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Sports

Spartans fall to West Delaware after win against Assumption

Rainy Monday gets Solon down

MANCHESTER– Against Davenport Assumption last Wednesday, the big play helped Solon.
At West Delaware Monday night, the big play hurt.
And the second half turned out to be pivotal in both.
The Solon football team fell out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 28-14 loss at Manchester Nov. 3, and concluded the season with a 9-2 record.
The Hawks held the Spartans scoreless in the second half after Solon had taken a 14-12 lead into halftime.

Still Alive

Lady Spartans sweep Beckman in regional final

CENTER POINT– The Lady Spartans are headed back to the state volleyball tournament.
Solon defeated Dyersville Beckman 3-0 Tuesday night, Nov. 4, at Center Point to capture the Class 3A Region 7 championship and a berth in the 3A state tournament which begins Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

No. 2 Lady Spartans sweep Northeast Goose Lake in Class 3A regional semifinal

SOLON– There was no slow start to this one.
Solon’s volleyball team dealt a 25-4 loss to Northeast Goose Lake in the first set of a Class 3A Region 7 semifinal Oct. 30 in Solon, and went on to sweep the Rebels for a chance at a state tournament berth.
The win put the Lady Spartans in the Region 7 final against Dyersville Beckman Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Center Point (see sidebar).

Trojans survive Lin-Mar Lions with upset win

MARION– They never say die.
The Iowa City West High Trojans were down 31-34 with just over two minutes left in the game Monday, Nov. 3, as they faced the Linn-Mar Lions in the second round of Class 4A playoffs. A drive of over 90 yards ensued and ended with Yeshuwa Hicks making an 8-yard run for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game. After Connor Gordon’s extra point kick, the Trojans had a 38-34 lead and the win.

CCA’s historic season ends in first round

TIFFIN– An historic season for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football came to a gut-grinding and heart-breaking end Wednesday, Oct. 29, on the home turf as the Cardinals of Newton held on for a 23-21 win in a Class 3A first round playoff game.
“It was a hard-fought game, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Matt Hughes said. “We started slow, that proved to be the thing that killed us.”
The Clippers found themselves in a 14-point hole in the first quarter as Newton scored on a 4-yard rushing play with 7:05 left in the period and followed that with a 50-yard touchdown reception.

Clippers advance to regional final on 3-0 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers volleyball team advanced to a Class 4A regional final match-up with Cedar Rapids Xavier after defeating the Fort Madison Bloodhounds 3-0 in a regional semifinal at home Thursday, Oct. 30.
The Clippers won 25-11, 25-16 and 25-20.

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.