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Author: Jeff Johnson | December 16, 2013 | No comments

Keith McSweeney may have had other thoughts, but he chose to keep them to himself. The Solon athletics director was the king of political correctness."You'll get nothing controversial out of me," he said with a laugh.McSweeney was asked what he thought the impact would be ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | December 11, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Some of the top wrestling programs and individuals in the state will take the mat in Cedar Rapids this weekend.Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Cedar Rapids Washington will host the 22nd annual Five Seasons Duals on Saturday. The bracketed dual tournament is scheduled ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 15, 2013 | No comments

 CEDAR RAPIDS -- As far as state championships go, southwest Iowa had been a volleyball vacuum.The Harlan Cyclones ended that region's drought Friday afternoon.Jess Schaben slammed 31 kills, and top-ranked Harlan outplayed No. 2 Solon, 25-16, 25-17, 18-25, 25-20, for the Class 4A crown at ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 14, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- The rapid decline of volleyball officials has reached "a critical point," according to Joel Oswald, assistant director for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union."We've had matches this season in which there was just one official. We've had matches postponed and cancelled ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 14, 2013 | No comments

 CEDAR RAPIDS -- She calls it her "tuck jump," the happy dance that Jordan Smith performs after each Solon point.It's a knees-to-the-chin display; the bigger the point, the more frequent the jump.There was plenty of joy for second-ranked Solon (and a high jump count for Smith) in a ...

Author: Jeff Johnson | November 13, 2013 | No comments

WASHINGTON - He got bigger, a lot bigger.Alex Coker gained 30 pounds from last football season to this football season. It was a change in diet, adding more protein, and hitting the weights even harder, if that's possible for a guy whose coach says always ...

Author: Sam Louwagie | November 13, 2013 | No comments

The Gazette's Jeremiah Davis and Jeff Linder talk about a few highlights from Day One of the state tournament, with player interviews and photos by Adam Wesley and Jim Slosiarek. 

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

 Team capsules for the Class 4A qualifiers at the state volleyball tournament, in bracket order: No. 6 CHARLES CITY (39-6)Nickname: CometsCoach: Matt Johnson (10th year, 302-115)Tourney history: 5th appearance, third in a row. Won the 4A title last year.Starting lineup:No. Name Ht. Yr. Pos.2  Jackie Foster  5-8  Sr.  OH 3  Sydney Etherington  5-7  Sr.  L 6  Hali Hillegas  5-6  Jr.  S 8  Mara Forsyth  5-8  Sr.  OH 9  Meagan Miller  5-10  Jr.  OH 11  Jamie Sindlinger  5-10  So.  MH 14  Cady ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | November 8, 2013 | No comments

DECORAH – There’s an old saying: you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.For the Solon football team, five straight trips to the state semifinals, four straight championships and 42 straight wins spoiled the Spartans.A two-year state semifinal drought since Solon’s last title – ...

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