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Sports

Spring Football 2017 (part three)

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of a series of breaking down Iowa Hawkeye football.
I’ve covered the offensive line, tight ends, wide receivers and fullbacks.
This week I’ll look at quarterbacks, running backs and the defensive line.

Hawkeye quarterbacks

Iowa loses two-year starter C.J. Beathard, who will go down as one of the top quarterbacks ever to play at Iowa.
C.J. started 28 games for the Hawkeyes and won 21.
Beathard had a great career, but you could wonder how much better he could have been if he hadn’t been injured.

Lakeview PTO hosts 6th Annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 29

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will host its 6th Annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 29 (rain or shine). The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that serves as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Interested individuals should sign up to participate in the event with a “family team.”
Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the 1-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Durr scores 9 goals

Lady Spartans rebound after loss to Muscatine

TAMA– Solon’s Josie Durr scored all the goals in a 9-0 soccer win over South Tama April 7.
That’s something that hasn’t been done in school history, according to Solon Lady Spartan head coach John Tucker.
“Not sure if that has ever been done before (in the state),” Tucker noted in an email.
The road win bumped Solon’s record to 2-1. The Lady Spartans are No. 9 in Class 1A, according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings released April 5. Solon has outscored its opponents 20-1 in its two wins.
The loss came at home April 6 against 10th-ranked (3A) Muscatine, 5-1.

Girls second at Williamsburg, CCA

TIFFIN– The points came all through the lineup as Solon finished second in the Creek Classic girls’ track meet April 7 in Tiffin. The Spartans scored in 15 of 19 events, with three relay titles and a pair of individual event wins. “Solid; not spectacular,” summarized coach Brent Sands. “We had some pretty low times. We’re still not where we want to be.”

Spartans jump out to 7-1 start on soccer season

SOLON– The first loss of the season for the Spartans’ varsity soccer team came over the weekend at a Hudson tournament.
Solon fell, 3-1, to host #5 (2A) Hudson after defeating Webster City and Postville.
Added to a 3-2 win over South Tama April 7 at home, and the Spartans are 7-1 on the soccer season.
Sophomore Luke Yetley scored all three goals for the Spartans against the Trojans after a scoreless first period for both squads.

Spartans 6th in Williamsburg

Ira wins 110-meter hurdles

WILLIAMSBURG – The Solon boys braved another gray, blustery, cool day in the fledgling track and field season on Tuesday, April 4, to finish in sixth place at the Williamsburg Co-Ed. Relays. Originally scheduled for Monday, April 3, the event was postponed until Tuesday due to heavy rains.
The athletes and spectators alike had to dodge mud holes and puddles while making their way between the throwers’ areas and the stadium between events.

Solon ties for 10th at Iowa City West

IOWA CITY– The Solon Spartans joined a field of 13 teams competing on Saturday, April 8, as the gray skies plaguing much of the month of March gave way to a radiant, sunny April day thrusting the boys’ track outdoor season into the spring. The teams converged on the track and field at Iowa City’s West High School for the Hollingsworth Relays.

Liberty High staff keeps on growing

More coaches named to lead the Lightning

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School is growing again as Principal and interim Athletic Director Scott Kibby adds staff ahead of the school’s opening in August. Kibby announced three new coaching positions which included two familiar faces.
Jeff Gordon, who led the freshmen football team to a 6-4 record in its debut season, will head up the sophomore program when the Bolts (including many of the “Original” or “O-Bolts”) take to the gridiron this fall.

ONE HUNDRED

CCA’s Bormann hits milestone in 6-1 win over Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– It came as a shock. Hannah Bormann, who scored her 100th varsity career soccer goal Tuesday, April 4, at home against Vinton-Shellsburg, had no idea she was about to reach a benchmark.
“After my third (goal), Georgie (Schuerer) said, ‘One more!’ And I said, ‘What?’”

Trojans take home track and field meet with 115.5 points

Sprint medley relay crew sets new record

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojan track and field team won its home meet Saturday, April 8, with 115.5 points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy (79), Western Dubuque (71), Linn-Mar (66), Pleasant Valley (63), Johnston (61), Cedar Falls, (50), Davenport Central (23), Cedar Rapids Washington (17), Solon and Xavier (tied with 14 team points), Muscatine (10.5) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (5).

Trojans triumphant in Deac Ryan Relays

ELDRIDGE– Iowa City West High’s Trojan track and field team notched another meet championship Tuesday, April 3, after winning North Scott High School’s Deac Ryan Relays. The Trojans put up 157 team points for the win, besting Pleasant Valley (145) and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) foes Cedar Rapids Prairie (81) and Dubuque Hempstead (79). Central DeWitt rounded out the top five teams with 52 points.

Trojans take Kingston for second time in one week

IC West boys win Washington’s Wilkinson Relays

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s Trojan track and field team followed up a win at the weather-delayed John Ask Relays with a win at the 31st Annual Wilkinson Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Washington High School, and back at Kingston Stadium.