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Sports

Conference champs

Lady Spartans avenge loss to West Delaware in final

MARION– It was a clean sweep for the Lady Spartans at last week’s WaMaC volleyball tournament.
Solon didn’t drop a set in pool or bracket play, outlasting both Marion and West Delaware in the semifinals and finals at Marion Thursday night.
The Lady Spartans defeated Benton Community (21-7, 21-10), DeWitt Central (21-10, 21-13) and Marion (21-14, 21-18) in pool play Tuesday at Manchester, then faced Dyersville Beckman (25-13, 25-19), Marion (25-22, 25-22) and then West Delaware (25-23, 25-22) in the highly contested championship bracket.

Spartans clip Cardinals for district title

MAQUOKETA– It took a while to get going, but once Solon’s offense came to life, it helped turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point halftime lead.
In a wild, back-and-forth scoring barrage, the Spartan football team outlasted the Maquoketa Cardinals to claim the Class 3A District 6 regular season title Friday in Maquoketa, 49-31.
Although Solon struck first on a 35-yard interception returned for touchdown by Jacob Black, the Spartans found themselves on the wrong end of a 17-7 deficit early in the second quarter.

State meet hopes alive for Solon cross country

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CENTER POINT– It’s back home for districts Oct. 24 as Solon’s cross country teams determine whether they run once more at the 2013 state meet.
Solon’s boys launched their postseason run with sixth place at the WaMaC Conference meet in Center Point Thursday, Oct. 17. The girls finished second. “It was a great night. We had 40 personal records from the 53 boys and girls running,” noted coach Emy Williams.

West High runners in action at MVC divisional meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy won the Mississippi divisional meet of the MVC Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton cross country course. The varsity girls took the meet with 34 team points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Senior, City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Dubuque Hempstead and Waterloo East.
Ashlynn Yokom won the varsity girls’ race with a commanding lead over all others and a 14:07.0 meet record time and was named Athlete of the Year. Girls coach Mike Parker was awarded Coach of the Year honors as well.

West girls swim to second place at MVC conference meet

IOWA CITY– The Cedar Falls girls varsity swim team won the conference meet held Thursday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City with 396 points. The West High Women of Troy were the conference runner-ups with 388.50.
Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 481.35, good for 20 points, while Lilian Zhu won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.59, also good for 20 team points.

Clipper football improves to 4-4 for the season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– Football is a game full of statistics. For example, in Friday night’s contest between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Indians of Marion, the Indians had 287 yards of offense to CCA’s 269, and had the ball for just over 26 minutes to Creek’s 21 minutes of possession.
In the end, the most important statistic of the game was found on the scoreboard at the conclusion: CCA 21, Marion 7.

Clippers x-country runs at WaMaC conference meet

Boys finish 5th, girls end 12th

CENTER POINT– Jane Astor’s Clipper Cross-Country teams were in-action Thursday, Oct. 17, at the WaMaC conference meet hosted by Center Point-Urbana (CPU) at the Bob Bowers Athletic Complex.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys finished fifth in team points behind winner and conference champion CPU, Vinton-Shellsburg, Mount Vernon-Lisbon and Marion. Jack Murray again led the Clipper effort, bringing home a fifth-place finish in 16:49.

Great expectations

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

When your team wins 25 games, makes it to the finals of the NIT, returns four starters and has maybe the best depth ever, fans should be excited.
That’s why the Iowa fans are looking for a big season from the Hawkeye basketball team.
Last summer, Randy Larson, who runs the Prime Time basketball league, said Iowa had the best talent he’s seen in his 30 years of following the Hawkeyes.
Kirk Speraw, assistant basketball coach for the Hawkeyes, agreed.

D-fense!

Spartans hold Indians to 63 yards in 42-0 conference victory; Maquoketa up next

SOLON– After a shaky first quarter, Solon kicked it in gear.
At least that’s the way it looked as Marion came to town for a conference game on the gridiron Friday night.
Solon was plagued by penalties in the early going, but soon shook it off and rolled to a 42-0 blanking of the Indians.
The win moves Solon to 6-1 on the year, 4-0 in Class 3A District 6 and headed for a showdown on the road with co-leader Maquoketa this Friday.
The Spartan defense held Marion to 63 total yards for the game, and scoreless for the first time this year.

No conference title for Lady Spartans

Solon pushes past Mount Vernon, but West Delaware delivers first WaMaC loss

MOUNT VERNON– It was a rollercoaster ride for the Lady Spartans last week.
Solon dropped its first conference match of the year against West Delaware at Manchester Thursday, and that left the Lady Spartans in second place for the WaMaC East.
The Lady Spartans had two tough road games, and only came out on top in one.
The win came at Mount Vernon Tuesday night, a 3-1 conference win.

Good late season finish, tough road ahead for XC

TROY MILLS– After a fourth (girls) and eighth (boys) place finish at North Linn, Solon’s boys and girls cross country squads head into conference this week, and then tough state qualifying meets as their seasons hit the home stretch.
The Spartans host the Oct. 24 state qualifier, but are among four ranked 3A schools– and a late upstart– at a meet where only three teams qualify for the Nov. 2 state meet.

Ya gotta have heart– and guts– to go for the Spike

Women of Troy gut out 3-2 win over City for the Spike trophy

IOWA CITY– West High varsity volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan can be blunt, doesn’t mince words, and gets right to the heart of it. Tuesday, Oct. 8, during the annual battle with City High for The Spike, she went to the heart of her team and made them take a look inside themselves.