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Sports

Home stretch ahead

Boys finish 11th, girls 10th at North Linn

TROY MILLS– The stakes go up in the final days of the 2015 cross country season. Solon’s boys and girls go from Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet to the state qualifier next week, and hopefully on to state, Oct. 31.

Rough October so far for Lady Spartans

DeWITT– Heading into Senior Night Oct. 13, the month had not been kind to Solon’s varsity volleyball team.
Its only two wins came at a Waverly tournament Oct. 3, and both against Crestwood.
The Lady Spartans dropped to 7-20 on the season heading into the final home match against Anamosa, having been swept by Central DeWitt, No. 1 (4A) West Delaware, and several ranked teams at a Cedar Rapids tournament Oct. 10.
In addition, the team lost senior Josey Hajek to a sprained ankle at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite, the second time this season she’s been sidelined by injury.

Spartan Wrestling Club starts with meeting on Monday, Nov. 2

SOLON– As the temperature outside begins to drop, the action in the Solon wrestling room starts to heat up. This year is no exception as The Spartan Wrestling Club prepares to begin another successful season. The emphasis continues to be on learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun.

Clippers vex Vikettes

CCA wins, 3-0, against Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– The Creek Girls, under the leadership of head coach Jackie Clubb, knocked off the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg, 3-0, in varsity competition Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School gym. Corrine Schwarting’s dozen kills led the Clippers, backed up by 10 from Alyssa Weldon.
CCA overcame an early deficit in game one for the 25-20 win, with kills from Ashley Prusha and Schwarting. Game two also saw the Creek Girls battling early from behind. An apparent ace serve from Alyssa Weldon gave them a 7-6 lead on their way to a 25-17 win before taking the third set 25-20.

Clippers run in Wellman

Douglass wins, varsity boys third

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WELLMAN— Clear Creek Amana’s Eric Douglass won the boys’ varsity race Monday, Oct. 5, at the IMS Invitational cross country meet in Wellman. Douglass covered the 5K course in 17:11.95, nearly six seconds ahead of second-place Peyton Miller of Mid-Prairie. The Clipper boys placed third in team points behind Mid-Prairie and Williamsburg.
Ben Szot was sixth in the boys junior varsity (JV) race with a time of 19:51.05. The Clippers ran a partial team with four men competing.

Spectacular Senior Night for West

Trojans pick up second win, 63-27, over Hempstead

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans put on quite a show Friday, Oct. 9, as they celebrated Senior Night with a 63-27 win over Dubuque Hempstead. The win elevated the Trojans to 2-5 overall, 2-0 in Class 4A District 7, while the Mustangs slipped to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in district play.

West varsity squads finish fourth at MVC Super Meet

Tia Saunders takes third

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WATERLOO– Iowa City West High cross country squads competed in the 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Super Meet Thursday, Oct. 8, at Byrnes Park in Waterloo. The varsity boys and the varsity girls posted fourth-place finishes in team points, with City High winning the girls race and Cedar Falls taking the team title for the boys.
Tia Saunders led the Women of Troy with her third-place finish, in 19:14, while Patrick Karanja set the pace for the Trojan men with his 12th-place finish, in 16:24.

IC West wins, 122-48, over Waterloo East

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CORALVILLE– It was the battle of the swimming Trojans as the West High Women of Troy met, and soaked, the Trojans of Waterloo East Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Coralville Recreation Center for a dual meet. West dominated the meet with wins in all events except the 400-freestyle relay for a 122-48 victory.
West High is in action again Saturday, Oct. 17, for a diving invitational at Marshalltown Community College starting at 10 a.m., as well as the Mississippi Valley Conference swimming championships at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, which start at noon.
Results:

Women of Troy fall prey to Tigers

Cedar Falls knocks off West, 3-1

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CEDAR FALLS– The West High Women of Troy fell 3-1 Tuesday, Oct. 6, to the Cedar Falls Tigers in the Tigers’ cage. Cedar Falls took the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-13, before West High rallied to a 28-26 win in the third set. Unfortunately for West, the Tigers ended the night with a 25-19 win in the fourth set.
Ali Tauchen led West’s offense with 13 kills, followed by Emma Norris (11) and Chandler Haight (7). Kei Lang served up three aces and Tauchen had three solo blocks.

Hawks get defensive

Hawk Talk

I’ve never been a big fan of low scoring games.
I didn’t mind the 12-10 game against Michigan in 1985.
Iowa was ranked number one, Michigan number two and, of course, Iowa went to the Rose Bowl that year.
The 6-4 win at Penn State, in 2004, saw Iowa go 10-2 that year, and tied for the Big Ten championship.
They finished with the last-second-win in the Capital One Bowl, 30-25, over LSU.
Also, there was the 7-6 win at Penn State in 1975.
I was a manager, but didn’t go to the game.

Spartans blank Central Clinton Dewitt Sabers, 41-0

Spartans return to Paradise

There was something about the crescendo of excitement, as AC/DC howled “Back in Black” and Guns and Roses’ belted out “Paradise City” through the scoreboard speakers, when the Spartans returned to their home field Friday, Oct. 2, that had everyone on the edge of their seat.
The crisp football air, the chilling breeze and the roar of the home team filled the night, as the Solon Spartans blanked the Central Clinton Sabers, 41-0, on Friday night.

Solon second at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– The power of a point.
Solon’s and Williamsburg’s girls could not have been much closer in the point spread Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Williamsburg’s seven-team cross country invitational. As the fifth and final scoring runners cleared the finish line, though, it was the Raiders 34-35 over the Spartans for the meet win.
Solon’s boys also grabbed the runner-up plaque; again with Williamsburg taking first, with a 32-43 margin.

Girls down to the wire