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Sports

Solon finishes with 54-14 win at Fairfield

Spartans to face Benton Community in first round of playoffs Oct. 28

FAIRFIELD– The sky was swimming with hues of blue, red, and orange reminiscent of Jerry Moon’s oil landscape painting “Absolution” as the Spartan faithful made their sunset trek southwest to witness Solon’s 54-14 victory over Fairfield on Friday, Oct. 21. The team, once again showing its depth while building team morale by playing several positions deep, amassed 308 yards rushing and 177 yards through the air on offense, and defensively held the Trojans to 181 total yards rushing and 101 total yards receiving.

Mustangs end season for Lady Spartans

Solon falls 3-0 in volleyball quarterfinal

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team saw its hopes for a postseason run shot down Oct. 19 against the Mustangs of Mount Vernon.
Ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, the Mustangs used a 37-19 kill advantage to sweep the Lady Spartans, 25-14, 25-15, 25-7, in a Region 8 quarterfinal match in Mount Vernon.
“I thought we came out aggressive but just couldn’t stop the runs,” said Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin. “We switched to perimeter defense to help pick up the stronger hits which I think went well considering the amount of digs we had, but offensively we struggled to keep the ball in play.”

A win, but no playoffs for the Clippers

CCA rolls Central DeWitt 42-6 in season finale

TIFFIN– The 2016 varsity football season is over for the Clear Creek Amana Clippers. After a 42-6 win Friday, Oct. 21, at home over Central Clinton-DeWitt, the Clippers had an outside chance at a playoff berth. A few hours later, the Iowa High School Athletic Association released the list of qualifiers, and the Creek Boys were not on it.

Lions chew on O-Bolts in season ender

Linn-Mar defeats Liberty High freshmen, 37-8

IOWA CITY– The first chapter in the story of the Liberty High Lightning Bolts’ Original or O-Bolts football team ended on a sour note. The Linn-Mar Lions devoured the Bolts, 37-8, in the final game of the freshman season Thursday, Oct. 20, at Iowa City West High.

Clear Creek Amana varsity volleyball

Western Dubuque knocks CCA out of tournament chase
Bobcats topple Creek Girls, 3-0

TIFFIN– The 2016 varsity season has ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) volleyball girls. Western Dubuque’s Bobcats took a Class 4A regional quarterfinal match, 3-0, Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Tiffin. The Bobcats advanced to the semifinal round with the win.

Clippers to run at state XC meet

Creek Boys and Kaylie Barker will represent CCA in Fort Dodge

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School’s boys varsity cross country team finished third in team points Thursday, Oct. 20, in a Class 3A state qualifying cross country meet at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 29 team points, followed by Marion (60) and the Creek Boys from CCA (90). The finish qualified the team to advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge Oct. 29.

NC Knights girls win, boys 2nd at City High’s Bud Williams XC Invitational

Keeney wins girls’ race, Gryp second for boys

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IOWA CITY– The North Central Junior High Knights cross country squads ran Thursday, Sept. 29, in Iowa City High’s Bud Williams Invitational meet held at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City.
The Knights’ girls team won its race with 32 team points ahead of Southeast Junior High (45), Northwest Junior High (50) and Pekin (104). North Central’s Ashlyn Keeney was the individual winner with a time of 11:57.8. Katie Hoefer was fourth in 13:09.9, Camille Mac finished fifth in 13:30.2 and Isabelle Woody was seventh in 13:43.4.

West High runners headed to state XC meet

Women of Troy first in team points, Trojans third

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RIVERDALE– Iowa City West High’s cross country teams showed the way to Fort Dodge Thursday, Oct. 20, at Pleasant Valley in Class 4A state qualifying cross country meets. The Women of Troy won their qualifier with 49 team points to earn a berth in the state meet. Gabby Skopec won the event in 18:46 to qualify individually, along with Bailey Nock (second), Jessie Skopec (14th) and Olivia Moore (15th).

West High sophs win Wild Wild West Invitational

Women of Troy take down Linn-Mar for championship

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IOWA CITY– The West High sophomore Women of Troy won their home Wild Wild West volleyball invitational Saturday, Sept. 24. West knocked off Dubuque Hempstead 2-0 (21-11, 21-16), Pleasant Valley 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15-11) and North Scott 2-0 (21-11, 23-21) in pool play. Linn-Mar and West both had a bye in the quarterfinal rounds after the Lions swept Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Marshalltown in pool play. The Lions defeated Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2-0 (21-14, 21-19), in the semifinals while the Women of Troy took care of North Scott, 2-0 (21-15, 21-11).

Women of Troy break even at Westside Invitational

West High wins over Cedar Rapids Washington and West Liberty

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy varsity volleyball team competed Saturday, Oct. 7, at Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Westside Invitational and bowed out in the quarterfinal round.
West knocked off West Liberty 2-0 (21-10, 21-4) and Cedar Rapids Washington 2-0 (21-11, 21-18) before falling to Ankeny Centennial 2-1 (21-11, 11-21, 16-14). The Women of Troy advanced to the quarterfinal round where they faced eventual champion Dike-New Hartford and fell 2-0 (25-15, 25-23).

Good effort not enough

Wisconsin defeats Iowa, 17-12

You start with the Hawks converting only 2-13 first downs, the Badgers had the ball for 15 more minutes, the Hawks dropped a couple of passes, missed a couple of tackles and a field goal.
Final line... the Hawkeyes get beat by a pretty good Wisconsin team.
“We missed a field goal,” said Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. “We missed a plus-50 punt or two to get them backed up. We played hard on defense, but there are still some things we can do better there. We missed too many tackles today.”

Hawkeyes in a blowout (almost)

Hawk Talk

Iowa takes foot off
Purdue’s throat, 49-35

When you are up on a team 35-7 at halftime, you pile up 269 yards rushing, 17 first downs and have the ball for 18:52 of the 30 minutes, you would think you could coast to a win and name your score, right?
Well, Iowa might have taken out the starters a little early and gave the Boilermakers a chance to come back.