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Solon Economist

Boys cross country 7th in talented field at home

SOLON– The pack is developing. It just needs to gravitate upwards.
With lead runner Gabe Hinman finishing 13th in the 64-runner field, Solon put together a pack of four more between 31st and 46th. Included in that field were 11 top-30 individual runners (in their school’s enrollment class). Hinman entered the week 29th in the coaches’ poll of the top 30 3A runners.
That pack will need to keep dropping its finish times, though, to move the team up. Solon was seventh among the 10 teams at its home cross country meet Monday, Sept. 23, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.

XC girls 4th at home, in duel of ranked teams

SOLON– With four ranked schools and 11 ranked runners on the course in each race, Solon’s Sept. 23 home cross country meet had almost a postseason feel to it. And it is not long before the postseason arrives. Solon hosts one of five Class 3A state qualifying meets, Oct. 24.

Spartans’ late-game rally defeats Knights, 17-13

Solon rebounds from 13-3 deficit against Assumption

SOLON– A late-game rally under the lights in Solon on a humid Friday, Sept. 20, catapulted the fourth-place ranked Spartans (3-0) to a 17-13 triumph over the Davenport Assumption Knights (2-1) and moved them to 4-0 for the season.
The win also answered the question whispered quietly this season if the Spartans could play back from a deficit and win after outscoring their opponents 127-14 thus far in the season.

Hoover Trail coming together

All but Ely Road underpass done this year

SOLON– It’s close.
Oh, so close.
The Hoover Trail link between Solon and Ely will be mostly filled in yet this year, with only the Ely Road underpass to construct in 2020.
A gravel, at-grade crossing is in place at the underpass site north of 140th Street providing access to the entire trail, according to Brad Friedhof, program manager for the Johnson County Conservation Board.
But there are still small stretches of concrete to pour between Polk Avenue and Ely Road along Highway 382 near Solon.

Angry, and fighting back

Johnson County’s agricultural community voices opposition to proposed Unified Development Ordinance

IOWA CITY– Former Johnson County Supervisor Pat Harney didn’t mince his words when he described the sections of a proposed Unified Development Ordinances relating to agriculture.

Solon blasts Marion, 44-0

Defense pitches shut out, holds Indians to 100 yards

MARION As the Spartans varsity football team traveled to Thomas Park in Marion on Friday, Sept. 13, the machine shed mantra south of Solon begged the players, Send em to the Spirit World.
Solons own version of the Young Guns did not disappoint, trampling the Indians, 44-0, in nearly a spiritual manner.
Solons scoring began early, during the first possession, with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter. Cam Miller sprinted up the middle behind solid blocking for 11 yards and a score. Cael ONeill kicked the extra point and Solon was up, 7-0.

Lady Spartans fall to Mount Vernon

Girls rebound at Vinton quad, Linn-Mar tourney

SOLON– There was a chance in the first game, but it slipped away.
The Mount Vernon Mustangs, ranked first in Class 3A at the time, swept the Solon volleyball team at home Sept. 10.
The Mustangs dropped the Lady Spartans 25-23, 25-17, 25-14.
Solon kept pace with Mount Vernon in the first game, closing to within two points and a single point at 24-23 before the final Mustang kill put the Lady Spartans away.
Solon found itself in a 1-6 and then a 2-10 hole in game two, but clawed back within five before falling.

Boys move up to fifth at Benton’s ‘Run through the woods’

ATKINS– The pack is running a little tighter as Solon’s boys near the halfway mark in the 2019 cross country season. Fourth early last week at Tipton, they followed with fifth place Saturday, Sept. 14, at the 10-team Benton Invitational.
Two Spartans cracked the top 20, with all seven varsity runners in the top 47. Sophomore Gabe Hinman grabbed medalist honors again, with a third-place individual finish, after a strong start over the wooded course through Atkins Nature Trail.

Bicycles hijack capital improvements list

Council work session focuses on connecting Main Street with trail

SOLON– Getting bicyclists safely downtown quickly jumped to the top of the list.
The Solon City Council revisited its capital improvement program (CIP) at a Sept. 4 meeting, and extending the Hoover Trail from its head at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) to Main Street dominated the conversation.
The CIP is a list of ranked projects, with estimated costs and projected scheduling used to help plan for short- and long-term municipal upgrades.

New playground equipment for Fox Ridge park

SOLON– Thanks to donations from the Solon school district and the FORE Solon Committee, the city is beefing up its playgrounds.
The immediate impact has been at Fox Ridge Park, although improvements are planned for next year at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA), according to Public Works Director Scott Kleppe.
“This has always been a long range plan to improve something over on this east side of Highway 1,” he explained.

Depth pays off for Solon XC girls at Bob Brown Invitational

Lady Spartans capture second at Regina meet

IOWA CITY– Three runners in the top-20 led their pack, with Solon’s girls finishing as team runner-up in the annual Bob Brown Invitational cross country meet, Sept. 5 in Iowa City.
Sophomore Emma Bock was eighth, overall– seventh in the team count– across the finish line on the 5-kilometer course, in 21:40. Junior Kiersten Conway (11th overall, 10th in the team scoring), came in at 22:01). The pair swapped their one-two team finish the week prior at the season opener. Teammate Meghan O’Neill (22:32) was 18th. Kaia Holtkamp was 22nd, in 22:43, with freshman Mary Fiala 27th, 23:05.

Spartans shell the Comets

Solon lights up West Liberty 48-7 on Armed Forces Appreciation Night

SOLON– The Solon Spartans moved to 2-0 on the 2019 varsity football season with a 48-7 non-district win over the West Liberty Comets at home on Friday, Sept. 6, for Armed Forces Appreciation Night.
The Comets took the Spartans to overtime in 2018, but this time Solon took control early.