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May 16th, 2019

Girls run away with regional title, set their sights on state

Lady Spartans build 75-point lead to win regional title

VAN HORNE- The falling darkness could not hide her wide smile, as Erin Kerkhoff approached the finish line. She anchored the 4x400 relay- the last event at Solon’s state qualifying track meet, May 10, in Van Horne. Having run two earlier 400s, and then the 4x100, 10 minutes prior, it was not her fastest 400. Still, she had enough to cross first, to help log another Solon entry in this week’s Class 3A state meet.

May 9th

Creek Girls’ season turns 180-degrees from last year

CCA soccer improved from 2-7 to 7-2

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ soccer program had a 2-7 start to the 2018 season and this year improved to 7-2 in a reversal of last year’s fortunes.
The Independence Mustangs handed the Clippers their second loss of the season on Tuesday, April 23, with a 2-1 loss, in Tiffin. Ellen Austin scored the Creek Girls’ only goal in the contest, which saw Indee score in the first minute of each half with the Clippers struggling unsuccessfully to find an equalizer.

IHSAA announces postseason changes

Football and wrestling to see state tournament qualifying adjustments

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced changes to postseason state tournament qualifying Thursday, April 25. The association instituted new qualifying procedures in 2018-19 for football and wrestling, and the board of control met on Wednesday, April 24, to tweak those based on recommendations from sport advisory committees ahead of the 2019-20 postseasons.

Boys 8th at WaMaC Conference Super Meet

Lensing wins shot put, Flansburg second, Diersen third in discus

DeWITT– The Solon Spartans’ boys track and field team competed in the WaMaC Conference Super Meet at Central DeWitt High School and emerged as a team eighth in the 14-team field on Thursday, May 2. The Spartans scored 55.5 team points at the meet, bested by champion Marion with 95, Mount Vernon with 89, Clear Creek Amana with 87, Benton Community with 85, Williamsburg with 83, Vinton-Shellsburg with 63.5 and Center Point-Urbana with 61. South Tama (36), Central DeWitt (30), Beckman (29) Maquoketa (14), West Delaware (10), and Independence (3) completed the competitors.

Tear-jerker penalty kick loss to Raiders

Lady Spartans fall, 2-1, to Williamsburg

SOLON– The Lady Spartans knocked on the door but got turned away as a result of a shootout after 100 minutes of play in Spartan Stadium on Thursday, May 2, losing 2-1 to the visiting Williamsburg Raiders.

May 2nd

Solon boys win 5th in a row

Spartans shut out Mustangs, 4-0

SOLON- Solon’s boys were on the attack against Mount Vernon.
The varsity soccer team dropped the Mustangs to 2-8 on the season with a 4-0 shut out at Spartan Stadium Friday, April 26.
The Spartans kept Mount Vernon keeper Zach Kolker busy all match. Kolker recorded 24 saves against four goals allowed.
Two of those goals belonged to Solon senior Luke Yetley, with seniors Jorel Justus and Ben McAtee adding one each. Senior Drew Bruck, senior Luke McInnis (two) and sophomore Gabe Yetley were credited with assists.
Senior Ian Johnson recorded two saves in goal for the shutout.

Solon 5th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys track and field team rolled into Tiffin on Thursday, April 25, after the cancellation of the Maquoketa Valley meet earlier in the week due to weather, ready to compete at Clear Creek Amana High School.
Even with some team members competing at the Drake Relays for the weekend, the Spartans captured a consistent fifth-place showing.

Liberty girls shut out Fort Madison, 3-0

Lightning improves to 4-3

FORT MADISON– The Liberty High varsity girls’ soccer team improved to 4-3 Monday, April 22, with a 3-0 shutout of the Fort Madison Bloodhounds, in a non-conference game, at the Baxter Sports Complex, in Fort Madison.
Two of the Bolts’ goals came from a pair of freshmen, Grace Heddens and Emma Wilde. Junio Briana Ervin scored, as well, while sophomore Rylie Baldes had an assist.

Solon girls win second in a row

Cardinals dispatched by Lady Spartans, 2-0

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans’ first of two home games of the week, on Tuesday, April 23, Solon dispatched the Maquoketa Cardinals, 2-0, to move to .500 on the season. The win was the second in a row for the Lady Spartans, who appear to be building momentum on offense cresting the halfway point of the season.

Keeney makes history for the Lightning on the Blue Oval

CCA and Liberty High results from the 2019 Drake Relays

DES MOINES- Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney made school history with her effort in the 3,000-meter run Thursday, April 25, at the 2019 Drake Relays in Des Moines. A freshman, Keeney won the event in 9:39.64, making her the first Liberty High student athlete to win at the Drake Relays, and also setting the fastest time for a freshman in state history. Her time is also the eighth-fastest in the United States, ever, by a freshman. Keeney was also the runner-up in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.99.