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June 29th, 2017

White named national softball coach of the year

SOLON– Fans of the Lady Spartan softball program are probably used to watching head coach Jim White pace the baseline in a black polo and khaki shorts.
But White donned a suit Wednesday, June 21, for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Coach of the Year Awards Night Banquet in Peoria, Ill.
White, one of eight finalists, was the recipient of the 2017 National Softball Coach of the Year.

Save the Legion Field

Solon Black and Orange Baseball to undertake improvements

New lights first for 50-year-old baseball field

SOLON– The Solon Black and Orange Baseball Club would like to light the night and keep the Legion Baseball Field in use for generations to come.
The club has an extensive plan for renovating the 50-year-old field, and is ready to embark on fundraising for an ambitious, multi-phase improvement project.
The Legion Baseball Field, immediately west of the Solon Public Library, occupies most of the Legion Park– also home to the Solon Veterans Memorial and the Johnson County Freedom Rock.

3-story building approved behind Casey’s

Commercial/residential site plan approved for Windflower Lane

SOLON– Only mild concerns were raised as city council members gave their stamp of approval for a new three-story mixed use building on the south end of town.
A site plan for 500 Windflower Ln., located directly east of the newer Casey’s General Store and diagonal to Solon Learning Academy, was approved unanimously at a June 7 meeting.
The building will feature around 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two levels of apartments above.

Some of my favorite Hawkeyes

Hawk Talk

I’ve talked about how I became am Iowa Hawkeye fan.
It all started in 1963, when I was going into the fourth grade class at Woodbury Central in Moville. The Neustrom twins, Tim and Terry, came into my class from the other third grade. Their dad Bob, got them on the Hawkeye bandwagon.
We became friends right away and soon I was riding on the Hawkeye wagon and have been ever since.
In November of 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated and in February of 1964, the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show so fourth grade was a pretty important year in my life.

Citizen’s speak

Walkin'

I see in last week’s Economist that the Solon City Council is considering changing policy for the Citizen’s Speak portion of their regular meetings. Apparently, the council wants to get away from the status quo, which allows for citizens to speak up whenever on whatever topic is discussed.

Touring the past

Food For Thought

A recent visit to my hometown involved my usual tour of former homes and other familiar places. This is a slice of pure nostalgia sprinkled with both dismay and amazement at some of the things that have changed since I lived there.

June 23rd

Water’s Edge firm presents multi-year aquatic study to council

Outdoor, indoor pool enhancements could cost $6-7 million

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Does North Liberty need another outdoor pool?
North Liberty City Council members floated that idea and others at their most recent meeting Tuesday, June 13, after hearing from Dave Schwartz, owner of Water’s Edge Aquatic Design.
“What you’ve got is a nice facility, it really is,” said Schwartz. “But your population is challenging. And that’s a good thing.”

June 22nd

Clear Creek Amana Baseball

Vikings take a pair from Clippers, 13-1 and 8-5

Vinton-Shellsburg shells CCA in doubleheader
Vikings take a pair from Clippers, 13-1 and 8-5
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Vinton-Shellsburg’s Vikings raided the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) diamond, in Tiffin, Monday, June 12, for a varsity doubleheader, sweeping the night and sinking the Clippers farther down in the standings. The Vikings won the opener, 13-1, and took the nightcap, 8-5, dropping the Creek Boys to a 5-10 record overall.

Clippers lose one, up 6-1 before rainout in doubleheader with Spartans

Game to resume July 10

SOLON– It was a pitchers’ duel June 15 as Solon hosted Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in a varsity baseball doubleheader.
But neither of the sterling performances was awarded with a win.
Spartan freshman Cam Miller struck out six and walked two, scattering four hits and allowing a single unearned run in Solon’s 2-1 eight-inning win.
Senior Kobey Schlotman fanned nine batters while walking three, and spent almost all eight innings on the mound for the Clippers. Junior Cody Ogden suffered the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth.

Creek Girls break losing streak

CCA wins, 9-5 and 9-3, at home

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity softball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a pair of wins Monday, June 12, at home against the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg.