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Sports

Liberty volleyball makes history again

2nd state tourney appearance nets 2nd place trophy

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High School’s varsity volleyball program is only four years old, so when it comes to making school history, it’s something of a routine.
Except the “Bolts” have written an entire new chapter with their second consecutive state tournament appearance.

Spartans fall

Waukon clamps down on Solon offense in 24-8 loss

WAUKON– It’s hard to win a football game without the offense scoring any points.
Despite opportunities, Solon’s varsity football team could only find the end zone once against Waukon, when Gage Marty picked up an Indian fumble and rumbled 25 yards across the goal line.
The Spartans were eliminated from the Class 2A football playoffs after a 24-8 loss to the Indians in Waukon Friday, Nov. 6.

Clipper trio competes in state cross country meet

CCA’s Brandon Barker medals with ninth-place finish

FORT DODGE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s Brandon Barker, Gavin Zillyette and Haidyn Barker competed in the 2020 Class 3A State Cross Country Championships Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
Dallas Center-Grimes won the boys 3A title with the Clippers’ WaMaC East rival Solon taking the runner-up spot. The Clippers were the defending runner-up squad after two consecutive years.
Barker, a senior, finished ninth in 16:36.6 while Zillyette, a junior, was 22nd in 16:58.3.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was 33rd in the girls race in 20:11.9.

Lightning boys, Keeney and the Macs run in state cross country meet

Liberty boys sixth, led by Gryp; Keeney finishes ninth

FORT DODGE– Liberty High School’s varsity boys competed in the 2020 Class 4A State Cross Country Meet Friday, Oct. 30, at the Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge. It was the second time for the Bolts in the short history of the program, with their state meet debut last year resulting in a 10th-place finish. This year, the Lightning finished sixth in team points behind Champion West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and runner-up Pleasant Valley.
Bo Gryp led Liberty with an 18th-place finish in 16:28.1.

Five Creek Girls named to WaMaC All-Conference Volleyball teams

CCA’s Clubb and Pollock earn First Team honors

TIFFIN– The WaMaC Athletic Conference released its 2020 All-Conference Volleyball teams on Wednesday, Oct. 21, with five student athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School recognized for performances this season in the WaMaC West Division.
Calia Clubb, a junior, and Hailey Pollock, a senior, were selected for the First Team. Clubb was a unanimous selection. Senior Lauren Riggle was named to the Second Team, while junior Morgan Etscheidt and freshman Meg Berkland picked up WaMaC Recognition (honorable mention).

Six Bolts named to MVC All Division Volleyball teams

Liberty’s Hartman, Kimm and Hested earn First Team honors

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference released its 2020 All-Division Volleyball selections on Tuesday, Oct. 27, with six Liberty High School student athletes recognized for their efforts by being named to Mississippi Division teams.
Cassidy Hartman, Shelby Kimm and Haley Hested were picked for the First Team, with Hartman a unanimous selection. Senior Addie Schmierer was named to the Second Team while junior Sam Harvey and senior Lauren Roman earned Honorable Mention.

Solon Spartans tame Independence Mustangs, 37-21

Road to the UNI-Dome travels through Waukon

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team broke the Independence Mustangs 37-21 in Spartan Stadium on Friday, Oct. 30, advancing to meet the Waukon Indians, in Waukon on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
The Spartans jumped out to a first quarter lead, 6-0, on a 14-yard run by Jackson Ryan, but the extra point was blocked.
A little less than seven minutes into the second quarter, Ryan scampered five yards to score again for Solon and Brent Lumpkin found success on the point-after to elevate the Spartans to a 13-0 lead.

11 Bolts named to MVC All-Division Football teams

Fangman, Kraft, Meyer and Willis-Newell earn Mississippi Division First Team Defense honors

NORTH LIBERTY— The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) announced All-Division Football Selections on Monday, Oct. 26, with 11 Liberty High Bolts named. The Lightning finished the shortened season at 2-3 after sitting out two weeks due to the Iowa City Community School District moving to 100 percent online education, which put all fall sports and other extracurricular activities on hold.
Liberty drew a first-round bye in the extended postseason, but fell, 42-7, to Dubuque Hempstead in the second round.

Spartans both top-five

Boys 2nd, Girls 5th at 3A state meet

FORT DODGE– Solon’s girls were steady through the 2020 cross country season… running at or near the top in most meets. The boys? They worked their way up through the season; always crowding a little tighter and closer to the top. The efforts showed in a big way at the 2020 cross country championships, Friday, Oct. 30.

Three Spartans honored for WaMaC East

Delaney Bombei leads division in blocks

SOLON– Senior Kennedy Bombei, sophomore Delaney Bombei and junior Maddie Manifold were selected for recognition as the WaMaC Conference announced its volleyball honors Oct. 21.
Kennedy Bombei was named to the All-WaMaC East Second Team, while Delaney Bombei and Manifold received WaMaC Recognition.
The Solon varsity volleyball team finished the year 2-3 in conference play and 17-19 overall, falling 3-0 to third-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon in a Region 7 road quarterfinal on Oct. 19.

Creek Boys come up short on team return to state XC

Brandon Barker wins 3A qualifying meet, Zillyette and Haidyn Barker also run in Fort Dodge

MONTICELLO– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys’ cross country team was the Class 3A state runner-up two years in a row. However, hopes of a “three-peat” or better were dashed Wednesday, Oct. 21, when the Clippers fell short of qualifying as a team for the 2020 state meet. The Creek Boys finished fourth with 90 team points in the state qualifying meet at the Monticello High School, behind team champion Solon (48), runner-up West Delaware (77) and Dubuque Wahlert Catholic (85).

Metzler selected to bowling Hall of Fame

Years of dedication to the sport leads to nomination for Performance/Meritorious Service

NORTH LIBERTY– Dave Metzler not only loves to bowl, he loves the sport, and loves being an ambassador for it.
“Anybody can do it; you can be 5 or 95 and still do it. It’s never to late to jump in and get started, or too early,” he said in 2018 after bowling his 27th 300 game.
Metzler, from North Liberty, has been in the sport for over 45 years and picked up his 29th 300 game in April of 2019. He’s had many accomplishments beyond racking up perfect games on the lanes, including a runner-up finish in the 1993 Petersen Classic.