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Sports

Girls fall to CCA during Rivalry Saturday

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon’s Lady Spartans couldn’t quite get it together in their first game back on the hardwood after winter break.
Solon fell to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday night, 54-47, in a game held at Cornell College as part of Rivalry Saturday.
Solon trailed early, but fought back to take a 1-point lead going into the fourth quarter, erasing a 6-point halftime margin.
“We struggled with intensity and energy until the third quarter,” said head coach Tony Nicol. “In the third we played like a team with a mission and then for whatever reason we lost momentum.”

Hawk Talk

2012 year in review

2012 is gone and we’ll take a look back at the basketball, wrestling and football seasons.

Lady Spartans stopped short in soccer

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans lost to Mount Vernon 1-0 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal May 29 in Solon.
“Overall I could not be more proud of the girls this year,” said Solon head coach John Tucker. “We had some incredible games and it has been a joy to watch this team grow. I can’t say enough about the teamwork and camaraderie that this team has had. It will be tough to say goodbye to seniors Katherine Carr, Emily Ament and Alex Zierke. They had great careers with us, and hopefully walk away with fond memories and lasting friendships.”

Mebus’ throw hits gold

DES MOINES– Connor Mebus threw the shot put 57 feet, 11.75 inches, shattering his own school record and bringing home a gold medal from the state track meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The monster throw came on his third throw in the preliminaries after he had tossed an impressive 54 feet on his second throw. Mebus peaked at the best time possible, as the second place thrower from Decorah hit 56 feet, 7 inches. Mebus became the 14th state champion for throwing coach Brad Wymer, and the first to come from Solon.

No. 1 Decorah ends Solon’s playoff hopes

DECORAH– Solon scored the first three points, but the next 35 points came from No. 1 Decorah in a second round game in the Class 3A football playoffs. The Spartans took the opening kickoff and scored a field goal, but the Vikings went on to score 35 unanswered points on the way to a 35-10 win, bouncing Solon from the postseason with an 8-3 record.

Solon ousted in substate final by Assumption

IOWA CITY– “It was a game where you couldn’t have too many bad possessions in a row,” Solon Head Coach Brad Randall said. “You have to play pretty flawless to beat them.”
The Solon Spartans fell behind Davenport Assumption in the first quarter of a Class 3A substate final last Monday night, and couldn’t overcome a double-digit lead, losing 59-40.
The Solon Spartans had remained alive in postseason basketball play by eliminating both Clear Creek Amana and Williamsburg in nail-biting fashion for a chance at a berth in the state tournament against Assumption.

Clear Creek Amana Sports 2012

Tanner Bandy flies along with the third leg of the 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay at the Tipton co-ed meet in late April. CCA put up a new school record of 217 team points to win the meet and lead the four-team field. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

Lady Spartans win fifth in a row

SOLON– Rylee Smith shot only two free throws against Central DeWitt.
They came with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Spartans needed them to break a 37-37 tie.
Smith sank them both. They were the second and third point scored by Solon in the fourth quarter of a game which the Lady Spartans controlled in the first half, and almost let slip away in the second.
Solon’s girls defeated Central DeWitt, 39-37, last week at home, then traveled to Manchester Friday for a 53-35 thumping over West Delaware.

Road trips for the Hawks

Last weekend the Hawkeye men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Des Moines to take on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Drake, winning both.
The Hawk men played the Panthers on Saturday, jumping out early and holding on, 80-73.
Last year, Iowa lost to both UNI and Iowa State, so this was a good win.
Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell were the one-two punch that knocked out the Panthers.
Devyn did it all last Saturday, playing 37 minutes, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Clipper boys fall to Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the WaMaC Tuesday night after the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings came to town, sacking and looting for an 83-57 win.
A Tony Pederson 3-pointer gave CCA a 10-9 lead in the first period, the only Clipper lead of the night. The Vikings took the quarter 17-10 and never looked back as the Clippers struggled to maintain possession of the ball.
A salvo of 3-pointers by Mitch Stopko, Konrad Moore and Kam Kahler in the second period helped the Clipper cause, but the home team still lagged behind 38-21 at the half.

Warriors edge out Women of Troy

IOWA CITY– Maybe if they’d just had a few more minutes to play.
Time was not on the Women of Troy’s side Friday night as both the sophomore and varsity squads came up short despite fourth-quarter rallies. The sophomores trailed most of the game, put up a fierce fight in the fourth, and fell, 39-34. Jessie Harder led the sophs with an 18-point effort.

Solon Lady Spartans handle Maquoketa, Anamosa

SOLON– After a 1-2 start, the Solon Lady Spartans have reeled off three straight wins.
Solon’s varsity girls hosted Maquoketa and Anamosa last week, outscoring their opponents 123-63.
After Tuesday’s home game against Central DeWitt, however, it’s five straight on the road, including a Dec. 18 matchup with No. 9 Western Dubuque.
“I am pleased with the progress of the team at this point in the season,” first-year head coach Tony Nicol said. “The transition into my system has gone more smoothly than I had expected.”