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Archive - 2013

January 2nd

2012 in Review

At the beginning of each new year, the Leader traditionally takes a look back at the previous year’s stories and events as chronicled within our pages. As time goes by so quickly, the annual year-in-review is a chance to reflect back on all that 2012 brought us in the way of new commerce, exciting education and interesting people in our communities.

Swisher Legion ‘Chili Cook Off’ on Super Bowl Sunday

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will hold a “Chili Cook Off” on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, which is also Super Bowl Sunday. Entry fee is $5 which includes participant’s all-you-can-eat chili. Entries must be to the Swisher American Legion by 2 p.m. with no exceptions.
One entry per person, which must be one crock-pot per entry. Prizes: First place: $100; second place: $50; third place $25. After the judging, everyone is welcome to $5 all-you-can-eat chili.
Mix up your best batch of chili and let the judging begin. Call Ron at 319-538-6362 with any questions.

Solon ousted in substate final by Assumption

IOWA CITY– “It was a game where you couldn’t have too many bad possessions in a row,” Solon Head Coach Brad Randall said. “You have to play pretty flawless to beat them.”
The Solon Spartans fell behind Davenport Assumption in the first quarter of a Class 3A substate final last Monday night, and couldn’t overcome a double-digit lead, losing 59-40.
The Solon Spartans had remained alive in postseason basketball play by eliminating both Clear Creek Amana and Williamsburg in nail-biting fashion for a chance at a berth in the state tournament against Assumption.

No. 1 Decorah ends Solon’s playoff hopes

DECORAH– Solon scored the first three points, but the next 35 points came from No. 1 Decorah in a second round game in the Class 3A football playoffs. The Spartans took the opening kickoff and scored a field goal, but the Vikings went on to score 35 unanswered points on the way to a 35-10 win, bouncing Solon from the postseason with an 8-3 record.

Mebus’ throw hits gold

DES MOINES– Connor Mebus threw the shot put 57 feet, 11.75 inches, shattering his own school record and bringing home a gold medal from the state track meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The monster throw came on his third throw in the preliminaries after he had tossed an impressive 54 feet on his second throw. Mebus peaked at the best time possible, as the second place thrower from Decorah hit 56 feet, 7 inches. Mebus became the 14th state champion for throwing coach Brad Wymer, and the first to come from Solon.

Spartans bow out in first round at state

The Solon boys’ soccer team lost 1-0 to the West Liberty Comets in the the first round of action in the Class 1A State Soccer Tournament. The Comets would lose in the next round to Nevada, which fell to Waterloo Columbus in the 1A title game.

Solon Invitational named for Hadenfeldt

Long time coach and teacher Ed Hadenfeldt was recognized for his tremendous commitment to the Solon Wrestling Club and the Solon Community School District when the Solon Invitational wrestling tournament was renamed the Ed Hadenfeldt Varsity Wrestling Invitational. Hadenfeldt has been a teacher and coach at Solon since 1978, and has been involved in the Solon wrestling program ever since. Hadenfeldt’s wife Mary, and three sons, Adam, Aaron, and August, were present for the announcement and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement plaque. (photo courtesy Jill Paulson)

Fritz, Hanus finish second

School record eighth-place finish for Spartans

Lady Spartans take second

The Lady Spartans were denied the 2012 softball championship by hard-hitting Ballard after winning 1-0 against Estherville Lincoln in the semifinal at Ft. Dodge.

Girls take third at state track

Solon’s Lady Spartans locked up third place at the 2012 State Track and Field Meet held in Des Moines May 17-19, paced by Lauren Benzing and Emily Bransky. Benzing finished third in the 800, 1500, 3000 and 1600 medley (with Jessica Brimeyer, Karly Kramer and Jadyn Miller. Bransky finished third in the 100, fifth in the 200 and anchored the 4x200.