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Sports

Lessons learned as cross country season nears close

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– With young lineups, the 2016 cross country season has been a learning experience for Solon. That continued through the WaMaC Conference Meet Oct. 13, where the Solon boys finished 12th in the 16-team field with 316 points.

Lightning strikes the Indians

Liberty defeats Marion, 2-1

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Liberty High Lady Lightning made a statement in their final home match of their inaugural season on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Iowa City West High, as they defeated the Marion Indians, 2-1. The Lightning flashed for a 25-19 first-set win, but quickly fell into a deep pit in the second set. However, the Liberty Ladies steadily fought back and continued to narrow the gap, while keeping the Indians short of the final set point. The Indians closed the deal with a 25-19 win. A hard-fought third and final set saw the Lightning win, 15-12.

Solon clinches 3A District 5 top spot

Spartans cruise past Falcons, 42-0

WEST BURLINGTON– The Spartans made it look easy on Friday, Oct. 14, as they cruised past the West Burlington/Notre Dame Falcons, 42-0, on the road, moving to 7-1 on the season and clinching the number-one spot atop Class 3A District 5, assuring home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Spartans’ postgame chant of, “We are who we are,” reverberated loudly on Bill Nelson field, the only brightly-lit spot in the corner of West Burlington, as the Solon boys put an exclamation point on the rebound from last season’s 6-5 Spartan record.

Creek Girls take consolation runner-up at WaMaC tournament

Marion wins conference crown over West Delware

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MOUNT VERNON– The Marion Indians were crowned the 2016 WaMaC Conference volleyball champions Thursday, Oct. 13, in Mount Vernon after knocking off West Delaware, 2-1 (25-20, 23-25, 15-0), in the finals of the championship bracket.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) took the consolation bracket’s runner-up spot after falling to Williamsburg, 2-0 (21-25, 21-25).

Trojans roll over Lions

Iowa City West crushes Linn-Mar, 50-7

MARION– The Iowa City West High Trojans improved their chances of a playoff berth Friday, Oct. 14, with a 50-7 pounding of the Linn-Mar Lions in Marion. The win improved West’s overall record to 6-2 and 3-1 in Class 4A District 8 behind Cedar Rapids Kennedy (5-3/3-1) and presumptive district champion Cedar Rapids Prairie (7-1/4-0).
Trojan defense kept the Lions caged on their end of the field throughout the first half, denying Linn-Mar the chance to cross the 50-yard line offensively until the final minute of the half.

Knights knock another hole in the Clippers’ playoff hopes

Davenport Assumption sinks CCA, 33-20

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DAVENPORT– A trio of touchdowns by Jared Eckrich wasn’t enough to keep the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers afloat as they clashed on the gridiron with the Knights of Davenport Assumption Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport. The Knights won the Class 3A District 4 contest, 33-20, improving their record in the district to 5-1, tying with West Delaware. The Clippers fell to 4-2 in district play, tied with Marion.

Women of Troy have an up and down day at MVC tourney

West High beats No. 1 Cedar Falls but Linn-Mar takes conference title

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Linn-Mar Lions took the 2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) varsity volleyball tournament Saturday, Oct. 15, at Cedar Rapids Xavier High School. The Lions won 2-0 over Dubuque Wahlert in the championship match.

Clipper boys 4th at WaMaC Conference Meet

Sedlacek, Barker and McCarty set the pace for CCA x-country

North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country squad placed fourth in the WaMaC Conference Meet Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area in Solon. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 35 points, followed by Western Dubuque (71), Marion (82) and CCA (122).
Wyatt Sedlacek led the Creek Boys with a 17th-place finish in 17:13 with Nick O’Connor and Cole Liebe right behind him in 18th and 19th place, respectively.

Hawkeyes survive

Iowa beats Minnesota, 14-7

I think I’ve talked about how hard it is for me to write about the Hawkeyes when they lose, especially football. If Iowa loses a football game, I have to wait a whole week for the next one.
During basketball and wrestling seasons, there might be a wrestling meet or basketball game the very next night after a loss.
When Iowa lost to North Dakota State it was tough, but losing to Northwestern was tougher.
All week I had to hear, “What’s wrong with Iowa?”

Spartans continue to ride the crazy train

Solon moves to 6-1 on season with 26-0 win

SOLON– It is heard at almost every football game. It inspires football fans and teams alike, but has somehow become a theme song for this season’s Spartan Football express.
“All aboard! Hahaha…
I, I, I, I… [fade]
Crazy, but that’s how it goes…
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train…”
- “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Ozbourne.
Following last year’s 6-5 record and redistricting, this season the Solon Spartans have definitely boarded a crazy train.

Lady Spartans race into postseason

Cross country girls second at North Linn, champs at IMS

TROY MILLS– Heading into conference and postseason cross country meets, Solon’s girls are ‘packing it in’... in a good way. All five scoring runners were within 27 seconds of each other at the finish line as the Lady Spartans captured runner-up honors in the 19-team North Linn Invitational, Oct. 8.
That builds momentum as the starter’s pistol cracks Thursday, at home for the WaMaC Conference Meet at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, and a week later, again on their home course, for the state qualifying meet.

Crowds build as cross country season hits final stretch

Spartans 20th overall at North Linn, fourth at IMS

TROY MILLS– Expect a crowd at North Linn every year.
The October cross country meet features hundreds of runners– 25 schools provide entries on the boys side, with 22 represented in the girls competition. And there are just as many fans packed around the course, threading around and through the rural Troy Mills athletic fields, school buildings and woods.
“The crowd is crazy; people yelling. There is some pushing as the pack tries to get sorted out; to try to stay ahead of somebody,” recalled Solon sophomore Jorel Justus of his first trip around the course.