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Sports

Spring football scrimmage

Hawk Talk

The Iowa Hawkeyes held their final scrimmage of the spring last Friday night under the lights at Kinnick Stadium.
I sat in the press box with one of my homeboys from Moville, Jerry Steffen. Jerry and I went from kindergarten to graduation at Woodbury Central. He was the leadoff hitter on our junior high baseball team that won the state championship in little league in 1968.

Chandler Johnson 3 on 3 soccer tournament fundraiser April 30

SOLON– A three-on-three soccer tournament Sunday, April 30, will serve as a fundraiser for the family of Solon student Chandler Johnson.
Solon FCA will host the tournament at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area, with a rain date to be determined.
The event will begin with a speaker at noon, followed by games at around 12:30 p.m. Expect to come as a team around 11:30 a.m.

On to Drake for Solon girls

SOLON– Was it the shoes?
Solon sophomore Abby Smith was doing okay early this season in the high jump, clearing 4-10, 5 foot once, and picking up a couple points in the event for her team.
Add a new pair of jumping shoes, though, and she’s scaling new heights.
At Solon’s April 18 Denny Gruber Coed Relays track meet, she laced up her new footwear and cleared 5-4.
That was good for third place at the meet named for her grandfather, a former head track coach at Solon, who still volunteers as the school’s– and Abby’s– jumps coach.

Solon boys fourth at Denny Gruber Relays

Spartans begin late season climb

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– Great things have happened at Solon Stadium. The community has come together, military services have been honored, fallen comrades remembered and records have been set. Tuesday, April 18, was no different as the lights of the stadium shown brightly on the athletes competing in the Denny Gruber Relays.
This year’s Denny Gruber Relays supported tradition in a big way as the girls’ track team captured first place and the boys’ track and field team captured fourth in a field of stout competition.

Solon golfers hanging tough

Spartans 1st or 2nd in tournament action

SOLON– The Spartan varsity golfers are tearing up the links this season.
Solon won its home invitational April 7 and has placed second in tournaments at Central DeWitt April 18 and West Delaware April 22.

7th grade girls second, 8th grade sixth

SOLON– The future was so bright, the Solon High School track coaches almost had to be wearing shades as the Solon Middle School girls competed under sunny skies, at home on April 11, in the opening meet of their track season. The eighth grade girls finished sixth with 55 team points, behind Mid-Prairie (119), Clear Creek Amana (106.5), Williamsburg (94), Anamosa (76), and Benton (61), but bested Regina (44.5). The seventh grade girls were runners-up to Mid Prairie (130) but spent much of the meet knocking on the door before finishing with 119 team points.

Solon girls soccer

SOLON– The Lady Spartan varsity soccer team scored 18 combined goals against West Delaware and Anamosa last week.
On the road in Manchester April 17, Solon roughed up the Hawks, 11-0, led by senior Josie Durr with eight goals. Sophomore Taylor Ryan added three goals and four assists. Taylor Noonan also had an assist.
Keeper Brianna Smith recorded one save in the shutout.
At home against Anamosa April 21, it was six goals for Durr and one for senior Tara Lance in a 7-0 win. Junior Megan Tucker aided with two assists. Smith had three saves in goal.

Notch two wins for Solon boys soccer

SOLON– Solon’s varsity boys moved to 9-3 on the soccer season with a home win over West Delaware and a road victory against Anamosa last week.
Senior Ben Carr, junior Isaac Vang and sophomore Luke Yetley all scored for the Spartans in a 3-0 win April 20 hosting West Delaware. Carr also had two assists. Keeper Eric Weetman recorded a shutout with help from the Solon defense, which kept the Hawks out of striking range most of the match.

109 feels fine

CCA’s Bormann sets new all-time school record, Creek Girls bomb the Bobcats, 8-0

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– There’s a new all-time scoring record at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, in Tiffin, for varsity girls’ soccer and it belongs to Hannah Bormann. Bormann tied the previous record of 108, set by Amelia Parris in 2011, and surpassed it with 109 career goals Tuesday, April 18, at home, against the Benton Community Bobcats. Bormann scored four goals in the 8-0 win for the Clippers, which kept the Creek Girls undefeated with a 6-0 record.

CCA fills gridiron coaching void

From a Trojan to a Clipper

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– There’s a new skipper for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football program. Gabe Bakker, head coach for the Pleasantville, Iowa, Trojans has been named to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of the father-and-son coaching duo of Ronnie and Matt Hughes about a month ago.

A clean sweep for the Trojans, Women of Troy

West High takes both rivalry matches against City High

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy and Trojans both emerged victorious Friday, April 21, after the annual rivalry doubleheader against City High.
The Women of Troy opened the evening with a 2-0 win to stay undefeated with a 7-0 record while dropping City to 4-3. Rachel Olson bombed the Little Hawks’ goal in the final minute of the first half for a 1-0 lead that Regan Steigleder built on with a goal in the second half. Katie McGrane made nine saves in the goal for West to preserve the shutout.

West High qualifies 16 for Drake Relays

Nock and Welch in three events for Women of Troy

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– Iowa City West High will be well-represented this week in the 2017 Drake Relays with the Trojans sending student athletes in 13 events and the Women of Troy qualifying in 14.
Kolby Greiner, Bailey Nock, Gabby Skopec and Valerie Welch are slated to compete in multiple events over the three-day weekend. Greiner made it into the boys’ 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs while Skopec is in the girls’ 800, 1,500 and 3,000-meter run. Welch qualified in the 110-meter high hurdles, 400-meter low hurdles and long jump.