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Jeff Hess

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.

Spartans roll over Western Dubuque, 36-7

SOLON– It was Senior Night at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 16 when Solon ran over the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 36-7.
Many moms fought to maintain their composure, lined up at the bottom of the stairs at the east end of the home bleachers, shedding tears as they hugged other senior mothers. Fathers laughed and joked, trying to make light of the situation. It was punctuated with an exclamation point as Dave Durr was met with cheers while executing a full-on ‘80s worm break dance move on his way, with wife Salina, to meet Halston in front of the crowd.

Solon defeated by Maquoketa, 21-17

Who will step up?

MAQUOKETA– “Who are those guys?” A line, repeated time and again, by Butch Cassidy in the 1969 movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
It was a line repeated on Friday night when the Maquoketa Cardinals defeated the Solon Spartans, 21-17.
With several players capable of making an impact on the game sidelined, the Spartans seemed vulnerable and needed some supporting players to step up.
Who were those guys?

Spartans blank Central Clinton Dewitt Sabers, 41-0

Spartans return to Paradise

There was something about the crescendo of excitement, as AC/DC howled “Back in Black” and Guns and Roses’ belted out “Paradise City” through the scoreboard speakers, when the Spartans returned to their home field Friday, Oct. 2, that had everyone on the edge of their seat.
The crisp football air, the chilling breeze and the roar of the home team filled the night, as the Solon Spartans blanked the Central Clinton Sabers, 41-0, on Friday night.

Solon falls to Washington, 28-14

Spartans unable to exorcise Demons

WASHINGTON– Washington rolled into Friday’s game on top in Class 3A District 5 with a 3-1 record. Solon journeyed to Washington in third place in Class 3A District 4 at 2-2.
Washington arrived after a 23-0 win over Fairfield. Solon showed up after shellacking Marion, 35-0, in a rain-soaked offensive.
Both teams were looking to make a statement. Washington did, with a 28-14 win.

Xavier pulls off fourth quarter comeback

Interception halts Solon drive in final seconds, 22-19

SOLON– After hopefully exorcizing their demons with the 35-14 win over Mount Vernon, Solon looked poised to put it together when they battled Xavier on Sept. 11.
But it was not to be.
Cedar Rapids Xavier mounted a 93-yard fourth-quarter drive to drop Solon’s Spartans to 1-2 on the season with a 21-19 win Friday at Spartan Stadium.

Spartans rebound with win

Four TDs for Halston Durr in 35-14 win over Mount Vernon

SOLON– As the Spartans shook hands following their 21-13 loss with the Regina, a fog enveloped them like the smoke from a battle.
The stage would be different as the Spartans (0-1) met the Mount Vernon Mustangs (1-0) at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 4.
The Mustangs came to the game after putting up 285 yards of rushing and 82 yards receiving to defeat Marion, 37-14, last Friday.

Lights... Camera... Lightning!

Weather delays football opener, but Regals hold on for 21-13 win over Spartans

IOWA CITY– As the wave of Solon players rolled down the steps toward the field Friday, Aug. 28, there was a definite energy in the air.
The fans felt it. The players were poised, ready to start the football season.
Players for Solon and Iowa City Regina took to their respective sides of the field and the captains strode out for the coin toss.
It was time… and then it was postponed 30 minutes due to lightning.
The players left the field, not to return.

Corridor Home Services

affordable for everyone

SOLON– “It’s a blessing to be of service to other people.”
That’s how Tom Dunn reflects on the business he recently started in the Corridor.