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Sports

Solon heads into tournaments

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team took advantage of an opportunity for a conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Anamosa on Senior Night Oct. 13.
The game featured the return of sophomore Grace Keith, sidelined since early in the season by an ankle injury.
“The team really looked confident with her back on the floor,” said Head Coach Peter Gustin. “It’s been a slow process incorporating her back in, and her jump count will be limited moving forward.”
Senior Josey Hajek was also back in the lineup after an ankle sprain at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite Oct. 3.

Cross country peaks with state qualifyer Oct. 22

INDEPENDENCE– The competition doesn’t get easier as Solon’s cross country teams head toward season’s end. But will it conclude this week, at the state qualifier? Or next weekend, at the state meet? Coming out of Oct. 15’s WaMaC Super Conference run, both boys and girls need to move up the pack to continue their seasons.

Girls 6th at WaMaC; Three All-Conference runners

Clippers vanquish Vikings on the gridiron

CCA 27, Vinton-Shellsburg 7

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football Clippers improved to 4-4 on the season with a non-district win on the road in Vinton Friday, Oct. 16. The Clippers raided the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and took a 27-7 victory from their WaMaC foes, dropping the Vikings to 2-6 overall.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff and put the Clippers in a 7-0 deficit.

Creek torpedoes Trojans 3-0

Weldon leads CCA with 12 kills on Senior Night

TIFFIN– They went out onto the floor, played their game, made improvements where needed, and ended WaMaC conference play on a positive note, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Jackie Clubb said. The Clippers sank the South Tama Trojans 3-0 in a rather business-like manner Tuesday, Oct. 13, at home on Senior Night.

The Creek Girls took the first set, 25-17, with early kills from junior Lauren Helle and senior Ashley Prusha, and sailed through the second and third sets, 25-17 and 25-12.

Women of Troy ground Golden Hawks, 3-1

Halverson’s 16 kills leads for West High

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IOWA CITY– A pair of juniors led the way to victory Tuesday, Oct. 13, at West High as the 11th-ranked Women of Troy sweetened their Senior Night with a 3-1 win over the Golden Hawks of Dubuque Wahlert.
Emily Halverson led the West offense with 16 kills, backed up by Ali Tauchen’s 15, as the Women of Troy took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-17, before suffering a 17-25 setback in the third set. A hard-fought fourth set settled the match as West took it, 25-21.

Clipper boys 4th at WaMaC Conference Meet

Tener, Douglass All-Conference honorees

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INDEPENDENCE– The Mental Health Institute (MHI) in Independence was the site of the 2015 WaMaC Conference Cross Country Meet Thursday, Oct. 15. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys brought home fourth-place team honors with the varsity girls placing ninth in team points. The junior varsity (JV) boys were 10th while the JV girls ran only three girls (Katie Sproat, Nicole Cullen and Kyla Williams) and scored no team points.

Women of Troy fourth in MVC Swimming Super Meet

DUBUQUE– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming Super Meet was held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Dubuque Senior High School with the West High Women of Troy placing fourth in the conference and third in the Valley Division.
Cedar Falls won the meet with 413.5 points, followed by Cedar Rapids Kennedy (408), Cedar Rapids Washington (242) and West (239.5). Wash also won the Mississippi Division title, followed by City High, Dubuque Hempstead and Waterloo. Cedar Falls took the Valley Division title followed by Kennedy and West.

Another one bites the dust

Hawk Talk

What do you do when your starting right tackle goes down and you have to replace him with a true freshman?
Also, Drew Ott, who was on his way to All-Big Ten honors at defensive end, gets hurt and is possibly lost for the season.
I’ll tell you what the Hawkeyes did, they gave the ball to Jordan Canzeri… 43 times, and beat Illinois 29-20 last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium!
Iowa has been playing football since 1889 and no one has carried the ball that many times.

Solon defeated by Maquoketa, 21-17

Who will step up?

MAQUOKETA– “Who are those guys?” A line, repeated time and again, by Butch Cassidy in the 1969 movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
It was a line repeated on Friday night when the Maquoketa Cardinals defeated the Solon Spartans, 21-17.
With several players capable of making an impact on the game sidelined, the Spartans seemed vulnerable and needed some supporting players to step up.
Who were those guys?

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.