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Author: Jeff Linder | November 27, 2013 | No comments

 Peter Gustin's first encounter with Rylee Smith came in 2010. He was an assistant coach at Solon High School; she was a freshman."We could see she had a lot of potential right away," said Gustin, now the head coach. "(Then-coach Kurt Trout) told me to ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 12, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- There was no tongue-lashing. No epic adjustments.Just a simple message:"Pick it up."Then, the Solon Spartans were pickup artists.Second-ranked Solon swallowed a second-set hiccup before it became problematic, and handled No. 8 Indianola in a four-set victory (25-11, 21-25, 25-6, 25-18) in a ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 11, 2013 | No comments

 CEDAR RAPIDS -- The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena served its purpose.For four days each of the last two Novembers, it provided a fiesta-like venue, with fans close to the action.Most importantly, it probably saved the city's bacon in keeping the state volleyball tournament long-term."Did the ...

Author: Jeff Linder | October 17, 2013 | No comments

MARION -- A loss isn't always just a loss.When Solon lost to West Delaware a week ago, the Spartans took something out of it more than run-of-the-mill bitterness."It was a character builder," said hitter Jordan Runge. "It was a learning experience."And, yeah, it was a ...

Author: Jeff Linder | August 26, 2013 | No comments

 AREA VOLLEYBALL TEAMS TO WATCH FOR 2013: CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTONCoach – Amy Faulkner (1st year, 0-0)2012 record – 27-142012 postseason – Class 5A regional finalistReturning starters (4) – DS Alisa Gerhold (5-6, sr.); OH Dani Franklin (6-0, sr.); OH Kellie Walters (5-11, sr.); OH Aleena Hobbs ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 10, 2012 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Maybe they were genuine. Maybe they were somewhat forced.But the Solon Spartans were able to muster smiles for the postmatch photo with their runner-up trophy."It's a bad feeling now, but tomorrow we'll be OK," Kelsey Hinrichs said.Top-ranked Charles City rallied from a ...

Author: Jeff Linder | July 16, 2012 | No comments

 FORT DODGE -- The Solon Spartans generally don't require much assistance.They got it Monday, though, and the result was predictably lopsided.The top-ranked Spartans were beneficiaries of six Waukon errors and handled the Indians, 8-2, in a Class 3A quarterfinal at the state softball tournament at ...

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