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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans squeak out 46-42 win over West Delaware

First road win of 2020

MANCHESTER– The Lady Spartans squeaked out a four-point road victory, 46-42, over the West Delaware Hawks for their first travel triumph of 2020 on Monday, Jan. 13, in Manchester.
The varsity girls’ basketball matchup was postponed from Friday, Jan. 10.
It was a dead heat for both teams at the end of the first quarter, knotted at 11-all. The Hawks put up another 11 points to Solon’s four in the second quarter for a 22-15 lead at the half.
Solon bested West Delaware, 14-10, in the third quarter, cutting the Hawks’ lead to 32-29 to start the final period.

Lady Spartans claim 33-17 victory over Mustangs, first since 2009

SOLON– Highway 1 rival Mount Vernon visited Solon on Tuesday, Jan. 7, for the first of two varsity girls’ basketball match ups between the two teams in the span of 14 days. The Mustangs galloped back home reeling, 33-17, courtesy of a stout Lady Spartan defensive effort. It was the first time the Lady Spartans’ basketball team emerged victorious facing the Mustangs since Dec. 11, 2009.
“Game was about what I was expecting,” Head Coach Jamie Smith commented. “Rivalry game, two teams playing hard. The last four minutes of the first quarter was well played by us.”

Several Spartans named to Your Prep Sports All-Decade Football Team

Coons, Bock, Linderbaum brothers, Ferguson, Flansburg and Koehn receive recognition

IOWA CITY– YourPrepSports.com released its All-Decade Football Team, in an article posted by Ryan Murken on Sunday, Dec. 29, and several Solon Spartan football players made the cut.

Lady Spartans bid adieu to 2019 with 54-47 win

Solon defeats one-loss Beckman at home

SOLON– “A win tonight would make Christmas stuffing taste better,” Assistant Coach Jim Smith said on Friday night, Dec. 20, in the heat of the fourth quarter during a varsity basketball game between the Lady Spartans and the Beckman Trailblazers.
Solon hung on, following a one-point deficit, 18-17, in the first quarter, to build a seven-point lead at the half, 30-23. A tight battle in the third quarter, during which Beckman rallied to outscore Solon, 15-11, to trail, 41-38, before the Lady Spartans rebounded to triumph, 54-47, over a previously 6-1 Trailblazer team.

Solon threatens but Central DeWitt triumphs

Closer than appeared, Lady Spartans fall to Sabers, 55-39

SOLON– The Lady Spartans hosted the 6-0 Central DeWitt Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Solon High School, their second game in as many days and they turned in a solid performance closing within eight points of Central DeWitt on numerous occasions before falling, 55-39.
Central DeWitt amassed a 15-0 lead when Solon took a second timeout, with a few ticks over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The timeout discussion worked as Solon stopped the hemorrhaging and scored its first points of the game, trailing 15-2 at the end of the first period.

Lady Spartans break Mustangs, 60-12

Solon 2-2 on season after defeating Independence

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team moved to 2-2 on the season following a 60-12 breaking of the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at home. Both Solon and Independence entered the fracas with 1-2 records but it was Independence who left the gym sadly disappointed. It was a banner night for the Lady Spartan program as the junior varsity team was also victorious earlier in the evening, 42-25.

Flynn, Shive and Poynton receive overdue recognition

Cam Miller named Your Prep Sports 2019 Player of Year

IOWA CITY– Yourprepsports.com, a website providing prep sports coverage in Johnson and Cedar Counties in Iowa, named Solon Spartan linebacker Jax Flynn its 2019 Defensive Captain, and provided some overdue recognition of Flynn’s performance this season, while naming its 2019 Your Prep Sports Area Football Team. Fellow Spartans Carson Shive and Seamus Poynton received recognition, as well.

Solon outlasts Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-47, in home opener

SOLON– The Lady Spartans basketball team claimed its first win of the season in their house, 51-47, over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes in a crowded Solon High School gymnasium Friday, Dec. 6. The home stands were well populated as Solon hosted its home opener.

Solon Spartans recognized as Gazette 2019 All-Area players

Cam-Coons Connection, Broghammer and Andregg continue to receive recognition for football performance

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids-based daily print newspaper and online news source, recognized several Solon Spartan football players as members of its 2019 Gazette All-Area Football Team in a Friday, Dec. 6, publication.

Four Spartan football players named All-State First Team selections

Cam-Coons Connection named to All-State First Team Offense with Broghammer, Andregg named to First Team Defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018, named its All-State Team selections for Iowa High School Football.
Cam Miller, A.J. Coons, Michael Broghammer and Jace Andregg were named for their performances catapulting the Spartans to the Class 3A championship game against the Western Dubuque Bobcats earning them the state runner-up title and a 12-1 season record.

CCA clips Lady Spartans, 58-43, in season opener on road

Lady Spartans basketball, young but experienced

TIFFIN– Lady Spartan Basketball Head Coach Jamie Smith, in his second season, is going to lean on the entire team, following a 3-18 showing last season.
“I think they all hold leadership capabilities,” Coach Smith commented.
Solon returns letter winners sophomores Makinley Levin (5-9), Kaia Holtkamp (5-7), Ava Stebral, (5-5), Jada Buffington (5-7), Emma Bock (5-6) and Elly Holubar (5-7). The lone returning senior is Jenna LaDage (5-9).
Newcomers to the varsity roster this season include senior Aira Foster (5-8), freshmen Hillary Wilson, (5-6) and Claire LaDage (5-8).

Heartache at the UNI-Dome

Spartans upended by Bobcats, 37-17, in 3A title game

CEDAR FALLS– Some stories end in joyous celebration, others reinforce resolve.
The Spartans, arguably one of the smallest Class 3A school football teams, entered the UNI-Dome on Thursday evening, Nov. 21, sporting a record of 12-0 to meet an equally tested adversary, one of the largest Class 3A teams, in the Western Dubuque Epworth Bobcats. Someone would have to leave without a perfect season.
Although the Spartans battled for 48 minutes, they failed to “Check the Final Box,” as the pole barn proverb south of town beckoned.
The Spartans fell before a very disciplined Bobcat team, 37-17.