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Sports

A great start to the season

Lady Spartans overwhelm West Liberty in first home game

MARION– Solon’s Lady Spartan soccer squad traveled north to Marion last Tuesday and won their first game of the season, 4-0.
Junior Ali Herdliska scored the first goal on a great shot from the outside four minutes into the first half with an assist from Senior Anna Seydel.
The new season has brought strong freshmen to the team.
Ninth grader Josie Durr dominated the scoreboard with one goal in the first half and two more in the second.

Girls win Williamsburg track meet

Lady Spartans score in all but one event

Heading toward the middle of the track season, Solon’s girls continue to rely on balanced performances throughout the lineup. However, key contributions are showing up from several freshmen and a few other new faces in the lineup.
Solon won the April 8 Williamsburg Invitational with wins in seven events, and by scoring in all but one of the 19 events.

Solon basketball players honored

SOLON– Several Spartan basketball players recently received postseason honors.
Senior Austin Miller was named to the WaMaC first team all-conference team, as well as to the first team all-substate team.
Junior Emilio Villagrana was a second team WaMaC selection, while seniors Jaden Durr and Nick Shelman both received honorable mentions.
Senior Ethan Ahern was named to the academic all-conference squad.

Boys soccer team defeats Marion and West Delaware to move to 3-4

SOLON– So far, the Spartans are undefeated at home.
Brandon Childs scored two goals on assists from Andrew West and Dylan Doyle as Solon’s varsity soccer team shut out Mmarion, 2-0, at Spartan Stadium Tuesday, April 8.
The Spartans went 1-2 at a tournament in Hudson over the weekend, defeating West Delaware, 4-0, but falling to Hudson and Postville to move to 3-4 on the year.
Against West Delaware, Childs and West teamed up for all of the scoring and assists. Childs had three goals and one assist, while West had one goal and three assists.

Clipper girls start soccer season 2-0

Road win in Wellman leads to victory at home

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 road win last Monday (April 7) against Mid-Prairie in Wellman and followed it the next day with a 6-1 win over Central Clinton of DeWitt at home.
At Wellman, the Clippers took a 2-0 lead at the half with a pair of goals by Kelsey Hall off assists by the Bormann sisters, Emma and Hannah. The pair teamed up in the second half as Emma scored on an assist from Hannah.
Clipper coach Matt Harding pointed out CCA outshot the Golden Hawks 17-3.

West High boys second at North Scott

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ELDRIDGE– Iowa City West High’s varsity boys track and field team placed second overall in team points last Tuesday (April 8) at the Delmar “Deac” Ryan Relays hosted by North Scott High School. Pleasant Valley won the meet with 137.50 points while the Trojans earned 110.00 and Cedar Rapids Prairie placed third with 88.00.
The West High 4x800-meter relay team won their event in 8:07.86 and the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay won in 3:35.00.

Clipper boys fall to Mid-Prairie and DeWitt

Tough start to CCA season

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clipper varsity soccer team opened the 2014 season with a loss at home last Monday to the Golden Eagles of Mid-Prairie in sudden-death overtime.

Women of Troy third at Johnston

Distance Medley Relay squad earns a win

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JOHNSTON– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy placed third in overall team points last Tuesday (April 8) at the Craig Oldham Invitational hosted by Johnston High School. Waukee won the meet with 203 points while West High had 108.
The West High 1,600-meter distance medley relay team won their event in 4:29.67, giving the Women of Troy 10 points. Emmie Skopec, Valerie Welch and Taleah Smith were all second in the 1,500-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and long jump respectively. The 400-meter shuttle hurdle relay team also brought home a second-place finish.

Creek Boys tie for first in Washington

Bandy wins three events

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WASHINGTON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s boys track and field team tied with Fairfield for first place in team points at the Demon Relays hosted last Thursday (April 10) by Washington High School. CCA and Fairfield had 118 points to lead the six-team field.

Spring Football

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a look at Hawkeye spring football.
Last week, I talked about the offensive line and tight ends.
This week, I’ll look at the wide receivers, running backs and full backs.
Jordan Cotton and Don Shumpert are gone at wide-out.
Jordan, who caught 15 passes and one touchdown in his career, will be missed as an All-Big Ten kick returner.
The former Mount Pleasant prep led the Big Ten in kick returns as a junior, averaging 28.2 yards per return, including a 92-yard return for a touchdown against Penn State.

Lady Spartans run with the big schools at J-Hawk Relays; take first at Tipton Early Bird

Strong showing

CEDAR RAPIDS– Finally. A warm day for a track meet. And with a fifth place finish in the J-Hawk Relays on Friday, April 4, the Lady Spartans showed they could run with the big girls. Of the 14 teams there, 10 were Class 4A schools; all among the 25 largest enrollments in Iowa. The other four were 3A teams, with Solon the smallest.

Boys win title at chilly Tipton track meet

TIPTON– The Solon varsity boys fought the elements to win a cold and windy track meet held last Tuesday at Tipton.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon: 150
North Cedar: 117
Iowa City Regina: 89
West Branch: 83
CCA: 48
Lone Tree: 41
Individual and relay place winners:
High Jump: Matt Roeder, first, 5 feet, 10 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 5 feet, 8 inches.
Long Jump: Zach Nunemaker, second, 20 feet, 5 inches; Jaden Durr, third, 20 feet, 4.5 inches; Emilio Villagrana, fourth, 20 feet, 3 inches.