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Sports

West High girls sweep Muskies, Polk

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy made it two thirds of the way to the state tournament with wins over Muscatine and Southeast Polk in Class 5A regional quarterfinal and semifinal action.
The tournament trail started at home Monday, Oct. 27, as the 3-23 Muscatine Muskies visited for a regional quarterfinal match. West had little trouble pulling off a 3-0 sweep and earning the trip to Southeast Polk for the semifinal match.

Football team raises $3,750 for Solon Legion

Melissa Ashton and Alisa Ham present Solon American Legion Commander Chris Croy and Color Guard member Dan Bartlett with a check for $3,750 during halftime of the Solon-Marion varsity football game Sept. 19. The Solon football team raised the money leading up to Armed Forces Night Sept. 19 at Spartan Stadium by selling patriotic T-shirts, sweatshirts and flags. The proceeds will be used for veterans programs supported by the Solon American Legion such as Wounded Warriors Project, Honor Flights and Fisher House. (contributed photo)

Spartan Wrestling Club starts with “Meet the Coaches Night” Nov. 10

SOLON– As the temperature outside begins to drop, the action in the Solon wrestling room starts to heat up and this year is no exception as the Spartan Wrestling Club is preparing to begin another season. While the emphasis will continue to be on learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun, the Spartan Wrestling Club is making several changes this year in an effort to become a more competitive wrestling club. The first significant change is the addition of club head coach Dale Handley.

Spartans handle Golden Eagles

Solon finishes regular season with 28-12 win; Davenport Assumption next as playoffs begin

SOLON– The Solon Spartans didn’t rack up the points this week, but the one-two punch of Brandon Kramer and Brandan Childs (with a dash of Connor Ham) rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense in a 28-12 win over Dubuque Wahlert Friday in Solon.
The Solon football team moved to 8-1, but will turn around quickly as the Class 3A playoffs were scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 29, with the Spartans hosting Davenport Assumption (5-4). Assumption comes into the game having lost two of its last three games, including a 45-27 loss at Washington Friday.

Solon falls to West Delaware in WaMaC championship

Lady Spartans defeat Tipton in the first round of playoffs; Northeast Goose Lake comes to town Thursday night

SOLON– For the last three years, Solon has been West Delaware’s Achilles’ heel.
Now it’s their chance to return the favor.
The No. 2 team in Class 4A defeated the No. 2 team in Class 3A in the WaMaC tournament championship Oct. 21 in Mount Vernon.
West Delaware defeated Solon 2-0, with the second set going all the way to 31-29.
The Lady Spartans won the conference tournament the three previous years, each time defeating the Hawks, although West Delaware prevented Solon from claiming the regular season title the last two seasons.

No trip to state for cross country teams

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
SOLON– Going in to their state qualifying meets, Solon’s cross country teams knew they were up against several ranked schools as they tried to grab one of three team slots or a top-10 individual finish in the Class 3A state meet lineup this weekend.
Unfortunately, the rankings held true.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished sixth in the Oct. 23 qualifier.

Senior Night sweep

IOWA CITY– Defense made the difference, said West High coach Randy Dolson. His Women of Troy swept Cedar Rapids Prairie 3-0 in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match Tuesday, Oct. 21, at home. The win sweetened Senior Night where Madi Miller, Mikaela Morgan and Laynie Whitehead were honored for their contributions to West High volleyball.
West came from behind to take the first set 25-20 and overcame a late deficit to take the second set 25-22. The Women of Troy dominated the third set 25-12 for the win.

The fog of (gridiron) war

IOWA CITY– A 21-7 lead vaporized into the mist of a foggy night for the West High Trojans as they fell 38-24 to the Pleasant Valley (PV) Spartans Friday, Oct. 24, at home. The loss was doubly bitter for the Trojans as the Spartans claimed the Class 4A District 7 championship (with a 4-0 record in district play and 6-3 record overall), and did so on West High’s Senior Night.

Fairfield wins 27-14 to finish CCA’s regular season

A setback for the Clippers

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FAIRFIELD– The Trojans of Fairfield pulled off a 27-14 upset win over the district champion Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Oct. 24, to end the regular season. The win improved the Trojans to 4-2 in Class 3A District 5 (5-4 overall) while the Clippers dropped to 5-1 and 7-2.
The Trojans found the end zone first, scoring with three seconds remaining in the first quarter on a 29-yard pass and a successful extra point. They extended their 7-0 lead late in the second quarter with a 2-yard run and successful kick with 1:32 left in the half.

Douglass to represent Clear Creek Amana at state X-Country

Boys fourth, girls 12th at qualifying meet in Solon

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SOLON­– Eric Douglass, a junior, will be the sole Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper running in the state cross country meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 1, in Fort Dodge. Douglas posted a time of 16:57, good for eighth place, in a Class 3A state qualifying meet held Thursday, Oct. 23, in Solon.
The top three teams and top 10 individuals advance to the state meet.

Women of Troy win state XC qualifying meet

Skopec wins girls meet, Borde takes boys for Trojan runners

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CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy and West High Trojans will be competing in the 2014 Class 4A state cross country meet, set for Saturday, Nov. 1, at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.
Both squads won their qualifying meets Thursday, Oct. 23, in Cedar Falls in a format that advances the top three teams and top 10 individuals.

A little short

Hawk Talk

When I did the preseason schedule and Maryland was on it, I have to admit I don’t ever remember seeing the Terrapins play football.
The preseason magazines said they had some great wide receivers, a good quarterback and a great kicking game. They were right!
I thought Maryland would score against the Hawks, but I also thought Iowa could score against them.
I was kind of right as the Maryland offense scored 31 points, Iowa scored 31 but a pick-six by the Terrapins ended up being the difference in the game; Maryland 38, Iowa 31.
Dropped passes, penalties and poor tackling.