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Sports

Solon Girls send four to Drake Relays

Lady Spartans second at Jesse Day Relays

SOLON– Strong throws and strong sprinters boosted first and second place team finishes in two meets last week and helped send four Solon girls high school entries to the Drake Relays this week.
The Relays annually features the top college and world entries in track and field, but with an Iowa flavor. They have always included an Iowa high school program– even a grade school shuttle relay on the infield– to promote visibility of the sport over the three-day festival. Over 18,000 fans sell out Drake Stadium at $40 a ticket every ‘Relays Saturday’ for the final day of competition.

Jason Pershing picked as head basketball coach

Hoops head hired

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Pershing as head boys basketball coach (pending school board approval). Coach Pershing debuts as a varsity head coach after successful assistant coaching experiences at Xavier, Linn Mar, C.R. Washington, Coe College, and most recently at Mt. Vernon.

Boys nudged out of second place at Spartan Invite

SOLON– There will be lots of golfing for the next month, as the Solon Spartans swing through the bulk of their schedule.
Solon’s varsity boys golf squad will be back home next week for two home dates before heading into postseason tournaments.
“I feel this group has a lot of potential,” said head coach Adam Stahle. “A lot of kids put in time over the summer.”
Stahle said there are 29 high school boys out for golf, with three letter winners returning from last year– Jared Capouch, Josh Kleppe and Spencer Schaefer.

Boys second at Jesse Day Relays in Davenport

DAVENPORT– The Solon varsity boys track team had a strong showing in a meet held at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport last week, finishing second in a field of strong 4A and 3A schools.
The team scored well in field events, led by senior thrower Dalton Ferguson, taking first in the shot put with a throw of 56’1, and second in the discuss with a toss of 153’8. The long jump has become a strong event for Solon as well, with Zach Nunemaker finishing second on a leap of 21’1 and Halston Durr close behind in fourth at 20’2.

Women of Troy put away J-Hawks

4-1 win keeps West perfect

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy had little trouble last Thursday (April 17) with the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks, beating the bluebirds 4-1 in varsity action on the field below Kingston Stadium.

Creek girls finish second in Anamosa

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ANAMOSA– A sports complex carved out of the bluffs near the Wapsipinicon River in southwest Anamosa was the site last Tuesday (April 15) for the Girls Early Bird Relays hosted by the Anamosa Blue Raiders. While the day was sunny, it was still chilly, but the Solon Lady Spartans and Clear Creek Amana Clippers were red hot, taking first and second place respectively in total team points.
The Lady Spartans led the field with a dominating 171 points while the Creek Girls had 98. Host Anamosa was eighth with 48 and Central City rounded out the 11-team field with 25.

New coaches lead Clippers on the links

TIFFIN– It’s a season of change for both the girls and boys golf programs at Clear Creek Amana with two new coaches. Nathan Carlson has taken the helm of the girls’ team while Sean Patrick is the new skipper for the boys.
Carlson inherits a squad with three seniors; Gabi Scarpa, Anna Johnson and Whitney Schuttire. Scarpa was ranked 13th in Class 4A last year. Juniors Sara McGrath, Nicole Davis and Haley Mougin bring needed experience to the team while sophomore Alison DeVore and freshmen Emma Davis, Megan Graff, Ashlee Kopejtka, Jillian Shrader and Kalista Wilgenbusch round out the group.

CCA girls dominate Washington Demons

TIFFIN– Many athletic events were canceled across eastern Iowa last Monday (April 14) due to cold, wind and lousy field conditions. However, in Tiffin, the Clear Creek Amana Clippers’ ladies’ soccer team rose to the challenge and dominated the Washington Demons with a 10-0 win.
The Clippers scored five goals in the first half while playing directly into a 20 mph wind.
“The girls showed a lot of grit in a 20-something wind chill,” CCA coach Matt Harding said.

CCA girls fourth at Tipton

TIPTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) women’s track and field team headed to Cedar County and the Tigerette Relays last Thursday, April 14, and came home with fourth place in team points. Mount Pleasant won the 15-team meet with 96 points, Mount Vernon was third with 90 and the Clippers put up 49. The host Tigerettes finished in a tie for ninth-place with Camanche with 26 points.

Spring Football

Hawk Talk

This is the third part of a review of the University of Iowa football program this spring.
This week, I’ll talk about the quarterbacks and defensive line.
Jake Rudock is the number-one quarterback in spring training.
If Jake stays healthy, I see no reason he won’t be number one in the opening game against UNI Aug. 30.
The 6-3, 208-pound junior was 204-346 (59 percent) passing for 2,383 yards, 18 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and Iowa finished 8-5.

He did it HIS WAY

Randall bows out with few regrets

SOLON– Typically, when a long-tenured coach leaves an athletic program under a cloud of controversy, they say they want to focus on the positives and not dwell on the negatives.
Brad Randall, now the former Solon High School varsity boys’ basketball coach, is no exception.
With a winning record full of accomplishments, it’s easy for him to emphasize the highlights.

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.