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Sports

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.

Reiland resigns

HOF wrestler coached Trojans for 19 years

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Head Wrestling Coach Mark Reiland resigned on Monday, March 19, ending a 19-year career at West. Reiland won two state titles and was a four-time state-placer at Eagle Grove High School (1984-1987) and earned an NCAA championship in 1991 and two All-American honors while attending the University of Iowa.

Creek Girls run

Roller and 4x400 relay standout for CCA

Roller and 4x400 relay standout
for CCA
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AMES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School was out for spring break, but that didn’t stop the girls track and field team from competing in Iowa State University’s High School Classic Indoor meet Monday, March 12, in the Lied Recreation Center in Ames.
Andrea Roller had the Clippers’ best individual finish with 14th place (12-way tie) in the high jump after clearing 4-10. CCA’s 4x400 relay team took 12th in an invitational race, while the 800-meter sprint medley relay came in 13th.

Caruthers and Austin West win at Pella

Caruthers and Austin West win at Pella Indoor Meet
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PELLA– Iowa City West High’s Trojan track and field team wrapped up the indoor portion of the 2018 season with the Pella Indoor Meet at Central College in Pella.

West girls tennis preview

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity girls tennis team finished third at the state tournament last year after being crowned division co-champions and posting a 20-2 record overall.

Iowa Print Sports Writers Boys All-State Team

West High’s McCaffery and Sims make the cut

DES MOINES– The fledgling Iowa Print Sports Writers’ Association (IPSWA) released its second All-State basketball teams Tuesday, March 13, with picks for boys basketball. The new association, which takes over the All-State selections formerly made by the Iowa Newspaper Association, debuted with girls all-state picks on March 6.

Creek Boys run in High School Classic

Johanson and the 4x800 relay post top-10 finishes

AMES– Elements of Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity track and field team competed in the 2018 Iowa State Boys High School Classic indoor meet Tuesday, March 13, in the Lied Athletic Recreation Facility on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.
Seb Johanson had the best individual finish in the seven events run by the Clippers with a seventh-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles. The Creek Boys’ 4x800-meter relay team also brought home a seventh-place finish out of 61 teams represented in the event.

Creek Girls close out indoor season

Roller 2nd in high jump, Lacina 4th in 400m dash

GRINNELL– Clear Creek Amana’s track and field girls put up nine top-10 finishes Saturday, March 17, at the WaMaC Indoor Meet, ending the brief indoor season ahead of the start of the outdoor season with the Bob Brown Invitational Saturday, March 24, at Iowa City Regina High School.

Creek Boys 4x800 and 1,600-meter relays win

GRINNELL– The brief indoor track season came to a close for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, March 17, with the WaMaC Indoor Meet at Grinnell College. And boys coach Ben Robison was very happy with what he saw.

Solon Robotics advance

SOLON– Two Solon Robotics teams advanced to the CREATE Foundation’s VEX US Open, April 4-7, at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs
Team 367-C, Donuts, and team 367-D, Gear Destroyerz, qualified by being Tournament Champions and/or receiving the Excellence Award at events across Iowa during the 2017-18 season. They will compete with 98 other middle school teams from across the United States and China in the VEX Robotics game In the Zone.

Basketball Seniors reflect

Senior basketball players have learned life lessons

SOLON–Ben Krutzfeldt, Luke Ira and Jack Stahle spent part of their Solon childhood in the back of the end zone at the old high school football field.
There was one athlete they looked up to with awe.
“James Morris,” the three seniors said in unison.
Morris led the Solon Spartans to three consecutive Class 2A football championships and continued as a linebacker with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“Whatever sport he was playing, he was dominating,” Stahle said.

Solon girls indoor track wrap up

4x400 squad takes 2nd at Wartburg indoor meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

MOUNT VERNON– Three down, one to go, as Solon’s girls get ready to take it outside for the track season. The early weeks of Iowa’s high school track season often mean a day or two outdoors for practice… then four or five indoors. With only a handful of indoor tracks in Eastern Iowa, competition is limited, too. And who will be available for the next meet? Girls coming out of basketball season have barely begun to transition to track, spring break can break up the lineup, too, with key performers missing a meet or two.