Ottumwa.

Cappy’s Crew sinks Washington, 13-9

Clippers end regular season at 20-18

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WASHINGTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team closed out the regular season last year with the most wins in a season in the program’s history; 20. After a trip to Washington on Monday, July 13, the Clippers not only took a 13-9 shootout win, but also tied the high water mark with a 20-18 record ahead of the Class 3A substate campaign.

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

Lutjen is Valley Division Coach of the Year

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IOWA CITY– Nine West High Women of Troy were named to the Mississippi Valley Conference’s (MVC) 2015 Valley Division All-Division teams. The conference released its selections on Wednesday, July 15, with Dubuque Senior’s Sydney Tigges named the Division Athlete of the Year.