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Sports

Spartans blank Dutch, 24-0, UNI-Dome bound

Solon advances to semifinal against Sargeant Bluff-Luton

SOLON– The Spartans put to rest any question they were ready for the postseason, and continued their undefeated season (11-0) with a 24-0 blanking of the Pella Dutch on Friday, Nov. 8, in front of the home crowd at Spartan Stadium.
Solon advances to a semifinal match-up in the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Union Class 3A football playoffs against the Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-1) on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
The Friday, Nov. 8, game against the Dutch was billed earlier in the week as a “match of prolific passing attacks.”

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Trio of Lady Spartans named All-WaMaC East

MOUNT VERNON– Three Solon varsity volleyball players earned All-WaMaC Conference East Division honors at the end of the season.
Senior Katie Yi was named Second Team, while senior Jane Willms and freshman Delaney Bombei were tabbed for WaMaC Recognition.
Yi led the team in both kills (249) and blocks (63). The senior also had 191 digs and 24 aces in 2019.
Willms was second in kills with 167 on the season, and third in team blocks with 43. Willms added 132 digs defensively and had 26 ace serves.

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Scarlet Martin sets new record at 2019 State Swimming & Diving Meet

Trojan/Bolts place fourth in the state with two wins each from Martin and Aurora Roghair

MARSHALLTOWN– The Trojan/Bolts of Iowa City West High and Liberty High School took fourth in the 2019 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic took the team championship with 360 points followed by Ames (328), Ankeny (200) and West High (184.5).

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Five Liberty volleyball players earn MVC All-Division honors

Fay and Hartman named to Valley Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Five Liberty High School varsity volleyball players were named to Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division teams for their efforts on the courts this season.
Senior transfer from Iowa City West High Rylee Fay and freshman Cassidy Hartmann were named to the Valley Division First Team. Senior LeeAnn Potter was a Second Team pick while Addie Schmierer and Haley Hested were bestowed with Honorable Mention.

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Lightning sweep the Mustangs, earn trip to state volleyball tourney

Liberty High heads for first state tournament with 3-0 regional final win

NORTH LIBERTY– A 3-2 Class 4A regional semifinal loss to Marion last year left a sour taste in our mouths, said Liberty High volleyball Head Coach Randy Dolson. That bitter taste was replaced by sweet victory, 32 of them in fact, in the regular season and got only sweeter as the Lightning knocked off Muscatine, 3-0, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival Dubuque Hempstead, 3-0, in the regional final to advance to their first state tournament.

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West and Liberty place 11 on MVC All-Division Swimming and Diving Teams

Liberty’s Trent, Hajek, Martin and Klein earn recognition

IOWA CITY– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers and divers placed 11 members on the 2019 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division selections.
West High’s Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division Swimmer of the Year with West’s Byron Butler named the Division Coach of the Year.

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Solon escapes Liberty, 14-7

Spartans advance to host Pella Friday

SOLON– The week’s pole barn proverb read, “No chance for Lightning,” on Friday, Nov. 1.
Although cold winds blew and rain fell for most of the game at Spartan Stadium, the dour weather was not enough to turn away a large crowd eager to see the Spartans’ 14-7 triumph over the Liberty Lightning in their first Class 3A playoff appearance.

Solon girls 7th at state XC

Now, it’s reload for 2020!

FORT DODGE– With a brisk midday wind, and temperature struggling to hit 40 degrees, Solon’s girls capped their cross country season on a high note. Basically matching their final ranking in the polls (which ranged from 12th to sixth through the second half of the season), the Lady Spartans finished seventh of the 15 regional qualifying teams on the turf Nov. 2, for the Class 3A state meet at Kennedy Park Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Hinman in top tier at 3a state cross country

Solon sophomore finishes 35th at Ft. Dodge

FORT DODGE– Turning on the jets with less than a half-mile to go, Solon sophomore Gabe Hinman threaded his way through the pack. He picked up some valuable real estate at the Kennedy Park Golf (and cross country) course, Saturday, finishing 35th at the Class 3A state cross country meet.
“Gabe had a great meet,” applauded head coach Emy Williams. “He ran most of the race in 43rd place. In the last 400 meters he caught a lot of runners and ended up 35th. His experience from the year before (when he finished 46th as a freshman) helped, too.

Creek Boys 2nd in 3A at State Meet

O’Connor cracks the top-10 with 9th place

FORT DODGE¬– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its second consecutive state runner-up trophy Saturday, Nov. 2, at the 2019 Class 3A State Meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers, ranked No. 1 in the state for several weeks, lost to Dallas Center-Grimes by one point, 110-109, for second place.
Nick O’Connor, a senior, led the Creek Boys with a ninth-place finish in 16:29.5. Brandon Barker, a junior, was in the top-15 with an 11th-place finish in 16:30.7.
The Clippers were runners-up last year, for the first time in the history of the program.

Bolts sweep the Muskies in regional semifinal volleyball

Liberty’s 3-0 win over Muscatine sends Lightning to regional final

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team moved a step closer to the state tournament with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of the Muscatine Muskies Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
The Lightning earned a first-round bye with a 32-2 record and were ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The Muskies were unranked and brought a 6-17 record into the contest.

The “O-Bolts” era ends in Solon

Liberty falls 14-7 to unbeaten Spartans in 3A football playoff

SOLON– Friday, Nov. 1, was bittersweet for Liberty High School as the Lightning celebrated the first playoff appearance for the varsity football team, and bid farewell to the “Original,” or “O-Bolts,” the seniors who have worn Liberty’s black, purple and silver for four years on the gridiron.
The Bolts faced the undefeated Solon Spartans in a Class 3A first round playoff game in Solon, and fell 14-7. The Spartans did all of their damage in the first half with a touchdown on their first possession, and the second just inside the second quarter.