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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans halt Mustangs, 53-37

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team moved to 10-3 on the season after dispensing with the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 53-37, to remain atop the WaMaC East with a 10-1 conference record, on Friday, Jan. 15.
Solon surged to a 10-4 lead over the Mustangs in the first quarter and held a 27-21 lead at the half, before building to an insurmountable 42-24 third-quarter lead. The Lady Spartans finished with all players seeing time on the court, closing the game at the horn, 53-37.

Lady Spartans thrill in 57-50 win over Maquoketa

SOLON– After the road loss in Cedar Rapids to Xavier the night before, the Lady Spartans were looking for a little redemption and found it, barely.
Solon’s varsity girls’ basketball team delivered a thriller as Gov. Reynolds loosened COVID restrictions and the Spartan Nation was allowed to return to the stands, albeit limited, battling the Maquoketa Cardinals to a 57-50 victory, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Callie Levin poured in 15 points in the first half, welcoming the Solon faithful in grand fashion.

Lady Spartans dissect Indee, 81-22

Defensive-minded Lady Spartans end season on high

INDEPENDENCE– The Lady Spartans put an exclamation point on the 2020 portion of this season’s varsity basketball campaign with an 81-22 win over the Independence Mustangs on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
It was the Lady Spartans’ fifth win in a row, providing a 6-2 season record and 6-1 conference record, perching Solon atop the WaMaC East standings followed by Marion (3-4, 3-2), Beckman Catholic (3-5, 3-4), West Delaware (2-5, 1-4), Maquoketa (2-7, 1-5) and Mount Vernon (0-5, 0-5).

After eight years, Lady Spartans best Marion, 55-43

SOLON– “Marion is Marion,” said Lady Spartan Head Basketball Coach Jamie Smith.
For the first time since the Solon girls’ varsity basketball team defeated the Marion Indians, 64-50, on Feb. 13, 2013, the Lady Spartans summited that lofty precipice again.
The Lady Spartans bested the defending WaMaC East Division champion Marion Indians, 55-43, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at home. It was Solon’s third straight win since opening the season 1-2, and includes a win over 3A’s fifth-ranked Center Point-Urbana, catapulting them to the top of the East Division standings with a 4-1 record.

Lady Spartans trample Trojans, 63-24

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team continued its win streak on Thursday, Dec. 17, at home, trampling the South Tama Trojans, 63-24.
The Lady Spartans took to the court with a different swagger on Thursday against the Trojans, shooting with confidence and maintaining the defense that provided them with their Tuesday win over the Marion Indians.
Solon shot out to a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and held the Trojans to single digits with a 29-9 halftime lead.

Lady Spartans overcome Vikettes, 54-44

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans varsity basketball team took a fast-paced victory, 54-44, over the Vinton Shellsburg Vikettes, at home, on Friday, Dec. 11.
It was a game reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson’s notable quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

Lady Spartans wrangle Raiders, 56-45

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team ended a two-game skid with a 56-45 victory over the Williamsburg Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on the home hardwood to move to 2-2 on the season. It was an early start for the Lady Spartans in the opening leg of a boys and girls basketball doubleheader.

Clippers swamp Lady Spartans, 63-44

Lady Spartans flounder against Clippers, 63-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper varsity girls’ basketball team opened its season, following a delay due to online learning courtesy of the pandemic, at CCA High School and soaked the visiting Lady Spartans, 63-44, on Friday, Dec. 4.
There was no rust evident in the Clippers’ performance as they capitalized on their height mismatch which Solon attempted to combat by defending the lane, allowing the Boats to paddle their way to a 15-2 lead over Solon at the end of the first quarter, dropping four shots from beyond the arc.

Solon girls foiled by Sabers, 57-41

Lady Spartans fall before Sabers, 57-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans (1-0) were unable to repeat their season opening win from a week earlier on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they were foiled by the Class 4A fifth-ranked Central DeWitt Sabers, 57-41.
The Lady Spartans showed the same early game spark in the first quarter, taking an early lead on free throws from Callie Levin, a deuce from Elly Holubar and a steal for a layup, before a MaKinley “Mak” Levin three-pointer and a Holubar three, courtesy of a Kaia Holtkamp assist, pushed Solon out to a 11-0 lead with 4:11 remaining.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.

Five Solon varsity football players recognized by IPSWA

Shive named to First Team defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced its selections for postseason Class 2A football honors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Among those honored were five members of Solon’s 2020 varsity football team.
Solon senior Carson Shive was named the IPSWA Class 2A First Team defense for his success as an inside linebacker. He recorded 78 tackles, a team high, including 58 solo, 12 for loss and four sacks. He also recovered four fumbles.

Class 2A District 6 champs recognized

Spartans named to all-district squads

SOLON– Several Spartan varsity football players were recognized for performances both on and off the field as the Spartans ended the 2020 campaign Class 2A District 6 Champions and Class 2A quarterfinalists.
Senior running back Jackson Ryan was recognized as Overall District Most Valuable Player, was named to the First Team All-District Team and received Academic All-District honors.
Senior wide receiver Colton Hoffman was named Offensive Skill Most Valuable Player, received First Team All-District recognition and was acknowledged for his Academic All-District performance.