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Sports

Offense Preview

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a three-part story on Hawkeye football.
Last week I looked at the special teams, the quarterbacks and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and running backs.
The offensive line should be one of the strengths of the team, especially when you have Brandon Scherff back for his senior year.
Brandon checks in at 6-5, 320 pounds and is on everybody’s preseason All-American teams.
It was the best news of the of season last year when he said, “I’ll be back.”

Lady Spartans move to 3A with an eye on WaMaC title

SOLON– After being the runner-up team the past two years in the State Class 4A volleyball tournament, the Lady Spartans have dropped back to Class 3A for the 2014 season.
A 3-0 regional final win over Clear Creek Amana sent the Spartans to the state tournament where they knocked off Indianola 3-1, and Davenport Assumption 3-0 before falling 3-1 to Harlan in the championship last November. This season, coach Peter Gustin (in his third year with the program) returns three senior starters: Taylor Nearad, Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith.

2014 Solon Varsity Volleyball Schedule

Thurs. Aug. 28 AT Clear Creek Amana 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Sept. 4 Home Vs. Mount Vernon 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 6 AT CR Washington tournament 9 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 11 Home Vs. Williamsburg 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 13 AT Linn-Mar tournament 9 a.m.
Tues. Sept. 16 Home Vs. Maquoketa 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 23 AT Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 7:30 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 30 AT Western Dubuque, Epworth 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 4 AT Mount Vernon Tournament 9 a.m.
Tues. Oct. 7 Home Vs. Central Clinton, DeWitt 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 9 Home Vs. West Delaware 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 11 AT CR Jefferson Tournament 9 a.m.

Booster Club Golf Outing nets over $8,000 for weight room

The Solon Athletic Booster Club Golf Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s event one of the best ever. We were able to raise over $8,000 to be used toward weight room equipment. Special recognition goes out to the following sponsors:

Solon Sports Drink Scrimmage Aug. 22

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will host its Fall Sports Kick Off and Sports Drink Scrimmage Friday, Aug. 22, at Spartan Stadium beginning at 5 p.m.
Admission is a free-will donation of sports drinks.
The concession stand will offer a brown bag special of a hotdog or burger, chips and a drink for $3. Come and join the club for the start of the fall season. Team photographs will start at 3:15 p.m. Information will also be available for people in attendance to learn more about the Solon Athletic Booster Club and volunteer activities.

A new era for Trojan football

New head coach, field and competition for 2014

IOWA CITY– The 2014 high school football season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 29, and for the West High Trojans, it will be the start of a new era on three counts.
First, after six seasons, head coach Brian Sauser has left the program for a position in Oklahoma. Sauser has been replaced by one of his assistants, Garrett Hartwig. Second, the old grass gridiron has been torn out and replaced by synthetic turf.
Third, the Trojans will no longer compete within the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC), but instead in Class 4A district play.

Women of Troy welcome new volleyball coach for 2014

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– On April 2, Kathy Bresnahan dropped a bomb when she announced via social media that she was retiring, effective immediately, from coaching the highly successful varsity volleyball program after 22 years and two tours of duty (1987-1999 and 2005-2013).
Bresnahan’s teams racked up a 584-184 record and a pair of Class 4A state championships in 2010 and 2011, as well as a runner-up in 2009. She led her squad to seven state tournaments as well as multiple Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) championships.

Clippers ready to set sail on the trails

CCA cross country returns two seniors, state qualifiers

TIFFIN– 2013 was a good year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity cross country team. Coach Jane Astor is looking for a repeat at the least, and perhaps an even better finish this year.
Astor, in her 23rd season with the Clippers, also coaches the girls’ varsity team along with assistant Ben Robison.

Special Teams

Hawk Talk

Media day was last Monday and the next three weeks I’ll be breaking down the special teams, the offense and defense.
I’m starting with the special teams this year because Iowa has to replace one of the best kickers ever to play for the Hawkeyes... Mike Meyer.
The 6-2, 190-pound player from Dubuque finished second in career field goals (61) and career scoring (324 points).
Only Nate Kaeding did better with 67 field goals and 373 total points.
Mike also set a school record with 122 straight PATs. Nate held the record with 60 straight.

Solon football opens Aug. 29 hosting Regina

SOLON– Kevin Miller and his Solon Spartans varsity football team have their work cut out for them as the 2014 season quickly approaches.
“In my opinion, this is the toughest district in the state,” Miller said. The Spartans are in Class 3A, District 4 along with Central Clinton-DeWitt, Western Dubuque, Maquoketa, Marion, Dubuque Wahlert and Cedar Rapids Xavier. “From top to bottom there doesn’t appear to be a weak opponent. Every week we are going to prepare to play at the highest level.”

2014 Solon Varsity Football Schedule

Friday, Aug. 29 Home vs. IC Regina
Friday, Sept. 5 at Mount Vernon
Friday, Sept. 12 at CR Xavier
Friday, Sept. 19 Home vs. Marion
Friday, Sept. 26 Home vs. Washington
Friday, Oct. 3 at Central Clinton, DeWitt
Friday, Oct. 10 Home vs. Maquoketa
Friday, Oct. 17 at Western Dubuque
Friday, Oct. 24 Home vs. Dubuque Wahlert

Trojans looking for a fun (and successful) cross country season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Brian Martz has seen a lot in 26 years of coaching, including 10 at Iowa City West. This year, however, Martz has more reasons to smile than ever.
“I’m excited for this freshman class,” he said. “This is the largest group we’ve had for several years now, and there is some talent among them.” The multitude of underclassmen join a program led by six seniors, two juniors and a sophomore.