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Sports

Spartans handle Golden Eagles

Solon finishes regular season with 28-12 win; Davenport Assumption next as playoffs begin

SOLON– The Solon Spartans didn’t rack up the points this week, but the one-two punch of Brandon Kramer and Brandan Childs (with a dash of Connor Ham) rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense in a 28-12 win over Dubuque Wahlert Friday in Solon.
The Solon football team moved to 8-1, but will turn around quickly as the Class 3A playoffs were scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 29, with the Spartans hosting Davenport Assumption (5-4). Assumption comes into the game having lost two of its last three games, including a 45-27 loss at Washington Friday.

Solon falls to West Delaware in WaMaC championship

Lady Spartans defeat Tipton in the first round of playoffs; Northeast Goose Lake comes to town Thursday night

SOLON– For the last three years, Solon has been West Delaware’s Achilles’ heel.
Now it’s their chance to return the favor.
The No. 2 team in Class 4A defeated the No. 2 team in Class 3A in the WaMaC tournament championship Oct. 21 in Mount Vernon.
West Delaware defeated Solon 2-0, with the second set going all the way to 31-29.
The Lady Spartans won the conference tournament the three previous years, each time defeating the Hawks, although West Delaware prevented Solon from claiming the regular season title the last two seasons.

No trip to state for cross country teams

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– Going in to their state qualifying meets, Solon’s cross country teams knew they were up against several ranked schools as they tried to grab one of three team slots or a top-10 individual finish in the Class 3A state meet lineup this weekend.
Unfortunately, the rankings held true.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished sixth in the Oct. 23 qualifier.

Senior Night sweep

IOWA CITY– Defense made the difference, said West High coach Randy Dolson. His Women of Troy swept Cedar Rapids Prairie 3-0 in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match Tuesday, Oct. 21, at home. The win sweetened Senior Night where Madi Miller, Mikaela Morgan and Laynie Whitehead were honored for their contributions to West High volleyball.
West came from behind to take the first set 25-20 and overcame a late deficit to take the second set 25-22. The Women of Troy dominated the third set 25-12 for the win.

The fog of (gridiron) war

IOWA CITY– A 21-7 lead vaporized into the mist of a foggy night for the West High Trojans as they fell 38-24 to the Pleasant Valley (PV) Spartans Friday, Oct. 24, at home. The loss was doubly bitter for the Trojans as the Spartans claimed the Class 4A District 7 championship (with a 4-0 record in district play and 6-3 record overall), and did so on West High’s Senior Night.

Fairfield wins 27-14 to finish CCA’s regular season

A setback for the Clippers

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FAIRFIELD– The Trojans of Fairfield pulled off a 27-14 upset win over the district champion Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Oct. 24, to end the regular season. The win improved the Trojans to 4-2 in Class 3A District 5 (5-4 overall) while the Clippers dropped to 5-1 and 7-2.
The Trojans found the end zone first, scoring with three seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 29-yard pass and a successful extra point. They extended their 7-0 lead late in the second quarter with a 2-yard run and successful kick with 1:32 left in the half.

Douglass to represent Clear Creek Amana at state X-Country

Boys fourth, girls 12th at qualifying meet in Solon

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SOLON­– Eric Douglass, a junior, will be the sole Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper running in the state cross country meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 1, in Fort Dodge. Douglas posted a time of 16:57, good for eighth place, in a Class 3A state qualifying meet held Thursday, Oct. 23, in Solon.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals advance to the state meet.

Women of Troy win state XC qualifying meet

Skopec wins girls meet, Borde takes boys for Trojan runners

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CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy and West High Trojans will be competing in the 2014 Class 4A state cross country meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 1, at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
Both squads won their qualifying meets Thursday, Oct. 23, in Cedar Falls in a format that advances the top three teams and top 10 individuals.

A little short

Hawk Talk

When I did the preseason schedule and Maryland was on it, I have to admit I don’t ever remember seeing the Terrapins play football.
The preseason magazines said they had some great wide receivers, a good quarterback and a great kicking game. They were right!
I thought Maryland would score against the Hawks, but I also thought Iowa could score against them.
I was kind of right as the Maryland offense scored 31 points, Iowa scored 31 but a pick-six by the Terrapins ended up being the difference in the game; Maryland 38, Iowa 31.
Dropped passes, penalties and poor tackling.

Spartans run over Western Dubuque’s unbeaten district record

Hopes for district title still alive

EPWORTH– Once again, offense, defense and special teams helped the Solon football team to a big win.
The Spartans traveled to Epworth Friday for a showdown with Western Dubuque and came away with a 55-26 win, setting up a three-way tie atop the Class 3A District 4 standings going into the final week of the regular season.
Western Dubuque entered the game unbeaten in the district, having upset Cedar Rapids Xavier 7-6 in week six. Solon’s lone loss of the season came at Xavier in week three, a 28-0 shut out.
Since then, the Spartans have outscored their opponents, 221-64.

Solon to host state qualifier Oct. 23

XC girls finish fifth at WaMaC meet

IOWA CITY– A tough field faces Solon’s girls, as state qualifying cross country meets are held around the state this week. Only the top three teams– and top 10 individual runners– from each class move on to the Nov. 1 state meet in Fort Dodge.
The Lady Spartans face four ranked schools in 3A, but teams they have run against this season. Solon– ranked in the top-15 for several weeks earlier this season– would have to knock off at least two... and hold off any late season surprise team... to return to state.

Boys ninth at conference, district next

IOWA CITY– It was Mount Vernon’s race to win or lose, and the Mustangs responded with four top-10 runners at the WaMaC cross country meet Oct. 16 to stride away with the title. Mount Vernon’s 40 points– the totaled places of its top five runners– provided a comfortable margin at the University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City.