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Solon Economist

Solon sweeps Independence

Maquoketa game suspended at 1-1

SOLON– Jake Van Roekel and Sully Steen made the most of their first starts of the season.
The sophomore and junior led the varsity Spartans to a 10-3 and 15-5 doubleheader sweep over Independence June 6 in Solon.
Van Roekel went 6-1/3 innings on the mound in the opener, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking three. Steen pitched five innings in the nightcap, striking out six and allowing a single walk while giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits.

Lady Spartans slugging their way to wins

Solon offense pounding out runs

SOLON– Offense is not a problem for the Lady Spartan varsity softball team.
Among those squads reporting statistics to Quik Stats Iowa (as of June 5), Solon ranked second in all classes for doubles (29), third in hits (152) and seventh in home runs (10).
The Lady Spartans have racked up 117 runs.
Thirteen of them came in a wild and wooly 13-10 win over Mount Vernon June 4 in Solon.
The Lady Spartans split with the Mustangs, who took the nightcap, 12-2, handing Solon its first loss of the season.

Spartans blank Eagles in substate semifinal

Solon boys shut out Pella Christian, 4-0

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Solon to assert itself against Pella Christian in a Class 1A Substate 6 soccer match May 22.
Senior Luke Yetley found himself at the top of the box for a shot on goal just four minutes into the match and threaded a pair of Eagle defenders for a 1-0 lead. Brother Gabe Yetley was credited with the assist.
From there, the Spartans dominated, walking away with a 4-0 win and a matchup against Iowa Mennonite for a berth in the state soccer tournament. Iowa Mennonite defeated Clarke, 1-0, in the other side of the Substate 6 bracket.

Lady Spartans triumph in rain

Defeat Regina 2-1

SOLON– The wind howled through the cables of the handrail at Spartan Stadium making ominous organ like noises, as the bluster and temps made the regular season end for the Lady Spartans much like it began. But Solon would not be daunted, triumphing over the Iowa City Regina Regals, 2-1, after trailing 1-0 at the half on Tuesday, May 21, at Spartan Stadium.

Bolts and Spartans split in season opener

Liberty High falls 5-1 to Solon, but takes nightcap 11-8

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– “Let’s have some fun, fellas.” With those words, Tom Cronk sent his Liberty High Lightning, AKA: “The BOLTS,” out on the diamond to open the 2019 season at their home away from home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids (Liberty’s “home diamond” this season). The Bolts took on the Solon Spartans in a non-conference doubleheader Monday, May 20, and split with a 5-1 game one loss and an 11-8 nightcap victory.

Become the you you’ve always wanted to be

Elite Fitness opens in Solon

SOLON– Spartan Square, a small strip mall on the south side of Solon along Highway 1 has become something of a one-stop-shop for healthy living. The center includes Mac’s Nutrition, Eastern Iowa Family Counseling, Ability Physical Therapy, and opening today, Elite Fitness.

Girls run away with regional title, set their sights on state

Lady Spartans build 75-point lead to win regional title

VAN HORNE- The falling darkness could not hide her wide smile, as Erin Kerkhoff approached the finish line. She anchored the 4x400 relay- the last event at Solon’s state qualifying track meet, May 10, in Van Horne. Having run two earlier 400s, and then the 4x100, 10 minutes prior, it was not her fastest 400. Still, she had enough to cross first, to help log another Solon entry in this week’s Class 3A state meet.

Viking comeback foils final home match for Spartans

Vinton-Shellsburg takes 2-1 win

SOLON- Solon’s varsity boys dropped to 13-4 after falling to Vinton-Shellsburg 2-1 in the final home soccer match of the season May 10.
Junior Rodney Wittich scored on an assist by senior Luke Yetley with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to give Solon a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings scored twice in the second period on goals by sophomores David Lapan-Islas and Damon Swenson to move to 10-4 on the season.
Senior keeper Ian Johnson recorded four saves against two goals allowed, while Vinton goalie Ethan Rollinger collected 11 saves.

Area schools combat vaping

Solon hosts informational session for parents

SOLON– It looked like a typical teenager’s bedroom: a pile of clothes on the floor, stuff on the bed, an array of items on the nightstand and on the desk. As concerned parents surveyed the scene, with guidance from Prelude staff, it quickly became apparent there was contraband hidden in plain sight.

Think right, do right

Solon’s “Shoe Guy” Greg Morris, honored as Iowa’s Firefighter of the Year

SOLON– Greg Morris had a lot of titles over the years: husband, father, ardent fans of University of Iowa athletics know him as “The Shoe Guy,” volunteer firefighter, and now he’s added another.
Morris, from Solon, is the 2019 Iowa Firefighter of the Year.

Tear-jerker penalty kick loss to Raiders

Lady Spartans fall, 2-1, to Williamsburg

SOLON– The Lady Spartans knocked on the door but got turned away as a result of a shootout after 100 minutes of play in Spartan Stadium on Thursday, May 2, losing 2-1 to the visiting Williamsburg Raiders.

Boys 8th at WaMaC Conference Super Meet

Lensing wins shot put, Flansburg second, Diersen third in discus

DeWITT– The Solon Spartans’ boys track and field team competed in the WaMaC Conference Super Meet at Central DeWitt High School and emerged as a team eighth in the 14-team field on Thursday, May 2. The Spartans scored 55.5 team points at the meet, bested by champion Marion with 95, Mount Vernon with 89, Clear Creek Amana with 87, Benton Community with 85, Williamsburg with 83, Vinton-Shellsburg with 63.5 and Center Point-Urbana with 61. South Tama (36), Central DeWitt (30), Beckman (29) Maquoketa (14), West Delaware (10), and Independence (3) completed the competitors.