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Sports

Runners tackle Fort Dodge

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

FORT DODGE– They watched the team races from the outside this year. However, Solon supporters among the couple thousand fans kept their focus on the individual races at the Nov. 2 State Cross country meets. Junior Alex Smith was 46th in the girls’ 4 kilometer race. Junior Ty Appleget was 22nd in the boys’ 5 kilometer course, with senior Patrick McGill 36th.

Fall pheasants, fish, deer and more

By Joe Wilkinson
Iowa DNR

DES MOINES– If you hunt or fish, admit it. The next couple weeks keep us on the brink. What to hunt? How about fishing? If there’s a season for it, it’s probably open now. Okay, paddlefish are out. As always, check for yourself. I might be missing some obscure species or local restriction. My point is; just about any game critter with fin, fur or feathers looks pretty good right now.

Mustangs no match for West

Trojans put 69 points on the board to win first round fight

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Brian Sauser had been waiting two years for a night like this. The coach of the West High Trojans, Sauser remembered all too well a meeting with the Bettendorf Bulldogs two years ago at West in near-constant rain, mud and wind. It was a meeting which didn’t pan out so well for West as they were knocked out of contention for a state championship bid.

Clear Creek boys win the Class 3A regional meet

Squad competes at state cross country for first time

SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s boys cross country team won the Class 3A regional meet Thursday, Oct. 24, sending the squad to the state meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers’ 73 team points gave them the regional championship, besting Center Point-Urbana by one point. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was the third-place team with 90 points, also qualifying for the meet. Solon missed the cut with 107 team points and a fourth-place finish as the top three teams advance.

West’s Gross named 2013 Outstanding High School Coach

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High athletic director Scott Kibby announced last week that the United States Tennis Association named boys tennis coach Mitch Gross the 2013 Outstanding Iowa High School Coach.
Gross has guided his team to eight conference titles as well as four state championships in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Gross will lead his squad in an attempt at becoming the first Class 2A team to win three-straight state titles. The 2014 campaign will be his 13th season with the Trojans, and Gross brings a 178-27 career record to the effort.

Unhappy Halloween

Jefferson ends West’s season

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– There was no treat for the West High Women of Troy this Halloween Night as they faced the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
West fell 3-2 to Jefferson, ending the season and advancing the J-Hawks (19-21-0) to a regional final with Pleasant Valley (27-6-0) Tuesday night, Nov. 5, in Davenport. The winner will advance to the state volleyball tournament, Nov. 12-15 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.