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Lady Spartans dominate Classic

Solon defeats City High, Des Moines Lincoln and Keokuk

SOLON– The Lady Spartans cranked out 17 hits against Iowa City City High pitcher Sasha Frauenholz to notch their 29th win of the season Saturday, June 28, at the 2014 Solon Classic.
Solon defeated City High 11-2, and also picked up wins against Des Moines Lincoln (2-1) and Keokuk (4-1) Friday at the home tournament.
The Lady Spartans trailed 1-0 after the second inning, but scored three times in the third to take the lead.

Senior care facility to replace campground

NORTH LIBERTY– A long-established local campground is slated to become housing for the elderly.
Owners of Colony Country RV Park, located along West Forevergreen Road on North Liberty’s southern edge, sold the property and posted notice of its permanent closing on June 1.

No. 2 Solon picks up first loss

Lady Spartans run gauntlet of ranked foes

SOLON– In the span of a single week, Solon’s varsity softball team took on five separate ranked opponents.
And out of the eight games the Lady Spartans played, only one team was able to put a blemish on Solon’s perfect record.
Fort Dodge (ranked No. 4 in 4A) defeated Solon 6-5 in a five-inning game Saturday, June 21, in Fort Dodge to provide the first loss of the season for the Lady Spartans.
But by then, Solon had already taken down the second- and seventh-ranked teams in Class 5A– West Des Moines Dowling and Ankeny– as well as unranked Emmetsburg.

Clippers fall to Williamsburg, split with Sabers

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s varsity baseball team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-7 in the WaMaC in the wake of doubleheaders against Williamsburg and Central Clinton-DeWitt. The Clippers dropped a pair Monday, June 16, to the Raiders and split with the Sabers Saturday on June 21.

CCA vs. Williamsburg
Lightning delays plagued the night as the Raiders took the opener 4-3 in eight innings and made the sweep with a 5-2 nightcap win.

Fizz! Boom! Read!

Next special program July 9

TIFFIN– You may be hearing some strange noises coming from Tiffin’s Springmier Community Library these days, as young readers explore scientific concepts as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
The library’s Summer Reading Program kicked off June 4 with a visit from Sam Dunn, education specialist at Blank Park Zoo, and the friends she brought along induced some squeals, gasp and a lot of laughter from the kids in attendance.

For the health of it

CCA Middle School springs into wellness, physical activity

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Schools don’t just exercise young minds.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school offers physical education classes every day for every student, a somewhat unique model these days, said health instructor Ben Robison.
But even with daily physical education classes, reinforcement is helpful in developing good habits at any age.
That’s why Robison created CCA Middle School’s Spring into Wellness Day.

A day to remember sacrifice

Solon American Legion member Jim Leland salutes after completing a wreath laying ceremony honoring U.S. Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA), part of the Memorial Day service held at the Solon Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Baseball Spartans win sixth in a row

Solon sweeps Independence and Center Point-Urbana

SOLON– Make it six in a row for the Solon varsity baseball team.
The Spartans swept home doubleheaders against Independence and Center Point-Urbana last week to move above .500 for the season.
Solon started the year 0-3 with losses to Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Maquoketa, but since then the team has been steadily improving, offensively and defensively.

Lady Spartans on to state

Solon girls get rematch with No.3 Iowa City Regina Thursday in Des Moines

SOLON– Monday night, June 9, at the Spartan field, will be remembered for many years to come as the night the Solon girls’ soccer team made history.
The Lady Spartans took on the 10th-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels in a Class 1A Region 6 final, and won 1-0 to advance to the state tournament.
“I was so proud of the effort tonight. We have been working so hard on our game plan, both offensively and defensively,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball really well and were able to get some good looks on the goal.”

The cross they bore for freedom

Members of the Swisher American Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary formed a cross as the Ely Presbyterian Choir performed “The Old Rugged Cross” during the Memorial Day observance in Swisher on Monday, May 26. The wreath on the cross memorializes those members of the nation’s armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms Americans still have. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

West girls: fourth appearance in a row at Cownie Park

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy will face Dubuque Hempstead today at 5:30 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A Girls State Soccer Tournament.
West earned the right to compete after knocking off the Muskies of Muscatine 2-0 Monday, June 9, in a regional final on the home pitch.
Heelah Nadler knocked in the first goal seven minutes into the second half for a 1-0 lead, and Emma Cooper put away the insurance goal with just over seven minutes remaining in the match.

Oversight corrected

Solon Vietnam vet receives Purple Heart 45 years later

RURAL SOLON– On April 22, 1969, Ronald “Steve” Durr was standing in the back of an Air Force C-123 cargo plane as it was departing a Special Forces camp deep in the jungles of Vietnam. It was a mission the staff sergeant and his crew had flown many times as they brought in vital supplies to the Green Berets, landing just long enough for Durr, the crew’s loadmaster, to send the cargo down the plane’s loading ramp as it took off again. The area was known to be a hotbed of enemy activity, and on this day the Viet Cong made their presence known.