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Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.

You can come home again

All-time Spartan scorer Lesan on the JV bench

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The high school hasn’t changed that much since 2007.
“There’s some small things here and there, but it’s still got some of the old marks I remember,” said Matt Lesan. “I went down to my old locker and it’s still got the green ink stain that happened in 2005.”
Lesan, 27, the leader in career points for the Solon boys basketball program (1,841), returned to his old team last year, this time as the coach of the junior varsity (JV) squad.

One voice

North Liberty resident wins human rights award for community work

NORTH LIBERTY – RaQuishia Harrington has only one voice.
But she uses it to speak for thousands.
Harrington, who lives in North Liberty, is the site director for the Broadway Neighborhood Center in Iowa City, part of the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County.
As a social worker, the concept of human rights is immensely important to Harrington’s day-to-day responsibilities. To her, human rights means everyone should be guaranteed the opportunity to do, to be, to exist– equally.

Trojans roll to sixth consecutive state tourney appearance

West High wins, 50-30, in substate final

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans punched their ticket to the 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament with a 50-30 win over rival City High Tuesday, March 1, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. It will be the sixth consecutive state tourney appearance for coach Steve Bergman and the Trojans with championships in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Coach Ottoson bids farewell

Xavier Saints bring down the curtain on CCA’s season;

CEDAR RAPIDS– When the final horn sounded Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School gym, the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints walked off the basketball court as the Class 3A District 9 Champions. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers walked off the floor with their season over.
Their coach, Steve Ottoson, walked off the court for the final time as a 40-year career (with 21 at the helm of the CCA program) came to its end.
Xavier (15-8 overall) took the contest, 53-42, and advanced to the 3A Sub-State No. 5 Final Monday, Feb. 29, at Iowa City West against Mount Pleasant (18-5).

Third time the charm for Solon

Spartans earn state tournament berth with 49-42 substate win over Mustangs

CEDAR RAPIDS– Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing doubled down and won big.
In the first two meetings of the regular season between the Solon and Mount Vernon basketball teams, Mustang senior Connor Herrmann scored 24 and 29 points. Both were lopsided losses for the Spartans, who were outscored by a combined 44 points in the two games.
“He destroyed us the first two games,” Pershing said.
In the Class 3A Substate 4 final Monday night at the U.S. Cellular Center, Pershing was determined not to let it happen again.

Spartans hitting the bullseye

Solon Archery Team heads to Des Moines this weekend for state tournament

SOLON– Another Solon team is heading to state.
A good portion of the Solon Archery Team will head to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines this weekend to participate in the 2016 Iowa National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament.
“This is our third year and it’s really gone great,” enthused head coach Gary Mechtensimer. “These kids are fantastic.”

Community rallies around Solon grad Todd Bevans

$25k needed for a new, specially trained service dog

By Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Todd Bevans has overcome a lot of challenges in his life through hard work, determination and the support of his family. Now Todd faces a new challenge, and he’s getting support from friends and even complete strangers.

Three Spartans medal at state

Nelson takes second for Spartans

Grease on down the road

Fats and oils clogging up in winter weather

SOLON– Have you heard?
Grease is the word.
And the City of Solon would like you to stop putting it down the drain.
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are accumulating in the city’s sewer system, and when they reach the treatment plant during cold spells, it’s causing difficulties.
As a result, Public Works Director Scott Kleppe is hoping to educate the public about alternate disposal methods.

4 wrestlers to Des Moines

Carr, Fritz, Nelson and Diltz qualify for state

DeWITT– Four Solon wrestlers will take their best shots beginning Thursday at the 2016 2A State Wrestling Tournament.
Ben Carr (126 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Trevor Nelson (160) and Dillon Diltz (170) all qualified for state at the district meet Feb. 13, at Central Clinton of DeWitt.
Carr, Fritz and Nelson each reigned over the weight classes with first place finishes, while Diltz came in second.
Three Solon wrestlers– Christian Haight (113), Zack Bevans (132) and Graeson Dall (152)– just missed the cut by finishing third.

No snow necessary

Fun bests the blahs in first annual Beat the Bitter Winter Games

NORTH LIBERTY– Although Midwesterners, Iowans are apparently not very good at winter.
That was the beginning of a discussion that ended with a plan for action to create “Beat the Bitter Winter Games and Good Cheer,” North Liberty’s newest community celebration.
The inaugural event took place Saturday, Feb. 6, with activities to encourage area residents to come outside, get moving, spark some new friendships and warm up to winter as best they could.