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Sports

Creek girls place 10th at Tipton XC Invite

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls cross country squad finished 10th in team points Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Tipton’s Cross Country Invitational, held in Tipton’s City Park. Davenport Assumption won the meet with 67 team points while Solon was third with 113 and the host Tigerettes were seventh with 170. Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) was ninth with 200 while the Clippers were 10th with 276 team points.
Kaylie Barker led CCA with a ninth-place finish in 20:51.

Creek girls sink Bobcats

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

VAN HORNE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 5-5 Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a 3-2 win over Benton Community in Van Horne.
The Clippers dropped the first set, 16-25, but pulled out a 29-27 win in the second set before dropping the third set, 22-25. CCA rallied for a 25-21 win in the fourth and held on for a 15-10 win in the fifth and final set.

Trojans escape Tigers in OT

IC West beats Cedar Falls, 31-30, with 2-point play

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR FALLS– Iowa City West High’s Trojans improved to 3-0 on the varsity football season as they slipped past the Cedar Falls Tigers, 32-30, in overtime Friday, Sept. 8, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
The Tigers controlled the first half and held a 17-0 lead at halftime before the Trojans regrouped.
Owen McAreavy put the Trojans on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a 2-yard leap into the end zone. Lucas Karwal’s extra point kick made it 17-7.

Warriors sweep Lightning

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball squad fell 3-0 to the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors at home Thursday, Sept. 7.
Wash swept the Lightning, 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22. The loss dropped Liberty to a 2-5 record.
LeeAnn Potter led the Lightning with a dozen kills. Hailey Hested made 18 assists and 18 digs, Olivia Slattery made four ace serves and one solo block.

WOW! Iowa nips Iowa State, 44-41 in overtime

Hawkeye road wins

I’ve got to admit that I had almost given up when Iowa State scored with 4:36 left in the game and the ‘Clones took a 38-31 lead.
The Hawks had tied it up 31-all when Miguel Recinos kicked a 23-yard field goal, but on its first play after the kickoff, Iowa State completed a wide-open, 74-yard touchdown pass to take the lead.
Thank goodness Akrum Wadley wasn’t giving up.
The 46-yard touchdown pass that retied the game at 38 was one of the best catch-and-runs I have ever seen.
The Hawks had a first and 10 on the ‘Clone 46.

Spartans massacre Chiefs, 47-7, in Keokuk

Solon turns to the air for offense as defense continues to shine

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
KEOKUK– After last week’s rushing successes by Hunter Kula, it was a forgone conclusion teams would be keying on Solon’s rushing game. However, the Spartans reloaded from their arsenal, and defeated the Keokuk Chiefs, 47-7, Friday, Sept. 8, in Keokuk.

Solon girls 2nd at Benton

Cross country takes to the woods at Atkins

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– To call the Atkins Roundhouse trail ‘tree-lined’ is a severe understatement. Over the last decade, the park has literally had a running trail carved out of its heavily-wooded acres. No manicured golf course or graded trail to traverse. At the Benton Community Invitational cross country meet, even fans stumble through the woods to get to their next vantage point. With stubble, occasional tree roots and a dropoff here and there, it is, truly, a cross country course.

Lady Spartans swept by No. 2 Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The varsity Lady Spartan volleyball squad fell in a sweep to the ninth-ranked (3A) Mustangs in Mount Vernon Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Solon was able to hang tough before losing the first set, 25-22, but Mount Vernon rolled 25-12 in the second game and held off the Lady Spartans, 25-18, in the third.

Hawkeyes get it together against Wyoming, 24-3

Hawk Talk

The opening game at Kinnick Stadium is always special.
This is the 36th straight year I’ve gone to Hawkeye home openers, and it all started in 1981.
The only one I missed was the opening game in 2011, when the Hawks hosted Tennessee Tech. That was the game when lighting and thunderstorms delayed the game for over an hour. They had everyone (over 60,000) leave the stadium and when the game started again there were a little over 20,000 that came back.

Spartans shut out Regals, 33-0

Kula rushes for 206 yards

SOLON– In an evening filled with patriotism and Spartan pride, the Spartans routed the Iowa City Regina Regals, 33-0, on Friday, Sept. 1. The student section was awash in star-spangled splendor and the Solon American Legion presented the colors before the crowd.
It was Armed Forces Night at Spartan Stadium on Friday, Sept. 1, as the Regals came to town in hopes of defeating the Solon Spartans and getting into the win column in the 2017 season after a week-one loss to Cedar Rapids Xavier, 23-6.
The Spartans dashed those hopes.

Lady Spartans make some noise against ranked opponents

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Lady Spartans swept Anamosa to win their home opener, but it may be what they did over the weekend that’s more impressive.
Solon’s varsity volleyball squad jumped out to a 4-1 start with wins over Liberty High, Williamsburg and Anamosa.
But Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin was just as excited about going 1-3 at a weekend tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington.
“Don’t let that fool you, we hung with some big dogs,” Ferin said of the tournament.

Girls 3rd, boys 11th at Bob Brown invitational

Girls 3rd, boys 11th

IOWA CITY– The finishes were firm, even though the times were missing.
Electronic gremlins made individual times disappear from boys’ results at the Sept. 2 Bob Brown Invitational cross country meet in Iowa City. However, scores– derived by the order runners from each school crossed the finish line– did hold up.
For Solon, Carl Richey was the top runner, with the team finishing 11th.
The system did hold up for the girls. Freshman Kiersten Conway was the first Spartan across in the girls’ combined junior varsity (JV)/varsity 5-kilometer race. As a team, the girls finished third.