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November 5th

West’s Gross named 2013 Outstanding High School Coach

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High athletic director Scott Kibby announced last week that the United States Tennis Association named boys tennis coach Mitch Gross the 2013 Outstanding Iowa High School Coach.
Gross has guided his team to eight conference titles as well as four state championships in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Gross will lead his squad in an attempt at becoming the first Class 2A team to win three-straight state titles. The 2014 campaign will be his 13th season with the Trojans, and Gross brings a 178-27 career record to the effort.

Clear Creek boys win the Class 3A regional meet

Squad competes at state cross country for first time

SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s boys cross country team won the Class 3A regional meet Thursday, Oct. 24, sending the squad to the state meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers’ 73 team points gave them the regional championship, besting Center Point-Urbana by one point. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was the third-place team with 90 points, also qualifying for the meet. Solon missed the cut with 107 team points and a fourth-place finish as the top three teams advance.

Mustangs no match for West

Trojans put 69 points on the board to win first round fight

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Brian Sauser had been waiting two years for a night like this. The coach of the West High Trojans, Sauser remembered all too well a meeting with the Bettendorf Bulldogs two years ago at West in near-constant rain, mud and wind. It was a meeting which didn’t pan out so well for West as they were knocked out of contention for a state championship bid.

Fall pheasants, fish, deer and more

By Joe Wilkinson
Iowa DNR

DES MOINES– If you hunt or fish, admit it. The next couple weeks keep us on the brink. What to hunt? How about fishing? If there’s a season for it, it’s probably open now. Okay, paddlefish are out. As always, check for yourself. I might be missing some obscure species or local restriction. My point is; just about any game critter with fin, fur or feathers looks pretty good right now.

Runners tackle Fort Dodge

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

FORT DODGE– They watched the team races from the outside this year. However, Solon supporters among the couple thousand fans kept their focus on the individual races at the Nov. 2 State Cross country meets. Junior Alex Smith was 46th in the girls’ 4 kilometer race. Junior Ty Appleget was 22nd in the boys’ 5 kilometer course, with senior Patrick McGill 36th.

No. 2 Solon takes Mt. Pleasant

A win over CCA would give the Lady Spartans a state berth

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the 2013 campaign by beating Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
A pair of bookend wins would get the No. 2 Spartans a berth in the state tournament.
In a Class 4A region 8 final Tuesday night (Nov. 5), the No. 15 Clippers were expected to bring their 23-9 record to Cedar Rapids Washington to face Solon, with the winner advancing to state.
The Lady Spartans defeated Mount Pleasant 3-0 in the regional semifinal Thursday night (Oct. 31) in Solon after a first round bye.

Spartans to face No. 1 Decorah

Solon defeats West Delaware 49-20

SOLON– Solon put the hurt on the West Delaware Hawks Monday night, setting up a date with No. 1 Decorah Friday, Nov. 8, in a Class 3A football quarterfinal at a site yet to be announced.
In a physically dominating performance, Solon defeated West Delaware 49-20 in a second round match-up that saw the Spartans leading 35-0 at half.
Both the Hawks and the Spartans came into the game ranked and with 9-1 records, but Solon controlled the game from the onset, blocking a punt, knocking out the West Delaware quarterback and putting the clamps on one of the leading rushers in the state.

Solon teens have got that Halloween spirit

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist

Solon dancers compete at state solo competition

SOLON– Congratulations to Libbie Randall, Kaytee Berstler and Andria Kakacek for receiving Division I ratings at ISDTA State Solos. Ninety-six dancers competed in Class IV solos at Newton High School. Dancers needed to receive an average of 60 out of 70 points in order to receive this recognition.

Project Serve the Vets offers an evening of fellowship and appreciation Nov. 10

CEDAR RAPIDS — It is a blessing to live in a free country, and it’s due to the men and women who made selfless sacrifices to protect our freedoms as Americans.
That’s the philosophy of Casey Garner, former Army Ranger and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. “What an honor to have soldiers who are willing to do whatever is necessary to keep our nation safe,” Garner said. “What an honor to have veterans in our country who symbolize why this country is so great.”