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Solon Economist

Holiday Decorating Contest winners announced

SOLON– The Holiday Decorated Trees and Wreaths were judged and the winners for each category are, as follows: Trees-Seasonal Category, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” donated by Ellison Insurance; Book/Movie/Game Category, “Baby Shark” donated by Lisa Kaefring; Creative/Artistic Category, “Stress Free Tree” donated by Ward’s Counseling Services; -Nature Category, “Dino-mite” donated by James Martinek; and Sports Category, “Go Fish!” donated by Sandra Phillips.

A way to say thank you for what they’ve done for us

Swisher Men’s Club honors veterans

SWISHER– Jose N. Harris is quoted as writing, “A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal or political views, there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact…”
The Swisher Men’s Club decided to not only remember that fact, but also make a visual statement of gratitude.
On Friday, Nov. 6. members of the club installed 50 banners in Swisher honoring Swisher area veterans in honor of Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).

Clippers swamp Lady Spartans, 63-44

Lady Spartans flounder against Clippers, 63-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper varsity girls’ basketball team opened its season, following a delay due to online learning courtesy of the pandemic, at CCA High School and soaked the visiting Lady Spartans, 63-44, on Friday, Dec. 4.
There was no rust evident in the Clippers’ performance as they capitalized on their height mismatch which Solon attempted to combat by defending the lane, allowing the Boats to paddle their way to a 15-2 lead over Solon at the end of the first quarter, dropping four shots from beyond the arc.

Solon girls foiled by Sabers, 57-41

Lady Spartans fall before Sabers, 57-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans (1-0) were unable to repeat their season opening win from a week earlier on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they were foiled by the Class 4A fifth-ranked Central DeWitt Sabers, 57-41.
The Lady Spartans showed the same early game spark in the first quarter, taking an early lead on free throws from Callie Levin, a deuce from Elly Holubar and a steal for a layup, before a MaKinley “Mak” Levin three-pointer and a Holubar three, courtesy of a Kaia Holtkamp assist, pushed Solon out to a 11-0 lead with 4:11 remaining.

1-point thriller to start the season

Co-coaches Bevans and Hadenfeldt chart course day by day Solon wrestling defeats Williamsburg, 34-33

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers took a one-point thriller against Williamsburg to open the season.
And then took a drubbing from powerhouse Lisbon.
“We knew coming in this would be a young team, a lot of new faces,” explained head co-coach T.J. Bevans. “We lost 500 varsity wins last year in three guys. That’s a lot.”
2020’s 2A state champion Jax Flynn (170 pounds), as well as Zeb Gnida (152) and Seamus Poynton (182) graduated after helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish in Des Moines.

Grow west

Council considers concept for residential annexation 75 acres of houses, duplexes and four-plexes planned for Greazel property

SOLON– Another big residential subdivision is on Solon’s western horizon.
Developers representing the Grace Greazel Estate presented a preliminary annexation and rezoning concept for 116 acres just outside the city limits during a city council meeting Nov. 18.
As proposed, Trail Ridge Estates would include 107 single-family lots, 55 duplex lots and 13 four-plex lots– close to 270 living units– with space dedicated for public use as a dog park adjacent to the Hoover Nature Trail.

Increased turnout in a pandemic

Auditor Weipert pleased with county election process heading into third term

IOWA CITY– A record 86 percent turnout.
Huge early voting numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fabulously popular response to drive-through voting.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert felt the Nov. 3 general election went really well.
On the last day of voting, he said, the staff of the auditor’s office processed 1,000 votes utilizing the drive-through service offered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building’s parking ramp in Iowa City.

Santa is coming to town Dec. 5

SOLON– A safe and socially-distanced Santa Claus will appear in Solon Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-3 p.m. in the window of Briar Ridge Bikes, 120 W. Main St., Solon, according to the Solon Recreation Department.
If you have a letter you would like sent to the North Pole, please bring it along, and place it in Santa’s mailbox.

Holiday trees and wreaths on display at community center

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Community Center to view the trees and wreaths form the talented, artistic, community members. Stop to bid on a tree or wreath or purchase one and raise funds for high school seniors.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.

Five Solon varsity football players recognized by IPSWA

Shive named to First Team defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced its selections for postseason Class 2A football honors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Among those honored were five members of Solon’s 2020 varsity football team.
Solon senior Carson Shive was named the IPSWA Class 2A First Team defense for his success as an inside linebacker. He recorded 78 tackles, a team high, including 58 solo, 12 for loss and four sacks. He also recovered four fumbles.