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Sports

Solon boys 8th at Anamosa, North Linn next up

ANAMOSA– With their top five packed within about a minute of each other– and just 19 places apart– Solon’s varsity boys are leaning into the Big Push.
The Spartans kept their top runners closer together, taking eighth at the 14-school Anamosa Invitational cross country meet Sept. 28.

Bolts sink the Boats

Liberty High outlasts CCA, 28-21

NORTH LIBERTY– Last year the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Liberty High School’s Lightning clashed for the first time in Class 3A varsity football with the “Boats” taking a lopsided 37-7 win for CCA’s 2018 Homecoming Game. On Friday, Sept. 27, the “Bolts” returned the favor in a much closer game for their 2019 Homecoming as The Lightning zapped the Clippers 28-21 in the first week of District 5 competition.

Martin sets new records at Kennedy’s Invitational swim meet

Iowa City West/Liberty High tops the field

CEDAR RAPIDS– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers continued to set new records Saturday, Sept. 28, as they competed in Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2019 Cougar Invitational. The Women of Troy won the meet with 553 team points topping runner-up Johnston (416) and the host Cougars (344).

Liberty XC boys 6th at Jim Boughton Invitational

Gryp breaks Woodward’s record, Bolts set 19 personal bests

DUBUQUE– Liberty High’s cross country boys ran Thursday, Sept. 26, in Dubuque Senior’s Jim Boughton Invitational at the Dubuque Soccer Complex, and stunned Head Coach Josh Hildebrand.
“Speechless! This team never ceases to amaze the coaches!” he wrote. “On only two days rest (the team competed Monday, Sept. 23, in Solon’s Invitational), the boys set 19 personal records and one school record!”

Stormin’ Pointers top Creek Girls in five sets

CCA falls 3-2 to CPU

CENTER POINT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team dipped to an 8-7 record Tuesday, Sept. 24, after falling to Center Point-Urbana in five sets (3-2). The 11th-ranked Clippers (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings as of Thursday, Sept. 19) dropped the first set 17-25, rallied back to a 25-22 win in set two, and fell 25-11 in the third. The Creek Girls rocked the Stormin’ Pointers with a 25-17 win in the fourth set, but dropped the fifth 15-8. The Pointers, unranked at the time, improved to 11-11.

Boys cross country 7th in talented field at home

SOLON– The pack is developing. It just needs to gravitate upwards.
With lead runner Gabe Hinman finishing 13th in the 64-runner field, Solon put together a pack of four more between 31st and 46th. Included in that field were 11 top-30 individual runners (in their school’s enrollment class). Hinman entered the week 29th in the coaches’ poll of the top 30 3A runners.
That pack will need to keep dropping its finish times, though, to move the team up. Solon was seventh among the 10 teams at its home cross country meet Monday, Sept. 23, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.

XC girls 4th at home, in duel of ranked teams

SOLON– With four ranked schools and 11 ranked runners on the course in each race, Solon’s Sept. 23 home cross country meet had almost a postseason feel to it. And it is not long before the postseason arrives. Solon hosts one of five Class 3A state qualifying meets, Oct. 24.

Spartans’ late-game rally defeats Knights, 17-13

Solon rebounds from 13-3 deficit against Assumption

SOLON– A late-game rally under the lights in Solon on a humid Friday, Sept. 20, catapulted the fourth-place ranked Spartans (3-0) to a 17-13 triumph over the Davenport Assumption Knights (2-1) and moved them to 4-0 for the season.
The win also answered the question whispered quietly this season if the Spartans could play back from a deficit and win after outscoring their opponents 127-14 thus far in the season.

The Demons zap the Bolts

Washington edges out Liberty High, 38-31

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity football team suffered its first loss of the 2019 season Friday, Sept. 13, under a full moon at home as the visiting Demons from Washington (Iowa) defeated the Lightning, 38-31.

Barker leads Creek Boys to perfect finish in Fairfield

Barker, Zillyette, Sexton, Alcorn and O’Connor sweep top five spots

FAIRFIELD– Despite heat, humidity and threat of strong to severe storms, Thursday, Sept. 12, was a perfect night for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys cross country team as they competed in Fairfield’s meet. The Clippers swept the meet posting the top five finishes to win the team championship decisively.
Brandon Barker won the varsity boys’ race in 16:53.08, with Gavin Zillyette the runner up in 17:24.39. Jack Sexton, Caleb Alcorn, and Nick O’Connor rounded out the third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishes for the Creek Boys.

West/Liberty swimmers dominate in Dubuque

Liberty’s Martin, Klein, Reese and Janik help lead Iowa City West past Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers dominated the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs on Monday, Sept. 9, at Loras College, in Dubuque. The varsity team won, 145-40, while the junior varsity (JV) won, 142-24.

Bolts and Boats compete in West’s Caroline Found Volleyball Extravaganza

Liberty wins Gold Bracket Championship with 6-0 record

IOWA CITY– Liberty High ran the table for a 6-0 championship at Iowa City West High’s Caroline Found Volleyball Extravaganza Saturday, Sept. 14, at West High. The annual tournament is in memory of Found, who was killed in a moped accident in August 2011, and was the setter for West High’s 2010 state championship volleyball team. Found’s, and the Women of Troys’ story was told in a book, The Miracle Season, by former West High Coach Kathy Bresnahan, and later made into a movie starring Helen Hunt as Bresnahan.