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Sports

Spartan Fund Run Sept. 20

SOLON– The Solon Spartan Fund Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the Solon High School. Courses begin/end at the Solon High School Spartan Stadium.
Registration is now open at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=11494.

OT THRILLER

Solon snaps Regina’s 56-game winning streak in overtime

SOLON– Those who were there will likely remember it for a long time.
The Solon Spartans defeated Iowa City Regina 29-28 in overtime Friday, ending the Regals’ 56-game winning streak in an exciting, thrill-a-minute high school football game.
Junior quarterback Brandan Childs connected with senior receiver Connor Ham for a two-point conversion in overtime to wrench victory away from a Regina team that had taken a 28-21 lead.

Lady Spartans hand Clippers season-opening loss

Solon takes 3-1 win in clash of ranked squads

TIFFIN– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) deemed the Solon Lady Spartans the number one team in Class 3A in preseason rankings released Monday, Aug. 25. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers were ranked sixth in Class 4A in the same release. Both teams faced each other as WaMaC rivals in the Clippers’ gym Thursday, Aug. 28, with the Spartans winning the varsity match, 3-1.

Crowded field at Prairie for Cross Country opener

CEDAR RAPIDS– The first cross country meet of the season was nowhere to be, if you fear crowds. Runners from 18 schools were on the course at Prairie High School Saturday, Aug. 30.
The mix of 4A, 3A and 2A competition was a good early season test for Solon. Overall, the girls were 11th in the varsity team race, though third in the five-team Orange Division, one of three which were broken down according to school enrollments. The boys finished fifth in their six-team Orange division, 15th overall.

Clipper girls can’t block Solon Lady Spartan win

Solon wins 3-1 over CCA in volleyball

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TIFFIN– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) deemed the Solon Lady Spartans the number one team in Class 3A in preseason rankings released Monday, Aug. 25. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers were ranked sixth in Class 4A in the same release. Both teams faced each other as WaMaC rivals in the Clippers’ gym Thursday, Aug. 28, with the Spartans winning the varsity match, 3-1.

Pointers bite Clippers in OT win

CPU 10, CCA 7

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CENTER POINT– The varsity football season opened with a close loss in double-overtime on the road for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. The Clippers came up on the wrong end of a 10-7 final score Friday, Aug. 29, at Center Point to the Stormin’ Pointers.

A night of firsts for the Trojans

West gets by Cougars 12-9 in season home opener

IOWA CITY– “Firsts” were in abundance Friday, Aug. 29, at West High as the Trojans welcomed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars for week one of varsity football.
It was the first official varsity game on the new synthetic turf. It was the first game for Garett Hartwig as head coach after taking over for Brian Sauser in June. It was the first career catch for junior Gabe Huinker that won the game for West.

The defense

This is the final part of Hawkeye preview for the 2014 season.
This week I’ll look at the defense.

The Hawkeye defense should be a strong point this fall, especially the defensive line, which has all four starters back.
The big question will be replacing the three starting linebackers, James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey.
Anthony and Christian have a shot to start for the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns respectively.
Quinton Alston (6-1, 232) played as a true freshman, saw action in all 13 games last year and was Academic All-Big Ten as a junior.

Spartans are ready to run

SOLON– A good turnout for both the boys and girls cross country teams has coach Emy Williams optimistic as the 2014 season gets underway. Williams, with 13 seasons in the books, has four senior letter-winners back for the girls and three for the boys.

2014 Optimist Fishing Derby

The Solon Optimist Fishing Derby was held July 19 during Beef Days with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. at Brosh’s Pond. The event was emceed and run by Doug Thompson. Terry Krob performed the paperwork of registering the entrants and tallying the fish they caught. President Chris Mottinger, member Tony Ulch and nonmember Matt Blinks measured and relayed the catch information to Terry. Marv Stastny assisted and took pictures. Joanne Ulch did the advertising, and got the fishing poles and worms. Denny Gruber caught and stocked the pond with some good-sized catfish.

Coach’s bump puts Clippers volleyball under new leadership for 2014 season

TIFFIN– It may be rough sailing for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as the varsity volleyball season gets underway without Brian Bronzynski at the helm.
Bronzynski was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year after his teaching position was cut, and he was told the CCA district would not offer him the coaching contract without a teaching position. This was in the wake of his wife Karla being diagnosed with cancer, and Bronzynski taking time away from school to be with her during treatment.

Five starters to lead Women of Troy

Iowa City West High girls cross country ready for action

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IOWA CITY– Five starters will lead the way on the cross country courses for the West High Women of Troy this season as the squad defends its 2013 Conference and Regional Championships.
Seniors Emmie Skopec and Maria Burtch, with sophomores Olivia Moore and Jessie and Gabby Skopec, return to the lineup for 2014. Burtch finished 77th at the State Meet in 16:12.1, Emmie Skopec was 32nd in 15:16.7. Moore completed the State Meet in 88th place in 16:24.1; Jessie Skopec was 25th (and second for West) in 15:07.2 while Gabby Skopec was 50th in 15:34.3.