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Jeff Hess

Spartans capture fourth at Ruth Ahrens Invitational track meet

 MARENGO– The Solon boys varsity track team improved their showing behind solid scoring performances from underclassmen. Tuesday, April 11, the gear was loaded on the bus and the team trekked to Iowa Valley High School in Marengo for the Ruth Ahrens Invitational, a trek that would post one of the best team performances to date.

Spartans 2nd at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The old adage held true, in Iowa you can feel every season in a week.
Teeth were chattering, blankets abounded, stocking caps and mittens were worn and the sun shown brightly as the Spartan boys and Lady Spartans took to the oval at Tiffin’s Clear Creek Amana High School to compete in track and field events Thursday, April 27, as part of the Pacha Relays.

7th grade girls second, 8th grade sixth

SOLON– The future was so bright, the Solon High School track coaches almost had to be wearing shades as the Solon Middle School girls competed under sunny skies, at home on April 11, in the opening meet of their track season. The eighth grade girls finished sixth with 55 team points, behind Mid-Prairie (119), Clear Creek Amana (106.5), Williamsburg (94), Anamosa (76), and Benton (61), but bested Regina (44.5). The seventh grade girls were runners-up to Mid Prairie (130) but spent much of the meet knocking on the door before finishing with 119 team points.

Spartans 6th in Williamsburg

Ira wins 110-meter hurdles

WILLIAMSBURG – The Solon boys braved another gray, blustery, cool day in the fledgling track and field season on Tuesday, April 4, to finish in sixth place at the Williamsburg Co-Ed. Relays. Originally scheduled for Monday, April 3, the event was postponed until Tuesday due to heavy rains.
The athletes and spectators alike had to dodge mud holes and puddles while making their way between the throwers’ areas and the stadium between events.

Solon ties for 10th at Iowa City West

IOWA CITY– The Solon Spartans joined a field of 13 teams competing on Saturday, April 8, as the gray skies plaguing much of the month of March gave way to a radiant, sunny April day thrusting the boys’ track outdoor season into the spring. The teams converged on the track and field at Iowa City’s West High School for the Hollingsworth Relays.

Tipton produces rays of hope for Spartans

Slim preseason for Spartan track and field

TIPTON– The sun shrugged off the clouds briefly on Tuesday, March 28, much as the athletes did with their sweats taking to the track and field, at the opening of the boys’ outdoor season in Tipton.
The drive out to the meet saw windshields peppered with specks of moisture as the thermometer read 52 degrees, threatening a cloudy, damp and cold start to the season, but that all changed.

Spartans exit playoffs, 28-14

Last season’s 3A champ steals Solon’s playoff football hopes

SOLON– The Pella Dutch stole the Solon Spartans’ football playoff hopes on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium with a 28-14 defeat. It was the last game for many members of the Spartan varsity team and they finished the season doing what they do, playing with heart, conviction and fortitude.
The Dutch advanced to compete at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls against Cedar Rapids Xavier on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Spartans take round one

Win over bobcats advances Solon to face No. 1 Pella Friday, Nov. 4, at home

SOLON– After several dreary days, the sun peeked from the heavens and shone favorably on the Spartans.
Benton Community’s Bobcats traveled to Solon for the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs and the Spartans’ responded with an offense that wracked up 49 points and a defense that limited the Bobcats to just 14.
That effort places the Spartans on a collision course with No. 1-ranked Pella on Friday, Nov. 4, at Spartan Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.

Solon finishes with 54-14 win at Fairfield

Spartans to face Benton Community in first round of playoffs Oct. 28

FAIRFIELD– The sky was swimming with hues of blue, red, and orange reminiscent of Jerry Moon’s oil landscape painting “Absolution” as the Spartan faithful made their sunset trek southwest to witness Solon’s 54-14 victory over Fairfield on Friday, Oct. 21. The team, once again showing its depth while building team morale by playing several positions deep, amassed 308 yards rushing and 177 yards through the air on offense, and defensively held the Trojans to 181 total yards rushing and 101 total yards receiving.

Solon clinches 3A District 5 top spot

Spartans cruise past Falcons, 42-0

WEST BURLINGTON– The Spartans made it look easy on Friday, Oct. 14, as they cruised past the West Burlington/Notre Dame Falcons, 42-0, on the road, moving to 7-1 on the season and clinching the number-one spot atop Class 3A District 5, assuring home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Spartans’ postgame chant of, “We are who we are,” reverberated loudly on Bill Nelson field, the only brightly-lit spot in the corner of West Burlington, as the Solon boys put an exclamation point on the rebound from last season’s 6-5 Spartan record.

Spartans continue to ride the crazy train

Solon moves to 6-1 on season with 26-0 win

SOLON– It is heard at almost every football game. It inspires football fans and teams alike, but has somehow become a theme song for this season’s Spartan Football express.
“All aboard! Hahaha…
I, I, I, I… [fade]
Crazy, but that’s how it goes…
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train…”
- “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Ozbourne.
Following last year’s 6-5 record and redistricting, this season the Solon Spartans have definitely boarded a crazy train.

Spartans rally past Demons

Solon overcomes 15-0 deficit for victory over Washington

WASHINGTON– As is custom in Washington at Case Field, local Legion members began to raise the flag to the rat-a-tat of a snare drum roll and the band joined in with the National Anthem. The Washington Demons recognized service men Friday, Sept. 16, during the Class 3A District 5 game against the Solon Spartans, as uniformed members of the military and local firemen and law enforcement were invited by the Demons to join them on the field for the anthem. The back of the Demons’ uniforms bore the words pride, valor, respect and honor in camouflage trim.