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Sports

Spartans’ late-game rally defeats Knights, 17-13

Solon rebounds from 13-3 deficit against Assumption

SOLON– A late-game rally under the lights in Solon on a humid Friday, Sept. 20, catapulted the fourth-place ranked Spartans (3-0) to a 17-13 triumph over the Davenport Assumption Knights (2-1) and moved them to 4-0 for the season.
The win also answered the question whispered quietly this season if the Spartans could play back from a deficit and win after outscoring their opponents 127-14 thus far in the season.

The Demons zap the Bolts

Washington edges out Liberty High, 38-31

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity football team suffered its first loss of the 2019 season Friday, Sept. 13, under a full moon at home as the visiting Demons from Washington (Iowa) defeated the Lightning, 38-31.

Barker leads Creek Boys to perfect finish in Fairfield

Barker, Zillyette, Sexton, Alcorn and O’Connor sweep top five spots

FAIRFIELD– Despite heat, humidity and threat of strong to severe storms, Thursday, Sept. 12, was a perfect night for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys cross country team as they competed in Fairfield’s meet. The Clippers swept the meet posting the top five finishes to win the team championship decisively.
Brandon Barker won the varsity boys’ race in 16:53.08, with Gavin Zillyette the runner up in 17:24.39. Jack Sexton, Caleb Alcorn, and Nick O’Connor rounded out the third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishes for the Creek Boys.

West/Liberty swimmers dominate in Dubuque

Liberty’s Martin, Klein, Reese and Janik help lead Iowa City West past Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers dominated the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs on Monday, Sept. 9, at Loras College, in Dubuque. The varsity team won, 145-40, while the junior varsity (JV) won, 142-24.

Bolts and Boats compete in West’s Caroline Found Volleyball Extravaganza

Liberty wins Gold Bracket Championship with 6-0 record

IOWA CITY– Liberty High ran the table for a 6-0 championship at Iowa City West High’s Caroline Found Volleyball Extravaganza Saturday, Sept. 14, at West High. The annual tournament is in memory of Found, who was killed in a moped accident in August 2011, and was the setter for West High’s 2010 state championship volleyball team. Found’s, and the Women of Troys’ story was told in a book, The Miracle Season, by former West High Coach Kathy Bresnahan, and later made into a movie starring Helen Hunt as Bresnahan.

Solon blasts Marion, 44-0

Defense pitches shut out, holds Indians to 100 yards

MARION As the Spartans varsity football team traveled to Thomas Park in Marion on Friday, Sept. 13, the machine shed mantra south of Solon begged the players, Send em to the Spirit World.
Solons own version of the Young Guns did not disappoint, trampling the Indians, 44-0, in nearly a spiritual manner.
Solons scoring began early, during the first possession, with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter. Cam Miller sprinted up the middle behind solid blocking for 11 yards and a score. Cael ONeill kicked the extra point and Solon was up, 7-0.

Lady Spartans fall to Mount Vernon

Girls rebound at Vinton quad, Linn-Mar tourney

SOLON– There was a chance in the first game, but it slipped away.
The Mount Vernon Mustangs, ranked first in Class 3A at the time, swept the Solon volleyball team at home Sept. 10.
The Mustangs dropped the Lady Spartans 25-23, 25-17, 25-14.
Solon kept pace with Mount Vernon in the first game, closing to within two points and a single point at 24-23 before the final Mustang kill put the Lady Spartans away.
Solon found itself in a 1-6 and then a 2-10 hole in game two, but clawed back within five before falling.

Boys move up to fifth at Benton’s ‘Run through the woods’

ATKINS– The pack is running a little tighter as Solon’s boys near the halfway mark in the 2019 cross country season. Fourth early last week at Tipton, they followed with fifth place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the 10-team Benton Invitational.
Two Spartans cracked the top 20, with all seven varsity runners in the top 47. Sophomore Gabe Hinman grabbed medalist honors again, with a third-place individual finish, after a strong start over the wooded course through Atkins Nature Trail.

Depth pays off for Solon XC girls at Bob Brown Invitational

Lady Spartans capture second at Regina meet

IOWA CITY– Three runners in the top-20 led their pack, with Solon’s girls finishing as team runner-up in the annual Bob Brown Invitational cross country meet, Sept. 5 in Iowa City.
Sophomore Emma Bock was eighth, overall– seventh in the team count– across the finish line on the 5-kilometer course, in 21:40. Junior Kiersten Conway (11th overall, 10th in the team scoring), came in at 22:01). The pair swapped their one-two team finish the week prior at the season opener. Teammate Meghan O’Neill (22:32) was 18th. Kaia Holtkamp was 22nd, in 22:43, with freshman Mary Fiala 27th, 23:05.

Spartans shell the Comets

Solon lights up West Liberty 48-7 on Armed Forces Appreciation Night

SOLON– The Solon Spartans moved to 2-0 on the 2019 varsity football season with a 48-7 non-district win over the West Liberty Comets at home on Friday, Sept. 6, for Armed Forces Appreciation Night.
The Comets took the Spartans to overtime in 2018, but this time Solon took control early.

Times improve for boys; work now on closing the gap

Hinman finishes 8th at Regina invitational

IOWA CITY– Solon’s boys are getting the pack idea down.
Their job over the next few cross country meets is to move it up as the finish line approaches.
With sophomore Gabe Hinman cracking the top 10 at the Regina-hosted Bob Brown Invitational, the Spartans didn’t have another runner cross the finish line for a minute and a half. Hinman, 25th ranked among Class 3A boys, turned in a 17:45 finish; good for eighth place at the Sept. 5 Regina meet.

Lady Spartans pick up first win

Solon goes 2-1 at Marshalltown tournament

MARSHALLTOWN– Win one is under the belt.
But there’s more growing pains coming for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The Lady Spartans picked up their first win of the season at a Marshalltown tournament Sept. 5, but lost junior setter Kennedy Bombei to injury.
Solon defeated Marshalltown and Columbus Catholic by 2-1 scores, but fell 2-0 to No. 7 (4A) Waverly-Shell Rock.