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Sports

Lady Spartans coming closer

Beckman, West Delaware still deliver 3-0 sweeps

SOLON– WaMaC powerhouses Beckman Catholic and West Delaware took 3-0 wins from Solon’s varsity volleyball team last week.
But the Lady Spartans’ scores keep creeping up.
Beckman, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A and atop the WaMaC East standings came to Solon Oct. 1 for the conference sweep, while the Lady Spartans traveled to Manchester Oct. 3 to face the fifth-ranked (4A) Hawks.
Beckman rolled (25-12, 25-14, 25-18), but Solon came closer on the road against West Delaware (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).

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Spartans exorcize Demons, 35-20, in another late-game rally

28-point late game rally pushes Spartans past Demons, 35-20

WASHINGTON– After a first half leaving some Solon fans scratching their heads on Friday, Oct. 4, the Spartans, No. 4 ranked in Class 3A, scored 28 unanswered points in the Demons’ lair, Case Field in Washington, to triumph, 35-20. The Spartans remain undefeated at 6-0 for the season and 2-0 in district play.

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Third place, but what a finish for Lady Spartan XC

WILLIAMSBURG– The rankings proved true. Mid-Prairie and Williamsburg were one-two among Class 2A teams, as rated by the state’s cross country coaches. And they finished right there, at the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invite. Solon, ranked ninth in Class 3A, was third in the 10-team field, on a hot sultry afternoon, with thunderstorms just a few hours away.
“This meet was a tough one,” observed head coach Emy Williams. “The humidity and new course layout didn't help our times. We ran well and will start getting our legs fresh as we close in on conference and the state qualifying meet.”

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Pack moving up; XC boys 4th at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s boys showed up with a pack of runners in the top 30 this time. Still, top ranked (Class 2A) Tipton held court, with its five scorers going one-three-five-10-11, and its remaining two varsity runners 12th and 14th, to blow away the field in the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invitational cross country meet.

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Keeney wins for Liberty girls, Barker runner-up for CCA boys

IOWA CITY– Liberty High sophomore Ashlyn Keeney blazed her way to another victory Thursday, Oct. 3, at City High’s 2019 Bud Williams Invitational cross country meet at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Course. Keeney won the varsity girls 5k run in 18:06.60, nearly 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Claire Edmondson from Dubuque Senior. Dubuque Senior took the team title with City High the runner-up, while the Lightning were third in team points.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) freshman Haidyn Barker was ninth in 19:42.19 and led the Clippers to a seventh-place team finish.

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Women of Troy and Lightning top the swimming Tigers

Liberty’s Martin wins 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Trent 2nd in 500 freestyle

CORALVILLE– The combined swimming and diving teams of Liberty High and Iowa City West High knocked off the Cedar Falls Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 1, to remain undefeated through six home meets this season. The Women of Troy and Lightning varsity defeated the Tigers,122-64, with the junior varsity (JV) winning, 113-72.

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Creek Boys roll over the River Kings

CCA shuts out Clinton, 43-0

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Head Football Coach Gabe Bakker was sporting a fresh haircut Friday, Oct. 4, before the start of the varsity game against the visiting River Kings of Clinton.
“That mojo from last week had to go,” he said.

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Vball Bolts sink the Boats 3-0

No. 2 Liberty High sweeps CCA

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team swept Clear Creek Amana (CCA) 3-0 in a non-conference match up Thursday, Oct. 3, at Liberty High. The Lightning, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its Thursday, Oct. 3, rankings, improved to 21-1 while the Clippers, unranked in Class 4A, dipped to 13-8.

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Bolts sixth in MVC 2nd round divisional golf

Luke Nichols leads Liberty with 85

DUBUQUE– The Liberty High varsity boys golf team ended three rounds of Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition in sixth place among the eight-team Valley Division on Monday, Sept. 30, after the second divisional tournament. The tourney was held at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and hosted by Dubuque Wahlert.

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Cardinals sweep Lady Spartans

Solon rebounds against Iowa City West, Ft. Madison

MAQUOKETA– Despite an active back row, some pretty stellar serving and 13 kills from senior Katie Yi, Solon’s varsity volleyball team came up empty against the Maquoketa Cardinals.
The Cardinals swept the Lady Spartans 3-0 in a WaMaC Conference East matchup Sept. 24 in Maquoketa.

Spartans chase Bloodhounds for Homecoming win

Miller throws five TD in 45-7 blowout

SOLON– Senior quarterback Cam Miller had himself a night.
Miller went 15-20 for 323 yards passing and five touchdowns against the Fort Madison Bloodhounds for Homecoming Sept. 27, and the Spartans rolled to a 45-7 victory.
Solon racked up 410 yards of total offense while holding Fort Madison to 143 and scored six of touchdowns in the first two quarters for a 38-0 halftime lead.
“Overall it was our best performance of the year,” assessed Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller. “We didn't have a single penalty and didn't have as many missed assignments as the previous week.”

Girls take the hardware at Anamosa cross country meet

Conway, Bock lead the way for Lady Spartans

ANAMOSA– There were a couple adjustments in the finishes, but it was still good for a meet title, as Solon outran the 10 (full) team field Sept. 28 in Anamosa. It was the girls’ second meet title this season.
Kiersten Conway (fourth place overall, 20:33) and Emma Bock (fifth, 20:49) swapped places again, as Solon’s one-two runners, pacing the 11th ranked (Class 3A) Lady Spartans over a wet, hilly course– on a meet morning that bordered on chilly, for the first time this season.