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Sports

Lady Spartans 1-4 at WaMaC tournament

Lone win comes against Central DeWitt

SOLON– Will the third time be the charm?
It would take a win against Benton Community Oct. 23 to extend the varsity volleyball season for the Lady Spartans.
Solon’s postseason was hanging in the balance heading into a Class 3A Region 6 quarterfinal at Benton Community. The winner advances to a semifinal at Davenport Assumption Tuesday, Oct. 29, with the regional final decided Monday, Nov. 4, at Iowa City West High.

WaMaC last week; state qualifier Thursday for Solon boys

MANCHESTER– Solon’s boys hit seventh place in the Oct. 17 WaMaC cross country conference standings. They look now at the state qualifying meet, this week (Thursday, Oct. 24) at home.

Girls 2nd at WaMac XC meet

Lady Spartans host regional qualifier Oct. 24

MANCHESTER– With a runner-up finish in the 14-team WaMaC Conference cross country meet, Solon’s girls now take aim at their second season… the regional qualifier and, hopefully, a box on the starting line at the Nov. 2 Iowa girls high school state meet.

Lucky breaks boost Bolts past Knights

Liberty High upsets Assumption Catholic, 14-7

NORTH LIBERTY– A pair of lucky breaks bounced Liberty High’s way in the fourth quarter of a varsity football game against Davenport Assumption Catholic Friday, Oct. 18, at Liberty.
The Lightning upset the Knights 14-7 in a game with potential playoff ramifications.

Senior Night success for “Troy Boltons’” swimmers

Liberty’s Martin wins 50-freestyle and 100-fly, Trent wins 500-freestyle

CORALVILLE– The combined team of Iowa City West High (ICW) and Liberty High swimmers honored nine seniors: Lily Ernst (ICW), Carmela Cohen-Suarez (ICW), Martina Schianchi (ICW), Amber Rose (ICW), Austyn Goodale (ICW), Alanna Lair (ICW), Audrey Wubbena (Washington), Katelyn Sharp (Liberty), and Laurel Haverkamp (ICW) on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for Senior Night, before dominating the visiting Linn-Mar Lions.
The Trojan-Bolt junior varsity (JV) defeated the Lions, 139-40, while the varsity won, 128-58.

Creek Boys fall to Lancers

North Scott runs over CCA, 35-7

ELDRIDGE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team found themselves on the wrong side of a 35-7 final score Friday, Oct. 18, as it fell to the Lancers of North Scott, Eldridge in a Class 3A District 5 contest.
Jordan Krauss, a junior, scored the Clippers’ only touchdown on a 14-yard pass reception from Ben Swails. Anthony Hennes, also a junior, booted the point-after kick through the uprights.

Creek Boys earn first WaMaC XC title

Barker, O’Connor and Sexton finish 2, 3, 4 for CCA

MANCHESTER– The No. 1-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its first WaMaC Conference championship Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester. The Clippers topped the field with 30 points, followed by runner-up Center Point-Urbana (CPU) with 65.
The Creek Boys placed four runners in the top 10, led by junior Brandon Barker. Barker came in second roughly five seconds behind Champion Eli Larson from CPU. Nick O’Connor was third in 16:33.80, Jack Sexton was fourth in 16:40.40, and Gavin Zillyette was eighth in 16:56.90.

Bolts get the best of the V-ball J-Hawks

Hartmann’s 14 kills pushes Liberty past CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High entered the final week of the regular season with a 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest. Jefferson gave the Lightning a scare with a 25-17 win in the first set but the rest of the match belonged to the Bolts with 25-23, 25-16, and 25-22 wins.
Cassidy Hartmann produced 14 kills to lead Liberty with 13 from LeeAnn Potter. Rylee Fay made 25 assists with 21 from Haley Hested. Hartmann had Liberty’s only solo block of the match, while Lauren Roman made four block assists. Sydney Woods, Hartmann, and Schmierer made two ace serves each.

Spartans lead Class 3A District 6

Six weeks in, Solon on top

MOUNT PLEASANT– Almost to the beckoning of the machine shed mantra south of Solon on Highway 1, the Solon Spartans football team de-pounced the Panthers, at the Mapleleaf Complex in Mount Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 11, in grand fashion, to the tune of 35-14, remaining unbeaten through week seven of the season and claiming its 36th consecutive regular season win.

Lady Spartans notch conference win

Solon takes 3-2 win from Central DeWitt

DeWITT– Either way, one team was going to pick up its first divisional conference win.
That team was Solon.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball team moved to 13-16 on the season and picked up its first WaMaC East Division win of the season at Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 10.
But it didn’t come easily.
It took five sets to overcome the Sabers (23-25, 25-14, 25-17, 19-25, 15-11). Statistics were not available at press time.

Boys 6th at North Linn, postseason ahead

TROY MILLS– Going into postseason runs, Solon’s boys notched a sixth-place finish among 16 teams at the 2019 North Linn invitational cross country meet, Oct. 12. “It was an amazing meet for the whole Solon cross country team. Almost every runner had season best times,” reviewed head coach Emy Williams. “We looked strong and really competed.”

Girls third over Hillcrest hills

KALONA– There is a reason most noise at cross country meets comes near the finish line. That’s where the crowd is! As runners close in on 5,000 meters, the fans want to see their finish.
Sure, Mid-Prairie’s top ranked– and Future Hall of Famer– Marie Hostletler is going to win by more than a minute each time out. However, the excitement builds as the next 10, 50 or 100 girls fight for position. Solon’s girls provided a couple such moments, at the Hillcrest Academy Invite, October 7.