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Solon Economist

Girls break meet records on way to title

Senior Tanner Wymer remembered at Denny Gruber Coed Relays

SOLON– On an evening steeped with bittersweet memories, Solon’s track teams built some happier moments with twin wins in the 2016 Denny Gruber Co-Ed Relays Tuesday, April 19, at the Solon Outdoor Events Center.
From the girls, it was– again– strong field event showings and balance through the running events to build a 126-106 margin over Mount Vernon. Running third was Marion (88), with North Cedar (79), Davenport Assumption (75), Vinton-Shellsburg (65.33), Dyersville Beckman (27) and Iowa City Regina (19) following.

Spartans take first at home meet

SOLON– Tuesday, April 19, was Tanner Wymer’s birthday.
The Solon boys and girls track and field teams did what they could to honor him, first by wishing him a happy birthday, complete with balloons, then by championing the home track meet in both boys and girls competition.

Solon sending seven to Drake Relays

SOLON– Everything track and field stops in Iowa this weekend, as eyes turn to the Drake Relays. Billed as America’s Athletic Classic, the Blue Oval hosts pre-Olympic, university, college, Iowa high school and even middle school competition in Des Moines.

Lady Spartans take 3-1 soccer win from Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartan varsity soccer squad extended its win streak to three with a 3-1 road win over Mount Vernon Friday, April 22.
Josie Durr, Jade Flansburg and Nichole Oberthien each scored for Solon. Oberthien was credited with an assist.
“Teams have been marking up on Josie, so we are working to get other players into the offense,” commented Solon Head Coach John Tucker. “They can try to shut down one facet of our offense, but will not be able to shut it all down.”

Spartans first at West Liberty’s Maxson Relays

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
WEST LIBERTY– The Spartans won their second meet in a row, with a bit of a twist in the cast due to a conflicting soccer match, on April 22 in West Liberty at the Ron Maxson Relays. The Spartans scored 150 team points to top Mount Vernon (133.5), Lisbon (110), West Liberty (94) and Tipton (60.5) in the 11-team deep field.
Solon’s Spencer Lawson made his track and field debut this season, leaping to first in the long jump with a 20-5 and a third in the 100-meter dash.

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Spartan upgrade for water tower?

Harrington seeks to raise $10K to add school emblem

SOLON– It’s all about that Spartan pride.
It would cost just shy of $10,000 to add a Spartan logo and a black stripe to the Solon water tower.
And, that’s what rural Solon resident Alan Harrington has proposed to the Solon City Council.
Their response?
Sounds great if you have the cash.
“Do they have the money to pay for it up front?” asked council member Mark Krall.
Back in March, council members approved spending an extra $9,800 to enhance the lettering on the city’s water tower when it’s painted later this year.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

By Chris Umscheid
IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Red Cedar Chamber Music brings “Music and Magic Lanterns” to CSPS in Cedar Rapids and Sts. Peter & Paul

CEDAR RAPIDS– Red Cedar Chamber Music brings its 20th season to a close with its MainStage performance of “Music and Magic Lanterns” at CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
An outreach performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, Solon.

Spartans Third in Jesse Day Relays

DAVENPORT– On April 14, the Spartans grabbed third, for the second time in a week, at the Jesse Day Co-ed Relays, at the Brady Street Stadium, against 11 other teams.
The Solon boys’ track team put together a strong show in a talented field with champion efforts from Streeter McIlravy and Nate Christensen in the high jump and the 200-meter dash, respectively. Christensen added to his podium streak with a second in the 100-meter dash and a third as part of the 4x100-meter relay with Bo Black, Matt Roeder and Brandan Childs.