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Sports

Vball Bolts sink the Boats 3-0

No. 2 Liberty High sweeps CCA

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team swept Clear Creek Amana (CCA) 3-0 in a non-conference match up Thursday, Oct. 3, at Liberty High. The Lightning, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its Thursday, Oct. 3, rankings, improved to 21-1 while the Clippers, unranked in Class 4A, dipped to 13-8.

Bolts sixth in MVC 2nd round divisional golf

Luke Nichols leads Liberty with 85

DUBUQUE– The Liberty High varsity boys golf team ended three rounds of Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition in sixth place among the eight-team Valley Division on Monday, Sept. 30, after the second divisional tournament. The tourney was held at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and hosted by Dubuque Wahlert.

Cardinals sweep Lady Spartans

Solon rebounds against Iowa City West, Ft. Madison

MAQUOKETA– Despite an active back row, some pretty stellar serving and 13 kills from senior Katie Yi, Solon’s varsity volleyball team came up empty against the Maquoketa Cardinals.
The Cardinals swept the Lady Spartans 3-0 in a WaMaC Conference East matchup Sept. 24 in Maquoketa.

Spartans chase Bloodhounds for Homecoming win

Miller throws five TD in 45-7 blowout

SOLON– Senior quarterback Cam Miller had himself a night.
Miller went 15-20 for 323 yards passing and five touchdowns against the Fort Madison Bloodhounds for Homecoming Sept. 27, and the Spartans rolled to a 45-7 victory.
Solon racked up 410 yards of total offense while holding Fort Madison to 143 and scored six of touchdowns in the first two quarters for a 38-0 halftime lead.
“Overall it was our best performance of the year,” assessed Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller. “We didn't have a single penalty and didn't have as many missed assignments as the previous week.”

Girls take the hardware at Anamosa cross country meet

Conway, Bock lead the way for Lady Spartans

ANAMOSA– There were a couple adjustments in the finishes, but it was still good for a meet title, as Solon outran the 10 (full) team field Sept. 28 in Anamosa. It was the girls’ second meet title this season.
Kiersten Conway (fourth place overall, 20:33) and Emma Bock (fifth, 20:49) swapped places again, as Solon’s one-two runners, pacing the 11th ranked (Class 3A) Lady Spartans over a wet, hilly course– on a meet morning that bordered on chilly, for the first time this season.

Solon boys 8th at Anamosa, North Linn next up

ANAMOSA– With their top five packed within about a minute of each other– and just 19 places apart– Solon’s varsity boys are leaning into the Big Push.
The Spartans kept their top runners closer together, taking eighth at the 14-school Anamosa Invitational cross country meet Sept. 28.

Bolts sink the Boats

Liberty High outlasts CCA, 28-21

NORTH LIBERTY– Last year the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Liberty High School’s Lightning clashed for the first time in Class 3A varsity football with the “Boats” taking a lopsided 37-7 win for CCA’s 2018 Homecoming Game. On Friday, Sept. 27, the “Bolts” returned the favor in a much closer game for their 2019 Homecoming as The Lightning zapped the Clippers 28-21 in the first week of District 5 competition.

Martin sets new records at Kennedy’s Invitational swim meet

Iowa City West/Liberty High tops the field

CEDAR RAPIDS– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers continued to set new records Saturday, Sept. 28, as they competed in Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s 2019 Cougar Invitational. The Women of Troy won the meet with 553 team points topping runner-up Johnston (416) and the host Cougars (344).

Liberty XC boys 6th at Jim Boughton Invitational

Gryp breaks Woodward’s record, Bolts set 19 personal bests

DUBUQUE– Liberty High’s cross country boys ran Thursday, Sept. 26, in Dubuque Senior’s Jim Boughton Invitational at the Dubuque Soccer Complex, and stunned Head Coach Josh Hildebrand.
“Speechless! This team never ceases to amaze the coaches!” he wrote. “On only two days rest (the team competed Monday, Sept. 23, in Solon’s Invitational), the boys set 19 personal records and one school record!”

Stormin’ Pointers top Creek Girls in five sets

CCA falls 3-2 to CPU

CENTER POINT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team dipped to an 8-7 record Tuesday, Sept. 24, after falling to Center Point-Urbana in five sets (3-2). The 11th-ranked Clippers (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings as of Thursday, Sept. 19) dropped the first set 17-25, rallied back to a 25-22 win in set two, and fell 25-11 in the third. The Creek Girls rocked the Stormin’ Pointers with a 25-17 win in the fourth set, but dropped the fifth 15-8. The Pointers, unranked at the time, improved to 11-11.

Boys cross country 7th in talented field at home

SOLON– The pack is developing. It just needs to gravitate upwards.
With lead runner Gabe Hinman finishing 13th in the 64-runner field, Solon put together a pack of four more between 31st and 46th. Included in that field were 11 top-30 individual runners (in their school’s enrollment class). Hinman entered the week 29th in the coaches’ poll of the top 30 3A runners.
That pack will need to keep dropping its finish times, though, to move the team up. Solon was seventh among the 10 teams at its home cross country meet Monday, Sept. 23, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.

XC girls 4th at home, in duel of ranked teams

SOLON– With four ranked schools and 11 ranked runners on the course in each race, Solon’s Sept. 23 home cross country meet had almost a postseason feel to it. And it is not long before the postseason arrives. Solon hosts one of five Class 3A state qualifying meets, Oct. 24.