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Sports

Runners look to step on the gas and close the gap

Girls second, boys eighth at Solon Invitational

SOLON– The gap is narrowing, but there’s still work to do as Solon’s girls head into the middle of their cross country season.
Solon came within two points of the team title Tuesday at their nine-team home invitational, but settled for runner-up to WaMaC rival Williamsburg.
A week before, Solon ran third in the Benton meet, 27 points behind the Raiders. “The girls ran their best race of the year as a team,” assessed coach Emy Williams. “They did move the pack up from (Benton) compared to these same teams. They got out strong and kept it during the whole race.”

Trojans roll Little Hawks 30-6 in annual battle

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They got it back.
Last year, cross-town rival City High won the traveling trophy known as “The Boot” with a 14-7 win at City. The loss was the first of only two in what became a 9-2 season for the Trojans.
This year, the West High crew already had two losses (27-6 against West Des Moines Valley and 28-0 to Cedar Rapids Washington) in the books ahead of facing the Little Hawks in a bid for bragging rights and the coveted Boot. On the other side of the ball was a Little Hawk crew looking for its first win of the 2014 season.

Women of Troy sweep Dubuque Senior High 3-0

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy overhauled the Rams from Dubuque Senior with a 3-0 win Tuesday, Sept. 16, at home while doing a little fine-tuning of their own.
Coach Randy Dolson rolled out a new line-up with some new faces to the varsity squad, new roles for some of the veterans, and an 8-6 record. The Rams entered the contest with a 3-8 record and put up a bit of a challenge. West had a 6-0 lead early in the game with back-to-back kills from senior Laynie Whitehead. Whitehead went on to lead the Women of Troy with nine kills on the night.

CCA moves to 2-0 in Class 3A

Clippers 28, Fort Madison 8

North Liberty Leader
FORT MADISON– Week four of the high school football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the road in Fort Madison to meet the Hounds. The Clippers sailed to a 28-8 victory putting the hounds back in their kennels and improving to a 3-1 record overall and 2-0 in Class 3A District No. 5.

Top-10 finish for CCA Middle School runner Barker

TIPTON– The junior varsity and varsity races were cancelled at the Tipton Cross Country Invitational, held in Tipton’s City Park on Tuesday, Sept. 9. However, the middle school runners soldiered on in a 1.5-mile course.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) sent a handful of runners with Kaylie Barker and Ally Loren representing the girls and Noah McNeil and Trevor King for the boys.
Barker, an eighth grader, finished seventh in 10:39 to lead the Clippers. Loren, also an eighth grader, was 44th in 12:24. McNeil, a seventh grader, was 34th in 10:59 while King, also in seventh grade, was 36th in 11:04.

Trojans outpace Little Hawks at City’s XC invitational

IOWA CITY– The West High cross country Trojans won rival City High’s Little Hawk Invitational Thursday, Sept. 18, at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course. The Trojans’ 37 team points bought the win. City High was fourth in the four-team field with 68.
Akash Borde led West with a third-place finish in 16:22.2.
In junior varsity action (JV), City High prevailed with 26 team points to win, with the Trojans a close second with 29. Ethan Trepka led the JV boys for West with a third-place finish in 18:17.6.

Women of Troy sixth at City High invitational

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy finished the 2014 Little Hawk Invitational swim meet with a sixth-place finish in team points Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Mercer Park Aquatics Center in Iowa City. Cedar Falls won the meet with 398 points while host City High was eighth with 95. Ten teams competed for 2,080 total points awarded.
West’s Jacintha Thomas won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 515.35 while teammate Alex Aaberg was second with a score of 438. Erica Hsu won the 200-yard IM in 2:14.21 and finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:18.40.

Girls unbeaten at home

Fall to CR Prairie at Linn-Mar tournament

SOLON– Even when they were down a handful of points, there was the feeling the Solon Lady Spartans would come back.
And come back they did, overcoming a four-point deficit to win the first set 25-22 against the Williamsburg Raiders Sept. 11, and eventually taking the match, 3-1.
Solon, ranked atop the Class 3A schools in volleyball, took the second set 25-16, but left the door open for the Raiders after Williamsburg captured the third game, 25-18. The Lady Spartans righted the ship and put away the Raiders 25-18 in the fourth set.

Xavier delivers 28-0 loss to Spartans

Solon hosts Marion and local veterans Sept. 19

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon head football coach Kevin Miller hopes his team will respond in a positive manner.
No. 2 Cedar Rapids Xavier handed No. 3 Solon its first loss of the season Friday at Saints Field in Cedar Rapids, a convincing 28-0 shut-out in a Class 3A match-up.
Xavier held the Spartan offense in check, limiting Solon to just 40 yards of rushing and 121 yards of total offense.
On the flip side, the Saints, fueled by 172 rushing yards by senior running back Jay Kortemeyer, generated 369 total yards on the evening.

Solon hosts Marion and local veterans Sept. 19

The Solon Varsity Football team toured the Solon Veterans Memorial Sunday, Sept. 14, as part of the Salute to Armed Forces game being held  Friday, Sept. 19, against Marion. The team learned about the history of the Memorial and discussed duty, honor, sacrifice, responsibility, patriotism and citizenship.

Girls third, boys fifth at Benton roundhouse run

Key to success? Run with the pack

ATKINS– The pack is there. The task before Solon is to slide it up the finish list a little higher.
On their way to a third-place team finish at the Benton Cross Country Invitational Sept. 13, Solon’s girls had all five scoring runners within 16 seconds of each other. The boys pack stretched a little wider, on their way to fifth place in the nine-team Roundhouse Trail ‘Run Through the Woods’ in Atkins.

Folkerts, Coberly shoulder to shoulder

Recreation Dept. Newa

SOLON– An adult recreation activity interest survey has been emailed to those who participated in an activity the last three years. If you didn’t receive one and would like to respond, the website of the survey is “https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GdbE9zbLx5jsKlsaH2c-7msiH1eU4-Hga5XKvv2c8Nc/viewform?usp=send_form” or you can use the link located on the Parks and Recreation section of the City of Solon website. Thank you for your feedback.