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Sports

Solon team wins EIGA tournament

SOLON– Solon’s Lake Macbride Golf Course hosted the Eastern Iowa Golf Association (EIGA) Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14, and Solon’s team won with a two-day total of 1,465.
Eight teams and 108 golfers participated in the two day tournament, with Dyersville second with a score of 1,504, and Mount Vernon third with 1,511.

Friday night the lights on

Spartans look to improve on last year’s six-win season

SOLON– The final dress rehearsal was held Friday, Aug. 19, for the Solon Spartans’ 2016 football season with the new high school auditorium, nearing completion, as a back drop. The lights were tested, the football team scrimmaged– their final preparation before the season– and the fall athletes were introduced.
As the scrimmage was taking place, Solon alumni Marshal Koehn, playing for the Miami Dolphins, and James Morris, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, squared off in NFL preseason football.

The tradition starts now

Liberty High’s Bolts gird for gridiron

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re the first football team for the still-under construction Liberty High School, but being “first” isn’t tops on their list of concerns.
For the 21 West High freshmen who make up the Liberty Lightning’s inaugural team, it’s more about building a legacy for the “Bolts” who will follow them.

Three seniors lead Creek volleyball

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TIFFIN– This is Jackie Clubb’s third year at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball program and she has three seniors to lead the way on the floor.
The Creek Girls finished 2015 with a 23-16 record overall and a 4-3 WaMaC conference West Division showing good for fourth place. Two seniors from the 2015 crew were lost to graduation: Alyssa Weldon and Ashley Prusha. Weldon, a unanimous First Team pick for WaMaC All-Conference honors, was a setter and outside hitter while Prusha was a middle hitter.

Familiar faces abound for Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will be banking on experience on the court in the 2016 season. Coach Randy Dolson, in his third year with the program, brings back six starters from last year’s 27-12 squad that posted a 5-3 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record for a fourth-place finish.

New district, new opportunities for Creek Boys

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XC Girls Giving it all they’ve got

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TIFFIN– There may not be very many of them on the course this season, but the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers cross-country squad will make their presence known.
“Our numbers and experience are our weakness,” coach Jane Astor said. “Our attitudes and work ethic are our strengths.”
Astor, with 26 years at CCA, returns two starters, both sophomores, to the varsity lineup: Kaylie Barker and Ally Loren.

The Iowa Hawkeye offense

Hawk Talk


This is the first of a three-part series.
For the next couple of weeks, I’ll talk about the University of Iowa football team’s offense, defense and special teams.
Like I said last week, I missed my first football media press conference in 15 years.
Two of my homeboys, Terry Intveld and Brian Fleck, were the “next-man-in” and took pictures and got some quotes.
Terry has been taking pictures for me for at least seven or eight years.

Volleyball runs in her family

Meet new Solon High School varsity volleyball coach Sarah Ferin

SOLON– After Peter Gustin stepped down in February to take a position as volunteer assistant coach at the University of Iowa, the stars aligned perfectly for Sarah Ferin to take over as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach of the Lady Spartans.
The timing couldn’t have been better and Solon is the perfect place for the Cedar Rapids native and former assistant coach of the Xavier Saints to embark on the next phase of her career.

Solon baseball players named to All-WaMaC teams

Sophomore Luke Ira named first team

SOLON– Five Solon varsity baseball players earned WaMaC conference East-Division baseball honors for the 2016 season.
The selections were announced Thursday, July 21.
Sophomore shortstop Luke Ira made the First Team, while senior third baseman Patrick Maston and sophomore first baseman Tyler Linderbaum received Second Team honors.
Sophomore Eric Weetman and senior Dillon Drake were named Honorable Mention.

Solon High School wrestling team participates in Luther’s Team Wrestling Camp

DECORAH– The Solon High School High School wrestling team participated in the 2016 Luther College Team Wrestling Camp in Decorah.
The 2016 Luther wrestling camps, directed by Luther Head Wrestling Coach Dave Mitchell, have grown into some of the largest and most recognized athletic camps in the Midwest. There are six wrestling camps on Luther’s campus each summer that include more than 1,000 wrestlers and 150 coaches.
Recent clinicians have included several Olympian, NCAA champion and All-American wrestlers, including Cael Sanderson, Brandon Slay and Brent Metcalf.

Party on the turf

Annual kick-off event raises money for CCA football

TIFFIN– The 2nd annual Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Football Kick-Off to Friday Night Lights was held Friday, Aug. 12, at the high school stadium in Tiffin. The event serves as a fundraiser for the football program as well as a way to build excitement for the coming season.
Headlining the event again this year was contemporary country music artist Jake McVey, who had the students dancing on the sideline. McVey and his bass player even jumped off the stage and rocked out among the students at one point.