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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans coming closer

Beckman, West Delaware still deliver 3-0 sweeps

SOLON– WaMaC powerhouses Beckman Catholic and West Delaware took 3-0 wins from Solon’s varsity volleyball team last week.
But the Lady Spartans’ scores keep creeping up.
Beckman, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A and atop the WaMaC East standings came to Solon Oct. 1 for the conference sweep, while the Lady Spartans traveled to Manchester Oct. 3 to face the fifth-ranked (4A) Hawks.
Beckman rolled (25-12, 25-14, 25-18), but Solon came closer on the road against West Delaware (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).

Spartans exorcize Demons, 35-20, in another late-game rally

28-point late game rally pushes Spartans past Demons, 35-20

WASHINGTON– After a first half leaving some Solon fans scratching their heads on Friday, Oct. 4, the Spartans, No. 4 ranked in Class 3A, scored 28 unanswered points in the Demons’ lair, Case Field in Washington, to triumph, 35-20. The Spartans remain undefeated at 6-0 for the season and 2-0 in district play.

Third place, but what a finish for Lady Spartan XC

WILLIAMSBURG– The rankings proved true. Mid-Prairie and Williamsburg were one-two among Class 2A teams, as rated by the state’s cross country coaches. And they finished right there, at the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invite. Solon, ranked ninth in Class 3A, was third in the 10-team field, on a hot sultry afternoon, with thunderstorms just a few hours away.
“This meet was a tough one,” observed head coach Emy Williams. “The humidity and new course layout didn't help our times. We ran well and will start getting our legs fresh as we close in on conference and the state qualifying meet.”

Pack moving up; XC boys 4th at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s boys showed up with a pack of runners in the top 30 this time. Still, top ranked (Class 2A) Tipton held court, with its five scorers going one-three-five-10-11, and its remaining two varsity runners 12th and 14th, to blow away the field in the Oct. 1 Williamsburg Invitational cross country meet.

Teen motivates Iowa City area climate activists

IOWA CITY– Swedish teen Greta Thunberg urged 3,000 climate advocates in downtown Iowa City to take on the worldwide crisis… before it is too late.
She shared a makeshift stage at Dubuque and Iowa Streets with local students who have been “climate striking” each Friday for months. The 16-year-old has made international headlines over the last couple months, including her solar-powered boat voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the United Nations climate summit a couple weeks ago.

Dungeons and Dragons, anyone?

Kurth hopes to develop new adult programs for library

SOLON– Solon is a lot like home for Alexis Kurth.
Kurth, the new adult services coordinator for the Solon Public Library, grew up in XXXX, Ore., a small town south of Portland.
“It’s actually very similar to Solon in a lot of ways,” she said, except XXXXX has a hop festival instead of Beef Days. “It was very much the same feeling when I went to Beef Days as it was being a kid at the Hop Festival, so that was pretty cool.”

Solon Fire Department to 'Battery Up' Oct. 5

Free program offered in Solon

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And the department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Cardinals sweep Lady Spartans

Solon rebounds against Iowa City West, Ft. Madison

MAQUOKETA– Despite an active back row, some pretty stellar serving and 13 kills from senior Katie Yi, Solon’s varsity volleyball team came up empty against the Maquoketa Cardinals.
The Cardinals swept the Lady Spartans 3-0 in a WaMaC Conference East matchup Sept. 24 in Maquoketa.

Spartans chase Bloodhounds for Homecoming win

Miller throws five TD in 45-7 blowout

SOLON– Senior quarterback Cam Miller had himself a night.
Miller went 15-20 for 323 yards passing and five touchdowns against the Fort Madison Bloodhounds for Homecoming Sept. 27, and the Spartans rolled to a 45-7 victory.
Solon racked up 410 yards of total offense while holding Fort Madison to 143 and scored six of touchdowns in the first two quarters for a 38-0 halftime lead.
“Overall it was our best performance of the year,” assessed Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller. “We didn't have a single penalty and didn't have as many missed assignments as the previous week.”

Girls take the hardware at Anamosa cross country meet

Conway, Bock lead the way for Lady Spartans

ANAMOSA– There were a couple adjustments in the finishes, but it was still good for a meet title, as Solon outran the 10 (full) team field Sept. 28 in Anamosa. It was the girls’ second meet title this season.
Kiersten Conway (fourth place overall, 20:33) and Emma Bock (fifth, 20:49) swapped places again, as Solon’s one-two runners, pacing the 11th ranked (Class 3A) Lady Spartans over a wet, hilly course– on a meet morning that bordered on chilly, for the first time this season.

Solon boys 8th at Anamosa, North Linn next up

ANAMOSA– With their top five packed within about a minute of each other– and just 19 places apart– Solon’s varsity boys are leaning into the Big Push.
The Spartans kept their top runners closer together, taking eighth at the 14-school Anamosa Invitational cross country meet Sept. 28.

A brush with sunset

Pinterest partiers paint with Westcot

SOLON– The sun trailed slowly into the west, illuminating a tall tree.
And there was Lianne Westcot’s subject.
Westcot, a local artist, had her easel and paints set up in front of the large windows in the Solon Public Library’s reading area. A group of women were gathered around her Sept. 18 as part of the library’s latest Pinterest Party– a crash course on plein air (outdoor) painting.
Westcot is a member of the Iowa Plein Air Painters, a group of four-to-eight regular Solonites who paint every Sunday at a variety of outdoor locations, announced each week on the group’s Facebook page.