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Solon Economist

Kettle-fried chicken dinner Feb. 1 at Legion

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will be hosting their annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and  drinks. Serving is from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-12; children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Solon KCs breakfast Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon Knights of Columbus (KCs) will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. until noon at St. Mary Catholic Church parish hall. The cost is $6 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 through 11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
The KCs will be serving eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes.

SUMC youth group subs for big game Feb. 2

SOLON– The Solon United Methodist Youth Group is selling sub sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday. These delicious subs are made by the youth on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 2. For an order form, please contact Kelly Meyer at 624-5191 or meyerk@soloniaumc.org. A great variety of toppings are available and everything is made-to-order fresh.

Scouting out support for marathon

Solon alum Ben Nigg, a captain with the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon, leads a group of marathon volunteers Friday, Jan. 24, in the Solon High School (SHS) gymnasium. Nigg and his crew presented a dance routine to Solon students at an assembly Friday in support of the SHS Octagon Mini Dance Marathon, to be held this Saturday, Feb. 1, at the high school. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Survivor Extreme 5K Saturday, March 8

SOLON– The Solon Survivor Extreme 5K will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 9 a.m. beginning at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. This is a warrior dash-style race that is almost completely off-road, and is a fund raiser for the Solon Sluggers 13U baseball team, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the local food pantry.
This is an “off-the-grid race” full of hills, creeks, hay bales and natural and manmade obstacles. Water and refreshments will be provided at the finish line.

Post Prom Fundraiser at the CR RoughRiders

SOLON– Solon High School will hold a Post Prom Fundraiser at the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Come support the Post Prom while having fun at a hockey game. Purchase your discounted, blue zone tickets online and $5 will go back to support Post Prom.

Softball and baseball can drive on Saturday, Feb. 8

SOLON– The Solon High School softball and baseball programs will be conducting a joint can drive on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Players, parents and supporters of these programs will be fanned out in the community in search of cans. If you already have cans collected or plan to collect them over the Super Bowl weekend, these programs would appreciate your donation. If a player doesn’t visit your neighborhood, cans can be dropped off at Solon Heating and Air on Highway 1 just north of Solon.

Meal and a movie Jan. 31

SOLON– If you haven’t seen the widely acclaimed movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, then join the Meal and a Movie crowd Friday, Jan. 31, at the Solon Public Library at 11 a.m. The movie will follow a catered meal of lasagna, garlic bread, green beans and dessert ($7.50). Call 624-2710 or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Lady Spartans handle Vikettes

Williamsburg and Regina prove to be too much for Solon’s girls

SOLON– The Solon girls are hanging tough.
Against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes Friday night at home, that resulted in a 51-38 win.
Down 0-9 to start the first quarter, the Lady Spartans turned the tables in exciting fashion.
Shelby Gunnells put Solon on the board with a short jumper from outside the lane with less than 30 seconds to go in the first eight minutes, and Nichole Oberthien followed it up with a fast break reverse layup as the quarter ended.

Gnida wins 100th at CPU duals

CENTER POINT– Louis Gnida picked up his 100th win and the Solon wrestlers picked up a dual tournament title Saturday in Center Point.
The Spartans traveled to Center Point to participate in the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) dual meet, and came back with wins over Mid-Prairie (42-37), CPU (49-26, New London (72-12), Clayton Ridge (70-12) and Oelwein (40-33), according to head coach Brooks McLaren.

Spartans win thriller over Williamsburg

Boys pick up two losses at Vinton and Regina

SOLON– It was a rollercoaster ride for the Solon boys’ basketball team last week.
After knocking off Williamsburg at home in heart-stopping fashion Tuesday, the Spartans lost two on the road– by one point to Vinton-Shellsburg and by five points to undefeated Iowa City Regina.
“We have not been our sharpest,” said acting head coach Miguel Villagrana. “We have to find a way mentally to put the game away. The challenge will be there for our kids.”

Resignation of basketball coach on Monday agenda

Solon school board to consider Randall release

SOLON– The Solon school board will be considering the resignation of varsity boys basketball coach Brad Randall during a special work session Monday, Jan. 27.
Randall has been the head coach for 20 years. He was named the Class 2A Coach of the Year in 2009, the year his Solon team won the state championship. The Spartans were runners-up at the state tournament in 2010.
The coach has been absent from the sidelines for the last two weeks while a personnel review has been conducted by the school.