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Sports

Mustangs hold off Spartans, 76-64

Mount Vernon second-quarter surge keeps Solon at bay

MOUNT VERNON– It was another pretty close game.
After building an eight-point lead in the first half, Mount Vernon moved to 8-0 on the season by holding off Solon, 76-64, Jan. 7 in Mount Vernon.
The loss dropped Solon to 2-6.
The Spartans trailed by only a point, 18-17, at the end of the first period, but the Mustangs padded the margin in the second period and held a 37-29 advantage at the half.
Solon could keep pace in the third quarter, but couldn’t trim the lead.
Mount Vernon junior Keaton Kutcher carried the load for Mount Vernon, scoring 32 points and grabbing five steals.

Lady Spartans claim 33-17 victory over Mustangs, first since 2009

SOLON– Highway 1 rival Mount Vernon visited Solon on Tuesday, Jan. 7, for the first of two varsity girls’ basketball match ups between the two teams in the span of 14 days. The Mustangs galloped back home reeling, 33-17, courtesy of a stout Lady Spartan defensive effort. It was the first time the Lady Spartans’ basketball team emerged victorious facing the Mustangs since Dec. 11, 2009.
“Game was about what I was expecting,” Head Coach Jamie Smith commented. “Rivalry game, two teams playing hard. The last four minutes of the first quarter was well played by us.”

Solon wrestlers make points count against Beckman

Spartans push past with 44-29 dual win

SOLON– The varsity Spartans wrestling team held a 24-3 lead against Dyersville Beckman five matches into a Jan. 9 dual meet in Solon.
But three of the wins had been forfeits at 195, 220 and 285 pounds.
Now it was Solon’s turn, forfeiting at 106 and 113.
Beckman followed it up with a major decision at 120 and a pin at 126 and suddenly the Blazers were up, 25-24.
But Solon would take four of the last five matches and distance itself for a 44-29 victory.

Schrepfer leads CCA past Benton Community, 62-42

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball team picked up its second win of 2020 and improved to 6-3 Tuesday, Jan. 7, in a varsity contest at home against Benton Community, 62-42, as the second half of a girl-boy doubleheader.
The Creek Boys pounded the Bobcats, 22-3, in the first quarter and held a 35-12 halftime advantage. The Clippers led, 55-27, at the end of the third.

Bolts overcome rough start to shock Golden Eagles

Liberty overcomes Dubuque Wahlert, 64-59

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High boys varsity basketball coach Stu Ordman summed up his team’s 64-59 win over Dubuque Wahlert very succinctly.
“Terrible start for Liberty. Lot of energy coming back.”
The Bolts knocked off the Golden Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 7, at home, snapping a two-game losing streak and posting their first win of 2020.

Creek Boys fall to Mustangs and Bobcats in double-dual meet

CCA’s Sam Stevens hits 111 wins, ties with Quinn Murphy on all-time list

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Sam Stevens joined the elite of the Clippers’ wrestling program picking up his 111th win and tying him for fifth place in the school’s All-Time Career Wins list. The senior won by forfeit on Thursday, Jan. 9, at home, on a double-dual night as East Marshall-GMG’s Mustangs and Benton Community’s Bobcats visited the Creek Boys. Stevens tied with Quinn Murphy and likely has Casey Rohret’s 119-wins (No. 4) record in his sights. Andrew Rohret holds the No. 1 spot on the All-Time list with 144 wins, Tyler Walls is No. 2 with 128, and Drew Cox is No. 3 with 121.

Williamsburg swimmers sink Ottumwa, fall to Des Moines East

CCA’s Colvin wins JV 50-freestyle, McGrath wins 200-IM and 100-Fly

DES MOINES– The Williamsburg Raiders sank Ottumwa in boys varsity swimming at Des Moines East High School on Thursday, Jan. 9. Unfortunately though, Des Moines East knocked off the Raiders in the double dual meet. The Raiders, with five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmers; Braxton McGrath, Jack Colvin, Jaxon Strank, Connor Hench and Landon Schanz; defeated Ottumwa, 88-74, but fell to East, 114-55.

Indians take win from Spartans in OT

Bluder drops 30 points in high-scoring loss

MARION– The Spartans built a lead, but the Indians whittled away.
It took an extra period, but Marion pulled away from Solon with an 83-76 win in Marion Jan. 3.
“It was a great game, both teams left it all on the floor,” noted Solon Head Coach Matt Lesan. “Got to give Marion a ton of credit for making the plays down the stretch. I was proud of our effort, though, we had our chances to win the game.”
The Spartans built a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Indians chipped away.
Solon led 34-30 at the half and the margin was down to 53-52 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lady Spartans swarmed by Indians 50-18 to open 2020

Solon holds No. 2 Marion to lowest total this season

MARION– Although the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team opened the 2020 portion of the season on the road suffering a 50-18 loss to the No. 2 (Class 4A) Marion Indians on Friday, Jan. 3, their defense held the Indians to their lowest scoring total yet this season.
Undefeated Marion met Solon having outscored its prior opponents significantly: Benton by 37 points (61-24), Williamsburg by 33 (78-45), South Tama by 83 (95-12), Clear Creek Amana by 29 (59-30), Vinton-Shellsburg by 30 points (73-43) and Maquoketa by 12 points (72-60).
Solon held Marion to just 50 points.

Wrestlers win Solon Duals

Spartans run the table at home tournament

SOLON– The Spartans ran the table.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers went 5-0 at their own Solon Duals Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Spartans opened with a 54-30 victory over Midland and racked up wins against Muscatine (41-32), Vinton-Shellsburg (60-18) and Keokuk (65-18) before taking down Anamosa in the championship, 59-24.

Several Spartans named to Your Prep Sports All-Decade Football Team

Coons, Bock, Linderbaum brothers, Ferguson, Flansburg and Koehn receive recognition

IOWA CITY– YourPrepSports.com released its All-Decade Football Team, in an article posted by Ryan Murken on Sunday, Dec. 29, and several Solon Spartan football players made the cut.

The Creek rises over the Raiders in doubleheader

Stratton and Withrow lead CCA in girl-boy wins over Williamsburg

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School celebrated the New Year with a varsity basketball sweep of rival Williamsburg Friday, Jan. 3, at home. The Creek Girls had no trouble rolling past the Raiders to a 62-36 win while the Creek Boys had a tough battle throughout, pulling out a 58-56 victory.