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A challenge, a relay and a marathon

IOWA CITY– In the wee hours of the morning April 16, when most people were asleep, a few hundred University of Iowa students were walking, hula-hooping, dancing, doing the limbo and sliding through pudding in the University’s old recreation building.
They were also fighting.
They were fighting on behalf of friends, family members and loved ones who have braved their own battles against cancer.

Soccer boys earn first trip to state

SOLON– The Spartans earned their first trip to state soccer with a 5-0 win over Dyersville Beckman Saturday. Max Alberhasky scored three goals and Marshall Koehn added a pair for the victory. Solon finally got over the hump after coming up short the last several years. The team members celebrated by ripping off their jerseys and taking a celebratory jump in the pond at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Solon received the fourth seed and will play No. 5 St. Albert Council Bluffs Thursday, June 2, at 12 p.m. at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.

Will the girls be far behind?

SOLON– The Lady Spartan soccer team ended regular season play with a successful Senior Night.  
Solon rolled to a 3-1 victory over the Regina Regals in a hard-fought, weather-delayed game on Tuesday, May 24.  Early in the game, Alison McKinnie scored on a perfect pass from Danielle Herdliska.  The rest of the first half the Spartans and Regals battled equally on both ends.  By halftime, Mother Nature took over and sent everyone ducking for cover.  Play resumed over an hour later with showers still falling.  

Spartans defeat No.4 IC West

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball team is off to a 5-0 start.
The latest win came Monday, May 30, with a Memorial Day matchup against No. 4 Iowa City West (4A).
Solon downed the Trojans 6-2 behind a substantial scoring effort by senior Nick Day. Day belted two 2-run home runs and collected five RBIs on the day.
Brandon Shulista (2-0) struck out 11 batters and allowed only three hits, but one of them was a two-run shot that gave West the lead in the third inning.
Monday’s game featured retiring High School Principal Bob Lesan throwing out the first pitch against West High.

Free family fishing clinic in NL June 4

NORTH LIBERTY– Family fishing, fishing tips, food and prizes are featured Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Liberty Centre Park in North Liberty. As part of Iowa’s Free Fishing Days (June 3-5), veteran anglers, parks and fisheries workers will help families get started on the water during free fishing clinic.
During Free Fishing Days, Iowa residents may fish without a license.

Principal makes a pitch for scholarship, stability for students

NORTH LIBERTY– Julie Robinson, principal at Penn Elementary School in North Liberty, has a double vision.
After 26 years in the field of education, 25 of them spent helping to shape an excellent educational setting for children at Penn, she understands how important a stable environment is to children’s learning.
She also knows that in the increasingly hectic and busy lifestyles of today’s families, trying to fit everything into a consistent routine is difficult, at best.

One big gust, and Blues was a bust

NORTH LIBERTY– It was one storm, one gust, one wet time.
The thunderstorms and high winds that passed through the North Liberty/Solon area on Sunday, May 29, damaged some equipment and saturated the fields where organizers had set up for North Liberty’s fifth annual Blues & BBQ festival.
Three tents were shredded after tables were carried up and over the tops of the tents by the wind, portable toilets were blown over, and the beverage garden area turned into a small lake at about 9:30 a.m. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during the storm.

Coralville land purchase takes NL by surprise, officials say

NORTH LIBERTY– At least three North Liberty City Council members and the mayor said last Tuesday a proposed land purchase by the City of Coralville, located in the fringe area formerly shared by the two communities, took them by surprise.
In turn, Coralville officials are just as surprised by North Liberty’s reaction.

Free rain garden seminar June 4

CORALVILLE– Rain gardens are used as a way to manage storm water and improve water quality. Lucy Hershberger of Forever Green, Inc. believes that recent flooding in Iowa demonstrates the need to manage surface runoff and reduce flash flooding and pollution in Iowa’s rivers and streams. On June 4 at 10 a.m., Hershberger will lead a free rain garden seminar to help Iowans decrease rainwater runoff and divert chemicals and fertilizers out of waterways.

June 8 blood drive at Centro, Inc.

NORTH LIBERTY– Centro, Inc. will host a blood drive on Wednesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Donors can sign up for an appointment with Marla Wessel by calling 626-5504.
Donors who last gave blood on or before April 13, 2011 are eligible. New donors are encouraged and walk-ins are also welcome.