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Sports

Lions chew on Bolts

Ono-Fullard leads nine Liberty players in 47-37 loss to Linn-Mar

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls picked up their third win of the season and a morale boost, Saturday, Feb. 6, on the road, winning a non-conference game against the Williamsburg Raiders. The win improved the Lightning’s record to 3-9 overall, dipping Williamsburg to 8-10.
The celebration was short-lived however, as the Linn-Mar Lions rolled into North Liberty on Tuesday, Feb. 9, for a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division contest. The Lions came in at 6-6 in the division and 8-7 overall while the Bolts sat at 2-7 in the division.

Two Bolts advance to state wrestling

Vinny Lima and Caden Yoerger advance out of 3A-District 5 qualifying tourney North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Liberty High advanced two wrestlers out of the Class 3A-District 5 state qualifying tournament at Iowa City West High on Saturday, Feb. 13. Vinny Lima and Caden Yoerger qualified for the 2021 state tournament with second-place finishes at 195 (Lima) and 220 pounds.

Trojan-Bolts earn MVC All Division Swimming honors

Brotherton, Skelley, Carter and Nichols receive First Team recognition

IOWA CITY– Seven Iowa City West High-Liberty High varsity boys swimmers picked up Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All Division honors in the Valley Division. Liberty High’s Kirk Brotherton, Boyd Skelley, Holden Carter and Luke Nichols earned First Team recognition in seven individual events. Skelley, Jordan Christensen, Carter, Brotherton, Nichols, Max Gerke and Nikolas Sung received First Team honors in the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Streak ends at Mt. Vernon

Solon rebounds against South Tama

SOUTH TAMA– The winning streak for the varsity boys’ basketball team ended at 16 in Mount Vernon Feb. 9.
The Mustangs took an early lead and held it, 60-47, to hand Solon only its second loss of the season.
But the Spartans bounced back for an easy win at South Tama Feb. 12 and head into the final week of the regular season with a 17-2 record.

Solon defeats Tipton Tigers in Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal

SOLON– On the eve of the Daytona 500, the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team squared off against the Tipton Tigers in a Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 13, on the home hardwood.
Solon freshman Callie Levin buried the accelerator for the Lady Spartans in the first half with 16 of her game-high 25 points, including a 12-point run in the first quarter, to give Solon the lead and never look back until the checkered flag, 75-39.

Two advance

Taylor, Marty punch ticket back to Des Moines Hayden seeking third title

SOLON– Hayden Taylor and Gage Marty are heading back to Wells Fargo Arena and the state individual wrestling tournament.
Taylor and Marty qualified for a trip to Des Moines with wins at the Class 2A District 7 tournament hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 13.
Taylor, seeking a third state title, won the 160-pound championship, while Marty, making a return appearance, placed second at 220.

Solon streak stays alive

Spartans take wins from Beckman and Maquoketa

SOLON– Sixteen wins in a row.
The varsity Spartans moved to 14-0 in the WaMaC Conference and 16-1 overall last week with basketball victories hosting Beckman Catholic and on the road at Maquoketa.
Every possession counted in the 38-36 win at home against Beckman Feb. 2.
“We knew coming in that this was going to be a tough game. Beckman is a team that guards hard,” Head Coach Jared Galpin said.

Lady Spartans stunned by Beckman Catholic, 58-52

Callie Levin early foul trouble, Lady Spartans come up short

SOLON– The Lady Spartans tasted defeat at the hands of the Beckman Catholic Blazers, 58-52, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at home, yet three players scored in double digits.

5 Spartans advance

Solon hosts district tournament Saturday

DeWITT– Five Solon wrestlers will defend their home mats at a district meet Saturday, Feb. 13.
Caleb Ebert (152 pounds), Hayden Taylor (160), Lucas Kampman (170), Lucas TePoel (182) and Gage Marty (220) advanced out of a Class 2A sectional at DeWitt Feb. 6.
Ebert and Taylor took sectional titles. Kampman, TePoel and Marty placed second.
The host Sabers took the team championship with 220.5 points. Camanche and Solon were tied for second with 160.5 in the six-team field. The first- and second-place winners in each weight class moved on to the District 7 tournament at Solon Saturday.

Bolts shock the ‘Burg

Keiko Ono-Fullard powers Liberty past Williamsburg, 51-40

WILLIAMSBURG– Liberty High’s varsity girls traveled to Williamsburg for a non-conference game against the Raiders Saturday, Feb. 6, and picked up their third win of the season, 51-40.
Keiko Ono-Fullard, a sophomore, led the Lightning with 13 points including a pair of three-point baskets. Fellow soph Kennedy Daugherty dominated on the boards with a dozen rebounds.
The win improved Liberty to 3-9 overall while sitting at 2-7 in the Mississippi Valley Conference-Mississippi Division. Williamsburg dipped to 8-10 overall and sat at 7-8 in the WaMaC West.

Clippers earn program best finish at WaMaC Wrestling Tourney

Ryker Jones and Tyler Steines place 2nd nearly making CCA history

MANCHESTER The 2021 WaMaC Varsity Wrestling Tournament was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, at Marion High School, but an impending winter storm postponed the event, and moved it to West Delaware High School in Manchester on Monday, Feb. 1.
For Clear Creek Amana (CCA) the wait was surely worth it, the Clippers posted their best WaMaC Tournament team finish in program history, and had two grapplers come close to being the first to win WaMaC titles.

Creek Girls upend the Indians

Calia Clubb leads all with 24 points in 51-41 victory for CCA

MARION The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls picked up a fourth consecutive win to improve to 13-3 overall (12-2 in the WaMaC West) with a 51-42 win over WaMaC East team Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Indians hunting ground.
Both teams entered the contest unranked after recently falling out of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Unions weekly rankings.