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Jeff Hess

Spartans blow past Chiefs

Solon rebounds with 42-0 conference win over Keokuk

SOLON– Storms abounded across the Iowa farmscape on Friday, Sept. 9, forcing back the start time of Solon’s game against the Keokuk Chiefs to 8 p.m. The winds picked up and the first leaves of the fall began their chaotic dance across the streets of Solon as Acivities Director Zach Wigle’s tweet warned the Spartan faithful of the delay just as the deluge began its slow progression over the field.

Spartans conquer Mustangs, 26-20

Big first half pushes Solon past No. 1-ranked (2A) Mount Vernon in football opener

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
…We would like it to be known the exhibits that were shown
were exclusively our own,
All our own. All our own…”
– Karn Evil 9 Lyrics by Emerson Lake and Palmer

So the curtains fell away on the Solon Spartans’ first production of the new football season. With an awards presentation before the introductions, the show started as an action adventure with a interlude including fireworks, but finished as a drama.

Friday night the lights on

Spartans look to improve on last year’s six-win season

SOLON– The final dress rehearsal was held Friday, Aug. 19, for the Solon Spartans’ 2016 football season with the new high school auditorium, nearing completion, as a back drop. The lights were tested, the football team scrimmaged– their final preparation before the season– and the fall athletes were introduced.
As the scrimmage was taking place, Solon alumni Marshal Koehn, playing for the Miami Dolphins, and James Morris, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, squared off in NFL preseason football.

Boys 17th

Roeder and 4x800 take fifth, 4x100 takes sixth and Linderbaum takes seventh

DES MOINES– Children grow up learning to swim in the calming, blue, chlorinated waters of the local pool, hoping someday for the blue embrace of the ocean and its much deeper depths.
The Spartans took to those deeper depths on Thursday, May 19, to test their abilities against the best Iowa’s Class 3A had to offer, finishing in a three-way tie, with Grinnell and Assumption, for 17th in a field of 43 teams.

Spartans take third at WaMaC Super Meet

Consistency keeps Solon in contention until final event

TIFFIN– The Spartans’ boys track and field team traveled to Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin, on Thursday, May 5, to face the first of three potential crucibles in as many weeks. The WaMaC Super Meet saw 15 teams from the conference battling for bragging rights and the top three positions were decided in the final three events of the evening.

Solon boys take first at CCA’s Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Spartan boys’ track and field team started the week on April 25 finishing runner-up under the sun in the Wildcat Boys Relays at Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi with a few missing names due to college visits and family obligations.
The Solon runners and throwers finished the week on Thursday, April 28, as champions of the Pacha Relays, following some May showers and missing some members competing in the Drake Relays, at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin in a field of nine other teams.

Spartans take first at home meet

SOLON– Tuesday, April 19, was Tanner Wymer’s birthday.
The Solon boys and girls track and field teams did what they could to honor him, first by wishing him a happy birthday, complete with balloons, then by championing the home track meet in both boys and girls competition.

Spartans third at Ruth Ahrens Track Invitational

Christensen, Ira, 4x800 relay collect first-place finishes

MARENGO– Iowa Valley High School hosted the Ruth Ahrens Boys Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 12, and the Spartans grabbed third in team scoring with a bit of a change in the cast.
The Spartans collected 10 team points apiece as Nate Christensen and Luke Ira took first place in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles and Jake Schaeckenbach, Ben Krutzfeldt, Adam Smith and Graeson Dall took first in the 4x800-meter relay.

Spartans challenge 4A teams at IC West

Solon boys seventh at Hollingsworth Relays in Iowa City

IOWA CITY– Coaches Mark Sovers, Dan Dall, Brad Wymer, Riley Takes, Denny Gruber and the Solon Spartan boys track team stepped up on Saturday, April 9, lining up next to 4A competition and the West High Trojans at West High School’s Hollingsworth Relays.
They stood the measure of their 4A competition, finishing seventh overall against 11 other larger school teams, with their presence felt in several events.
When Coach Sovers was asked what he felt about the boys competing against 4A competition, he smiled, peering through his darkened glasses, and said it would be good for them.

Spartan varsity boys track 4th at Tipton Early Bird Co-ed meet

TIPTON– In the 13-team field, the Solon varsity boys track team scored 64 points to take fourth behind West Branch (80), Anamosa (87), and Mount Vernon (102) at the Tipton Early Bird Co-ed Meet on Tuesday, March 29.
The Spartans managed 13 of their team points in the field portion, putting themselves in scoring positions for each event.
In the discus, Solon’s Jackson Walker took fifth with a 128-00 throw, scoring two points for the team. Ben Wilkerson finished 13th after a 111-10 throw, and Tyler Lindebaum grabbed 22nd with his 90-4.

Spartan varsity boys track 4th at Tipton Early Bird Co-ed meet

TIPTON– In the 13-team field, the Solon varsity boys track team scored 64 points to take fourth behind West Branch (80), Anamosa (87), and Mount Vernon (102) at the Tipton Early Bird Co-ed Meet on Tuesday, March 29.
The Spartans managed 13 of their team points in the field portion, putting themselves in scoring positions for each event.
In the discus, Solon’s Jackson Walker took fifth with a 128-00 throw, scoring two points for the team. Ben Wilkerson finished 13th after a 111-10 throw, and Tyler Lindebaum grabbed 22nd with his 90-4.

Boys third at Mt. Vernon Relays

Balanced team shows promise as the track season starts

MOUNT VERNON– The Solon Boys started the outdoor season by taking third at the Mount Vernon Relays with 103 points, trailing Lisbon (111) in second, and event host Mount Vernon (129) in first. The weather was overcast on Saturday, March 26; the temperatures reached the 50s and the wind was relatively calm from the south-southeast at about 10-20 miles per hour. As the competitors filed into the track, the public address system came to life, blaring Huey Lewis and the News’ “Jacob’s Ladder.”