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Solon Economist

Solon defeats Liberty freshmen, 40-6

IOWA CITY– Solon’s freshman Spartans rolled over the Liberty High “Original (O) Bolts” 40-6 Thursday, Sept. 29, at Iowa City West High.
The Spartans opened with a pass from Camden Miller to Andrew Coons for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter and scored their second touchdown on a run not quite two minutes later. The O-Bolts blocked the extra point kick, but Solon held a 13-0 lead. The Spartan defense stymied the Bolts and intercepted a Drake Woody pass late in the period to end a Liberty drive.

Picking pumpkins, team building

SOLON– After a Tuesday race in Williamsburg, Wednesday was ‘Run to Work Day’ for the cross country Spartans. And work was picking pumpkins.
Again this year, the high school cross country team waded into its community service project at Leo Shima’s farm, snipping stems and tossing pumpkins aboard the farm wagons that rolled slowly alongside of them. “It would take us two days to do what they do in an hour,” Shima said and smiled as the last wagon was lined up on his farm two miles west of Solon.

Season-best XC finish at Williamsburg

Solon cross country girls notch first team title, boys third

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
WILLIAMSBURG– Solon grabbed two top-15 finishes and the team finished third overall, in the boys’ Williamsburg Invitational Sept. 27. That included a Jorel Justus 18:05 for second place; his best finish of the season. Teammate Tanner Larkey (19:17) was 15th, with Solon’s Carl Richey right behind in 19:22. Luke Yetley was the No. 4 Spartan runner (19:35), with Logan Yakish (19:44) for the fifth and final team scoring spot among the 34 varsity runners.

Lady Spartans battle back in 3-1 volleyball loss to Dyersville Beckman

DYERSVILLE– The Solon varsity volleyball team dropped to 5-13 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Dyersville Beckman Sept. 27 at Dyersville.
The Blazers won the first two sets (25-12, 25-22) before the Lady Spartans battled back to capture the third game, 28-26. Beckman edged out Solon in the fourth, 25-22.
Solon hosts Central DeWitt Thursday, Oct. 6, for the final home match of the season. After a weekend tournament in Center Point, the Lady Spartans enter WaMaC Conference pool play Tuesday, Oct. 11, with bracket play Thursday, Oct. 13.

Basketball referees are needed for girls’ basketball grades 3-6

SOLON– Applicants need to be in high school or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be held on Saturdays at the Lakeview Elementary gym (on Oct. 5, 12, 19, and Dec. 3 and 12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees are paid $10/game. Those with questions or interested in refereeing can call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

Crest just under 2008

By Nathan Countryman
and Jake Krob
Mount Vernon Sun
SUTLIFF– Sutliff was one of the areas preparing for Cedar River flooding.
On Friday, Sept. 23, Rod Sullivan, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and a Lisbon native, was at the site to investigate the potential impact of floodwaters on the Sutliff Bridge.
“At 24.1 feet of water, the water level will touch some of the metal at the base of the bridge,” Sullivan said. “It won’t be as high as it was in 2008, though.”

Flu vaccination clinics at Solon Schools Oct. 11, 18 and 25

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visits Lakeview Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 11; Solon Middle School Tuesday, Oct. 18; and Solon High School Tuesday, Oct. 25, all from 3:30-6 p.m., to administer flu vaccinations to the public.
The clinics offer flu shots QIV, High Dose Flu (for ages 65 years and older) and pneumonia vaccine (available upon prior request).

Change your smoke alarm batteries Oct. 29

SOLON– The Solon Fire Department urges families in Solon to install and maintain working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives every day across the country.
And, Solon Fire Department members are ready to help.
From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Solon Fire Department will conduct a free “Battery Up” campaign offering in-home fire prevention to residents in need of assistance.

Solon Archery Team to host open house Monday, Oct. 17

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team is hosting an open house on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church Family Life Center gym. All current team members, parents and anyone in fifth-12th grades that would like to join the team are encouraged to attend. The archery team will offer forms needed to be filled out by the parents, shirts to be tried on for correct size information and will collect dues during the open house. All information concerning the archery program will be discussed. Any questions will be answered.

Report predicts more heavy rains for the Midwest

Impact of global warming is here but the fight is on

SOLON– Between 6 and 8 inches of rain fell on Solon in a matter of hours Thursday evening, Aug. 11, sending local creeks surging out of their banks and over roads to a level never seen before.
For the second time in three years, Randall Park was extensively damaged.
A similar flash flood struck in April of 2013 when severe thunderstorms and driving winds dumped as much as 8-inches of rain on the Solon area in a little over 24-hours.
In 2004, surging waters overtook the park just a year after the new playground structure was constructed.

Solon All-Alumni Basketball Tournament Saturday, Oct. 8

SOLON– Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Jason Pershing announced an All-Alumni Basketball Tournament for former Solon athletes on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Solon High School gymnasium.
Teams or individuals may register for the double-elimination tournament at a cost of $10 per participant. Bring a reversible jersey or a dark and white shirt. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Contact coach Pershing at jpershing31@gmail.com with any questions.

Solon King and Queen crowned

Homecoming Queen McKenna Miller is flanked to her right by court members Makayla Lindeman and Alexis Sands, and to her left by Elizabeth Hand, Ali Dierson and Kylie Holubar on Friday, Sept. 23, following being crowned at halftime of Solon’s 34-3 defeat of the Oskaloosa Indians. (photo by Jeff Hess)
Liam Bell was announced as the 2016 Homecoming King at the conclusion of the Homecoming Parade Sept. 21. (photo by Doug Lindner)