• strict warning: Non-static method view::load_views() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 837.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::db_objects() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/includes/view.inc on line 1367.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 14.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.

Sports

Lady Spartans fall to CCA, CPU

Scrappy Solon volleyball team keeps it close against 8th-ranked Clippers

SOLON– There was a lot to like in those two losses for Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin.
“I was very happy with the team, we communicated well, moved the ball around, served well,” Ferin said. “Just a couple hiccups would have made a difference, all of our mistakes are fixable.”
The varsity Lady Spartans opened the season Aug. 29 hosting a quad meet with No. 1 (3A) Mount Vernon, No. 8 (4A) Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and unranked Center Point Urbana (CPU).
Solon dropped 2-1 decisions to CCA and CPU.

Lightning surprise the Saints

Liberty High volleyball opens 2019 with 3-2 win Cedar Rapids Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a confidence-boosting win over the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.
Liberty defeated Xavier, 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-12, 16-14), knocking off the No. 2 team in Class 4A per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Monday, Aug. 26, preseason rankings. The Bolts entered the season ranked ninth in Class 5A.

A hole too deep

Creek Boys stumble in season opener, fall 42-20 to Mt. Pleasant

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity football season launched Friday, Aug. 30, with a visit from the Mount Pleasant Panthers. Last year, the teams met in Mount Pleasant for the non-district season opener with the Creek Boys prevailing 26-7. This year, however, the fortunes were reversed with the Panthers winning, 42-20.
The Panthers struck first with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter, and struck again with 5:27 left in the first half for 14-0 halftime lead.

Barkers lead the way for the Clippers

CCA runs in CR Prairie’s Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– A brother and sister duo led the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, Aug. 31, at Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Cross Country Invitational Meet, the first of the season for the Clippers.
Brandon Barker, a junior, won the varsity boys race (Orange Division) in 17:03.3, and was seventh overall. The Creek Boys were second in the Orange Division, being bested by one point in a tiebreaker by Marion (48-49), and eighth overall.

Bolts shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High opens 2019 with 23-20 win over City High

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity Lightning opened the 2019 season with a 23-20 win over Iowa City High Friday, Aug. 27, at home.
The game was tied 20-20 late in the fourth quarter when Ryan Nugent booted a field goal through the uprights for the win.
Max Tafolla led the Bolts’ ground attack with 171 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Kaleb Williams ground out 73 yards on a dozen carries as well. Quarterback Drake Woody completed three of five passes including a bomb to Ben Houselog for a touchdown.

Fall Sports Kick Off displays strong programs

Preseason prospects keep Coach Miller focusing on balance

SOLON– Spartan Stadium filled with fall sports athletes and Spartan faithful, like a cornucopia of athletic promise, prior to the Spartans’ preseason scrimmage with Union on Friday, Aug. 23.
The matchup, previously scheduled to be played at Union was relocated to Solon when conditions of Union’s field forced the change of venue. Subsequently the Falls Sports Kick Off was also rescheduled from Thursday, Aug. 22, to coincide with the Union scrimmage at Spartan Stadium.

Volleyball opens season with quad meet Thursday

Lady Spartans look to replace 9 graduated seniors

SOLON– There will be a lot of shoes to fill for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The squad graduated nine seniors, five of them starters in the varsity rotation.
Gone are seniors Taylor Moore, Raysa Garbes, Kate Benzing, Rachael Nelson, Hannah Kramer, Abby Smith, Taylor Noonan, Elli Becicka and Vanessa Milliman, as well as Lauren Schrock, the team’s leader in kills last year.
But third-year Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin is looking forward to a good season.
“The seniors are ready to contribute after waiting behind a four-year starting class that graduated last year,” Ferin noted.

Nine weeks to seal their legacy for the O-Bolts

2019 Liberty High varsity football preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Four years ago, 21 Iowa City West High freshmen suited up in black pants, jerseys and helmets, instead of West High green garb, and became the Liberty High Lightning, otherwise known as the Bolts.
The school hadn’t been built yet, but the young men were destined by their grade level to attend it when it was. As the first football team, they named themselves the Original Bolts, or “O-Bolts.”
Jeff Gordon has been head coach since day one. Together they’ve put together a 14-13 record over three seasons: freshman, sophomore and one year of varsity.

“Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us”

2019 Liberty Girls Cross Country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls cross country Head Coach Tonya McDonough titled her 2019 preseason media guide “Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us,” which sets the tone for the Lightning.
This is the third season for the program, having run an incomplete team in 2017, which competed as an independent, not affiliated with an athletic conference.
Camille Mac, then a freshman, qualified for the Class 3A state meet and finished 13th overall in 19:16.

Creek Boys No.1 in preseason XC rankings

IATC puts CCA at the top of Class 3A

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Clippers took the top spot in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) preseason cross country team rankings. CCA’s squad was ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the rankings released on Thursday, Aug. 22.
The Creek Boys topped the 15-team list, which includes WaMaC foes Marion and Mount Vernon-Lisbon. The WaMaC’s Center Point-Urbana was listed as one of the “Teams to Watch.”

New season, same goals

22 returning seniors and a lot of promise

SOLON– The 2019-20 varsity football season holds some heavy promise preseason.
Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller speaks of consistent expectations albeit tempered with a bit of melancholy as his son, quarterback Cam Miller, competes in his senior season.
The Spartans completed the 2018-19 season with a 9-1 record. They completed a perfect regular season, outscoring regular season opponents 369-99. Their only loss came at the hands of Western Dubuque, 48-13, at Spartan Stadium in the opening round of the playoffs.

The first team trip to Fort Dodge is the goal for the Bolts

2019 Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s boys cross country team has experienced a growth spurt this year with 10 new faces out on the course, bringing the roster up to 38.