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Solon Economist

KC free throw contest Jan. 28

SOLON– Sunday, Jan. 28, the Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8-14. The competition will be held at the old Solon Middle School gym on South Iowa Street. Again, it will be in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Solon Tristar Basketball Contests. Free signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m., with competition from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners, 9-14, may earn the opportunity to compete in district, regional and state levels. KC District competition is at 2 p.m. Parents and friends are welcome to watch.

Dance “Spectacular 2018”

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

Solon Parks & Rec

Sign-Up for Little Tykes Basketball 3 on 3 Pickup Games: First and Second grade boys and girls are invited to apply the fundamentals they learned in camp to game situations. The Saturday morning games will be held at the Lakeview Elementary gym on Feb. 17, 24, and March 3. Each morning, the attendees will do a fundamental drill or two to warm up and then be divided into teams of three to scrimmage. Starting Jan. 5, register online at https://solon-iowa.cogran.com. Each registrant will receive a reversible jersey.

Spartans fall short

Coons’ 33 points not enough in OT 63-61 loss

SOLON– The just don’t get much closer than that.
Tied at 57 after a see-saw battle through the first four quarters, Western Dubuque used a 6-4 advantage in overtime to defeat Solon’s varsity boys, 63-61, at home Jan. 19.
The loss dropped the Spartans to 9-5 on the season.
In each of three losses in 2018, Solon has scored 61 points. The last two, on the road at Mount Vernon Jan. 12 and home Friday against Western Dubuque, were 63-61 margins.
The Spartans and the Bobcats were neck-and-neck throughout the game, with the lead never moving past four points in the first half.

Solon wrestlers 2nd at Herb Irgens

Linderbaum 1st, Hoyle, Wegmann 2nd

IDA GROVE– With a champion and two runners-up, Solon’s varsity wrestlers claimed second place in the 25-team Herb Irgens Invitational in Ida Grove Jan. 20-21.
Gilbertville-Don Bosco (ranked No. 1 in Class 1A) won the team title with 251.5 points, followed by Solon with 182.5. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (141.5) and Woodbury Central (137) were neck-and-neck for third and fourth place.
“I really thought our guys wrestled well in the two-day tournament,” Solon Head Coach Blake Williams noted. “We were a solid second ahead of many good teams from Western Iowa.”

Four conference dual victories

Spartans take down Western Dubuque

TIFFIN– The Spartan varsity wrestling squad moved its dual meet record to 17-5 on the season with a pair of conference sweeps.
Solon traveled to Tiffin Monday, Jan. 21, for a rescheduled double dual with Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Center Point-Urbana. The Spartans overcame an early Clipper lead for a 46-24 win, then blew past the Stormin’ Pointers, 54-21.
Thursday, Jan. 18, Solon headed up to Epworth for a double dual with Western Dubuque and Central DeWitt. The Spartans overwhelmed the Sabers, 47-24, and scored a solid victory over the Bobcats, 40-24.

Solon girls drop two, now 5-11

Girls hit a skid on the courts

EPWORTH– The week started Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a loss at home, 32-21, to the Central DeWitt Sabers and continued to tumble Friday, Jan. 19, in Epworth with a loss to the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 63-38.
The slow, low-scoring affair on Jan. 16 was the result of four very close periods, however the Lady Spartans were unable to summit a quarter.

Ely News by Lenna See

Christmas day guests of Butch and Annette Wieneke were Shirley Adams, of Connecticut; Brian Adams, of Minnesota; Rob and Erin Kramer, Lowen and Finnley, of Cedar Rapids; Dan, Elli, Addison and Mya Netolicky, Brett Wieneke and Janine Norman.

Dave and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a dinner at the Red Robin Restaurant in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in honor of their son, Mason, for his sixth birthday. Those attending were Shirley Worley, of Ely, Jim and Carolyn Kearns, of Garrison, Jennie Rambo, of Vinton, and Eliza Kearns.

Local outdoor skating rinks

Local communities’ outdoor skating rinks
By Trent Bowman
North Liberty Leader
“The best things in life are free,” sang Barrett Strong on his 1959 single “Money (That’s What I Want).”
The cities of North Liberty, Solon and Ely found a way to capitalize on Iowa’s traditionally cold winters and are offering free outdoor ice skating in designated areas.
Ever since Mike Reeves, the Solon Parks and Rec activities director, can remember, that’s the way it’s been in Solon.

Dance "Spectacular 2018”

Solon annual dance team show Saturday, Jan. 27, at high school

SOLON– Solon’s dance team will present “Spectacular 2018” on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solon High School gym. Several dance teams and studios, including Solon’s very own award winning Solon Dance Teams, will create a show highlighting the dance season. Admission is $5 or use your district activity pass. Concessions and shirt sales will be open during the evening. Snow date will be Friday, Feb. 9, at the same time.

School board members, superintendent, earn Awards

Board members and administrators from Iowa public school districts and AEAs recognized for commitment to learning and leadership

DES MOINES– The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) presented individual honors to Solon Community School District board members Tim Brown and Adam Haluska, and Superintendent Davis Eidahl, at the 2016-17 annual Better Boardsmanship Awards on Nov. 16 during the IASB Convention at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions