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Sports

School records shattered

Dramatic 4x400 finish sets new mark

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

DES MOINES– A little frustration– some high points, too– and the Solon crowd going wild in the last event of the weekend. They all marked the 2017 girls Class 3A state track meet in Des Moines.
With 11 entries in 10 different events, the Lady Spartans had a lot to look forward to coming out of the regional qualifying meet. As is usually the case, getting there is job number one. There are girls from 63 other schools out to prove themselves, too.

Lady Spartans fall to Williamsburg

SOLON– The postseason for the Lady Spartan varsity soccer squad will begin Tuesday, May 30, with a quarterfinal match against Northeast in Solon beginning at 6 p.m.
The winner will face either Iowa City Regina or West Liberty in a Class 1A Region 6 semifinal Friday, June 2, in Solon at 6 p.m.
Solon limps in with a 10-7 record, having lost the last three matches of the regular season.

Spartans mens soccer, look toward May 27 substate final

SOLON– The varsity Spartan soccer team has entered the postseason with a first-round bye.
Solon (14-5) was scheduled to play a Substate 5 Class 1A semifinal Wednesday, May 24, hosting Holy Trinity Catholic (8-9) of Ft. Madison.
Holy Trinity Catholic defeated Cedar Valley Christian School, 6-1, in a quarterfinal match May 22 in Burlington.
The Substate 5 final is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, at Solon with a 12 p.m. start with a berth in the state tournament on the line.
Burlington Notre Dame (11-3) and Columbus/WMU (7-0) await on the other side of the substate bracket.

Green and gold second, ninth at state

Welch and Nock win twice; girls’ distance medley relay also earns a state title

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DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy took the Class 4A runner-up team trophy Saturday, May 20, at the 2017 State Coed Track and Field Meet on Drake University’s storied Blue Oval in Des Moines. West High’s 89 points was second only to the 116 posted by Waukee for the championship at the conclusion of the three-day event.

Preview: A team approach hopes to return CCA to softball glory

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OXFORD– It’s been several years since the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls softball team has held a state championship banner on the diamonds in Fort Dodge. A new group of coaches hopes to end that drought and return the team to one of the premier programs in the state.
Matt Trosky, Jackson Litterer, Blake Wilson, Katie Wyman, Jamie Henze, Craig Stratton and CCA standout graduate Lexi Kinnaird team up to lead the Clippers this season. Trosky, Litterer and Wilson will operate as co-head coaches.
Trosky quickly emphasizes, “The entire staff is equal.”

IC West sends both teams to state tennis tournament

Wins over Ankeny and CR Wash punch Trojans’ ticket
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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s boys tennis team won two key matches Saturday, May 20, to advance to the state semifinals Tuesday, May 30, at the Prairie Ridge Tennis Complex in Ankeny. The Trojans are the Class 2A defending state champions.

CR Wash tops IC West boys, 1-0

By Chris Umscheid
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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans suffered their sixth loss of the season Tuesday, May 16, as the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors pulled off a 1-0 upset at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
The Trojans had a stiff breeze to their backs in the first half, but the Warriors’ keeper managed to pick off several West High attacks. Washington scored with a shot into the wind that found its way past West keeper Zach Frisbie halfway through the first period.

Warriors fall victim to Women of Troy, who improve to 14-1 overall

IC West 8, CR Wash 1

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy varsity soccer team improved to 14-1 overall and 10-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Tuesday, May 16, with an 8-1 win over Cedar Rapids Washington.
Regan Steigleder booted in two goals in 11 minutes during the first half and completed the hat trick with a third goal in the second. Leah Rhodes scored twice, including a header off a ball from Steigleder. Pauline Kihura and Lizzie Raley scored their first varsity goals of the season while Emma Cooper put one away, complimenting her four assists.

Clippers take a stab at state track and field

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DES MOINES– A small detachment of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity track and field athletes competed in the 2017 state coed meet Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20, on the historic Blue Oval at Drake University in Des Moines.
Ainsley Schrock was the Clippers’ highest-finishing competitor with her sixth-place finish in the girls’ Class 3A discus event with a best throw of 117-8. Mariah Roller was 15th with a 111-11 effort.

Moving on up to the big chair at West

Assistant Scott Sanders takes over Women of Troy volleyball

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IOWA CITY– Change came to Iowa City West High’s varsity volleyball program. Randy Dolson resigned the head coach position in order to lead the fledgling Liberty High Lightning in North Liberty. Scott Sanders, his assistant, was hired to take over the West program to lead the Women of Troy.
Sanders was assistant coach at Iowa City West High for eight seasons, working with legendary West High coach Kathy “Brez” Bresnahan for five years and the past three for Dolson.
He graduated with 24 classmates from Glidden-Ralston and managed the volleyball team his senior year.

Men’s 2017 basketball wrap-up

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye men’s basketball team is coming off a 19-15 record, 10-8 in the Big Ten conference.
There is plenty of excitement around the Iowa program as the team included three freshman starters.
Also, only one starter graduated, but he was a great one in Peter Jok.
Pete became Iowa’s fifth Big Ten scoring champion, averaging 19.9 points per game. He also won the College 3-point Championship that took place at the Final Four festivities in Phoenix.
Pete was first team All-Big Ten, and as I have said before, I think he is the best pure shooter I have ever seen play for Iowa.

11 Solon girls On to state

Five relays, six individuals in girls’ Class 3A track & field

MARION– “Are we in?”
As regional high school track meets close across Iowa, that question is voiced countless times by athletes and coaches, moms and dads. Many spend a restless night checking screens, wondering who made it to the state meet, beyond the automatic qualifiers. For Solon’s girls and those in 63 other Class 3A schools, only first and second place guarantee a ticket to state, May 18-20 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.