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Sports

Indians take win from Spartans in OT

Bluder drops 30 points in high-scoring loss

MARION– The Spartans built a lead, but the Indians whittled away.
It took an extra period, but Marion pulled away from Solon with an 83-76 win in Marion Jan. 3.
“It was a great game, both teams left it all on the floor,” noted Solon Head Coach Matt Lesan. “Got to give Marion a ton of credit for making the plays down the stretch. I was proud of our effort, though, we had our chances to win the game.”
The Spartans built a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Indians chipped away.
Solon led 34-30 at the half and the margin was down to 53-52 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lady Spartans swarmed by Indians 50-18 to open 2020

Solon holds No. 2 Marion to lowest total this season

MARION– Although the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team opened the 2020 portion of the season on the road suffering a 50-18 loss to the No. 2 (Class 4A) Marion Indians on Friday, Jan. 3, their defense held the Indians to their lowest scoring total yet this season.
Undefeated Marion met Solon having outscored its prior opponents significantly: Benton by 37 points (61-24), Williamsburg by 33 (78-45), South Tama by 83 (95-12), Clear Creek Amana by 29 (59-30), Vinton-Shellsburg by 30 points (73-43) and Maquoketa by 12 points (72-60).
Solon held Marion to just 50 points.

Wrestlers win Solon Duals

Spartans run the table at home tournament

SOLON– The Spartans ran the table.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers went 5-0 at their own Solon Duals Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Spartans opened with a 54-30 victory over Midland and racked up wins against Muscatine (41-32), Vinton-Shellsburg (60-18) and Keokuk (65-18) before taking down Anamosa in the championship, 59-24.

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.

The Creek rises over the Raiders in doubleheader

Stratton and Withrow lead CCA in girl-boy wins over Williamsburg

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School celebrated the New Year with a varsity basketball sweep of rival Williamsburg Friday, Jan. 3, at home. The Creek Girls had no trouble rolling past the Raiders to a 62-36 win while the Creek Boys had a tough battle throughout, pulling out a 58-56 victory.

Wahawks overrun the Bolts

Telander leads Liberty boys in 52-32 loss to Waterloo West

WATERLOO– Liberty High’s varsity boys basketball team opened 2020 with its second loss of the season Friday, Jan. 3, on the road at Waterloo West. The Wahawks soared past the Lightning 52-32 and improved to 6-1 while dropping the “Bolts” to 4-2.
West took a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 21-14 halftime advantage. The Wahawks outscored Liberty 16-6 in the third period to take a 37-20 lead into the final quarter. The Bolts had their best effort in the fourth with a dozen points, but the Wahawks’ lead held.

No. 9 Wahawks overpower the Lightning’s ladies, 64-24

NORTH LIBERTY– The Waterloo West Wahawks, the No. 9 varsity girls’ team in Class 5A per Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) Thursday, Jan. 2, weekly rankings, overpowered the Liberty High Lightning Friday, Jan. 3, at Liberty. West defeated the “Bolts” 64-26, improving to 8-1 and dropping un-ranked Liberty to 1-7.

West sweeps the Golden Eagles off the lanes

CCA’s Roberson and Ripperton, and Liberty’s Jones help lead IC West past Wahlert Catholic

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Trojan and Women of Troy bowling squads opened 2020 on a winning note as they swept the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School off the lanes Friday, Jan. 3, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.
West’s varsity boys won 2,303 to 2,298 with Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson the runner-up with 334 behind individual winner Will Kamentz of Wahlert (340). Liberty High’s Robert Jones won the junior varsity (JV) match and led the team to a 2,228 to 1,810 victory.

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 5th at Fort Madison Invitational

Taylor, Gnida and Flynn take 1st

FORT MADISON– Powered by three individual champions, Solon’s varsity wrestlers placed fifth in the 18-team Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 20-21.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds), Zeb Gnida (152) and Jax Flynn (170) provided 154 of the Spartans’ 374 points with first-place finishes.
Twelve Solon wrestlers earned points in the two-day tournament heading into the holiday break.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the team title with 487 points, with Dubuque Hempstead (421.5) and host Fort Madison (421) neck and neck for runner-up. New London edged Solon out of fourth place by seven points.

Liberty girls end 2019 1-6

City High soars past the Lightning, 87-31

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls’ basketball squad ended 2019 on a sour note. The City High Little Hawks flew by them for an 87-31 win on Friday, Dec. 20. City took a commanding 30-8 lead in the first quarter and held a 54-16 halftime advantage. The Little Hawks pounded in 22 points in the third, holding the Lightning to only six, for a 76-22 lead going into the final period.
The loss dropped the Bolts to 1-6. It was Liberty’s second consecutive loss after a Dec. 13 win on the road against Waterloo East.

Creek Boys drop rough one to Stormin Pointers

CPU snaps CCA win streak with 57-37 loss

CENTER POINT The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys dipped to 4-3 as the Stormin Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) snapped the Clippers four-game winning streak Friday, Dec. 20, in Center Point. The Pointers defeated the Creek Boys, 57-37, in a game marred by the ejection of the Clippers student section by the officials in response to shouts of bull s*** by the students voicing their objection to foul calls.