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Solon Economist

Ely News by Lenna See

Christmas supper guests of Glenn and Frances Buresh were Shawn and Glenda Smith and Zane, of Tiffin, John Buresh, Drake Brunscheen, Braden Buresh and Bryce Buresh and friend, Kasi.

Solon 2nd, place 13 in home tournament

Linderbaum only champion, at Ed Hadenfeldt

SOLON– It was a respectable second-place showing for the varsity Spartans wrestling team.
Solon hosted its Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational Saturday, Jan. 13, and while Lisbon captured the team title, the Spartans crowned one champion and placed a total of 13 on their way to runner-up.

Close loss, close win

Spartans rebound from last-second Mt. Vernon loss to topple Regina

IOWA CITY– One day you’re on the wrong end of a bad beat, the next day, you’re back on top.
Such was life for the Solon varsity boys’ basketball team last week.
After bouncing back from their first home loss of the season with a road win at Maquoketa Jan. 9, the Spartans saw an early lead escape and fell at Mount Vernon on a last-second bucket Friday, Jan. 12.
Solon turned around Saturday with a 48-42 win at Iowa City Regina, holding the Regals to their lowest point total of the season and allowing only 14 points over two quarters of play.

Lady Spartans drop two at home

Solon girls lose in final moments against Maquoketa Cardinals

SOLON– The Lady Spartans stumbled the week of Jan. 8-12, dropping a close game on Tuesday, Jan. 9, against the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-49, in the final minutes and falling short the second half, 41-28, facing Highway 1 rivals the Mount Vernon Mustangs on Friday, Jan. 12.

Spartans sweep Anamosa, Maquoketa

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers lost only two matches while sweeping a home double dual against WaMaC Conference foes Anamosa and Maquoketa Jan. 4.
The Spartans crushed Anamosa, 70-6, and clobbered Maquoketa, 75-6.
Solon gave up a pin in each meet.

Road wins for Lady Spartans

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
VAN HORNE– The Solon Lady Spartans ended the week in Van Horne on Friday, Jan. 5, with a second consecutive road win as they exited the court to the traveling crowd’s cheers, following their final moment dribbling away the clock, defeating the Benton Community Bobcats, 44-42.
It was the team’s second win in as many nights, raising their record for the season to 5-7.

Second half comeback not enough

Solon boys pick up 1st home loss against Benton

SOLON– A second-half flurry wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, and Solon’s varsity boys basketball team picked up its first home loss of the season to Benton Community Friday, Jan. 5.
The 68-61 defeat dropped the Spartans to 6-3 on the season. The Bobcats improved to 6-2.
“We shot too many outside shots, and did not attack early,” Solon Head Coach Jason Pershing said. “That affected our defense as well.”
Solon dropped into an 18-9 hole in the first quarter and found itself down 18 points at the half, 39-21.

City prepares for community center

Council looks to budget for Iowa Street facility staff

SOLON– It’s the next step for Solon.
The city and the school district have worked for months to develop a partnership to operate the former middle school on Iowa Street as a community center.
At a Jan. 3 meeting, Solon City Council members and City Administrator Cami Rasmussen discussed how to staff it in the upcoming fiscal year.
“This is I think a transition plan to get us from where we are to where we need to go to get this building functioning for the community,” Rasmussen told council members.

Downtown Vision

A deeper look at Solon’s downtown

SOLON– A pedestrian mall and a bed and breakfast district could be part of the future for downtown Solon.
Both were presented conceptually Dec. 20 as Solon City Council members mulled the findings of a downtown visioning project recently completed by MSA Professional Services, the same consulting firm which assisted with the city’s comprehensive plan update in 2015.
Council members did not extensively discuss the results, but were expected to prepare comments prior to accepting the document at a future meeting.

“Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner

Sons of the American Legion host annual Chicken Dinner Saturday, Feb. 3

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will host their annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat, delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The meal will be served from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veterans projects.

Christmas tree pick-up Friday, Jan. 12

SOLON– Johnson County Refuse will be picking up Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 12. Please place on the curb near your garbage and recycling.

Optimist Club basketball contests

At old middle school gym Jan. 28

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 28, at the former Solon Middle School (Iowa Street) gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.