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Sports

PLAY BALL!

Gov. Reynolds, IHSAA, IGHSAU all green light HS baseball and softball starting June 1

JOHNSTON– The words “Play ball!” will be heard this summer on high school baseball and softball diamonds across the state after months of wondering and waiting due to COVID-19-induced cancellation of the spring sports season on April 17 and the termination of the remainder of the traditional school year.
On Wednesday, May 20, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the summer sports season could proceed, and approved the reopening of school facilities beginning on Monday, June 1.

Galpin to lead Spartan hoops program

SOLON¬– Jared Galpin has been hired as the next Solon High School Head Boys Basketball Coach.
Galpin was officially approved by members of the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education at a May 21 meeting at a salary of $5,048.
His selection was announced by SCSD Activities Director Casey Hack.

A trio of new skippers for the Clippers

A mix of familiar and new faces will guide CCA on the diamonds this season… if there is a season

OXFORD– While a question mark hangs over the prospects for baseball and softball seasons this summer, one thing is certain for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) programs. Both varsity baseball and softball teams will have new coaches, and for the Clippers it will be a mix of new and familiar faces.
Nick Zumsande is the varsity boys head coach, and new to CCA. A native of nearby Norway (home to major league players Bruce Kimm, Hal Trosky and Mike Boddicker), he graduated from Norway High School (now part of the Benton Community School District).

Solon turns to Anamosas Lucas Stanton as head coach of Spartans

SOLON– A bit overshadowed by the fluid situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, March 12, is a day echoing in the halls of Spartan history as Head Coach Kevin Miller’s stepped away from the football limelight to focus on his family.
Friday, May 1, with Miller’s steps fading in those hallowed halls, the next chapter was revealed as Lucas Stanton, a former Mount Vernon alum who coached the last three seasons at Anamosa, received the nod as the Spartans’ new head coach.

Solon senior spring athletes

CCA senior spring athletes

Schrepfer signs with the Fighting Bees

CCA senior commits to St. Ambrose

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Tyler Schrepfer signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees. Schrepfer made the commitment from home Tuesday, April 28, sitting at his family’s dining room table in North Liberty.

Lucas Stanton to succeed Miller as SHS football coach

SOLON– Pending school board approval, Lucas Stanton will be the next head football coach at Solon High School, according to Activities Director Casey Hack.
Stanton, a Mount Vernon High School graduate, has been the head football coach for Anamosa High School the last three years.
“We are excited to have Lucas on board,” Hack said in announcing the selection.
Stanton will succeed Kevin Miller, who resigned the position March 11.

Williams walks off the mat

A positive influence Solon wrestling head coach decides it’s time after 23 years

SOLON– He’ll miss the daily connection with the kids the most.
You get pretty close to those high school wrestlers over winter.
“You’re spending more time with them than you probably are your own kids,” Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams said. “And they become your kids.”
Williams, 45, announced April 30 he is stepping down from the head coaching position, although he will continue as a physical education instructor for the intermediate and middle school.

He was hoping for a return to spring sports

Hack scheduled events for May, waiting for governor

SOLON– “They just want to know the answers we want to know,” Activities Director Casey Hack said of Solon students.
“Are we going to have a spring season? Are we going to get back to school? Are we going to have prom? Are we going to have graduation?”
Unfortunately, the answer to most of those questions is no.
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the extension of a statewide closure to the end of the school year during a press conference April 17.
Up until that point, Hack was hoping to provide students with at least part of a spring sports season.

Coach McMurrin and Spartans’ soccer hoped for a season prior to spring sports cancellation

SOLON– After a couple postponements, the spring sports season held promise for the Solon boys’ soccer team as the Iowa High School Athletic Association began preparations for a spring season pending the return of students May 1.
Head Coach Jeremy McMurrin took a few minutes on April 13 to correspond about his hopes for the coming varsity schedule, regardless of how abbreviated.

No school? No spring sports. And no track

SOLON– Everyone hoped for better.
In the face of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds called on schools in mid-March to shut down on-site education. Spring sports– girls’ and boys’ track, soccer and golf¬– were suspended.
Still, a framework existed for a possible three-meet end of season finish had there been a return to the classroom