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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.

Thomas A. Salm 1952-2014

Mayor Tom Salm leaves legacy of leadership, community pride

Ending the year on a high note

Jazz vocal ensemble 5th Street Jazz poses proudly with their state championship trophy (photo courtesy of Joel Foreman)

Spartans finish runner-up at WaMaC track meet

VAN HORNE– The Solon varsity boys track team won five events en route to a runner-up finish at the 16-team WaMaC conference track meet held this past week.
Senior thrower Dalton Ferguson swept the throwing events, winning the shot put with a throw of 56’5 and the discus with a toss of 153 feet. Connor Ham won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.94, the 100-meter dash in 11.49, and the 200-meter dash in 22.58.
Other place winners included :
Discus: Tanner Wymer, fourth, 145’8;
Long jump: Zach Nunemaker, third, 20’1.5;
High jump: Matt Roeder, seventh, 5’10;

One shot does the job

West’s O’Deen is thorn in the Lions’ paw

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans remained undefeated at 12-0 in the wake of a 1-0 victory at home Tuesday, May 6, over the Linn-Mar Lions.
Ryan O’Deen, a senior, took a pass from junior Peter Murry and fired a shot into the corner of the Lions’ net to score roughly five minutes into the match. West held off the Lions to seal the shutout, despite withering attacks by the Lions in the final minutes.
Iowa City West held the top spot in the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association’s May 3 rankings. City High was the No. 3-ranked squad and the Lions were No. 4.

Give us a kiss

Lakeview Elementary Principal Jodi Rickels smooched a pig at an assembly Friday, May 2, after losing a bet with Lakeview students who went “hog wild” about reading. Students were challenged to complete a variety of reading activities, log their participation and turn their documentation to force Rickels to kiss a pig. After an announcement that Mrs. Rickels had hidden some reading reports in her office, the final tally favored the student body, and Rickels was obliged to pucker up. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Lady Spartans fall to No. 1 Assumption, beat Mustangs

MOUNT VERNON– Friday’s 5-2 win against the Mount Vernon Mustangs boosted Solon’s Lady Spartans to a 6-1 varsity soccer record.
Once again the girls proved that hard work and great coaching are the key to a winning season. Seniors Anna Seydel and Brianna Pike and freshman Josie Durr scored a goal each with junior Emma Moss bringing home two goals.
Seydel and Durr each had an assist, as did Jade Flansburg, while Ali Herdliska had two.