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Sports

Gunnells wins Drake shot put crown

DES MOINES– They say to save your best for last.
Solon’s Shelby Gunnells took the old axiom literally and popped a career-best on her final throw at the 2014 Drake Relays to win the girls high school shot put competition.

Lady Spartans blank West Delaware, Anamosa

SOLON– Solon’s Lady Spartans started last week off winning their second home soccer game of the season against West Delaware with a shut out score of 10-0 with 6 minutes still remaining in the second half.
The addition of two freshmen to the starting varsity roster has proven that this season’s team is on its way to a winning season.
Freshman Josie Durr and Junior Emma Moss dominated the scoreboard with four goals each. Senior Anna Seydel contributed two goals. Credit for assists went to Ali Herdliska, Jade Flansburg, Anna Seydel and Nicole Oberthien.

Snider wins gold at 2014 North American fencing cup

MINNEAPOLIS– Maggie Snider of Solon competed in the USA Fencing North American Cup, taking first place in the Division 2 Women’s Epee event.
Division 2 is an open division with an age minimum (13 years), but no age maximum. The event included top youth, college and adult fencers from around the country. At 13, Snider is the youngest fencer to win the event in over a decade.

Spartans take down Western Dubuque in overtime

Solon defeats Anamosa, West Delaware

SOLON– After a loss to the No. 2 team in Class 1A, the varsity soccer boys have reeled off three in a row to move above .500.
Shay Croy scored the winning goal in with 6:47 remaining in overtime against Western Dubuque Tuesday in a constant drizzle, giving the Spartans a 1-0 win.
Croy rebounded a shot by Adam Nelson-Ockenfels, which escaped the grasp of Western Dubuque goalie McKade Bockenstedt and came back into play.
The victory moves the Solon boys’ record to 6-5.

Clipper girls 5-0 with win over Benton Community

TIFFIN– And a freshman shall lead them.
Hannah Bormann, a freshman on the varsity squad for Clear Creek Amana’s soccer team, led the Clippers to a 7-0 win last Tuesday evening (April 22) at home against Benton Community with three goals.
The Clippers’ first goal came with 28 minutes left in the first half as Kelsey Hall scored on a free kick. Not even a minute later, Bormann dribbled right past the shell-shocked Bobcat keeper to score for a 2-0 lead at the break.

West High Trojans stuff Cedar Falls Tigers 4-0

IOWA CITY– The pitch was waterlogged as a cold and continuous rain fell upon it last Thursday, April 24. In other words, it was a perfect evening for the West High Trojans to go on a tiger hunt; Cedar Falls Tigers, to be specific.

NL Babe Ruth baseball organizes league for older players

A new game in town

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– You never outgrow your love for baseball.
That’s why organizers of the Tri-County North Babe Ruth League added yet opportunity for older players; now, boys 16 to 18 years old can suit up and take the field all summer long.

Boys’ 4x800, Gardarsson and Welch are top-5 finishers

West well-represented at Drake

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High track and field programs were well represented last weekend at the 2014 Drake Relays with athletes competing in nearly 20 events between the Trojans and Women of Troy.

CCA’s Bandy, Murray pick up wins at Gruber relays in Solon

North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s boy’s track and field team placed fifth in team points Tuesday, April 22, at the Denny Gruber Relays in Solon. The host Spartans won the meet with 137 points, the Clippers had 67 and Davenport Assumption rounded out the eight-team field with 23 points.
Jack Murray won the 1,600-meter run in 4:38.49 and was second in the 800-meter run while Tanner Bandy took the win in the high jump finals by clearing 5’10. Bandy also had second-place showings in the 200 and 400-meter dashes.

CCA results:

Spring Football

Hawk Talk

This is the fourth story on spring football.
This week I’ll look at the linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.

Linebackers

The Hawkeyes have to replace three really good linebackers.
James Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey combined to start 104 games in the last four years.
None of the three red shirted and they totaled 985 career tackles.
The first time I saw James play was his junior year at Solon.
James was an all-state running back and all-state linebacker.

Solon Girls send four to Drake Relays

Lady Spartans second at Jesse Day Relays

SOLON– Strong throws and strong sprinters boosted first and second place team finishes in two meets last week and helped send four Solon girls high school entries to the Drake Relays this week.
The Relays annually features the top college and world entries in track and field, but with an Iowa flavor. They have always included an Iowa high school program– even a grade school shuttle relay on the infield– to promote visibility of the sport over the three-day festival. Over 18,000 fans sell out Drake Stadium at $40 a ticket every ‘Relays Saturday’ for the final day of competition.

Jason Pershing picked as head basketball coach

Hoops head hired

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Pershing as head boys basketball coach (pending school board approval). Coach Pershing debuts as a varsity head coach after successful assistant coaching experiences at Xavier, Linn Mar, C.R. Washington, Coe College, and most recently at Mt. Vernon.