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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans win two, lose two in busy week of action

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that featured two sets of back-to-back games, the Solon varsity girls basketball team managed a .500 record.
The Lady Spartans defeated Mount Pleasant and Central DeWitt before falling to Western Dubuque and Iowa City Regina.

Lady Spartans win fourth in a row, then stumble against Mustangs

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team started the week on Tuesday, Jan. 12, by extending its winning streak to four in a row defeating the Maquoketa Cardinals, 51-32.
However, the Mount Vernon Mustangs stole their momentum Friday, Jan. 16, beating Solon, 62-46.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.

Lady Spartans hit the reset button on season

Solon girls move to 4-4 with 68-29 win over Blazers

SOLON– The varsity Lady Spartans dominated the Dyersville Beckman Blazers on the hardwood Friday, Dec. 18. Solon took to the boards, as they had not previously during the season, in a 68-29 win. It was as if they were avenging a 25-24 loss, in the final seconds of the game, by the junior varsity (JV) team earlier in the evening.

Lady Spartans back on track against Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans traveled north to Anamosa to meet the 2-4 Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 15, and returned home one win closer to .500 on the basketball season. They got back on the winning path defeating the Anamosa Raiders, 42-32.
Brianna Smith put the Lady Spartans on top in the opening minute of the game with a 3-point shot, and the Spartans didn’t look back.
The Lady Spartans doubled up the Raiders in the first period, 13-6. Bryce Hinkel sank a shot with four minutes remaining in the half to put Solon up, 23-9.

Lady Spartans come close against ranked Bobcats

Solon makes big leap in 43-40 loss

DeWITT– Solon traveled east on Highway 30, through the lights of DeWitt, into the darkness on the edge of town to meet the Central High Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was a battle to the final seconds with Solon on the short side, 43-40, but the crowd in attendance and the players could clearly see the light.

South Tama and Marion put Lady Spartans in the loss column

TAMA– The Lady Spartans traveled to Tama on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for the second game of their first season under Coach Lisa Bishop. The Lady Spartans battled from behind all night as the South Tama Trojans served them their first loss under Bishop’s guidance, 59-44.
The score was not reflective of the Lady Spartans’ performance.

Lady Spartans open with a win on the road

Solon girls roll over Vinton-Shellsburg, 53-42

VINTON– The Solon Lady Spartans rolled into Vinton-Shellsburg to open the season and came away with a 53-42 win over the Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“Going into my first varsity game as a head coach I was nervous but, like I told my players, it was a good nervous. The kind where you are ready to compete!” said Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop. “I was excited to see how our girls would respond in a regular season game.”
The Spartan starters for the first varsity game were junior Alli Prybil, junior Josie Durr, and seniors Hannah Bluder, Dakota Doyle and Nichole Oberthien.

Spartans exit 3A football playoffs in second round

MANCHESTER– Arguably it was the best night for football this season on Nov. 2 when the Solon Spartans traveled to meet the West Delaware Hawks. A season of wins and losses looking like an EKG culminated in Manchester as the Spartans departed the playoffs at the hands of the Hawks, 37-14.

Solon kicks its way to 2nd round

Spartans defeat Demons in OT

“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when it is cold.” – Don Corleone, “The Godfather,” 1969.
WASHINGTON– The Spartans listened to the old adage Oct. 28 and defeated the Washington Demons in overtime, exorcizing a week-five loss, 17-14.
Solon traveled south to Case Field in Washington, the site of a less-than-stellar performance in week five, to meet the Washington Demons in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The evening, wrapped in a cold fall embrace, was a defense-grinding, momentum-shifting chess match of football at its finest. 

Solon leaves Dubuque Golden Eagles in a fog

Spartans end regular season 5-4; rematch with Demons looming

DUBUQUE– A constant misty drizzle did not deter the Solon Spartans from rolling into the “Rock Bowl” and securing their berth in the postseason.
Solon’s varsity football team defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 31-13, Oct. 23 to finish the regular season 5-4.

Dipping their toes in the water

Cedar River Tank Tour owners stays afloat

“Somethin’ ‘bout a boat
Sittin’ on the sea
Out there in the wind
Floatin’ on the free
Take you ‘round the world
Bring you back home
Gives a man hope…”
- Jimmy Buffett’s “Somethin’ ‘bout a boat.”
SOLON– Maybe the song should be, “Somethin’ ‘bout a stock tank.”
Several years ago, Cedar River Tank Tours started out as a conversation over cocktails in a garage. It evolved into a local tourism business based in Solon, growing in patrons and popularity.