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Solon Economist

Solon takes first at North Linn

Spartans suffer narrow loss to fourth-ranked Western Dubuque

TROY MILLS– It takes a team to come out on top.
That’s exactly what the Solon varsity wrestlers proved last weekend at the North Linn Varsity Lynx Invitational. All the Spartans showed up to wrestle Saturday, Dec. 17, in Troy Mills, taking first place ahead of Williamsburg.
“Anytime you can get all 14 wrestlers to place and score points as a team, that’s a great thing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “That’s how you’re going to win tournaments like that– getting contributions from all 14, not just the champions.”

Boys win 4th in a row

Spartans prevail in overtime

SOLON– It took overtime for the varsity boys to claim their fourth consecutive basketball win.
The Spartans pulled out a 63-61 overtime victory against Beckman Catholic Dec. 16 in Solon.
The win, along with one earlier in the week at Anamosa, moved Solon to 5-1 overall and undefeated in WaMaC Conference action.
The Spartans and Blazers were tied, 52-52, at the end of regulation, but Solon outscored Beckman 11-9 in the extra period to pull out the victory.

Lady Spartans drop two close games to WaMaC foes

SOLON­– Eight points was the difference in two conference basketball games for the Solon varsity girls last week.
The Lady Spartans dropped a pair of close games: at home against Anamosa Dec. 13, and on the road at Beckman Catholic Dec. 16.
Anamosa overcame 24 points by Solon senior Josie Durr with 35 total free throws to pull out a 52-47 win in Solon.
The Lady Spartans played evenly with the Raiders throughout the game. The two teams were tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and Solon trailed by two points, 24-22, at the half.

SCSD moving forward with fourth building

District hopes to brainstorm uses for current middle school

SOLON– The Solon Community School District’s (SCSD) fourth attendance center will be a $9.5 million project initially housing up to seven sections of fourth and fifth grade students.
The concept plan for the intermediate school was presented to the Solon City Council during a Dec. 7 meeting, and city and school officials are expected to hammer out details regarding the impact to water, sewer and roads over the coming months.
According to SCSD Superintendent Davis Eidahl, bids for the 44,225-square-foot building will be taken in January, with completion in the fall of 2018.

Solon wrestlers champions at South Tama Duals

Short-handed Spartans defeat Mustangs, Blazers

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
MOUNT VERNON– Despite some of its key wrestlers out with injuries or sickness, the Solon varsity wrestling team remained undefeated in dual appearances last week.
The Spartans conquered both the Mustangs and Blazers at a triangular dual Thursday, Dec. 8, in Mount Vernon with Beckman Catholic, and took first place at the seven-team South Tama Duals over the weekend.

Solon edged by Sabers, walloped by Bobcats

SOLON– It turned cold Dec. 6 in Solon.
Both the Lady Spartans and the Sabers of Central DeWitt had trouble executing offensively in the WaMaC opener.
Solon shot 27 percent from the field, including 1 of 11 (nine percent) from the three-point line, but still had pulled ahead for a two-point lead to start the fourth quarter.
But the Lady Spartans would only muster six points in the final frame and fell to Central DeWitt, 40-36.

Strong finish

Spartans overcome 10-point halftime deficit against Bobcats for 60-55 win

SOLON– The Spartans started strong, but finished stronger.
After squandering a 12-4 first-quarter lead against the Western Dubuque Bobcats, the Solon varsity basketball team found itself down 10 points at halftime.
The Spartans used a 21-9 run in the fourth quarter to seize control of the game for a 60-55 home conference win Dec. 9.
“Our successes this year have come at the hands of our defense,” said Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing. “Friday was no different. We defended at a very high rate, limiting their possessions and finishing off with a rebound.”

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Ely News

The Ely American Legion St. Quentin Post #555 held an annual oyster stew and chili supper on Friday evening, Veterans Day, at the Legion Hall. Guest speaker was Ken Rizer, State Representative in District 68. Commander of the Ely Post is Marvin Peters.

Rob and Erin Kramer, Lowen and Finnley, of Cedar Rapids, Butch and Annette Wieneke and Brett Wieneke were among a group that were Thanksgiving dinner guests at the home of Butch’s sister, Nancy Hoemel, in West Liberty.

Terry Mackey was released from Mercy Skilled Nursing in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Nov. 25, and is recuperating at home.

Solon News

Shannon Smith, of Creston, Bud Lingel and Phyllis Fiala were dinner guests on Thanksgiving evening of Drew and Susan Smith in Hiawatha.

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, spent the Thanksgiving day weekend at the home of Ronald See.

Rebecca See, of Dubuque, and Ronald See were post-Thanksgiving day guests of Justin and Janice See in Palo on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Mickey Machacek was a Thanksgiving day dinner guest of Annelee Machacek.

Robotics can drive Jan. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics is collecting cans and bottles on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Please drop off donations behind the middle school, where the buses park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Students on the teams will be going around town collecting cans and bottles that have 5¢ deposits.
If you need your donation picked up before Jan. 7, please contact coach Bill Mattaliano at 319-541-6855 or email Bill.mattaliano@gmail.com.

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Sunday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.