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Sports

Six Bolts named to MVC All Division Volleyball teams

Liberty’s Hartman, Kimm and Hested earn First Team honors

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference released its 2020 All-Division Volleyball selections on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with six Liberty High School student athletes recognized for their efforts by being named to Mississippi Division teams.
Cassidy Hartman, Shelby Kimm and Haley Hested were picked for the First Team, with Hartman a unanimous selection. Senior Addie Schmierer was named to the Second Team while junior Sam Harvey and senior Lauren Roman earned Honorable Mention.

Solon Spartans tame Independence Mustangs, 37-21

Road to the UNI-Dome travels through Waukon

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team broke the Independence Mustangs 37-21 in Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 30, advancing to meet the Waukon Indians, in Waukon on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
The Spartans jumped out to a first quarter lead, 6-0, on a 14-yard run by Jackson Ryan, but the extra point was blocked.
A little less than seven minutes into the second quarter, Ryan scampered five yards to score again for Solon and Brent Lumpkin found success on the point-after to elevate the Spartans to a 13-0 lead.

11 Bolts named to MVC All-Division Football teams

Fangman, Kraft, Meyer and Willis-Newell earn Mississippi Division First Team Defense honors

NORTH LIBERTY— The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) announced All-Division Football Selections on Monday, Oct. 26, with 11 Liberty High Bolts named. The Lightning finished the shortened season at 2-3 after sitting out two weeks due to the Iowa City Community School District moving to 100 percent online education, which put all fall sports and other extracurricular activities on hold.
Liberty drew a first-round bye in the extended postseason, but fell, 42-7, to Dubuque Hempstead in the second round.

Spartans both top-five

Boys 2nd, Girls 5th at 3A state meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls were steady through the 2020 cross country season… running at or near the top in most meets. The boys? They worked their way up through the season; always crowding a little tighter and closer to the top. The efforts showed in a big way at the 2020 cross country championships, Friday, Oct. 30.

Three Spartans honored for WaMaC East

Delaney Bombei leads division in blocks

SOLON– Senior Kennedy Bombei, sophomore Delaney Bombei and junior Maddie Manifold were selected for recognition as the WaMaC Conference announced its volleyball honors Oct. 21.
Kennedy Bombei was named to the All-WaMaC East Second Team, while Delaney Bombei and Manifold received WaMaC Recognition.
The Solon varsity volleyball team finished the year 2-3 in conference play and 17-19 overall, falling 3-0 to third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon in a Region 7 road quarterfinal on Oct. 19.

Creek Boys come up short on team return to state XC

Brandon Barker wins 3A qualifying meet, Zillyette and Haidyn Barker also run in Fort Dodge

MONTICELLO– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys’ cross country team was the Class 3A state runner-up two years in a row. However, hopes of a “three-peat” or better were dashed Wednesday, Oct. 21, when the Clippers fell short of qualifying as a team for the 2020 state meet. The Creek Boys finished fourth with 90 team points in the state qualifying meet at the Monticello High School, behind team champion Solon (48), runner-up West Delaware (77) and Dubuque Wahlert Catholic (85).

Metzler selected to bowling Hall of Fame

Years of dedication to the sport leads to nomination for Performance/Meritorious Service

NORTH LIBERTY– Dave Metzler not only loves to bowl, he loves the sport, and loves being an ambassador for it.
“Anybody can do it; you can be 5 or 95 and still do it. It’s never to late to jump in and get started, or too early,” he said in 2018 after bowling his 27th 300 game.
Metzler, from North Liberty, has been in the sport for over 45 years and picked up his 29th 300 game in April of 2019. He’s had many accomplishments beyond racking up perfect games on the lanes, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Petersen Classic.

Lightning forecast for Fort Dodge

Liberty boys, Ashlyn Keeney, Cami Mac and Cori Mac qualify for state XC meet

BETTENDORF– The Liberty High varsity boys cross country team qualified for the 2020 Class 4A state meet for the second time in school history Wednesday, Oct. 21, in a qualifying meet at Crow Creek Park, in Bettendorf. The Lightning took the runner-up spot behind team champion Cedar Rapids Prairie (35 points) with 51 points. The Bolts qualified as a team for the first time last year with a third-place finish, also behind Prairie (last year’s district champion).

Bolts survive and sweep the Trojans

Liberty High defeats Iowa City West High, 3-0, in regional semifinal

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High Lightning’s hot streak continued on the volleyball court Thursday, Oct. 22, as they swept Iowa City West High, 3-0, at home, in a Class 5A Region 7 semifinal match.

Twice as nice! Solon boys and girls both head to state

Boys win regional Monticello meet; girls third

MONTICELLO Again, using a mix of veterans and freshmen and a pack of runners so close they could almost tag teammates around them, Solon is sending both boys and girls cross country teams to the 2020 state meet.
The Class 3A girls race is at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, on Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, in Fort Dodge. The boys hit the course at 4 p.m.

Spartans tether Huskies, 41-12

Solon faces Independence Oct. 30

SOLON Solon is on a streak, six straight wins following its 41-12 defeat of the Oelwein Huskies on Friday, Oct. 23, at Spartan Stadium, in the second round of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Class 2A football playoffs.
The victory puts the Spartans (6-2) on a collision course to host the Independence Mustangs (6-1) on Friday, Oct. 30, at Spartan Stadium with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Spartans bow out

Third time not the charm against Mustangs Solon falls in quarterfinal, 3-0

MOUNT VERNON– At the end of the first game, Mount Vernon had just dominated Solon for a 25-10 win.
Head Coach Jeff Walker didn’t have a particular message for his team.
“(I) just told them that game’s over and this is a new game,” he reported.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team responded and fought back gamely, but the Mustangs withstood the storm and took the second game, 25-23. Third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon rolled on to a 25-15 third-set win and ended the season for the Spartans in a Region 7 road quarterfinal Oct. 19.