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Jeff Hess

Solon turns to Anamosas Lucas Stanton as head coach of Spartans

SOLON– A bit overshadowed by the fluid situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, March 12, is a day echoing in the halls of Spartan history as Head Coach Kevin Miller’s stepped away from the football limelight to focus on his family.
Friday, May 1, with Miller’s steps fading in those hallowed halls, the next chapter was revealed as Lucas Stanton, a former Mount Vernon alum who coached the last three seasons at Anamosa, received the nod as the Spartans’ new head coach.

Coach McMurrin and Spartans’ soccer hoped for a season prior to spring sports cancellation

SOLON– After a couple postponements, the spring sports season held promise for the Solon boys’ soccer team as the Iowa High School Athletic Association began preparations for a spring season pending the return of students May 1.
Head Coach Jeremy McMurrin took a few minutes on April 13 to correspond about his hopes for the coming varsity schedule, regardless of how abbreviated.

High school baseball and softball schedules adjusted

DES MOINES – The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the high school baseball and softball seasons.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IHSAU) jointly moved the first days of practice for both sports to May 18 and the first day of competition to June 1 based upon the assumption Iowa high schools will resume classes on May 1. The postseason series for both sports currently remain unaltered a with the state softball tournament July 20-24 and the state baseball series July 24- Aug. 1.
Other items of note in the announcement include:

Jeff Walker named interim head volleyball coach

SOLON– Solon High School Activities Director Casey Hack took to Twitter to announce Jeff Walker as head volleyball coach.
“Pending School Board approval help me welcome Jeff Walker as Interim Head Volleyball Coach at Solon HS. Jeff is excited to lead our volleyball program and create a dynamic atmosphere. #solonstrong,” the Tweet read.
“Jeff did a great job as our sophomore coach here a couple years ago and he is familiar with the program,” Hack commented via email. “Jeff has a lot of experience coaching volleyball at every level.
“We are excited for him to lead our program,” Hack added.

With a season pending, Spartan track team remains poised

SOLON– Supported by an experienced coaching staff, the boys’ track and field team maintains its focus on the delayed 2020 season.
Head Coach Mark Sovers took a few moments to share his anticipation of the season and maintained his commitment to providing a unique opportunity for his team to develop and grow closer to the best version of who they are as an athlete, and most importantly a person. It’s been his focus throughout his 24 years teaching and coaching the track and field program at Solon High School.

With a season pending, Spartan track team remains poised

SOLON– Supported by an experienced coaching staff, the boys’ track and field team maintains its focus on the delayed 2020 season.
Head Coach Mark Sovers took a few moments to share his anticipation of the season and maintained his commitment to providing a unique opportunity for his team to develop and grow closer to the best version of who they are as an athlete, and most importantly a person. It’s been his focus throughout his 24 years teaching and coaching the track and field program at Solon High School.

Solon football schedule released for fall 2020

2020 football schedule offers something to ponder other than the pandemic

DES MOINES– With the predicament weighing heavy due to the spread of COVID-19, the Iowa State High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the fall season football schedules to offer the public something to take their minds off the threat and provide something to look forward to.

Lady Spartan Soccer Head Coach Paulson hopes for a spring season

Lady Spartans’ JV and varsity soccer rosters delayed due to COVID-19

SOLON– Although the season start is still up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lady Spartans’ soccer team is at home on the edge of their seats.
With the delay of the Lady Spartans’ opening game, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., at Spartan Stadium against the Liberty High Ligthning on Friday, March 27, due to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recommendation, the season holds many questions. Not the least of which is the naming of the varsity and junior varsity (JV) rosters, according to Head Coach Amanda Paulson.

Lady Spartan Holtkamp named to Print Sports Writers 3rd Team

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), founded in February of 2018 to carry on the tradition of newspapers selecting all-state teams for Iowa high school sports, announced its 2020 Girls Basketball All-State Teams on Tuesday, March 10.
Class 5A, West Des Moines Dowling Catholic senior Caitlin Clark was named IPSWA Miss Iowa Basketball 2020. The honor was conveyed after she averaged 33.7 points per game (scoring more than 2,500 points in her career) and shooting 50.9 percent from the field, while making 84 three-pointers.

Lady Spartans continue receiving accolades

Holtkamp, Levin, LaDage and Holubar receive additional recognition

SOLON– It may be a few weeks divorced from the Lady Spartans’ exit from the postseason, but the recognition of the Lady Spartans’ performance continues.
The WaMaC Conference East Division released its selection of conference players and several Lady Spartans received recognition as part of their 2019-2020 campaign which ended with a 9-13 overall record, 5-7 in the WaMaC East.
Sophomore Kaia Holtkamp was selected for the 2019-2020 WaMaC East All-Conference Girls Basketball First Team.

Lady Spartans’ Holtkamp and Holubar recognized for season performances

Two Lady Spartans receive postseason recognition

SOLON– Following the Lady Spartans basketball team’s exit from the postseason, with a final season record of 9-13, following a 64-55 loss, at home, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, some tears were shed after the young team showed great improvement in only its second season under Head Coach Jamie Smith.

Vikettes end Lady Spartans season, 64-55

Lady Spartans end season with 9-13 record

SOLON– After a season of ups and downs, the final game of the Lady Spartans’ 9-13 basketball season revealed the maturity and grace of an improving program, up from 3-18 last year, following the 64-55 Class 3A Region 5 quarterfinal defeat at the hands of the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Solon High School.
The Vikettes built a scant five-point lead in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans tenacity coming courtesy of late buckets by sophomores Ava Stebral and MaKinley “Mak” Levin, Vinton Shellsburg 16, Solon 11.