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Sports

Iowa Raptor Project family day Jan. 7 at Macbride nature area

SOLON– This month, the Iowa Raptor Project (IRP) at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area will be featuring the American bald eagle. The IRP is hosting its monthly family day Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2095 Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE in Solon.
Bald eagles are plentiful in Iowa right now, especially near open water. Visit Spirit the bald eagle at the Raptor Center and learn all about their keen eyesight and scavenging skills. There will be a scavenger hunt and an “Eagle Eye” notebook craft for recording observations.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Winter ice fishing events at F. W. Kent Park

OXFORD– Join Johnson County Conservation for an afternoon of ice fishing on a beautiful lake. The ice fishing program will take place Sunday, Jan. 8, at F.W. Kent Park from 3-5 p.m. The program is free, family-friendly and open to all experience levels. Participants should meet at the parking area on the west side of the dam near the lake.

Lady Spartans open 2017 with loss

The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team opened up the new year Monday, Jan. 2, with a 47-35 home loss to Mount Pleasant. Senior Josie Durr had 13 points for Solon. The loss drops the Lady Spartans to 2-7 on the season. The girls return home Friday, Jan. 6, to host West Delaware after a Tuesday road trip to Williamsburg. Then it’s on the road for three straight at Maquoketa, Mount Vernon and Central DeWitt.

Hawks scrape out Big 10 wins

The Hawkeye women’s and men’s basketball teams both played road games last Wednesday and both lost.
Both had home games Saturday and Sunday, with the Hawk women beating Nebraska, 75-72, Saturday. The men hosted Michigan Sunday and also came away with a three-point win in overtime, 86-83.

Hawkeye women

The 70-65 loss at Illinois was a really frustrating game.
Iowa had more rebounds (46-28), more points in the paint (30-20) and the Hawks outshot Illinois from the free throw line 12-14 (85.7%) to 14-19 (73.7%).

Not again…Florida wins, 30-3

Hawk Talk

I can’t believe it… another poor showing in the final game and Iowa suffers its fifth-straight bowl loss.
Too many missed tackles, too many interceptions and too many big plays given up.
I don’t even want to talk about the game, so I’ll look into next year.
Big losses include C.J. Beathard, Desmond King, Jaleel Johnson, LeShun Daniels, Jr., and Ron Coluzzi.
C.J. finished with a career record of 21-7 (.750), the best all-time winning percentage of Iowa quarterbacks with 20 or more starts.
C.J. is one of only five players in program history to throw for more than 40 touchdowns.

Wrestlers win Midlands

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes had three champions, including Thomas Gilman (125 pounds) who won his third-straight Midland title.
Brandon Sorensen (149) scored a takedown and back points to win a 7-1 decision but the most exciting match was redshirt freshman Michael Kemerer at 157.
Michael, who came in ranked second, knocked off the No. 1 seed Tyler Berger of Nebraska in the finals.
The match went into two sudden victory overtimes and both wrestlers were given points in OT that were reversed.
Michael finally pulled it out with a 6-5 win.

Doubleheader win at Carver

Hawk Talk

Last Tuesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the women and men played a doubleheader, with the women cruising 83-48 over Kent State and the men winning, 84-73, over North Dakota.

Hawkeye women

Something wasn’t right when the Hawkeyes started their game against Kent State.
The Hawks missed four straight shots while Kent State made three straight.
The 6-0 lead, with only three minutes gone in the game, was enough for Head Coach Lisa Bluder to call a 30-second timeout and send in the second five.

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.

Spartans dominate

Solon grabs 25 pins against Keokuk, PCM and Wilton in home duals

SOLON– It was a clean sweep for the Spartan wrestlers at the Solon Duals on Thursday, Dec. 22.
The Solon varsity wrestlers led the scoreboard all night, going 3-0 in matchups against Keokuk, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) and Wilton.
“I thought it was one of our best performances of the season,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “It’s a good way to head into break. Hopefully we’ll carry that momentum over once we start back up in January.”

Solon moves to 6-1 with 72-45 romp over Keokuk

SOLON– Senior Jake Coons controlled the tip-off in the non-conference varsity basketball matchup against winless Keokuk Dec. 20 in Solon.
It was a tap pass to junior Luke Ira, who broke for the basket and a quick layup for a 2-0 lead.
It was a good start.
And despite a brief first-quarter lead by the visiting Chiefs, the Spartans controlled the game, rolling to a 72-45 win.
Jake Coons set the tone early with 13 of his 21 points in the first half.

Solon Parks & Rec

Basketball referees needed for third-sixth grade boys’ basketball: Applicants need to be in high school or older and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym (Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game. If you have questions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.