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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans trample Trojans, 63-24

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team continued its win streak on Thursday, Dec. 17, at home, trampling the South Tama Trojans, 63-24.
The Lady Spartans took to the court with a different swagger on Thursday against the Trojans, shooting with confidence and maintaining the defense that provided them with their Tuesday win over the Marion Indians.
Solon shot out to a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and held the Trojans to single digits with a 29-9 halftime lead.

Spartan wrestlers 4th at packed Ft. Madison invite

Dual wins against Clinton and Maquoketa

FORT MADISON– Solon crowned two champs and came away with fourth place at a crowded Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 19.
Hayden Taylor (160 pounds) and Gage Marty (220) captured first place, while Lucas Kampman (170) took second and Caleb Ebert (152) came in third.
Dubuque Hempstead walked away with the team title, rolling up 248.5 points. From there, it was the best of the rest with Cedar Rapids Kennedy a solid second with 169.5 and Burlington Notre Dame third with 145.5.
The Spartans’ 141.5 points edged out host Fort Madison (141) for fourth.

IC Hy-Vee serves up meals for Solon seniors

100 meals for milestone Kirk Ferentz win

SOLON– It’s been a difficult year for seniors weathering the pandemic indoors.
So, when Hy-Vee offered up 100 free meals to celebrate the 100th Big Ten football win for University of Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz, Solon was ready to accept.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Iowa City Waterfront Hy-Vee delivered the meals to the Solon United Methodist Church where a group of volunteer drivers were awaiting.
Solon was selected in large part because of its dedication to serving its senior population, according to Hy-Vee’s Nicole Reisen.

Solon Community Food Pantry announces Emergency Assistance Program

SOLON– Many in the Solon community are experiencing food insecurity and financial shortfalls, and the Solon Community Food Pantry is trying to address the emergency financial concerns of residents.
Pantry staff contacted Becci Reedus, executive director of CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank in Iowa City, for information and guidance. Reedus and crisis center staff helped local organizers establish the Solon Community Pantry in 2012.

Holiday help for Solon Legion Auxiliary

Solon Middle School students assisted in wrapping Kleenex boxes for the Solon American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Auxiliary members annually wrap the holiday gift distributed at the Solon Nursing Care Center by Solon Legionnaires and Santa during the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the wrapping and distribution of the gifts were in question. Therefore, Auxiliary member and middle school teacher Beth DeVries summoned the help of students to aid in this worthwhile Auxiliary project. Pictured amongst the wrapped gifts are seventh graders Aly Bulechek and William Katzer. (contributed photos)

Lakeview preschool accepting applications for 2021-2022

SOLON– The 2021-2022 Lakeview Elementary preschool application opens on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, by 8 a.m.
The school website was updated, so please follow these directions to find the applications: go to www.solon.k12.ia.us; click on “Sites” at the top of the page and select Lakeview; click on “Menu” at the top of the page; and click on “Lakeview Preschool” located below the Preschool Applications.
The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 8, 2021.
Applicants will be notified on Monday, Feb. 26, 2021 as to the status of enrollment.

Robotics club can and bottle drive Saturday, Jan. 2

SOLON The Solon Robotics club will be holding a can and bottle collection on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, from 8 a.m. to noon.
We have a smaller group this season because of COVID-19 restrictions, so please bring your donations to the bus parking area, behind the Solon Community Center auditorium on Iowa Street, noted robotics coach Bill Mattaliano. We will try to have students out with parents in vehicles to collect around town.
If you have donations to be picked up, please email (solonrobotics367@gmail.com) or call (319-541-6855) Mattaliano to arrange pickup.

Defense feeds offense in wins

Big third periods boost Solon boys over Williamsburg, Vinton-Shellsburg

SOLON– The third quarters belonged to Solon.
In a home game against Williamsburg Dec. 8 and on the road against Vinton-Shellsburg Dec. 11, the varsity boys’ basketball team used the third period to great advantage.
Solon outscored Williamsburg 29-4 and Vinton-Shellsburg 28-8 to put both games effectively out of reach heading into the fourth.
The Spartans downed the Raiders, 70-36, and took care of the Vikings, 75-43, to move to 3-1 on the season.

Lady Spartans overcome Vikettes, 54-44

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans varsity basketball team took a fast-paced victory, 54-44, over the Vinton Shellsburg Vikettes, at home, on Friday, Dec. 11.
It was a game reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson’s notable quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’”

Lady Spartans wrangle Raiders, 56-45

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team ended a two-game skid with a 56-45 victory over the Williamsburg Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on the home hardwood to move to 2-2 on the season. It was an early start for the Lady Spartans in the opening leg of a boys and girls basketball doubleheader.

The best is yet to come

Wrestlers take their lumps against WD, rebound with first at North Cedar

MANCHESTER West Delaware handed Solon a lop-sided wrestling loss, but the Spartans responded by taking first place at North Cedars invitational over the weekend.
Solons varsity wrestlers were on the wrong end of a 68-7 dual loss at Manchester against the Hawks Thursday, Dec. 10.
Hayden Taylor and Caleb Ebert provided the Spartans only points.
Taylor took a 9-1 major decision over Kyle Cole at 160 pounds, while Ebert came from behind with a takedown and a near-fall in the third period for an 8-7 decision against Logan Peyton at 145.

Some parents uncooperative

Solon district nurses busy with contact tracing Board expresses 100 percent support for protocols

SOLON– If kids are going to stay in school, strict contact tracing must take place, Superintendent Davis Eidahl said.
“That’s just the way it’s got to be,” he noted.
But not everyone has been happy to receive a phone call from school nurses Kris Elijah and Amy Link.
“When working through a case, parents can take their frustrations out on us,” Elijah said via email.
The two Solon Community School District (SCSD) nurses were on hand for a Nov. 19 meeting of the board of education to share their experiences responding to increased COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines.