• strict warning: Non-static method view::load_views() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 837.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::db_objects() should not be called statically in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/includes/view.inc on line 1367.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 14.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.
  • warning: Parameter 2 to ed_classified_link_alter() expected to be a reference, value given in /home/soloneconomist/www/www/includes/common.inc on line 2968.

Sports

West High Bowlers earn MVC All-Division honors

Wood and Lovell are First Team picks

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2015-2016 Boys and Girls All-Division selections for bowling on Thursday, Feb. 25. Six Women of Troy and five Trojans made the cut for this season.
Patrick Wood, recently crowned as the boys’ Class 3A State Champion, was a West Division First Team pick with Jacob Fisher and Jordan Tiegs earning Honorable Mention. Matthew Bertell and Nicholas Rohm were named to the division All-Academic squad.

Clippers boys’ track and field runs at Wartburg

Hertel 6th, Wingert 9th, 4x800 7th

North Liberty Leader
WAVERLY– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) track and field varsity boys were in action Tuesday, March 8, at the Wartburg College Indoor Meet in Waverly.
Jack Wingert posted the Clippers’ best individual finish in a running event with a ninth-place showing in the 800-meter run in 2:18.16, while the 4x800-meter relay team posted a seventh-place showing in 9:13.98. Carter Hertel tied for sixth place in the shot put with a 43’-11” effort to lead the Clipper throwers.

Solon puts a scare into No. 1 seed Chariton at 3A state tournament

DES MOINES– Three quarters of magic just wasn’t enough.
No. 1 seed Chariton took a one-point lead into the final eight minutes and then seized control of the game to bounce Solon from the Class 3A State Basketball Tournament Tuesday in Des Moines.
Chariton survived the Spartans, 64-50, in a 3A quarterfinal dog fight at Wells Fargo Arena, but Solon, the biggest underdog of the tournament, led much of the way.
It wasn’t until the beginning of the fourth quarter, when the Chargers scored nine unanswered, that things became problematic for the Spartans.

You can come home again

All-time Spartan scorer Lesan on the JV bench

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The high school hasn’t changed that much since 2007.
“There’s some small things here and there, but it’s still got some of the old marks I remember,” said Matt Lesan. “I went down to my old locker and it’s still got the green ink stain that happened in 2005.”
Lesan, 27, the leader in career points for the Solon boys basketball program (1,841), returned to his old team last year, this time as the coach of the junior varsity (JV) squad.

Trojans roll to sixth consecutive state tourney appearance

West High wins, 50-30, in substate final

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans punched their ticket to the 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament with a 50-30 win over rival City High Tuesday, March 1, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. It will be the sixth consecutive state tourney appearance for coach Steve Bergman and the Trojans with championships in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Seven West High Women of Troy named to MVC All-Division Basketball

Saunders named to First Team

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) All-Division Girls’ Basketball selections were announced Wednesday, Feb. 24, with seven members of the West High Women of Troy named.
Rachel Saunders, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, was named to the Valley Division’s First Team. Saunders made 37.4 percent of her field goals, 34.9 percent of her 3-point goals and hit 66.3 percent at the free throw line with an average of 9.7 points per game and 223 points total. She averaged 2.1 rebounds and made 43 assists, 30 steals and seven blocks this season.

Eleven West High athletes sign college letters of intent

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Eleven athletes at West High signed letters of intent to play college sports Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Antonio Sanchez signed to play soccer for Drake University in Des Moines. Sanchez, a middle/forward, scored five goals and made 10 passes in the 2015 season and was a First Team pick for the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division’s All-Division honors.

Five Clippers earn WaMaC West Division basketball honors

CCA’s Miller and Neubauer pick up First Team spots

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball players were named to the 2015-2016 WaMaC Conference’s West Division teams.
Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer were First Team picks for the Clippers with Miller, a senior, leading the team with 340 points this season, an average of 14.8 per game. Miller shot 45.4 percent from the field, was a 37 percent 3-point shot-maker and hit 75.8 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Miller had 30 assists, 38 steals, two blocks and 59 rebounds this season.

Trojans run at Demon Indoor

Karanja second in 1,600 run

North Liberty Leader
MOUNT VERNON– West High’s Trojan track and field team competed in its second indoor meet of the season Friday, March 4, at the Washington Demon Indoor held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Patrick Karanja finished second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:37.27 for West High’s best finish of the day. Nate Jelinek was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 53.76 seconds and Jared Sams-Merriweather was in an eight-way tie for fourth place in the high jump by clearing 5’-8”.

Hawks continue to slide

It wasn’t a fun week for Hawkeye wrestling and basketball fans (like me).
Last Monday, the second-ranked wrestlers lost their first match of the year, 21-17, to fourth-ranked North Carolina State.
Both teams won five matches but NC State had more bonus points.
Then on black (and gold?) Wednesday the women lost at Penn State, 81-68, then the men lost at home to Wisconsin, 67-59.
This is really tough to write about.
I have been a Hawkeye fan since I was 9 years old.

Coach Ottoson bids farewell

Xavier Saints bring down the curtain on CCA’s season;

CEDAR RAPIDS– When the final horn sounded Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School gym, the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints walked off the basketball court as the Class 3A District 9 Champions. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers walked off the floor with their season over.
Their coach, Steve Ottoson, walked off the court for the final time as a 40-year career (with 21 at the helm of the CCA program) came to its end.
Xavier (15-8 overall) took the contest, 53-42, and advanced to the 3A Sub-State No. 5 Final Monday, Feb. 29, at Iowa City West against Mount Pleasant (18-5).

IC West Trojans roll over Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West dumps CR Jefferson 73-48 in substate semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High boys’ basketball juggernaut rolled over the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Friday, Feb. 26, in Iowa City with a 73-48 victory, which set up a rematch with rival City High for the Class 4A Substate No. 6 championship and a trip to the state basketball tournament.