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Solon Economist

Solon takes down Maquoketa and Anamosa, remains undefeated

ANAMOSA– So far, so good.
The Solon Spartans remained undefeated in the young varsity basketball season last week, capturing wins on the road at Maquoketa and Anamosa, and entering the Associated Press high school poll, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.
After two lopsided wins to start the season, the Spartans moved to 4-0 against an always pesky Maquoketa team and a surprising Anamosa squad.
“I like where we’re at,” said head coach Brad Randall. Solon has had four of its first five games on the road, and if the Spartans can win Tuesday at Central DeWitt, seven of the next nine will be at home.

Free Christmas Meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be serving a free Christmas meal Tuesday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, 131 N. Market St., Solon. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane and Anna at 841-2243 (a local call from Solon) with questions or reservations.

Fox Ridge residents seek low density housing

SOLON– A group of Fox Ridge neighbors is asking the city to consider a more comprehensive approach to multifamily housing.
A contingent representing 23 households along Windflower Lane appeared before the Solon City Council last week asking for the preservation of low density housing across from the duplexes that line the east side of the street.

Vets give perspective at Solon’s Veterans Day Program

SOLON– Veterans Day, sometimes known as Remembrance Day, is a time for honoring all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Military.
Following the presentation of the colors by the Solon American Legion Post 460, and the playing of the national anthem by the eighth grade band, five ex-service members spoke at the annual Veterans Day Program held at the middle school.

Spartans roar out of gate

SOLON– You can’t ask for a much better start if you’re Solon head boys’ basketball coach Brad Randall.
The Spartans have made short work of two WaMaC West opponents.
Short as in the Solon team has run up double-digit leads in the first quarter against both Waterloo Columbus and Benton Community, and forced continuous clocks in both games.
Randall couldn’t remember the last time that happened.
“The down side is we haven’t played a complete game yet,” he said.
Tests against Maquoketa, which defeated Solon twice last year, and an improved Anamosa squad will be coming this week.

Lady Spartans fall to No. 3 Benton Community

SOLON– The No. 3 Benton Community Bobcats visited Solon for the Lady Spartans home opener Friday night. The Bobcats scored the first points and continued to lead the entire game, beating Solon 59-43.
Solon trailed by just seven at the half, but Benton kept the pressure on and by the start of the fourth quarter, the Bobcats led by 12.
The visitors nailed six 3-pointers for the night and played a disruptive defense.
Solon moved to 1-2 on the season with the loss. Benton Community went to 3-0.

Gustin named Solon head coach

SOLON– Solon Community School District Activities Director Keith McSweeney announced Tuesday that Peter Gustin will have the "interim" tag removed from his title as the head volleyball coach at Solon High School.
"Coach Gustin did a fabulous job this year and we couldn't have been happier with his performance," McSweeney stated in an email. "We have been impressed with Peter since the first time he walked through our doors, and we are even more confident in his abilities after observing him this season."

Lady Spartans hammer their way into state tournament

SOLON– When that last point fell against them, tears streamed down the faces of the Lady Spartans’ volleyball team.
They hugged, then they wiped their eyes and stood with the runner-up trophy in the center of the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
Solon, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, had taken on the top three seeds in the tournament and had almost run the table, just running out of points to play against the No. 1 team, Charles City, in the 4A final Saturday in Cedar Rapids.