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Sports

West High’s 2013-14 wrestlers loaded and ready

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland’s 2013-2014 West High varsity wrestling team hasn’t changed much from last year’s squad, which went 21-8, 13-1 in MVC competition. Reiland, in his 15th season with the Trojans, only lost four seniors to graduation: Kegan Wakefield at 138 pounds, Blake Bohner at 182, Mickey Pelfrey at 195 and Colin Foerstner at 285.

Striking out for the top

West High bowling team prepares for 2013-14 season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It started out as a club activity, became a sanctioned sport by both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), and continues to get bigger every year. “It” is the girls and boys bowling teams at West High, under coach Mike Mellecker.
Mellecker started as an assistant coach in 2000, back in the club sport days. In 2007 he took the top spot. Since then the boys have compiled a 19-62 record while the girls have fared better at 33-61.

Clear Creek Amana Foundation Hall of Fame honors 2013 inductees

Special to the North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana Foundation held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Oct. 25, during the half-time of the junior varsity football game. Honored were 2013 Clear Creek Amana Hall of Fame inductees Bill J. Leischenring and Darrell Wallace.

Second place for the second time for girls

CEDAR RAPIDS– A disappointing end, but a valiant effort.
Solon’s Lady Spartans fell to No. 1 Harlan, 3-1, in the Class 4A volleyball championship match Friday, Nov. 15, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
An even first set that got away from Solon gave way to a breakdown in the second, and Solon found itself down 0-2 against Harlan and heavy hitter Jess Schaben. Schaben finished the game with 31 kills.

Demon call haunts Solon in semifinal

Spartans can’t find end zone, but held lead into fourth quarter

CEDAR FALLS– The Solon Spartans bowed out of the state football tournament Thursday night, Nov. 14, after a 14-9 loss to Washington (Iowa) in the Class 3A semifinal.
It was a hard-fought game from the get-go and it lasted the entire four quarters, with lead changes throughout.
The Spartans fought off Washington until the final quarter, when a fake punt and a questionable call breathed new life into the Demons.

Solon’s All-American - James Morris

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Growing up in Solon, which is about 15 miles from Iowa City, it didn’t take long for James Morris to become a Hawkeye fan.
“The first game I ever went to was Akron,” said James, who was 11 at the time.
He picked a good year to start following the Hawkeyes as the Akron Zips was the first game in 2002 and Iowa rolled, 57-21.
That was the year that Brad Banks, Dallas Clark, Nate Kaeding and crew led the Hawks to an 11-2 record, including 8-0 in the Big Ten and a co-Big Ten championship with Ohio State.

VALIANT

Lady Spartans fall in 4A volleyball final

SOLON– A disappointing end, but a valiant effort.
Solon's Lady Spartans fell to Harlan 3-1 in the Class 4A volleyball championship match Friday, Nov. 15, at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
An even first set that got away from Solon gave way to a breakdown in the second, and Solon found itself down 0-2 against Harlan and its heavy hitter, Jess Schaben.
Schaben finished the game with 31 kills.

Heartbreaker at UNI-Dome

Spartans fall to Demons, 14-9 in semifinal

CEDAR FALLS– The Solon Spartans bowed out of the state football tournament Thursday night, Nov. 14, after a 14-9 loss to Washington (Iowa) in the Class 3A semifinal.
It was a hard-fought game from the get-go and it lasted the entire four quarters, with lead changes throughout.
The Spartans fought off Washington until the final quarter, when a fake punt and a questionable call breathed new life into the Demons.

BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Solon girls face Harlan in Friday 4A final

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s back to the championship game for the Solon Lady Spartans.
Solon swept Davenport Assumption in a 4A state volleyball semifinal in Cedar Rapids Thursday afternoon and will face Harlan in the championship game at noon Friday, Nov. 15, at the US Cellular Center.
Ten kills each from Jordans Runge and Smith paced Solon. After falling behind in set two, Jordan Smith hit a clutch kill and then later delivered an ace and near-ace to spark a rally.

Bowl committee

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

The Hawkeyes exercised some demons Saturday in their 38-14 win at Purdue.
First of all, they became bowl-eligible with their sixth victory. It seems like they haven’t gone bowling in years even though it was just last year that they missed a bowl game.
Second, the rushing attack, which has been shut down the last couple of weeks, exploded for 318 yards (a season high and the most rushing yards since Iowa had 365 in 2002 against Minnesota).

Early injuries for Hawkeye hoops

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams opened last weekend and both had major injuries.
Let’s start with the women, who won their first two games.
Nicole Smith only got to play three minutes in the exhibition opener before she hurt her knee. She will miss 10-14 weeks after having surgery last Friday.
Coach Lisa Bluder said Nicole worked hard in the off season, was in great shape and ready to help the Hawkeyes inside as she is the tallest player on the team at 6-4.
That leaves nine scholarship players.

Back to the dome!

Solon knocks off No. 2 Decorah on the road

DECORAH– This year, they would not be turned away.
The Solon Spartans upended the No. 2 team in Class 3A Friday night on the road, earning a spot in the state semifinals at the UNI-Dome this Thursday against Washington.
A year ago, the road ended in Decorah with a 35-10 loss.
This year, Solon took the lead and nursed a two-score margin into the fourth quarter, fending off a late rally to defeat the Decorah Vikings, 28-20.