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Spartans edged by Wahlert, then defeats Williamsburg in regular season finale

Solon’s Jake Coons pump-fakes Williamsburg’s Ben Subbert in the post during Solon’s 53-34 win to close out the regular season. (photo by Doug Lindner)

DAVENPORT– Dubuque Wahlert’s 5-15 record coming into the Class 3A District 7 playoffs was deceptive.
The Golden Eagles played a 4A schedule, with a fistful of single-digit losses to established programs and wins against Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
Solon’s Spartans entered the 3A district basketball semifinals with a record of 13-8 and had just ended the regular season with a resounding 53-34 win over Williamsburg.
The two clashed in Davenport Monday, Feb. 20, and despite scraping back to take a fourth-quarter lead, the Spartans fell in a 71-68 cliffhanger.
The two teams, playing at Davenport Assumption, battled bucket for bucket most of the way, although Dubuque Wahlert built a five-point halftime margin and led most of the game.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Solon seized the lead, 57-54, but couldn’t hold on.
“Unfortunately, they hit a couple critical shots, while we had some crucial late-game errors,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “But my guys gave me, the community, their families, their team 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.”
Solon senior Jake Coons led the Spartan effort with 28 points on 10-14 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-8 at the free throw line. Coons also had six rebounds, three on the offensive glass.
“Jake Coons was the best player on the floor last night,” Pershing noted.
Ben Krutzfeldt and A.J. Coons each added eight points, while Luke Ira and Zach Cusick contributed six.
The Spartans shot 58 percent from the field and 47 percent from 3-point range while knocking down 10-13 free throws.
But the Golden Eagles made five more shots at the charity stripe than the Spartans and forced Solon into 11 steals.
Solon out-rebounded Wahlert, 27-23, led by Krutzfeldt with seven. Cusick with five, and Ira and Sterling McIlravy with four each.
“This was such a pleasurable group of student-athletes, with high character, high values and team-first attitudes,” Pershing said. “I am saddened to not be able to practice with this group of athletes again. But excited for their future endeavors and how they will impact the community, peers, and new acquaintances with the same love and positive energy they gave to Solon basketball.”
The Spartans ended the season with a record of 13-9.
“I am so excited for the future of this program and thankful for where the seniors– Zach, Jake, Sterling and Andrew– have helped distinguish it as a premiere program in the state,” Pershing said.

Spartans defeat Williamsburg to close out regular season
SOLON– The Spartans jumped out to a 13-3 lead and never looked back.
Solon’s varsity boys ended the regular season with a 53-34 basketball win over Williamsburg Feb. 16.
Senior Sterling McIlravy led the team with 15 points on 6-12 shooting from the field, but it was A.J. Coons who got the Spartans on the board with a 3-pointer and a 3-0 lead.
The Spartans held the Raiders to a single 3-pointer in the first quarter and Ben Krutzfeldt’s 3-point buzzer-beater gave Solon a 13-3 lead.
McIlravy’s first 3-pointer of the night made the second-quarter lead 21-9, while his second a minute later made it 26-9. He closed out the half with a post move as time was expiring to give Solon a 28-13 halftime margin despite early foul trouble.
The Spartans outscored Williamsburg 13-6 in the third quarter to make the lead 41-19 heading into the final eight minutes.