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Jeff Hess

Spartan boys track and field team 5th in 3A qualifier

Ira 110 hurdles first, Linderbaum first in shot/third in discus, 800 sprint medley third

SOLON– Coach Mark Sovers posted to Twitter on Thursday evening, May 9, a picture of the empty Spartan Stadium track’s lanes, with the sunset-illuminated school in the background, empty. The caption accompanying the picture read, “Reflecting on the incredible opportunity to coach such unselfish, relationship driven athletes. Looking forward to the best version of who we are shining through. #humble”
Spartan Stadium lights blazed on Thursday, May 10, as Solon hosted a coed Class 3A qualifying track meet.

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Varsity boys 2nd, JV boys 3rd at WaMaC East coed meet

SOLON– The Solon Spartan boys track and field teams, junior varsity (JV) and varsity, both flourished at the WaMaC East Divisional Championship meet, finishing third and second, respectively on Monday, May 7, postponed from Thursday, May 3, due to inclement weather, at Spartan Stadium.

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Solon alum Sydney Lawson batting in the Big Ten

CORALVILLE– Former Solon Lady Spartan Sydney Lawson, daughter of Gene and Christine Lawson from Solon, is swinging the pine in the Big Ten this season.
The Wisconsin Badgers visited the University of Iowa Softball field in Coralville for three games in two days– a doubleheader held on Saturday, April 7, and the final game Sunday, April 8.
Although the Badgers did not fair well against the Hawkeyes, falling 3-0, 4-3 and 5-3 in the three games, attendees got an opportunity to see the Solon High School graduate play in her Big Ten debut on Sunday and get her first Big Ten hit.

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Noonan kick beats Maquoketa in shoot-out

Senior Night Friday against Vinton-Shellsburg

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans soccer team started a week of very physical play in Maquoketa winning an edge-of-your-seat battle, 3-2, only to fall prey to Central DeWitt, 3-1, battling with a lineup lacking several starters due to high school state large group music competition.

Linderbaum third in shot put

Team 2nd at Maquoketa Valley and team 4th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys’ track and field team had a busy week on the oval and in the field culminating with Tyler Linderbaum’s third-place showing in the shot put at the Drake Relays.
The week’s competitions started on Monday, April 23, at Maquoketa Valley, where the team captured second place.

Lady Spartans have two get away

Two road losses moves Solon girls to 3-6 for the season

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartans soccer team suffered a week of setbacks with two road losses on grass fields away from home.
Nike had a marketing campaign bearing the quote, “The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.”
Tuesday, April 24, the Lady Spartans girls’ soccer team boarded the bus and traveled to Epworth challenging the Western Dubuque Bobcats. The Bobcats took an early lead and kept applying the pressure, dealing the Lady Spartans an 8-0 loss.

Solon zaps Lightning in double OT

Tucker, Havlicek and Noonan combine for shoot-out win over Liberty High School

SOLON– The Lady Spartans entered Spartan Stadium on Saturday, April 21, still reeling from the Anamosa setback the night before, and nursing some walking wounded, to meet the Liberty Lightning.
It would be a test for the battle-weary Lady Spartans to overcome their new opponent, which they would; after two 40-minute halves of play, two 10-minute overtimes, and five penalty kicks per team, the Solon Lady Spartans captured the win, 3-2.

Solon boys 3rd at Denny Gruber

Linderbaum, Krutzfeldt, Ira, throwers relay and shuttle hurdle relay team 1st, Flansburg, Kober and 4x100 2nd, 800m sprint medley 3rd

SOLON– Coach Mark Sovers and his coaching staff always make the Denny Gruber Coed Relays exciting and this year, held at Spartan Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, was no different.
Marion championed the team podium with 108 points, Mount Vernon captured second with 104 team points and Solon finished the evening in the bronze podium position with a score of 97 team points. The rest of the field was occupied by Vinton-Shellsburg (93), Beckman (60), Regina (52), North Cedar (50) and Davenport Assumption (24).

Tearful defeat for girls in Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans came out swinging following the 5-0 loss to Muscatine the day before, but the Raiders stolen it in overtime, 4-3, at the Anamosa High School football field on Friday, April 20.

Lady Spartans put it together against West Delaware, 4-0

SOLON– The Lady Spartans put together an offensive and defensive stand to triumph over the West Delaware Hawks, 4-0, at Spartan Stadium on Monday, April 16.
As Coach John Tucker prognosticated following the first game of the season, when the Lady Spartans can put together the offense and lean on their defense, success would be the result.

Lady Spartans fall prey to Blazers, 3-0

Beckman Catholic serves Solon first home loss of 2018

SOLON– Mother Nature appeared to shake off all her unlucky perspiration from the seasonal temperatures on Thursday over the noticeably colder and windswept Spartan Stadium as the Trailblazers of Beckman Catholic, from Dyersville, served the Lady Spartans their first home loss of the 2018 season on Friday, April 13.
Beckman Catholic, first place in the WaMaC East, faced the Lady Spartans under windy and cool conditions as the heavens occasionally spat upon both teams.

Spartans 7th at Jesse Day Relays

Linderbaum 1st in shot put, Ira 2nd in hurdles

DAVENPORT– The Solon Spartan boys track and field team traveled to Brady Street Stadium for the Jesse Day Relays in Davenport on Thursday, April 12, and came away with a seventh-place team finish among the 11 teams participating. Bettendorf took the team champion honor with 143.25 points, followed by Pleasant Valley (113), Davenport West (108), North Scott (64.5), Clinton (62.5), Muscatine (56), Solon (53.5), Davenport Central (51), the event host Davenport North (36.25), Central DeWitt (36) and Davenport Assumption (15).