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Sports

Progress?

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

I know the Hawkeyes lost to Ohio State Saturday at Columbus, 34-24, but they hung with the fourth-ranked Buckeyes and it was all tied up 24-24 at the start of the fourth quarter.
I’m not into moral victories, but I thought Iowa played its best half of football all year when they led 17-10 at halftime.
Ed Podolak, who is Iowa’s radio color commentary, said it was the best half of football the Hawks have played in three years.
I like Ed’s assessment better.

Conference champs

Lady Spartans avenge loss to West Delaware in final

MARION– It was a clean sweep for the Lady Spartans at last week’s WaMaC volleyball tournament.
Solon didn’t drop a set in pool or bracket play, outlasting both Marion and West Delaware in the semifinals and finals at Marion Thursday night.
The Lady Spartans defeated Benton Community (21-7, 21-10), DeWitt Central (21-10, 21-13) and Marion (21-14, 21-18) in pool play Tuesday at Manchester, then faced Dyersville Beckman (25-13, 25-19), Marion (25-22, 25-22) and then West Delaware (25-23, 25-22) in the highly contested championship bracket.

Spartans clip Cardinals for district title

MAQUOKETA– It took a while to get going, but once Solon’s offense came to life, it helped turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point halftime lead.
In a wild, back-and-forth scoring barrage, the Spartan football team outlasted the Maquoketa Cardinals to claim the Class 3A District 6 regular season title Friday in Maquoketa, 49-31.
Although Solon struck first on a 35-yard interception returned for touchdown by Jacob Black, the Spartans found themselves on the wrong end of a 17-7 deficit early in the second quarter.

State meet hopes alive for Solon cross country

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
CENTER POINT– It’s back home for districts Oct. 24 as Solon’s cross country teams determine whether they run once more at the 2013 state meet.
Solon’s boys launched their postseason run with sixth place at the WaMaC Conference meet in Center Point Thursday, Oct. 17. The girls finished second. “It was a great night. We had 40 personal records from the 53 boys and girls running,” noted coach Emy Williams.

West High runners in action at MVC divisional meet

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy won the Mississippi divisional meet of the MVC Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton cross country course. The varsity girls took the meet with 34 team points, besting Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dubuque Senior, City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Dubuque Hempstead and Waterloo East.
Ashlynn Yokom won the varsity girls’ race with a commanding lead over all others and a 14:07.0 meet record time and was named Athlete of the Year. Girls coach Mike Parker was awarded Coach of the Year honors as well.

West girls swim to second place at MVC conference meet

IOWA CITY– The Cedar Falls girls varsity swim team won the conference meet held Thursday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City with 396 points. The West High Women of Troy were the conference runner-ups with 388.50.
Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 481.35, good for 20 points, while Lilian Zhu won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.59, also good for 20 team points.