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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.

NRA names NLPD’s Shine Officer of the Year

Heroism under fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The date was March 10, 2013. North Liberty police officers Christopher Shine and Cody Jacobsen responded with Sergeant Adam Olson to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic fight in the Holiday Mobile Home Court. Upon their arrival, they found a female resident sitting outside the home at 238 Holiday Lodge. She was crying, red-faced and emotionally distressed. Inside the trailer was 28-year old Taleb Salameh.

CCA boys on to state, again

Third appearance in four years

TIFFIN– Weigh the anchor and trim the sails, the Clippers are casting off for Des Moines and Cownie Soccer Park.
The boys take field 6 for a Class 2A quarterfinal match at the state soccer tournament against Perry today (Thursday, June 5) at 2:35 p.m. A win advances Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to a 2:35 p.m. semifinal tomorrow (Friday, June 6). From there it’s either to the consolation match Saturday (June 7) at 1:40 p.m. or the championship at 2:30 p.m.

Champions

Solon boys take team title at state track meet

A big dose of Connor Ham (above, winning his heat in the 200-meter dash) and huge throws from Dalton Ferguson pushed Solon’s boys to the Class 3A state track meet title.
Ham won two individual events and anchored two relays to second and third place during the May 22-24 State Coed Track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Ferguson won the shot put and took fourth in the discus to add to the Spartans’ 50 point total, a winning margin of 7 3/4 over Center Point-Urbana in the team race.
Turn to Section B for results.

Solon Boys take title

Ferguson and Ham best in all classes to help Spartans win state track meet

DES MOINES– The Solon boy’s track team won its second state team title in the past five years under head coach Mark Sovers this weekend on the blue oval of Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
Solon’s 50 points was 7.5 better than runner-up Center Point Urbana’s 42.5. Algona was third with 40, in a tightly-packed team race.

“Fun Days is done”

Annual celebration canceled for 2014 and future; parade, citywide garage sales still on

NORTH LIBERTY– After 35 years, the fun is over for North Liberty Fun Days.
Event committee chair Randy Mosier said Monday the four-day community celebration has been canceled.
“Fun Days is done,” Mosier said. “It wasn’t a decision we made lightly.”
This year’s planning committee came up against several difficulties, but ultimately, the group bottomed out at the weakened bottom line.

North Liberty’s finest

Members of the North Liberty Police Department and the North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department honor the late Mayor Tom Salm during his funeral procession on Friday, May 23. Salm passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 18, after suffering an aortic aneurysm, at the age of 61. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Give your parents a hug

Dalton Ferguson gives his mother Diane a hug as his father Mike waits his turn during the commencement ceremony for Solon High School’s Class of 2014, held Sunday in the high school gymnasium. It was the largest graduating class in the school’s history. (photo by Doug Lindner)

On to state track meet

Lady Spartans qualify relays and individuals for state

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

MARION– Cold rain and a monster throw stand out after a runner-up finish by Solon’s girls in the May 15 regional track meet in Marion. Solon qualified all seven relays and 10 girls in eight of the 12 individual events for the May 22-24 state track meet in Des Moines.