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Sports

Great expectations

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

When your team wins 25 games, makes it to the finals of the NIT, returns four starters and has maybe the best depth ever, fans should be excited.
That’s why the Iowa fans are looking for a big season from the Hawkeye basketball team.
Last summer, Randy Larson, who runs the Prime Time basketball league, said Iowa had the best talent he’s seen in his 30 years of following the Hawkeyes.
Kirk Speraw, assistant basketball coach for the Hawkeyes, agreed.

D-fense!

Spartans hold Indians to 63 yards in 42-0 conference victory; Maquoketa up next

SOLON– After a shaky first quarter, Solon kicked it in gear.
At least that’s the way it looked as Marion came to town for a conference game on the gridiron Friday night.
Solon was plagued by penalties in the early going, but soon shook it off and rolled to a 42-0 blanking of the Indians.
The win moves Solon to 6-1 on the year, 4-0 in Class 3A District 6 and headed for a showdown on the road with co-leader Maquoketa this Friday.
The Spartan defense held Marion to 63 total yards for the game, and scoreless for the first time this year.

No conference title for Lady Spartans

Solon pushes past Mount Vernon, but West Delaware delivers first WaMaC loss

MOUNT VERNON– It was a rollercoaster ride for the Lady Spartans last week.
Solon dropped its first conference match of the year against West Delaware at Manchester Thursday, and that left the Lady Spartans in second place for the WaMaC East.
The Lady Spartans had two tough road games, and only came out on top in one.
The win came at Mount Vernon Tuesday night, a 3-1 conference win.

Good late season finish, tough road ahead for XC

TROY MILLS– After a fourth (girls) and eighth (boys) place finish at North Linn, Solon’s boys and girls cross country squads head into conference this week, and then tough state qualifying meets as their seasons hit the home stretch.
The Spartans host the Oct. 24 state qualifier, but are among four ranked 3A schools– and a late upstart– at a meet where only three teams qualify for the Nov. 2 state meet.

Ya gotta have heart– and guts– to go for the Spike

Women of Troy gut out 3-2 win over City for the Spike trophy

IOWA CITY– West High varsity volleyball coach Kathy Bresnahan can be blunt, doesn’t mince words, and gets right to the heart of it. Tuesday, Oct. 8, during the annual battle with City High for The Spike, she went to the heart of her team and made them take a look inside themselves.

Ruining the Raiders’ night

Clear Creek Amana picks up 48-19 win on the road at Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, under first-year coach Matt Hughes, picked up their third win of the 2013 season Friday night against the Anamosa Blue Raiders at Anamosa. The Clippers pounded Anamosa 48-19, improving their record to 3-4 with two regular season games left.