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Sports

Wrestlers split with Central DeWitt, Maquoketa

Cardinals edge Spartans, 39-37

DeWITT– Solon’s wrestlers narrowly missed sweeping a double dual at Central DeWitt Dec. 19.
The Spartans pulled away late against the host Sabers, 54-30, but were edged by the Cardinals, 39-37, in a dual decided in the final match.
Against Maquoketa, Solon came back from a 30-15 deficit to take the lead near the end of the meet, but the slim margin was not enough to withstand losses in the last two matches of the evening.
The Spartans started with a modest 3-0 lead on a 6-2 decision by Gage Marty (220 pounds) over Maquoketa’s Lane Stender.

Spartans push Sabers, but fall, 62-38

Solon draws to within three in third quarter

SOLON– In the third period, Solon had Central DeWitt’s lead whittled away to three points on a breakaway by sophomore Kinnick Pusteoska.
It forced a Saber timeout and had Solon Head Coach Matt Lesan pumping his fist on the sidelines.
But Central DeWitt senior Tucker Kinney was not to be denied and his game-high 27 points led the Sabers past the Spartans in the fourth quarter for a 62-38 win in Solon Dec. 17.
The loss moved the Spartans to 2-4 on the season.

Creek Boys improve to 4-2 with win over Indee

Potter leads CCA with 16 points in 56-45 road win in Independence

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 56-45 road win against the Independence Mustangs Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Clippers, fresh off their upset win over the Marion Indians, took a 19-10 first quarter lead, and were up 28-25 at halftime. The Mustangs crept ahead in the third period to take a 36-35 lead into the final quarter.

Bolts improve to 4-0 with win over Bobcats

Brandon’s 17 leads Liberty to 51-42 win over Western Dubuque

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball squad improved to 4-0 on the season with a 51-42 win over the Western Dubuque Bobcats Tuesday, Dec. 17, at home. The Bolts trailed by a free throw, 12-11, at the end of the first period, but charged ahead to a 23-20 halftime lead. The Lightning held onto their lead in the third, taking the period, 12-8, for a 35-28 advantage going into the final quarter.

Creek Girls tame Mustangs

Stratton’s 19 points leads CCA past Independence, 58-17

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team recovered from a loss to the Class 4A second-ranked Marion Indians with a 58-17 rout of the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at home.
The Clippers wasted no time corralling the Mustangs, taking a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, and held Indee to only three points in the second, building a 36-7 lead at halftime. The overhaul continued as the Creek Girls outscored Independence, 15-2, in the third for a 51-9 lead going into the final period.

Cougars sweep Trojans on the lanes

CCA’s Stirlen Roberson leads West High boys against CR Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS– Five pins.
That’s how close the Iowa City West High varsity boys bowling team came to picking up a win Tuesday, Dec. 17, on the road at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center in a match against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Cougars won 2,698 to West’s 2,694 with Clear Creek Amana’s Stirlen Roberson, competing with the Trojans, leading all with 513 pins knocked down.
West’s junior varsity (JV) boys fell 2,356 to 1,597 pins with Kennedy’s Hunter Leaven winning with 396 and West’s Caden Noeller leading the Trojans with 213.

Trojan-Bolts victorious over the Lions

Liberty’s Hajek, Brotherton, Skelley, Nichols, Keeney and Petersen win for IC West and Liberty High against Linn-Mar

CORALVILLE– ‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all across the pool, final warm-up laps were swum, Lions “roared” and the Trojan-Bolts let out a war whoop before notching yet another home dual meet win Tuesday, Dec. 17, as the Linn-Mar Lions visited Iowa City West.
The West High-Liberty High combined team swept the Lions with the junior varsity winning, 133-37, and the varsity taking a 119-51 victory.

Spartans pick up wins at South Tama duals

Solon falls to Indee, Nebraska powerhouse

TAMA– Solon’s varsity wrestlers picked up steam over the weekend at the South Tama County Duals.
The Spartan grapplers went 3-2 with big wins against Vinton-Shellsburg, Iowa City Regina and Des Moines East, and narrow losses against highly-ranked Independence and Omaha Burke of Nebraska.
“I thought our wrestlers improved with their effort and fight from Thursday (dual losses to West Delaware and Lisbon),” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams said. “In both meets we lost, we competed. We stressed that before each meet to go out and compete.”

Lady Spartans break Mustangs, 60-12

Solon 2-2 on season after defeating Independence

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team moved to 2-2 on the season following a 60-12 breaking of the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at home. Both Solon and Independence entered the fracas with 1-2 records but it was Independence who left the gym sadly disappointed. It was a banner night for the Lady Spartan program as the junior varsity team was also victorious earlier in the evening, 42-25.

Solon loses in 2OT to Benton

Spartans turn it around Saturday against CPU

SOLON– It could have been a soul-crushing loss.
But the varsity Spartan basketball team shook it off.
After watching a nine-point first-half lead evaporate, Solon fell in double-overtime to Benton Community, 57-52, in the home basketball opener Friday, Dec. 13.
And when the Spartans hosted the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) the next day, they fell in a 16-0 hole before their first points hit the scoreboard in the second period.
When the final horn sounded, however, Solon emerged with a 48-46 win.

Flynn, Shive and Poynton receive overdue recognition

Cam Miller named Your Prep Sports 2019 Player of Year

IOWA CITY– Yourprepsports.com, a website providing prep sports coverage in Johnson and Cedar Counties in Iowa, named Solon Spartan linebacker Jax Flynn its 2019 Defensive Captain, and provided some overdue recognition of Flynn’s performance this season, while naming its 2019 Your Prep Sports Area Football Team. Fellow Spartans Carson Shive and Seamus Poynton received recognition, as well.

O’Connor and Withrow power Creek Boys to first win of the season

CCA soars past West Delaware, 85-62

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team picked up its first win in the early part of the season Tuesday, Dec. 10, at home, against the West Delaware Hawks. The Clippers shelled the birds, 85-62, as nine Creek Boys put up points, with senior Nick O’Connor and junior Christian Withrow leading the way with 25 apiece.