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Sports

Lady Spartans scalped by Indians, 74-30

SOLON– In the first contest of a three-game week for the Lady Spartans, the visiting Marion Indians ran over Solon’s varsity basketball team, 74-30, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the high school. It was the second Solon loss to the Indians this season, the first coming on Jan. 3, 50-18.
Both teams showed considerable improvement from their match-up at the beginning of the month, with Marion ranked No. 2 in Class 4A.

Beckman cruises over Solon

Blazers build big lead in 63-43 win

SOLON– It was a big hole.
When Carson Shive hit two free throws to open the Solon scoring and tie the game against Beckman Catholic Jan. 31 in Solon, it was as close as the Spartans would get the rest of the night.
Shive hit a three-pointer moments later to make the score 6-5 in Beckman’s favor, but from there out, things didn’t bounce Solon’s way.
Turnovers haunted the Spartans early on and the Blazers built a 16-5 first-quarter lead they would not relinquish.
Beckman held the Spartans to 14 points in the first half and held a commanding 26-point lead heading into the third quarter.

Creek Girls scorch the Trojans, 73-18

A dozen Clippers score for CCA against South Tama

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team pounded the winless South Tama Trojans for the second time this season Tuesday, Jan. 28, at home. The Clippers rolled the Trojans, 73-18, with a continuous clock for the second half thanks to a 49-10 halftime lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by junior Whitney Traetow gave the Creek Girls a 45-6 advantage ahead of the halftime break.

Bolt girls get their second win of the season against East High Trojans

McPherson and Napoli lead Liberty in 59-21 win over Waterloo East

WATERLOO– Lightning struck twice as Liberty High’s varsity girls picked up their second win of the 2019-20 season Friday, Jan. 31, on the road at Waterloo East. The Lightning scorched the Trojans 59-21 in the teams’ second meeting this season. The Bolts fried East 66-41 at home on Friday, Dec. 13.
Liberty jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first quarter and held the Trojans scoreless in the second for a 26-6 halftime score. A 20-point effort by the Lightning in the third, while only allowing five East points, made it 46-11 going into the final period.

Creek Boys dispose of Vikings again

Schrepfer and O’Connor shell Vinton-Shellsburg with 10 three-pointers in 76-50 win for CCA

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team went full speed ahead past the visiting Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings on Friday, Jan. 31, for a 76-50 WaMaC West win. It was the second meeting this season for the ball clubs, and the Clippers’ second win against the Vikings after dropping them, 70-62, on Jan. 14 in Vinton.
The Clippers never trailed in the contest, winning the first quarter 9-5, leading 38-14 at halftime, and holding a 57-36 advantage going into the final period.

Mustangs slip past Lightning in OT

Liberty falls, 69-66, to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team came close, very close, to upsetting the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Hempstead. Instead, the Mustangs escaped, 69-66, in overtime to improve to 11-3 while dropping the Bolts to 6-6.

From a Clipper to a Warrior

CCA’s Nick O’Connor signs with Indian Hills

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Nick O’Connor signed a letter of intent to compete at Indian Hills Community College next year. O’Connor, a multi-sport athlete for the Clippers, will compete on the Warriors’ track and field team.
O’Connor qualified for the 2019 State Coed Track and Field Meet, taking sixth place in the 1,600-meter run, eighth place in the 3,200-meter run and anchored the third-place 4x800-meter relay with Tom Johnson, Kaden McAreavy and Jack Sexton.

Spartans edged by Mustangs

Mount Vernon escapes with 70-68 win

SOLON– “They left it all on the floor,” Solon head Coach Matt Lesan said. “Some of those bounces that aren't going our way will start to change.”
Everything was looking good for a Spartan upset of two-loss Mount Vernon Jan. 24 in Solon.
But the Mustangs retook the lead when it mattered, and the 70-68 loss dropped the Solon varsity boys to a third straight loss and a 3-11 record. Mount Vernon improved to 11-2.
The Spartans held a 38-33 advantage at the half in a see-saw battle which featured some hot shooting and some aggressive defense.

Lady Spartans break Mustangs a second time, 44-34

Holtkamp and LaDage lead Solon over Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– Solon sophomore Kaia Holtkamp and senior Jenna LaDage led the Lady Spartans past the Mustangs, 44-34, on Friday, Jan. 24, at Mount Vernon High School, for the second time since December of 2009.
The Lady Spartans built a six-point lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Mustangs, 11-5, and matched Mount Vernon in the second quarter with 10 points apiece, to maintain the six point lead at the half, 21-15. Besting the ‘Stangs by a point in the third, 8-7, Solon entered the final 12 minutes of play leading, 29-22.

One win, one tie

Solon wrestlers down Marion, but end in 36-36 deadlock with Mount Vernon

SOLON– Trailing 36-33 heading into the final match, it was up to Nash Altman at 285 pounds.
And he delivered.
Altman’s 1-0 victory against Mount Vernon’s Keaton Dennis knotted the score 36-36 and helped Solon’s varsity wrestlers avoid a loss to the Mustangs during a double dual meet Jan. 23 in Solon.
The Spartans picked up a comfortable 51-28 win over Marion earlier in the evening.
Solon faced an 18-0 deficit against the Mustangs when Jakobe Lahr put the home team on the scoreboard with a pin of Mount Vernon’s Jacob Coon at 126 pounds (2:21).

Bolts lick the Lions

Liberty High boys defeat Linn-Mar, 51-46

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys improved to 6-3 on the season with a 51-46 win over the Linn-Mar Lions Tuesday, Jan. 21, at home.
Ben Houselog, a senior, put up Liberty’s first two points: a pair of free throws, which tied the game at 2-2. Ethan O’Donnell drained a three-point bucket, and followed up with a two-point basket ahead of an Ira Hazeltine three-bomb. However, the Bolts trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Stratton hits 1,501 career points

CCA’s standout senior’s 20 points leads the Creek Girls to 68-27 win over Independence

INDEPENDENCE– 1,501. That’s how many points Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Karsyn Stratton scored, as of Friday, Jan. 24. Stratton hit the career milestone on the road at Independence where the Clippers overhauled the Mustangs, 68-27, in the team’s second meeting of the season. The Creek Girls mauled Independence, 58-17, in Tiffin, on Dec. 17.
CCA led, 30-19, at the halftime break, after trailing briefly in the first quarter. The Creek Girls were well in control in the second half, taking the third quarter, 47-21.